Eugene Everett Barnum Jr

Military ROLL OF HONOUR

Object Number - UPL 23609 - Capt Eugene E Barnum Jr - 61FS, 56FG, 8AF. Standing in front of P-47C 41-6232, 6233 or 6237 all of which were 61FS aircraft.

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.

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Units served with

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 56th Fighter Group 63rd Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-821833
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Nicknames: Snow White
  • Unit: 56th Fighter Group 61st Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Unit: 56th Fighter Group 61st Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Unit: 56th Fighter Group 61st Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Unit: 56th Fighter Group 61st Fighter Squadron

Missions

  • Date: 24 October 1944
  • Official Description: In Germany, 415 P-47s and P-51s are dispatched to attack aircraft and ground targets in the Hannover-Kassel area; 73 bomb flak positions at Elburg, a factory near Nienburg, and miscellaneous ground targets; bad weather causes other fighter-bombers to...
  • Date: 2 December 1944

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Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Gaines, NY 14411, USA 13 May 1917 Son of Eugene Everett and Florence C [Bates] Barnum.

Enlisted

Rochester, NY, USA 26 September 1941 Entered the service from New York.

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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.

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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.

Other

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

Other

E/A Destroyed

Rheine, Germany 5 November 1943 Fw190 destroyed Rheine. 5-Nov-43.

Other

E/A Destroyed

Germany 30 January 1944 Fw190 destroyed Germany. 30-Jan-44.

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.

Other

End Tour of Duty (ETD)

England, UK Ended 1st Tour of Duty (ETD).

Other

Promotion

Boxted, Colchester, UK Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Other

Promotion

Boxted, Colchester, UK Promoted to Captain.

Buried

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

Based

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

Based

Boxted 2 December 1944 Returned for 2nd tour to 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF.
Albion, NY 14411, USA

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