Barton Wentworth MacNeillMilitary
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
- 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
|Camden, NJ, USA||20 February 1923||Son of Forrest W and Hannah G MacNeill.|
Prisoner of War (POW)
|78-220 Tychowo, Poland||2 November 1944||Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft IV.|
|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.|
|Sturgis, MS 39769, USA||20 September 2007|
|MacNeill Family Cemetery Sturgis Oktibbeha County MS||23 September 2007||MacNeill Family Cemetery Sturgis Oktibbeha County Mississippi|
|Horham||2 November 1944||Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF.|
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
MACR 10309 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database