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Dante G Barron

Military

24-Jul-42 Assigned as an Aerial Gunner with 303BG/427BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico. 303BG records do not record the exact date that he arrived in the UK, but probably in Oct-42. 303BG records do not indicate that he had a permanent crew assignment until 1-May-43. He participated in 26 Operations and completed his combat tour on 17-Aug-43.

Mission Participations (UNDER CONSTRUCTION) See Biography events.

Service

Units served with

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 427th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24517 Kali

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24517 [GN-O] 'Kali' 303BG/427BS assigned with crew on 1-May-42 at Alamogordo Field, Almogordo, New Mexico. Sent with crew to Dow Field, Bangor, Maine for deployment 5-Oct-42. Arrived at Molesworth, UK 24-Oct-42 ...

  • 41-24587

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-P] Bangor 5/10/42; Molesworth 25/10/42; Missing in Action {45m} Oschersleben 11/1/44 with George McClellan, Co-pilot: Bill Fisher{ex B-26 pilot on his 1st mission}, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dave Tempesta, Radio...

  • 41-24610 Joe Btfsplk II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-T] Bangor 5/10/42; Molesworth 25/10/42. ...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 24

    6 December 1942
    The German airfield of Drucat at Abbeville, France is the primary target for 19 B-24s despatched from 44th Bomb Group but are recalled. One squadron of 6 does not hear the recall and proceeds to the target, 1 B-24 MIA. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 30

    23 January 1943
    The port area and U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the primary target for this mission. 305th Bombardment Group is selected as the lead group, but condensation on the bombsight of the lead aircraft in the Group prevents the 305BG from bombing Lorient...

  • VIII Bomber Command 32

    2 February 1943
    All six 8th Air Force Bomb Groups operting from Great Britain are ordered on a mission to bomb the marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany. 61 B-17s and 22 B-24s are despatched but the formation runs into severe weather over the North Sea and the mission in...

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

Events

Event Location Date
Assigned to Unit Alamogordo, NM 88310, USA 24 July 1942

Assigned as an Aerial Gunner with 303BG/427BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Mission #1, SGT Dante G. Barron, W/B-17F 41-24517, 303BG/427BS Lille, France 6 December 1942

Served as a substitute Right Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24517 "Kali", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the carriage and wagon works at Lille, France. RTB OK.

Mission #2, SGT Dante G. Barron, W/B-17F 41-24587, 303BG/427BS Lorient, France 23 January 1943

Served as a substitute Right Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24587 "Bad Check", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Mission #3, SGT Dante G. Barron, W/B-17F 41-24610, 303BG/427BS - Aborted Hamm, Germany 2 February 1943

Served as Left Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24610 "JoeBTFSPLK" on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany, but mechanical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 February 2016 23:57:14 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 18-Feb-2016. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 2-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/013.pdf

Date Contributor Update
18 February 2016 23:52:12 Lee8thbuff Changes to aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 18-Feb-2016. Added connections to 41-24610 and mission of 2-Feb-43 per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 2-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/013.pdf

Date Contributor Update
20 January 2016 00:36:12 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 16-Jan-2016. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 23-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/011.pdf

Date Contributor Update
20 January 2016 00:32:17 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 16-Jan-2016. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 6-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/005.pdf

Date Contributor Update
20 January 2016 00:26:56 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 16-Jan-2016. Added Assigned to Unit event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Fort W. Lipe crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/427lipe.html

Date Contributor Update
20 January 2016 00:24:21 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 16-Jan-2016. Added Summary Biography; made connections to PLace, Aircraft (through 23-Jan-43), Missions (through 23-Jan-43) per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Fort W. Lipe crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/427lipe.html

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:55 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roster

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