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Clarence Basil Barnes


Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #42-5849 'Hell's Belles II. Missing Air Crew Report #722. 'Prisoner of War (POW). Was in Stalag Luft 17B



Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 547th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-5849

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 20/3/43; Sioux City 13/4/43; Kearney 3/5/43; Dow Fd 20/3/43; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-N] Grafton Underwood 24/5/43; Missing in Action Nantes 16/9/43 with John Butler, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Howard Turlington (2 evaded...


  • VIII Bomber Command 97

    16 September 1943
    This mission is composed of two elements: Bomb Groups from 1st Bomb Division and Bomb groups from 3rd Bomb Division. The first element is a combined force of 147 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 303BG (19); 305BG (16); 351BG (19); 379BG (19); 381BG (20); and...

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...


Event Location Date
Born Chetopa, Kansas, USA 1919
Assigned Wendover, UT, USA 20 January 1943

Assigned to the 384th BG 547th BS on 20 January 1943, per squadron history (microfilm A0641-00189). Four combat missions.

Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 16 September 1943 – May 1945
Enlisted Miami, FL, USA 3 October 1945

Second Enlistment
Residence: Labette County, Kansas

Died 24 April 2004


Date Contributor Update
15 March 2016 21:33:05 bombercommand Changes to middlename, biography, awards, events, place associations, mission associations and media associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:14 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 722 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / self; MACR 722/daughter,