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Robert E Barnhart


August 1944-April 1945; P-5l PIá? /Margie Darling/

7/42-2/43 AAC Reserve in Angola, IN, basic training Miami Beach, FL, College Training at Univ. of Pittsburgh, Flight Training from 6/43 - Adv. Flt. in Dothan, AL 2/44, commissioned 2nd Lt. ; Fighter Training 2/44-6/44 in Dothan & Dover, Del. ; in England 6/44, Combat Fighter Training w/495th Fighter Training Group 7/44; transferred to 356th FG; flew both P-47s & P-51s on 75 missions w/303 combat hours; last mission 3/31/45; flew on all 3 support missions of Allied Aerial Invasion of Holland in Sept. '44; was also a technical inspector.

DFC/ AM w/ 6 Oak Leaf Cluster/ ETO w/ 3 Battle Stars/ Unit Citation

2 in Air & 1 damaged. (14 March 1945 shot down 1 Arado 234)


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. ...

  • 356th Fighter Group

    356th Fighter Group

    The 356th Fighter Group flew 413 missions between 15 October 1943 and 7 May 1945 and suffered the highest ratio of losses to enemy aircraft claims of any Eighth Air Force Group. This gave the Group the reputation of being the 'hard luck' outfit. The...

  • 495th Fighter Training Group

    495th Fighter Training Group

    The 495th Fighter Training Group, which operated in England from December 1943, trained P-47 Thunderbolt pilots. These pilots, who had received the basic training in the USA would be assigned to a training group to practise ETO operational procedures...

  • 360th Fighter Squadron


  • 44-15189 'Margie Darling' 'Virgie Mae'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 360FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt James G Charlton Re-assigned to Lt Robert E Barnhart. Transferred to 357FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF.

  • 42-28664 'Squirt'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 360FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt Robert E Barnhart.

Associated Place

  • Atcham

    Military site : airfield
    Atcham, at some remove from other American Air Force bases in Shropshire, was used by USAAF to train pilots from June 1942, several months before the American Eagle Squadrons were combined to form the 4th Fighter Group. Pilots here were mainly trained...

  • Martlesham Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Opened in 1917 as home to the RFC Aeroplane Experimental Unit, Martlesham Heath became well known during the 1920s-30s as home to the Aircraft and Armament Experimental Establishment. Used as an RAF fighter station from 1939, with only a grass airfield...


Event Location Date
Born Lena, Illinois 10 December 1921
Lived in Freeport, IL 61032, USA 1941
Enlisted Baer Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46809, USA 29 July 1942

Baer Field Fort

Combat training Atcham, Shrewsbury, UK July 1944 – August 1944

Combat Fighter Training with 495th Fighter Training Group.

Based Martlesham Heath 1 August 1944 – 11 April 1945

Assigned to 360FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Martlesham Heath, Martlesham, Ipswich, UK October 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Promotion Martlesham Heath, Martlesham, Ipswich, UK 16 March 1945

Promoted to Captain.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK 11 April 1945
Died Cincinnati, OH, USA 28 October 2014
Buried Cincinnati, OH, USA November 2014

Spring Grove Cemetery
Hamilton County
Ohio, USA


Date Contributor Update
12 September 2016 20:43:33 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, service number, highest rank, role, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:10 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roster from ESCORT The 356th Fighter Group Over Europe 1943-1945 by Kent D. Miller / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list / self