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James William "Jimmy" Barton
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Birth: Dec. 28, 1916
Missouri, USA
Death: Jun. 10, 1990
Greene County
Missouri, USA

JAMES WILLIAM (JIMMY) BARTON, son of James Daniel Barton and Anna Elizabeth Pauline, was born on 28 Dec 1916 and died of an apparent heart attack on 10 Jun 1990 in Springfield, Greene Co, MO.

Jimmy served as City Electrical Inspector for Springfield for 34 years until retirement.

He served in the US Air Force (European Theatre) during World War II as Co-pilot on the B-24 Liberator bomber airplanes.

Jimmy married Mary June Zongker on 2 Jul 1942 in the home of her parents in Springfield, Greene Co, MO.

Mary June, daughter of Mr. and Mrs Z Zongker, was born on 24 Oct 1925. Three daughters were born to this family.

Burial is in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Springfield, Greene Co, MO.

Church: Baptist.

Co Pilot 2nd/Lt. James W. Barton
Squadron: 578th BS 392th Bomb Group
Pilot 2nd/Lt. Colby A. Waugh KIA

Target: Kiel Germany
Missing Air Crew Report Details
Date Lost: 4-Jan-44
Serial Number:
Aircraft Model B-24H
Aircraft Letter:
Aircraft Name: "Alfred" 3RD Mission
Location: Upper Sherringham England
Cause: FLAK 5KIA

This aircrew was returning from the combat mission to Kiel this date, and due to severe aircraft damage was forced to attempt a crash landing just on the Northeastern coast of East Anglia at the small village of Sheringham, Norfolk. The time of this crash was recorded at 1434 hours as the ship hit some trees in the attempted landing. Four (4) crewmen were killed outright in the crash and a fifth died in a hospital at Cromer four days later. The only record of an overseas burial is that of Lt. Thomson, the Bombardier, who is interred at CAMBRIDGE in Grave D-4-19 with an award of the Purple Heart posthumously noted. The aircraft was totally demolished in this tragic event and was #42-7485, nicknamed "ALFRED", 0-Bar, on its 16th combat mission, which plane had just been transferred from the 577th into the 578th. Home of record for Lt. Thompson was Alabama.

The May 1994 issue of the NEWS recounted S/Sgt Henry Wilk's memories of the crash: "On our mission to Kiel on Jan. 4, 1944 we were badly damaged over the target area by flak, and we lost an engine. Somewhere over the North Sea we lost the second engine. I can't recall if we were hit by fighters on that mission because there were so many that it is easy to get them mixed up. I know we were preparing to ditch when we were able to see the coast of England and we decided to try to make it home. The rest you pretty much know. There were no wounded aboard before the crash and I don't remember too much afterward. When I came to I was out of the a/c on top of the wing, and I recall seeing a man running toward us. The next thing I remember is being carried through a field or woods. When I opened my eyes again I found myself in the whitest hospital room I ever saw. The Kiel mission was my fourth and my crew's third, because I had flown one without them as a replacement. After the crash, I flew with a large number of different air crews and with the help of God I managed to get my 30."

The "Alfred" crew
2nd/Lt. Colby A. Waugh Pilot KIA
2nd/Lt. James W. Barton Co Pilot RTD
2nd/Lt. Arthur L. Cound Navigator KIA
2nd/Lt. Virgil E. Thomson Bombardier KIA
S/Sgt. Don C. Belden Engineer KIA
S/Sgt. Parke V. Kent Radio Op. RTD
S/Sgt.Edward R. Murphy Gunner KIA
T/Sgt. L.L. Wagner Gunner RTD
S/Sgt. E.J. Johnson Gunner RTD
S/Sgt. Henry R. Wilk Gunner RTD
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  Barry James Barton (1955 - 1955)*
*Calculated relationship
Greenlawn Memorial Gardens
Greene County
Missouri, USA
Maintained by: John Dowdy
Originally Created by: Glyn Trimble
Record added: Jan 28, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 64811110
James William Jimmy Barton
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James William Jimmy Barton
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 Added: May. 30, 2016
Thank you for your service, you are not forgotten, may you rest in peace~
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