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Eugene Everett Barnum Jr

Military

Assigned to 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Completed one tour of duty, returning for a second tour. Credited with two aerial kills. Failed to Return (FTR) ramrod to Bingen in P-47 44-19739, positioning himself for a deflection shot on a Bf109, 2nd Lt Wyman A Baker in P-47 42-28741 collided with him causing an explosion and the loss of both aircraft and the death of both pilots. Killed in Action (KIA). 2-Dec-44. MACR 10801.

Awards: DFC (OLC), PH.

Service

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  • Wyman Baker

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 63FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return(FTR) fighter sweep Marburg in P-47 42-28741. Collided with P-47 44-19739 whilst in melee with Bf109's, crashed near Guell. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Group
    Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...

  • 61st Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-75578

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 44-19739

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 41-6337 'Snow White'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt Col Leslie C Smith. Re-assigned to Lt Eugene E Barnum Jr. Re-assigned to Lt Joseph R Curtis. Failed to Return (FTR) ramrod to Lorient. Pitched up out of formation and ended in a spin, possible...

Missions

  • VIII Fighter Command FO-170 BOMBER ESCORT

    5 November 1943
    THis mission is composed of two fighter elements. The forst element is a force of 47 P-38s from 55FG despatched to provide escort to the B-17 formations attacking at Gelsenkirchen. While not as nimble as the German fighters, the four .50cal nose...

  • VIII Fighter Command FO-211 BOMBER ESCORT

    31 December 1943
    This is the last fighter operation of 1943. It is composed of three elements despatched to escort bomber formations attacking German airfield in France. The first element is a forc of 74 P-38s from 20FG and 55FG. 2 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR)1POW...

  • VIII Fighter Command FO 227 BOMBER ESCORT

    30 January 1944
    A combined force of 635 fighter aircraft are despatched to provide escort to heavy bombers attacking the avaition industry at Brunswick, Germany. All three types of fighter aircraft are employed: P-38s, P-47s and P-51s. Source data does not state how...

  • 687

    24 October 1944

  • 734

    2 December 1944

Associated Place

  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Gaines, NY 14411, USA 13 May 1917

Son of Eugene Everett and Florence C [Bates] Barnum.

Lived in Albion, NY 14411, USA 1941
Enlisted Rochester, NY, USA 26 September 1941

Entered the service from New York.

Commissioned / Wings awarded Igor I Sikorsky Memorial Airport, 1000 Great Meadow Rd, Stratford, CT 06615, USA 29 April 1942

Awarded wings and commissioned 2nd Lieutenant.

Crashed Igor I Sikorsky Memorial Airport, 1000 Great Meadow Rd, Stratford, CT 06615, USA 20 June 1942

During formation practice in P-47B 41-5919, engine started to misfire, then began throwing oil and trailing smoke, finally the engine seized. Already heading back to base, he belly landed in marsh area short of Bridgeport airport.

Based Boxted 1943 – June 1944

Assigned to 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Boxted, Colchester, UK 1943

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Crashed Halesworth IP19, UK 27 September 1943

Landing Accident Halesworth/Sta 365 Cat 3 damage Lt Eugene E Barnum, 27-Sep-43.

430927 P-47C 41-6337 61FS 56FG 8AF

E/A Destroyed Rheine, Germany 5 November 1943

Fw190 destroyed Rheine. 5-Nov-43.

Promotion Boxted, Colchester, UK 1944

Promoted to Captain.

E/A Destroyed Germany 30 January 1944

Fw190 destroyed Germany. 30-Jan-44.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK June 1944

Ended 1st Tour of Duty (ETD).

Based Boxted July 1944 – 2 December 1944

Returned for 2nd tour to 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Dorf-Güll, 35415 Pohlheim, Germany 2 December 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) ramrod to Bingen in P-47 44-19739, positioning himself for a deflection shot on a Bf109, 2nd Lt Wyman A Baker in P-47 42-28741 collided with him causing an explosion and the loss of both aircraft and the death of both pilots. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 10801.

Buried Dorf-Güll, 35415 Pohlheim, Germany 3 December 1944

Dorf-Güll cemetery, Germany.

Buried 1945

Lies alongside his brother 2nd Lt William J Barnum, 9th army infantry.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 September 2016 20:06:00 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Barnum
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=41-6337
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=56296564
http://www.americanbattlegraves.com/index.php?page=directory&rec=117322
https://www.fold3.com/page/83507957_eugene_e%20barnum%20jr/details/
http://www.newenglandaviationhistory.com/tag/capt-eugene-e-barnum/
http://www.56thfightergroup.co.uk/combatreports/adrianse-carter/index.html

Date Contributor Update
13 September 2016 20:04:41 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, suffix, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Barnum
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=41-6337
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=56296564
http://www.americanbattlegraves.com/index.php?page=directory&rec=117322
https://www.fold3.com/page/83507957_eugene_e%20barnum%20jr/details/
http://www.newenglandaviationhistory.com/tag/capt-eugene-e-barnum/
http://www.56thfightergroup.co.uk/combatreports/adrianse-carter/index.html

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:22 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 10801 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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