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William H Barnes

Military

Assigned to 338FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Killed whilst on occupation duty in Germany. Crashed whilst flying P-51D 44-63735, 1/2 mile South of Thalhofen. 6-Sept-45. Killed in Training Accident (KITA).

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME, Army of Occupation, PH.

Service

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. ...

  • 55th Fighter Group

    55th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 55th Fighter Group were the first P-38 Lightning Group to go fully operational from England. The pilots flew long-range escort missions for bombers flying over occupied Europe and racked up 'kills' of their own by destroying enemy aircraft in...

  • 338th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 44-63735 '2nd Stretch'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 338FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt Herman J Schonenberg. Crashed 1/2 mile south of Thalhofen, Germany. Pilot Lt William H Barnes Killed 6-Sep-45. DNB.

Missions

Associated Place

  • Wormingford

    Military site : airfield
    Wormingford was a Royal Flying Corps/RAF anti-Zeppelin aircraft Landing Ground First World War, rebuilt for the Eighth Air Force 1942-43. It was a Ninth Air Force base from 1943-44, and home to the 362nd Fighter Group. Switching back to the Eighth Air...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Beadle County, SD, USA 5 May 1920
Lived in South Dakota, USA 1941
Enlisted South Dakota, USA 1942
Based Wormingford 23 March 1945 – 6 September 1945

Assigned to 338FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF.

E/A Destroyed / damaged Burg, Germany 10 April 1945

Mission to Burg A/D. Damaged 2 x Fw190 [Ground], Destroyed 1 x Fw190 [Ground]. 10-Apr-45.

Promoted Wormingford, Colchester CO6, UK 13 May 1945

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Died Thalhofen, 87616 Marktoberdorf, Germany 6 September 1945

Crashed whilst flying P-51D 44-63735, 1/2 mile South of Thalhofen. 6-Sept-45. KITA.

Buried 2 February 1949

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2016 13:37:16 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

http://www.station131.co.uk/55th/Pilots/338th%20Pilots/Barnes%20William%...
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Barnes%2C+William+H
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=pv&GRid=8790700&PIpi=38793088

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2016 13:26:40 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.station131.co.uk/55th/Pilots/338th%20Pilots/Barnes%20William%...
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Barnes%2C+William+H

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:06 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list / WWW.55th.org roster

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