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Sgt Ogden Barron, TG on Lt Baldwin Crew -KIA

SERIAL #: 42000553 STATUS: KIA
MACR: 13717 CR: 13717

Comments1: 3 APR 45 KEIL (FLAK, FIRE & EXP)




Mission: Kiel                                 351st Sqdn.
Date: 3 APril 1945                            A/C #43-38992

  Letter from Kermit E.Jones 17/6/82.

2nd Lt William E.Baldwin,Jr.         P    KIA
2nd Lt Francis G.Beedle             CP   KIA
   F/O John H.Buckley              NAV  KIA
   Sgt Leslie O.Davis                TOG   KIA
   Sgt Kermit E.Jones              ROG   POW
   Sgt Kenneth E.Wright          TTE   KIA
   Sgt Randolph A.Goodwin      BTG    KIA
   Sgt Alfred Mantopoli              WG   KIA
   Sgt Ogden W.Barron              TG  KIA
 S/Sgt Howard O.Weber   Rad/Cont.  POW

This crew,with Robert C.Fletcher as pilot,joined the 100th GP on 4/3/45. He was
LWA on 18/3/45 and apparently Baldwin took over as P. Francis Beedle had been the
CP on the crew of R.C.Ellis. Howard Weber was not a member of the original crew.

Eyewitness report had following to say:  "A/C #992 was unable to release bombs over
target and retained them until formation reached 5417-0600E on return route. Bombs
were then released. The A/C appeared to be undamaged and continued on with the for-
mation to 5405-0620E at 1850 hours when wheels were lowered and pilot called over
VHF saying he was low on gas and would try to get back alone. The A/C peeled off
and down toward the undercast. When the formation reached 5250-0300E at 1952 hours,
a VHF message from A/C 992 was received saying that 80 gallons of gas per engine
was left and the A/C was an estimated 15 minutes from land. Nothing further was
heard. Other pilots suggest that cloud conditions were favorable for icing and that
A/C may have been lost due to ice picked up in passing through clouds."

Actually,icing was not the problem as Kermit Jones explains. "We were returning
from Kiel when it was discovered we were running out of gas so we headed for
Belgium. While enroute,and over the first Frisian Island off the Peninsula of Holland,
at an altitude of 5000 feet,we wera hit by flak which destroyed two engines and
set the ship on fire."

According to Jones,he,Goodwin and Wright bailed out but the others did not and the
A/C exploded upon hitting the ground. Jones adds that, "Sgt. Goodwin landed on the
island (Texel) and shed his chute and flying boots. These were later shown to us by
the Germans with a comment that Sgt.Goodwin was dead. The Germans at the same time
showed us the seven pairs of twisted and burned dog tags of remaining members of
the crew with a statement that they were all dead."

Of considerable interest in connection with the loss of this crew is a letter
from  "The Mayor of Texel" dated 11 Feb.1946 and apparently directed to someone
who had inquired about the burial of Sgt Barron.

       "In answer to your letter of 5 February,we can assure you that the grave of
Sgt.Ogden N. Barron indeed is known.
        The plane was shot down on April 3.1945 at 20 hours (8 p.m.) and fell
near Horntge in the southern part of Textel Island. The plane had posslbly a crew of
seven men. Two persons,their names not known, (they were Jones & Weber) were
taken prisoner by the Germans. The bodies of two persons, namely,Sgt Ogden W.Barron
number 420C0553 and Sgt.Randolph Goodwin, number 39855835 were identified.These
two people died instantly when the plane struck the ground. Also,two others
occupants who tried to leave the plane by parachute were killed instantly on
account of the Plane being too close to the ground.Their names ere not known.

The possibly seventh occupant has never been found,either he fell into the sea
or was obliterated under the plane when it fell dowm.

The bodies of the four crew members were buried on April 10/1945 in the Allied
cemetary of the town Den Burg at Textel Island. The funeral services were somewhat
delayed on account of a general uprising amongst the people with many things abnormal
for a few days. The graves were marked with a wooden cross.
On Dec.7,1945 the American Graves Registration Command recovered the bodies of the
American boys and reburied them in the American cemetary "Margraten" in the
province of Limburg."

In two quite touching letters written by one A. van Dienst,an official of Den Burg,
to the mother of John Buckley 30/5/46 and 25/11/46) he attcmpts to solace
Mrs Buckley and, at the same time,explain the difficulties met with in identifying
the airmen who perished in the crash.

