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Fred Harrison Barrett


Theatre familiarisation with 552FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF. Assigned to 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. End of War (EOW).

Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (9OLC), WWII Victory, EAME, American Campaign and Defense, Occupation Medal, Korean and UN Medal, PH.

Post war: Remained in USAF, serving in Korea, claiming a Mig15 and rising to the rank of Captain. Killed Baling Out of F-86A 49-1171, 9 miles NE of Darmstadt, Germany. 11-Jan-54. Killed in Service (KIS).


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. ...

  • 495th Fighter Training Group

    495th Fighter Training Group

    The 495th Fighter Training Group, which operated in England from December 1943, trained P-47 Thunderbolt pilots. These pilots, who had received the basic training in the USA would be assigned to a training group to practise ETO operational procedures...

  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...

  • 552nd Fighter Training Squadron
  • 61st Fighter Squadron


  • 41-6532 'Cali Kid'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 84FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Major Ralph F Himes. Transferred war weary to 552FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF. A/C abandoned due to explosion, crashed Shelcott Farm, Montford.

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...

  • Bentwaters

    Military site : airfield
    Built for Eighth Air Force use in 1943-44, and originally named Butley. Surplus to 8AF requirements, Bentwaters saw wartime use by the RAF, and from 1951 to 1993 was used by US Air Forces Europe (USAFE).

  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...


Event Location Date
Born Ellensburg, WA, USA 24 April 1924

Son of Benjamin Harrison and Nancy J Barrett.

Lived in Kittitas County, WA, USA 1941
Enlisted Tacoma, WA, USA 19 January 1943
ETO familiarisation Atcham, Shrewsbury, UK 1944 – 21 August 1944

Theatre familiarisation with 552FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF.

Baled out Montford, Shrewsbury SY4, UK 11 August 1944

Baled Out due to Explosion Shelcott Farm, Montfort Cat 5 damage 2nd Lt Fred H Barrett, 11-Aug-44.

P-47C 41-6532W - 552FTS 495FTG 8AF

Based 21 August 1944 – May 1945

Assigned to 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Boxted, Colchester, UK 22 November 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

End of War (EOW) Europe May 1945
E/A Destroyed 6 June 1952

Mig15 destroyed, NKAF pilot ejected, near Yangmok-tang, Korea. 6-Jun-52.

16th FIS 51st FIW

Crashed 15 miles Nth of London, UK 12 November 1953

Engine Failure 15 miles Nth of London, England Cat 3 damage Capt Fred H Barrett, 12-Nov-53.

F-86A 48-265 - 91FIS 81FIG

Buried Ellensburg, WA, USA January 1954

IOOF Cemetery
Kittitas County

Died 9 miles NE Darmstadt, Germany 11 January 1954

Killed Baling Out over Ground 9 miles NE of Darmstadt, Germany Cat 4 damage Capt Fred H Barrett, 11-Jan-54.

F-86A 49-1171 - 91FIS 81FIG 3AF homebase Bentwaters RAF Station, England


Date Contributor Update
15 September 2016 21:41:32 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:18 AAM AAM ingest

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