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Harold Raymond Barner

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Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Kaiserlautern, battle damaged, B-17G 42-97479 crash landed two miles north of RAF East Kirby, burned out 30-Dec-44 Killed in Action (KIA).

Awards: PH.

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  • Joseph Van Stratton

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bomber pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Kaiserlautern, battle damaged, B-17G #42-97479 crash landed two miles north of RAF East Kirby, burned out 30/12/44, Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

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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. ...

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 327th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-97479 'Belle of Liberty'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/11/43; Kearney 12/12/43; Cleveland 26/12/43; Presque Is 30/12/43; Assigned 327BS/92BG [UX-L] Podington 27/1/44; Damaged on the 6 March 1944 mission to bomb the ball-bearing plant at Erkner, in the outskirts of Berlin. Walsh crew....

Missions

  • 770

    30 December 1944

Associated Place

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...

  • East Kirkby

    Crash site

Events

Event Location Date
Born Oxford, KS 67119, USA 22 November 1921

Son of Ray J and Mattie [Richardson] Barner.

Lived in California, USA 1941
Based Podington 1944 – 30 December 1944

Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF.

Enlisted Los Angeles, CA, USA 27 January 1944
Died East Kirkby, Spilsby PE23, UK 30 December 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Kaiserlautern, battle damaged, B-17G 42-97479 crash landed two miles north of RAF East Kirby, burned out 30-Dec-44 KIA.

Buried 1 January 1945

Interred
Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial
Coton
Cambridgeshire

Buried Belle Plaine, KS 67013, USA 1946

Re-Interred
Belle Plaine Cemetery
Belle Plaine
Sumner County
Kansas, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 January 2017 10:36:52 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=42-97479
https://www.fold3.com/page/91204143_harold_r%20barner/details/
https://www.fold3.com/page/639639552_harold_r%20barner/details/
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26627872

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:11 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Combat Chronology / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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