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David Luther Barkhurst

Military

Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. Shot down 13-Apr-44 in B-17 42-31433 'Rum Pot', evaded capture for 7 days. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 3865.

Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Clarence Stearns

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-31433 'Rum Pot'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    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

Aircraft

  • 41-24578

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 3675BS/305BG [XK-R/F] Presque Is 19/10/42; Grafton Underwood 25/10/42; transferred 547BS/384BG [SO-U] Grafton Underwood 7/10/43; 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 15/3/44; Returned to the USA Amarillo 21/5/44 (?10/4/44?); Written off 28/11/44. Ref:...

  • 42-29733 Louisiana Purchase

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 11/2/43; Pueblo 19/2/43; Salina 25/2/43; Gulfport 18/3/43; Brookley 28/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 331BS/94BG [QE-P] Bassingbourn 17/4/43 HEAVY DATE; Earls Colne 12/5/43; involved in slight mid-air collision with 42-29711 and...

  • 42-31433 RUM POT II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/11/43; Kearney 15/11/43; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-V] Grafton Underwood 8/1/44; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 13/4/44 with Clarry Stearns, Navigator: Bob Hock, Bombardier: Don Ackerson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dave...

  • 42-31606 'Belle of the Brawl'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/11/43; Gr Island 10/12/43; Bangor 14/12/43; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-O] Grafton Underwood 6/1/44, 544BS [SU-U]; Missing in Action Bonn 4 March 1944 with Hollie R. Lovvorn, Navigator: John T. Kazmerski, Bombardier: Charles T....

  • 42-37788 HELL'S MESSENGER

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 28/8/43; Scott 16/9/43; Assigned 544BS/384BG Grafton Underwood 7/11/43; transferred 547BS [SO-N]; transferred to 364FG Leiston, Sfk, UK. 11/43; Returned to the USA Bradley 14/7/45; 4185 BU Independence 17/7/45; Reconstruction Finance...

  • 42-37801

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 2/9/43; Gr Island 1/10/43; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-G] Grafton Underwood 25/11/43; Missing in Action Oberpfaffenhofen 16/3/44 with Edwin Ledbetter, Co-pilot: Tom Miles, Navigator: Elvin Noxon, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Gordon...

  • 42-37848 "SISSY"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 20/9/43; Gr Island 30/9/43; Assigned 447BG Rattlesden 8/10/43; transferred 546BS/384BG [BK-E] Grafton Underwood 18/10/43; Missing in Action Augsburg 16/3/44 with George Steir, Co-pilot: Harry Bertram, Navigator: Ralph Harvey,...

  • 42-37924

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 15/10/43; Gr Island 29/10/43; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO- ] Grafton Underwood 2/12/43; on training mission to Lt Staughton 9/1/44, with Norman DeFrees, Co-pilot: Hollie Lovvorn, Navigator: Ivan Moody, Bombardier: Ellis Miller, Flight...

  • 42-38013 "NEVADA AVENGER"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; New Castle 10/12/43; Presque Is 15/12/43; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-C] Grafton Underwood 21/1/44; sal battle damaged 27/4/44. NEVADA AVENGER. ...

  • 42-38208 Lilly Belle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/1/44; Gr Island 6/2/44; Assigned 331BS/94BG [QE-X] Rougham 10/2/44 as GEORGIA’S PEACHES; transferred 547BS/384BG [SO-A] Grafton Underwood 1/3/44; transferred 398BG Nuthampsted 27/5/45; 58m but none with 398BG, to RAF Valley for...

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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...

  • Stalag XVII-B

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Jewett, OH. 12 June 1913

Son of Hal Haze and Edna Pearl [Lowmiller] Barkhurst.

Enlisted Pittsburgh, PA 28 April 1942

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Based Grafton Underwood October 1943 – 13 April 1944

Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF.

Baled out & Evaded 13 April 1944 – 20 April 1944

Shot down 13-Apr-44 in B-17 42-31433 'Rum Pot', evaded capture for 7 days.

Prisoner of War (POW) Krems an der Donau, Austria 20 April 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft XVIIb.

Died Bulger, PA 4 March 2011

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 May 2021 09:29:10 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
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Removed # from A/C serial No. to aid clarity and consistency

Date Contributor Update
18 May 2021 20:28:09 jmoore43 Changes to biography and events
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Updated the "POW" event per info in the "Summary biography".

Date Contributor Update
16 July 2020 18:01:33 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
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https://www.fold3.com/record/86948660-david-l-barkhurst
https://www.fold3.com/record/86948660-david-l-barkhurst
https://www.fold3.com/record/284408281-david-l-barkhurst
https://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/person.php?PersonKey=5049

Date Contributor Update
25 January 2020 19:48:23 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
14 November 2019 08:03:03 Richard L Moore Changes to service number
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TSgt. David L. Barkhurst was my grandfather.

Date Contributor Update
14 November 2019 07:31:57 Richard L Moore Changes to middlename
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TSgt. David L. Barkhurst was my grandfather.

Date Contributor Update
14 November 2019 07:25:22 Richard L Moore Changes to biography, events, place associations and aircraft associations
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TSgt. David L. Barkhurst was my grandfather.

Date Contributor Update
14 November 2019 07:14:26 Richard L Moore Changes to awards
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TSgt. David L. Barkhurst was my grandfather.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:05 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3867 / MACR 3867, http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/PersonnelSearch.php?LastName=b... / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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