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Andrew M Barba

Military

Assigned to 84FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 6th Fighter Wing. Transferred to 84FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF.
Transferred to 495FTG.
EOW.

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

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. ...

  • 6th Fighter Wing
  • 495th Fighter Training Group

    495th Fighter Training Group

    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...

  • 84th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-74694 'Joker'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 84FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of 1st Lt. Andrew M. Barba.

Associated Place

  • 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...

  • Goxhill

    Military site : airfield
    Goxhill opened in June 1941 as an RAF Bomber Command airfield, before being handed over to RAF Fighter Command in December. The Eighth Air Force took ownership in August 1942, and used the airfield, which they quickly dubbed 'Goat Hill' for operational...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Iran 23 December 1919

Son of Michaleal and Sulton Barba.

Lived in Bristol, CT 06010, USA 1941
Enlisted Hartford, CT, USA 14 January 1942

Hartford, Connecticut

Crashed Selma, AL, USA 1 October 1942

Forced Landing Engine Failure Destroyed by Fire 4 miles W of Selma, AL Cat 5 damage Lt Andrew M Barba, 1-Oct-42.

P-40 40-298 - 92SchSq

Discharge USAAF 2 October 1942

Honourable discharge.

Based Duxford 16 February 1943 – 4 July 1943

Assigned to 84FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Duxford, Cambridge CB22, UK May 1943

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Transferred 4 July 1943 – 12 October 1943

Transferred to 6th Fighter Wing.

Transferred Duxford, Cambridge CB22, UK 12 October 1943 – 17 May 1944

Transferred to 84FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF.

Transferred Goxhill, Barrow-upon-Humber DN19, UK 17 May 1944

Transferred to 495FTG.

Died Conklin, NY 3 January 1986

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 May 2021 21:24:07 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/191177134
https://www.fold3.com/record/3900985/andrew-barba-social-security-death-...
https://www.fold3.com/record/620817649/andrew-barba-1919-veterans-affair...

Date Contributor Update
16 November 2016 10:12:20 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;
- Unit roster in DUXFORD DIARY book by Duxford Aviation Society

Date Contributor Update
04 September 2016 15:31:14 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Barba
https://www.fold3.com/page/83379018_andrew_m%20barba/details/
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Barba%2C+Andrew

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:43 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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