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John Cowing Barry Jr




  • Michael Primus

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 490th Bomb Group

Units served with

  • 490th Bomb Group

    490th Bomb Group

    The 490th Bomb Group, like the 486th and 487th Bomb Groups transitioned from flying B-24 Liberators to B-17 Flying Fortresses, which were used in combat missions from late August 1944. Based at Eye, Suffolk, the Group were focused in the early months...

  • 10th Motor Transport Section


  • 43-37776 Heavenly Body

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/5/44; Kearney 31/5/44; Grenier 7/6/44; Assigned 849BS/490BG Eye [W8- ] 11/6/44; on routine navigation night flight 27/9/44 with Mike Primus, Co-pilot: Louis Deputy, Navigator: Rich Herman, Bombardier: Bob Simmons, Flight engineer...

Associated Place

  • Eye

    Military site : airfield
    Eye air base was not a Class A base but was constructed to a less demanding standard by the 827th and 859th Battalions of U.S. Army Engineers in 1943 and was finished in early 1944. Unusually, a group of its hardstandings were on the other side of the...


Event Location Date
Born Attleboro, MA 22 March 1919
Lived in North Attleborough, MA 1940

60 Bank Street

Enlisted Providence, RI 9 December 1941
Died Elmside Farm, Nailstone, UK 27 September 1944
Buried Plainville MA

Shepardville Cemetery
Plainville, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA


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12 December 2020 05:35:23 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, highest rank, events, person associations and place associations

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490th Bomb Group Unit Personnel / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia