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John R Barnett


He reported to group in June 1942. On 9-October-1942 his aircraft sustained major a/c damage on landing upon returning from a mission to Lille, France.

On 21-October 1942 his aircraft lost an engine on the way to the target at Lorient, France, but the 306BG was unable to bomb because of cloud cover.

On 9 November 1942was shot down in B-17 42-24509 'Miss Swoose' while serving as pilot. Prisoner of War (POW) until 29 April 1945 in camps Dulag Luft, Stalag Luft III, Stalag Luft VII - Moosburg. Prisoner of War (POW) Number 840.



Units served with

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

  • 423rd Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24509 Miss Swoose

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 423BS/306BG Westover 15-August-1942, B-17F 41-24509, 'Miss Swoose' was damaged by AA fire between the Initial Point (IP) and the target which resulted in a fire on #3 engine during mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France on 9...


  • VIII Bomber Command 18

    9 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are the target of this mission conducted by a combined force of 33 B-17s from 91BG and 306BG together with a combined force of 14 B-24s from 44BG and 93BG. The B-24 formation bombs from altitudes between 17,500 ft...

Associated Place

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...


Event Location Date
Born Glenville, West Virginia 6 January 1916
Prisoner of War (POW) Moosburg, Germany 9 November 1942 – 11 July 1945

Held at Stalag 7A, Moosburg, Bavaria. Officially Returned to Military Control (RMC) 11-Jul-45.



Date Contributor Update
20 April 2017 00:12:08 velojay Changes to events

Herald-Tribune Obituary; Family knowledge

Date Contributor Update
26 November 2014 18:47:13 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography

Lee Cunningham 26-Nov-2014. Corrected dates and formatted description based on 'The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
26 November 2014 18:40:09 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, awards and events

Lee Cunningham 26-Nov-2014. Corrected dates in description based on: "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman; added decoration.

Date Contributor Update
31 October 2014 19:56:40 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, events, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 31-Oct-2014. Missing Air Crew Report MACR 16010; National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW Database

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:34 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 16010 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / / self; 306th BG Association Directory, 1 September 1999 Edition; MACR 16010, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey p. 45