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Clarence R Barger

Military

Assigned to 354FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 6 kills. Flak damaged in P-47 42-75275 8-Mar-44 - Barger WIA. Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Liepzig. Formation jumped by Bf109's did not acknowledge break, not seen after break crashed near Zerbst Germany in P-51 43-6631 Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5360.

Awards: DFC (OLC), PH.

Service

Units served with

  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter Group

    Group
    Where the 353rd Fighter Group had pioneered ground strafing techniques, it was the 355th Fighter Group who destroyed more enemy aircraft by ground strafing than any other Eighth Air Force Group. Based at Steeple Morden from July 1943 to July 1945, the...

  • 354th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-6631 'Little Brown Jug'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 354FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) ramrod to Liepzig shot down by Me109's crashed near Zerbst in P-51B 43-6631 Lt Clarence R Barger Killed in Action (KIA). 28-May-44. MACR 5360.

  • 42-75275 "Helen" "Man o' War"

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 354FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt Col Claiborn Kinnard. Re-assigned to 2nd Lt Clarence R Barger. Flak damaged 8-Mar-44 - 2nd Lt Clarence R Barger WIA.

  • 43-6580 'Helen II'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 354FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of 1st Lt Clarence R Barger. Crashed due to engine failure Debden 18-Dec-44 Lt Donald V Galer. Written off.

Missions

Associated Place

  • Steeple Morden

    Military site : airfield
    Originally used from 1940 as a small, grass airfield, satellite for nearby RAF Bassingbourn, Steeple Morden was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in August 1942 as a potential bomber base. It was used briefly by the 3rd Photographic Group during the...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Worth County, MO, USA 1922

Son of William Reuben and Jessie M. [Renfro] Barger.

Lived in Allendale, MO, USA 1941
Enlisted Missouri, USA 8 October 1943
Promotion Steeple Morden, Royston SG8, UK 1944

Promoted to 2nd Lieutenant.

Based Steeple Morden 3 January 1944 – 28 May 1944

Assigned to 354FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF.

Wounded in Action Germany 8 March 1944

P-47 42-75275 Flak damaged 8-Mar-44 - Barger WIA.

Promotion Steeple Morden, Royston SG8, UK May 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Died Zerbst, Germany 28 May 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Liepzig. Formation jumped by Bf109's did not acknowledge break, not seen after break crashed near Zerbst Germany in P-51 43-6631 Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5360.

Buried 1945

Tablets of the Missing at Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery

Buried Worth, MO 64499, USA 1946

Memorialised
Knox Presbyterian Church Cemetery
Worth
Gentry County
Missouri, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 November 2017 16:36:17 Al_Skiff Changes to events and mission associations
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Date Contributor Update
05 September 2016 12:11:21 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname
Sources

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https://www.fold3.com/page/83345149_clarence_r%20barger/details/

Date Contributor Update
05 September 2016 11:47:23 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Barger&Submit=Search
https://www.fold3.com/image/28648225
https://www.fold3.com/page/83345149_clarence_r%20barger/details/

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:19 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5360 / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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