William John Barrett

Military ROLL OF HONOUR

Object Number - UPL 22607 - TSgt William J Barrett was a B-17 radio operator during WWII, assigned to 91st BG 323rd BS. Killed in action on 17 aug 43, flying aboard 42-29559...

Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29559 'Stupntakit'. Killed in Action (KIA).
2 other crew members were killed; 4 were seriously wounded and made prisoner (POW); 3 others managed to evade capture, but one of them was caught just before reaching Spain. See the evaders' pages at www.evasioncomete.be (search on 42-29559)

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 323rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 19040558 and O-729796
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot / Co-pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 323rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 15068629
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Engineer / Top Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 323rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 17063087 and O-733617
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 323rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 32351637
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Assistant Engineer / waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 323rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 13031786
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Assistant Radio Operator / Ball Turret Gunner

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Stupntakit
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 323rd Bomb Squadron

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Event Location Date Description

Born

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA 11 October 1908

Enlisted

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States 10 April 1942

Other

Killed in Action (KIA)

near Testelt, Belgium 17 August 1943 Was in the plane when it blew up. His remains were found in the wreckage and buried at the Saint-Trond (Sint-Truiden), Belgium, military cemetery on 19 August 1943. After the war, they were transferred to the Ardennes American military cemetery.

Buried

Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial William Barrett rests at Plot A, Row 35, Grave 6

Revisions

Date7 May 2022 07:37:41
ContributorED-BB
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Updated link to the page at www.evasioncomete.be

Date29 Apr 2021 21:03:49
Contributorjmoore43
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Added punctuation in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date4 Jun 2020 07:45:30
ContributorED-BB
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MACR 278
WWII Enlistment records
WWII Draft card
ABMC website

Date6 Jul 2016 16:29:29
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Associated image from http://www.findagrave.com

Date20 Apr 2015 09:24:38
ContributorED-BB
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NARA WWII Enlistment records
MACR 278
American Battle Monuments Commission

Date27 Sep 2014 18:28:15
ContributorAAM
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 278 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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