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Lawrence Lacey Barnett


Killed in Action (KIA) - DNB

Lawrence flew thirteen missions in a B-24 where he was top turret and tail gunner. They switched to B-17’s where he was killed on a training mission when two B-17’s collided. The story of the crash is described in the book, "Eighth Air Force Bomber Stories" (Haynes Publishing). It tells the story of the crash, lists those who died and has the results of the board of inquiry. Pictures of the wreckage are found and comments of the locals are included.

Lawrence was 25 years old when he died. He was survived by his wife, Mary Katherine and his 5 year old son, Larry Lee.


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...

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 Lamoni, Iowa


Date Contributor Update
23 April 2019 02:20:57 KBarnett Changes to middlename, role, biography, awards and place associations


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:15 AAM AAM ingest

Combat Sup / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia