Barton Wentworth MacNeill

Military

Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew 17 combat missions from 8-Sep-44 to 2-Nov-44. Flew resupply mission to Warsaw, Poland in support of Freedom Fighters. 18-Sep-44 awarded Polish Freedom Cross.

Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Rahmel, Poland in B-17 'Ole Worrybird' 42-102678 hit by flak burst lost 2 engines and fell out of formation 2-Nov-44 Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 10309.

Was shot down November 2, 1944 and taken Prisoner of War (POW) by Germans. After 2 months in hospitals, spent additional 5 months at Stalag Luft III and Stalag Luft VII-A. While Prisoner of War (POW), was marched 90 miles in 12 below zero snow to a railyard in Spremberg. A humorous moment was the guard nicknamed 'Pop-eye' was tiring. MacNeill offered to carry his pack and rifle and the guard let him until superiors noticed. He was then shipped with 54 others to Stalug Luft VII-A.

29-Apr-45 he as liberated by Patton's 3rd Armoured division and the 99th Infantry division. After liberation, he rode on a tank headed toward the Isor River. Patton's jeep passed and they saluted one anther. Enjoyed 4 days touring Paris.

Awards: AM (3OLC), PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME, Polish Freedom Cross

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Units served with

The insignia of the 95th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 16082534 / O-813576
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Ole Worrybird
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron

Places

  • Site type: Prisoner of war camp
  • Known as: Dulag Luft Grosstychow Dulag 12
  • Site type: Prisoner of war camp
  • Known as: Stalag Luft 4, Gross Tychow, Pomerania
  • Site type: Prisoner of war camp
  • Known as: Stalag 7a, Moosburg

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Camden, NJ, USA 20 February 1923 Son of Forrest W and Hannah G MacNeill.

Other

Prisoner of War (POW)

78-220 Tychowo, Poland 2 November 1944 Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft IV.

Other

Baled out

Osnabrück, Germany 2 November 1944 Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Rahmel, Poland in B-17 'Ole Worrybird' 42-102678 hit by flak burst lost 2 engines and fell out of formation 2-Nov-44 Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 10309.

Died

Sturgis, MS 39769, USA 20 September 2007

Buried

MacNeill Family Cemetery Sturgis Oktibbeha County MS 23 September 2007 MacNeill Family Cemetery Sturgis Oktibbeha County Mississippi

Based

Horham 2 November 1944 Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF.

Revisions

Date22 Jun 2021 17:25:59
ContributorAl_Skiff
ChangesChanges to middlename, biography, awards, events and place associations
Date12 Feb 2018 14:12:18
ContributorLucy May
ChangesChanges to surname, biography and awards
Sources

Brought in information from duplicate record. Sources:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self, MACR 10309, son June 2008

Date21 Nov 2017 17:37:13
ContributorAl_Skiff
ChangesChanges to surname, middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Date27 Sep 2014 18:04:19
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Sources

MACR 10309 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database