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Harry L Barr Jr

Military

Born in El Dorado, Kansas June 13, 1919. Commissioned as a 2nd Lt and awarded pilots wings on July 11, 1941. First active duty assignment was with the 31st Fighter Group, Selfridge Field Michigan flying P-39's. Participated in the Louisiana Maneuvers flying from Ft. Brag and New Orleans, Louisiana. The 31st was moved to several locations immediately following December 7th, 1941. They eventually ended up flying submarine patrols off the coast of Washington in both P-39's and P-40's.

The 31st was moved to England in June of 1942 where they were equipped with Spitfire Mk-V's and were the first U.S. unit to fly aerial combat in the European Theater.

1st Lt Barr was selected to help form the 350th Fighter Group in England. The 350th was equipped with P-39/400's. Lt Barr was the Operations Officer for the 345th Fighter Squadron of the 350th.

The 350th was to move to North Africa in December of 1942. Lt Barr led a flight of 4 P-400's guided by a B-25. The flight encountered bad weather and the fighters ran low on fuel and diverted to Lisbon, Portugal where their planes were impounded and they were held as prisoners of war.

Lt Barr was released from Portugal and returned to the 31st Fighter Group, 309th Fighter Squadron in May of 1943. He remained with the 31st Fighter Group through the campaigns in North Africa into Sicily and Italy.

He returned to the United States in February 1944 as the 31st was transitioning from Spitfire Mk-IX's to P-51's.

Capt Barr served out the remainder of the war as a P-47 Instructor Pilot at Strother Field Kansas.

Service

People

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  • Berry Chandler

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    Military | First Lieutenant | pilot

  • James Giganti

    Military | 31st Fighter Group

  • James Isbell

    Military | 31st Fighter Group

  • Gerald Jackson

    Military | 31st Fighter Group

  • Samuel Junkin

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 31st Fighter Group
    Aircraft sustained battle damage while supporting landings at Dieppe, France 19 August 1942 in Spitfire VB. Aircraft ditched into the English Channel and Lt. Junkin was rescued. Returned to base. Lt. Junkin was credited with an air victory of a German...

  • Stanley Kelly

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Units served with

  • 31st Fighter Group

    31st Fighter Group

    Group
    The 31st Fighter Group only flew missions from England between June and September 1942 but during this period they supported the Dieppe raid, the assault on occupied Europe, predominantly by the Canadian army. The attack was forced into early retreat...

  • 350th Fighter Group

    350th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 350th Fighter Group was always intended to join the Twelfth Air Force in the North African campaign as a tactical fighter organisation, using P-39 Airacobras in ground attacks. The pilots flew practice missions from the UK before flying their...

  • 309th Fighter Squadron
  • 345th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

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...

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...

  • Portreath

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1940-41 as an RAF fighter station, Portreath was unusual in having straightaway four tarmac-surface hard runways, with double blast pens dispersed around the perimeter track. After wartime development, it eventually had four T2 and four...

  • Westhampnett

    Military site : airfield
    Acquired in 1938 as an Emergency Landing Ground for RAF Tangmere, Westhampnett was upgraded to satellite status in 1940. It had eventually three grass runways, 19 pan hardstandings, 32 small pens, and one T1 plus eight over-blister hangars. Occupied by...

  • Termini

    Military site : airfield

  • Korba

    Military site : airfield

  • Ponte Olivo

    Military site : airfield

  • Castel Volturno

    Military site : airfield

  • Coltishall

    Crash site

  • Pomigliano

    Military site : airfield

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Events

Event Location Date
Born El Doardo Kansas 13 June 1919
Died Susan B Allen Memorial Hospital, El Dorado, Kansas 28 March 2000
Enlisted

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 May 2021 19:45:29 RED HORSE Changes to role
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06 May 2021 01:44:19 RED HORSE Changes to role
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Personal papers of Lt Col Harry L. Barr USAFR Retired

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06 May 2021 01:42:49 RED HORSE Changes to events
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Personal papers of Lt Col Harry L. Barr and Col Charles M. Barr

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04 May 2021 21:59:21 RED HORSE Changes to biography
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Papers of Lt Col Harry L. Barr

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04 May 2021 17:56:01 RED HORSE Changes to biography
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Personal Papers of Lt Col Harry Barr, Lt Col USAFR Retired

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04 May 2021 17:53:11 RED HORSE Changes to biography
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Private papers of Lt Col Harry Barr Lt Col USAFR Retired

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04 May 2021 17:33:02 RED HORSE Changes to place associations
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Public from internet and private papers of Capt Harry Barr

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04 May 2021 17:04:36 RED HORSE Changes to unit associations and place associations
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Personal Papers of Capt Harry L Barr

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03 May 2021 16:26:24 RED HORSE Changes to media associations
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Personal Papers of Capt Harry L. Barr

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02 May 2021 22:09:02 RED HORSE Changes to media associations
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Personal papers of Harry L Barr

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02 May 2021 22:03:12 RED HORSE Changes to unit associations
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Personal papers of Lt Col Harry Barr

Date Contributor Update
02 May 2021 21:53:37 RED HORSE Changes to service number, role and awards
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Personal Papers of Lt Col Harry L Barr

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02 May 2021 21:49:57 RED HORSE Changes to middlename, suffix and awards
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Personal Papers of Lt Col Harry Barr USAFR Retired

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01 June 2017 04:43:38 gfeindel Created entry with surname, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role and biography
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Personal papers of Lt Neill S Walker

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