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Irving P Barnett

Military

Entered service October 1942 at New York City, NY. Aircraft Mechanic training at Keesler Fld, MS and Gunnery Inst at Kingman Fld, AZ. Flew new B-17 from Langley Fld, Va via Northern Route to Valley Wales. Arrived in Lavenham August 1944. Flew 30 missions beginning 19 September 1944 and ending 23 March 1945. Crew flew 3 missions to Berlin. Unusual experience was shooting at a ME 262 German jet which flew in front and up from our lead aircraft. Did not shoot him down. Other B-17 gunners were also shooting at the 262. There were 4 P-51s also trying to get the 262, then they all were out of sight. Flew on B-17G #44-6307 'Blonde Bomber'.

AM w/ 4 Oak Leaf Cluster/ EAME w/ 4 Battle Stars

Service

Units served with

  • 487th Bomb Group

    487th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 487th Bomb Group began operations as preparations for D-Day were reaching their crescendo and played their part by bombing airfields in northern France. Like the 486th Bomb Group, the 487th switched to B-17 Flying Fortress for missions from 1...

  • 837th Bomb Squadron

Associated Place

  • Lavenham

    Military site : airfield
    Lavenham was built as a standard USAAF bomber airfield, with fifty hardstandings, T2 hangars and 2,000 and 1,400 feet runways. John Laing and Son Ltd. carried out the work in 1943, and the airfield opened in April 1944. The 487th Bomb Group occupied...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Brooklyn, New York 3 September 1919

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:31 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

487th BG Personal Biography Questionnaire / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://www.487thbg.org/Photos/HoverCrew.shtml , http://www.487thbg.org/Photos/BlondeBomber.shtml

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