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Rufus Osborne Barkley Jr.


Lt. Barkley was the pilot of a Republic P-47 Thunderbolt and was K.I.A. on 17 November 1944, while on a mission over Deuren, Germany. His ability as a fighter pilot, though, was judged to be superior by his commanding officer.


Units served with

  • 366th Fighter Group

    366th Fighter Group

    The Group moved in England over the New Year of 1944, setting up home first at Membury and then at Thruxton. The pilots' first mission was a fighter sweep of the French coast in March 1944 and from then until D-Day that June the ground supported Allied...

  • 391st Fighter Squadron


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12 June 2016 16:06:03 millebr Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, suffix, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography and unit associations

Pennsylvania, Veteran Compensation Application Files; World War II Army Enlistment Records; U.S., Find A Grave Index (biography);