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J C Barbee

Military

Assigned to 331BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. 7 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Kaiserslautern, Germany in B-17 'Darling Dot' #44-6619 attacked by fighters shortly after IP point, tail gun position took brunt of assault, crashed with A/C near Woltingen on 23-Dec-44 Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 11346.

Awards: PH.

Service

People

  • Marvin Lander

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bomber pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 331BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Kaiserslautern, Germany in B-17 'Darling Dot' #44-6619 attacked by fighters shortly after IP point, tail gun position took brunt of assault, A/C crashed near Woltingen on 23-Dec-44...

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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. ...

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942. Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

  • 331st Bomb Squadron

    331st Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Part of 94th Bomb Group.

Aircraft

  • 44-6619 'Big Gas Bird' 'Darling Dot'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 23/9/44; Grenier 7/10/44; Assigned 331BS/94BG [QE-S] Rougham 11/10/44 BIG GAS BIRD; Missing in Action Kaiserlautern 23/12/44 with Marvin Lander, Jim Groblewski, Bill Schmid, Dick Hall, Walt Lancaster, Norman Palme (6 Prisoner of War);...

Associated Place

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Hardeman County, TX, USA 21 June 1925

Son of Walter Mabry and Alzada Ethel [Gibson] Barbee.

Lived in Quanch, Texas, USA 1941
Enlisted Dallas, TX, USA 13 March 1943
Based Bury St Edmunds 1944 – 23 December 1944

Assigned to 331BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF.

Killed in Action (KIA) 54459 Wiltingen, Germany 23 December 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Kaiserslautern, Germany in B-17 'Darling Dot' 44-6619 attacked by fighters shortly after IP point, tail gun position took brunt of assault, crashed near Woltingen on 23-Dec-44 Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 11346.

Buried 54459 Wiltingen, Germany 24 December 1944

Interred.
Wiltingen Cemetery.

Buried 1 January 1945

Re-Interred
Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial

Buried San Antonio, TX 78234, USA 1948

Re-Interred.
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
San Antonio
Bexar County
Texas, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 March 2020 19:44:48 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2017 14:27:00 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
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https://www.fold3.com/image/30327043
https://www.fold3.com/page/84902754_j_c%20barbee/details/
https://www.fold3.com/image/220962898
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=322632

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:38 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 11346 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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