David Luther Barkhurst

Military

Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. Shot down 13-Apr-44 in B-17 42-31433 'Rum Pot', evaded capture for 7 days. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 3865.

Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 384th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 547th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-738045
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Problem Child | Old Reliable
  • Unit: 547th Bomb Squadron 384th Bomb Group 305th Bomb Group Can Do
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Louisiana Purchase
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 545th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Rum pot ii
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 547th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Belle of the Brawl
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 547th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Hell's messenger
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 547th 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 17b, Krems an der Donau, Austria

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Jewett, OH. 12 June 1913 Son of Hal Haze and Edna Pearl [Lowmiller] Barkhurst.

Enlisted

Pittsburgh, PA 28 April 1942 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Other

Baled out & Evaded

13 April 1944 - 20 April 1944 Shot down 13-Apr-44 in B-17 42-31433 'Rum Pot', evaded capture for 7 days.

Other

Prisoner of War (POW)

Krems an der Donau, Austria 20 April 1944 Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft XVIIb.

Died

Bulger, PA 4 March 2011

Based

Grafton Underwood 13 April 1944 Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF.

Revisions

Date19 May 2021 09:29:10
ContributorAl_Skiff
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Removed # from A/C serial No. to aid clarity and consistency

Date18 May 2021 20:28:09
Contributorjmoore43
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Updated the "POW" event per info in the "Summary biography".

Date25 Jan 2020 19:48:23
Contributorjmoore43
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Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

Date14 Nov 2019 08:03:03
ContributorRichard L Moore
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TSgt. David L. Barkhurst was my grandfather.

Date14 Nov 2019 07:31:57
ContributorRichard L Moore
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TSgt. David L. Barkhurst was my grandfather.

Date14 Nov 2019 07:25:22
ContributorRichard L Moore
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TSgt. David L. Barkhurst was my grandfather.

Date14 Nov 2019 07:14:26
ContributorRichard L Moore
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TSgt. David L. Barkhurst was my grandfather.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:07:05
ContributorAAM
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3867 / MACR 3867, http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/PersonnelSearch.php?LastName=… / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database