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LT  Woodrow B. BARNHILL

UNIT: 349th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: P

Lt. Woodrow B. Barnhill
Photo courtesy of CPT Brett Vaughn
Great-nephew of Lt. Barnhill

Lt. Woodrow B. Barnhill
Photo courtesy of CPT Brett Vaughn
Great-nephew of Lt. Barnhill

SERIAL #: O-663463 STATUS: KIC
MACR: CR: 99901

Comments1: 16 JUL 43 CRASHED NEAR DICKLEBURGH

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

1st Lt Woodrow B.Barnhill        P  KIC   16/7/43
2nd Lt Carl F.Hudson             CP  KIC  16/7/43
2nd Lt William H.Carr          NAV  KIC   16/7/43   Initially buried at Cambridge
1st Lt Winfred L.Rucker       BOM  KIC   16/7/43  Initially buried at Cambridge
 T/Sgt Peter Contos            TTE   KIC   16/7/43  Initially buried at Cambridge
 T/Sgt Edward D.Johnson    ROG  KIC   16/7/43   Initially buried at Cambridge
   Sgt Frank M.Opala           BTG   IIC  16/7/43 
 S/Sgt Newton E.Harris,Jr.   WG   KIC  16/7/43
 S/Sgt Vincent S.Noel          WG  IIC   16/7/43
S/Sgt Peter S.Russell,Jr.       TG   IIC  16/7/43

349th Sqdn. Original Crew of 100th Group . Crew crashed on T/O -near - rectory in Dickleburgh. Flying A/C #42 30305 "FLAK SHACK". 

Missions of Lt Woodrow Barnill Crew

1  29 Jun 43  LeMans             25861  LADEN MAIDEN
2.   4 Jul 43   LaPallie           230305 "FLAK SHACK"
3. 10 Jul 43   LeBourget        230305 "FLAK SHACK"   
4. 14 Jul 43   LeBourget        230305 "FLAK SHACK"       

Official Report of Crash reads:
"On 16 July 1943,B 17,serial number 42- 30305, took off from Station #139 on a local formation practice mission. Weather was clear and visibility unlimited. Take off was at 1006 local time. After take off, the aircraft entered a right bank almost lmmediately The bank continued, and the aircraft lost altitude until ground impact. Duration of the flight did not exceed 30 seconds. Three crew members in the rear of the aircraft survived with injuries. The other seven crew members received fatal injuries, and the aircraft was destroyed." See letters from V.S.Noel 
(1978) and Ken Everett.

The 3 injured men recovered and were assigned to ground positions.
     
 F.M.Opala  --  21267 Gertrude Ave. #202,Port Charlotte,FL 33952

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Practice Mission DATE: 1943-07-16  
AIRCRAFT: "Flak Shack" (42-30305) CAUSE: Crash on take-off  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: B ROW: 7  
GRAVE: 38 CEMETERY: Cambridge Military Cemetery  

PHOTOS:

Woodrow B. Barnhill 349th P Texas KIC 16 Jul 43 Dickleburgh UK Woodrow B. Barnhill Crew

 "FLAK SHACK" - 42-30305 - Crashed 16 Jul 43 - 349th (100th Photo Archives) 

 

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