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William H Barrett


Completed 8 Combat missions with the 95th. Had to abort 1 mission w/ 482nd due to engine trouble. B-17 loaded with incendiary bomb cluster. Had to repin each cluster before landing. Shot down 21 February 1944 on 10th mission & had to bail out over Holland. Captured & spent 14 months as Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft I, Barth, Ger.

ETO/ American Services/ POW


Units served with

  • 482nd Bomb Group

    482nd Bomb Group

    The 482nd Bomb Group was a Pathfinder Group, which using radar-equipped aircraft to support bombing missions until March 1944. Aircraft from this Group went ahead of other Bombers and sent information back about the best routes to take and the extent...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 412th Bomb Squadron
  • 812th Bomb Squadron


Event Location Date
Born Carrsville, Virginia 2 August 1918


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:06 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self, MACR 2470