      "parts of different bodies were found, namely two bodies and four pair of
hands, partly burnt, found in or near the plane. These were buried in one coffin at
10 April in the war cemetary of Den Burg about 20 metres from my house."

van Dienst then proposes the possibility that some human remains, if not consumed
by fire, might still be in "parts of the plane that are pushed deep into the
ground". He further promises to attempt to interest the American Graves Registration
in digging up the buried aircraft to search for any remains.

In the letter of 25/11/46, van Dienst writes Mrs Buckley that Graves Registration
had further examined the wreckage and had been able to identify remains of William
E.Baldwin, Francis G.Beedle, Sgt Alfred Mantopoli and Kenneth Wright.

Thus we know that F/O John Buckley and Sgt Leslie O,Davis were the two unidentified
crewmen "buried in one coffin" on 10 April 1945.  van Dienst concludes his letter
to Mrs.Buckley by saying that the cross marking this grave reads "Unknown American
Flyers" but the rear side of the cross now says, "Probably, F/O John H.Buckley and
Sgt Leslie O.Davis".

Original Crew as joined the 100th...
 2nd Lt Robert C.Fletcher         P         FEH (WIA 18/3/45)
 2nd Lt William E.Baldwin,Jr.   CP   KIA   3/4/45  KIEL
 F/O John H.Buckley     NAV    KIA 3/4/45  KIEL
 Sgt Randolf A.Goodwin BOM    KIA 3/4/45  KIEL
 Cpl Kermit E.Jones  ROG    POW 3/4/45  KIEL
 Cpl Kenneth E.Wright TTE     KIA 3/4/45  KIEL
 Cpl Leslie O.Davis  NG  KIA 3/4/45  KIEL
 Cpl Alfred Mantopoli  WG  KIA 3/4/45  KIEL  MACR #13717,Micro-fiche unk
 Cpl Ogden W.Barron TG       KIA 3/4/45 KIEL  A/C #43 38992

351st Sqdn.  Joined the 100th Group,as above, on 4/3/45.

On 3/4/45,Robt.Fletcher was not flying,his place was taken by William Baldwin and 2nd Lt. 
Francis G.Beedle (from the crew of R.C.Ellis) was flying as CP. In addition S/Sgt.Howard 0. 
Weber was aboard as radar Controller He became a POW.


Ogden Wright Barron was born in New York on May 2, 1924. His parents were Bernard M. and Helen Elizabeth Wright Barron. The US Census 1930 lists the family in Boston, Massachusetts, while the US Census 1940 has them in New York City. Barron was drafted, and inducted into military service, at Newark, New Jersey on June 25, 1943. His NARA Enlistment file states he had completed 3 years of high school, and his civilian occupation is not given.

He was assigned to the Army Air Forces, and trained as an aerial gunner. He was sent to crew training, and eventually deployed to England with that crew (Lt Robert Fletcher), arriving March 4, 1945. After Lt Fletcher was wounded on March 18, 1945, he was removed from the crew, and Lt Baldwin assumed command. On April 3, 1945, the crew went on a mission to bomb Berlin, Germany. On the return trip to England, Baldwin's aircraft was running low on fuel, so he drooped in altitude to compensate. Over the Friesian Islands off Holland. flak batteries opened fired, and knocked out two engines. Hits also started an interior fire.,The crew attempted to bail out, but only two made it to the ground safely. They were captured by German troops. Two others died when their parachutes did not open because of low altitude. Four bodies and two sets of remains were recovered from the crash scene. All were buried in a cemetery in Den Burg on Texel Island. After the war, all were retrieved by Allied forces, identified, and moved to Margraten Cemetery in Holland. Then, some were moved again.

Today, Sgt Barron lies in the Long Island National Cemetery in Farmingdale, New York in Section J, Site 13683
Sgt Ogden W. Barron was acting as tail gunner on B-17G # 43-38992, unnamed, assigned to the 351st Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 13717 was issued. Crew rosters and personnel files show the crew as:

2 Lt William E. Baldwin  p
2 Lt Francis G. Beedle  c-p
F/O John H. Buckley  nav
Sgt  Leslie O. Davis  tog
Sgt  Kenneth E. Wright  eng/tt gun
Sgt  Kermit E. Jones  r/o
Sgt  Randolph A. Goodwin  btg
Sgt  Alfred Mantopoli  wg
Sgt  Ogden W. Barron  tail gun
SSgt Howard O. Weber  rad cont

Sgts Jones and Weber were the only survivors.


TARGET: Keil DATE: 1945-04-03  
AIRCRAFT: (43-38992) CAUSE: FLAK, Fire & Explosion  


ID: 242