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Thomas Perry Barron

Military

Bombardier B-17F 42-30634 'Liberty Belle'. After leaving formation due to an engine fire on secondary mission to bomb airfields near Hanover, Germany on 21 Feb 1944, A/C was attacked by nine FW190s. Four crewman jumped before the a/c exploded and crashed in the North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

Service

People

  • John McGuigan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Pilot B-17F 42-30634 'Liberty Belle'. After leaving formation due to an engine fire on secondary mission to bomb airfields near Hanover, Germany on 21 Feb 1944, A/C was attacked by nine FW190s. Four crewman jumped before the a/c exploded and crashed in...

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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. ...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 412th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30634 'Liberty Belle'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/7/43; Gr Isle 22/7/43; Walla Walla 1/8/43; Scott 9/8/43; Presque Is 17/8/43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-O] Horham 20/8/43; 30m, Missing in Action Brunswick 21/2/44 with John McGuigan, Bombardier: Tom Barron, Flight engineer/top turret...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 229 LEAFLET DROP

    21 February 1944
    5 B-17s from 305BG/422BS are depatched on a night operation to drop 250 bundles (1,250,000) leaflets on the French cities of Rouen, Caen, Paris and Amiens. There are no losses or claims.

Associated Place

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Jackson, MO, USA 26 May 1920

Son of Thomas Perry Sr and Bertha G Barron.

Lived in Concho County, TX, USA 1940

Concho County, Texas, USA.

Enlisted Kansas City, KS 23 March 1942

Kansas City, Kansas

Bombardier Wings Victorville, CA, USA 29 May 1943

He received his Bombardier wings at Victorville, California, 29th May, 1943.

Embarked for ETO Merseyside, UK 14 November 1943 – 19 November 1943

Sailed on the Queen Mary for England, Nov. 14th, 1943, arriving at Tillshead, Eng. 19th Nov 1943.

Based 1944 – 21 February 1944

Assigned to 412BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF.

Killed in Action (KIA) North Sea Off Egmond, Netherlands 21 February 1944

A/C was attacked by nine FW190s. Four crewman jumped before the a/c exploded and crashed in the North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

Buried Netherlands American Cemetery 1946

Tablets of the Missing.
Netherlands American Cemetery
Margraten, Netherlands

Buried West Hill Cemetery Sherman, Grayson County, TX 1948

Memorialised
West Hill Cemetery
Sherman, Grayson County, Texas

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 January 2021 21:16:01 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events and person associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/310952953
https://www.fold3.com/record/529868535/american-battle-monuments-commiss...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/70575381/thomas-p-barron
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/73853336/thomas-p-barron

Date Contributor Update
17 March 2020 19:27:32 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
03 February 2016 15:03:00 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and events
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia;
- MACR 2423;
- Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2015 10:31:40 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
http://95thbg.org/j3migr/95thbg-aircraft/95th-b-17-s-1942
http://www.fieldsofhonor-database.com/index.php/american-war-cemetery-ma...

Date Contributor Update
21 August 2015 10:20:39 Lucyd Changes to surname
Sources

Altered surname from Barrron to Barron.
https://www.abmc.gov/search-abmc-burials-and-memorializations/detail/WWI...
http://www.fold3.com/image/28602441/

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:06 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 2423 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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