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Bruce Dero Barton

Military

Assigned to 322BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Crash landed in B-17 41-24439 'Chief Sly’ while serving as pilot on return from target Romilly-sur-Seine, France 20-Dec-42. Co-pilot was 2nd Lt. Arthur J. Reynolds. Aircraft was DBR and salvaged. No injuries reported in crash.

Awards: SS, DFC (OLC), AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

Service

People

  • Paul Burnett

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Crash landed in B-17F-5-BO 41-24439 'Chief Sky' while serving as Co-Pilot on return from target Romilly-sur-Seine, France. 20-Dec-42. Crew escaped injury in landing; however, Burnett was injured in a battle with fighters on the return.

  • R Hare

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    December 20, 1942 crash landed in B-17F-5-BO 41-24439 'Chief Sky' on return from target Romily-sur-Seine. Crew escaped injury in landing.

  • Marshall Haugen

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 390th Bomb Group
    Marshall Haugen was Radio Operator on 322nd Sqdn's 'Chief Sly' and 'Chief Sly II' and flew over with the 91st BG in the September of 1942. ...

  • Stephen Lindley

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Crash landed in B-17F-5-BO 41-24439 'Chief Sky' on return from target Romily-sur-Seine December 20, 1942. Crew escaped injury in landing.

  • Lester Snook

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 322BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Crash landed in B-17 41-24439 'Chief Sky' on return from target Romily-sur-Seine 20-Dec-42. Crew escaped injury in landing. RTD Awards: AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • C Sosen

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    December 20, 1942 crash landed in B-17F-5-BO 41-24439 'Chief Sly' on return from target Romily-sur-Seine. Crew escaped injury in landing.

  • Bruno Stanczyk

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 322BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Crash landed in B-17 41-24439 'Chief Sly' on return from target Romily-sur-Seine 20-Dec-42. Crew escaped injury in landing. RTD Awards: AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 322nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24439 Chief Sly

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24439 'Chief Sly' was delivered Dow Fd 2-Sep-42; Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-Q] 6-Sep-42; Bassingbourn 29-Sep-42; battle damaged 20-Dec-42 on mission to bomb the German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France. Crash-landed Parsonage Farm,...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 21

    18 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient and La Pallice, France are the Primary (P) targets for this mission. However, those at St. Nazaire, France are attacked by 21 B-17s of 303BG when they are mistaken for those of Lorient. The force attacking Lorient is composed...

  • VIII Bomber Command 22

    22 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the Primary (P) target of this mission. A combined force of 68 B-17s despatched from 91BG (18), 303BG (18) 305BG (23) and 306BG (9) against the target but a 10/10 could cover prevents all but 11 from 303BG from...

  • VIII Bomber Command 26

    20 December 1942
    The German Air Depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France is the Primary (P) target for a combined force of 80 B-17s despatched by 91BG (17), 303BG (21); 305BG (23) and 306BG (19). 60 B-17 are effective on the target, but 7 are MIA and 1 is DBR. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 33

    4 February 1943
    The marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany are again designated as the primary target for this mission follwing the abortive attempt of 2-Feb-43. However, weather and extreme cold frustrate this operation also. The main attacking force consists of 65 B-17s...

  • VIII Bomber Command 36

    16 February 1943
    The port area and U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are designated as the primary target of this mission of 71 B-17s and 18 B-24s. B-17s are from 91BG (18); 303BG (15); 305BG (18); 306BG (20) of these 59 are effective on the target and 6 are lost....

  • VIII Bomber Command 37

    26 February 1943
    After 10 days of weather related delays of the bomber offensive, a mission is organised with the port facilities of Emden, Germany as the primary target. However, Emden is obscured by cloud cover and all formations divert to attack the port facilities...

  • VIII Bomber Command 39

    4 March 1943
    After several weather-caused aborted attempts in attacking the marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany, the 8th Air Force is finally successful in attacking this target. A total of 71 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (20); 303BG (18); 305BG (12) amd 306BG (21)....

  • VIII Bomber Command 40

    6 March 1943
    German U-boats continue to attack convoys headed fro Great Britain in the North Atlantic with good success. Many of the U-boat packs operate from St. Nazaire, Lorient and Brest, France, so destroying harbour facilities at these locations remain a...

  • VIII Bomber Command 41

    8 March 1943
    The railroad marshalling yards at Rennes and Rouen, France are the primary targets for this mission. A formation comprised of 67 B-17s: 91BG (14); 303BG (19); 305BG (16) and 306BG (18) is despatched to bomb at Rennes. Conditions are good with no cloud...

  • VIII Bomber Command 43

    13 March 1943
    The railroad marshalling yards at Amiens/Longeau, France are the primary target for this mission but the rail line at Romescamps, the German airfield at Abbevile/Drucat and two other targets of opportunity are also bombed. 80 B-17s are despatched: 91BG...

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Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Greenville County, SC 27 March 1919
Based 1942 – 1943

Assigned to 322BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Georgia 12 July 1969
Buried Graceland West Cemetery and Mausoleum Greenville, Greenville County, SC 15 July 1969

Graceland West Cemetery and Mausoleum
Greenville, Greenville County, South Carolina

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 August 2021 08:18:37 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, person associations and unit associations
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https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/46465470/bruce-dero-barton

Date Contributor Update
15 August 2021 22:53:32 acbernstein1 Changes to mission associations
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http://www.91stbombgroup.com/Dailies/322ndjan1943.html
http://www.91stbombgroup.com/Dailies/322nd8-6%20to8-7-42.html

Date Contributor Update
25 October 2020 18:26:36 AMBarton Changes to service number and biography
Sources

Correction to bio

Date Contributor Update
25 October 2020 18:18:56 AMBarton Changes to awards
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Added awards

Date Contributor Update
25 October 2020 17:33:02 AMBarton Changes to highest rank and biography
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Corrected chief sky to sly
Changed rank to captain

Date Contributor Update
06 December 2014 20:44:32 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 6-Dec-2014. All information and changes from "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; made connections to Place, Aircraft and Mission within existing website data.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:48 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol.1 by Bishop and Hey p. 55, Plane Names and Fancy Noses : The 91st BG by Bowden pp.49-51 pictures and accident account

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