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Lieut William E Barnard
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Birth: Dec. 1, 1920
Bloomington
Garrett County
Maryland, USA
Death: Apr. 5, 1945, Netherlands

William served as a Second Lieutenant & Co-Pilot on B-17 "Miss Mary Kay" (#43-38131), 848th Bomber Squadron, 490th Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Allegany County, Maryland prior to the war.

William was "Killed In Action" when his B-17 was shot down by German Flak boats in the harbor of Middelharnis, Netherlands during the war. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service # O-747364

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His brother, Pvt John C. Barnard, also died during the war.

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Airmen who perished on B-17 (#43-38131):

Barnard, William E ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, Maryland
Emmons, John L ~ S/Sgt, Togglier, Texas
Grant, Donald C ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, Massachusetts
Hartkopf, Paul O ~ S/Sgt, Waist Gunner, Iowa
Koutz, Bernard W ~ S/Sgt, Tail Gunner, Maryland
Pickens, Lilbert D, Jr ~ T/Sgt, Radar Operator, Kentucky
Plein, William J B ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, California
Roufs, Darril F ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, Minnesota
Watson, Wayne E ~ Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, California

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russell S. "Russ" Pickett )

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Below Article found by: Charles Riend

Cumberland Evening Times, Cumberland, Maryland, Friday, January, 18, 1946, second section, col. 4:

Two District AAF Officers Declared Dead

Lts. William Barnard, Of Luke, and Carroll Castell, of Oakland, Had Been Missing

Two district members of the Army Air Forces, who had previously been reported missing in action in widely separated war fronts, have been declared dead by the War Department. They are Lt. William E Barnard, husband of Mrs. Nina Ferguson Barnard, of 206 Cromwell street, Luke, and First Lieut. Carroll W. Casteel, son of Mrs. Mararet E. Casteel, of Oakland.

Lt. Barnard was reported missing in action following a combat mission over Holland April 5, 1945. He served as pilot of a B-17 bomber.

His last letter home under date of March 1, 1945, stated that he had 33 missions to his credit and needed only two more to become eligible for return to the United States.

Served In Hawaii
Lt. Barnard entered the Army in May, 1939, and served in Hawaii three years. He was on duty at Pearl Harbor when war broke out in the Pacific. Returning to this county in August, 1942, he married the former Miss Nina Ferguson, of Luke, in January, 1943. He was commissioned a pilot at an AAF field in Texas and went overseas in November, 1944.

A native of Bloomington, Lt. Barnard was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Barnard. A brother, John Barnard, who was attached to a Military Police outfit, was drowned while stationed at an Army camp in Massachusetts in 1943.

Besides his widow, Lt. Barnard is survived by another brother, Alfred Barnard. Catonsville; and five sisters, Mrs. Juanita Tichnell and another married sister, Hallie, both of Dawson; Mrs. Naomi Warnick, Bloomington; Mrs. June Sharpless, Kitzmiller; and Mrs. Helen Hoopengartner, Catonsville.

Lt. Casteel had been reported missing since August 9, 1942, when his plane and crew failed to return from a flight from Australia to Rabaul. According to reports gleaned by the War Department, the plane encountered severe storms and tried to fly around them without success. The crew and a war correspondent bailed out over the Owen Stanley mountain range near Cape Ward Hunt.

Former Newspaper Editor
All except Lt. Casteel and another crew member, Lt. James A. Michael made their way to safety. The survivors were unable to give any Information that might confirm Lt. Casteel's fate.

A graduate of Oakland High School and Washington College a Chestertown, Lt. Casteel was managing editor of' the Dorchester News at Hurlock when he entered training as a flying cadet. He was commissioned December 3, 1941, and was dispatched to Hawaii shortly afterwards as an aerial navigator.

Besides his mother, Lt. Casteel is survived by seven sisters, Mrs. Mason Glotfelty, Mrs. Arthur Savage and Mrs. Neison Bucklew, of Oakland; Mrs. Carroll Hall and Miss Louise Casteel, Cincinnati, Ohio; Mrs. Lorraine Weeks, London, Tenn; and Welba Casteel, Keyser, W. Va.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Edgar A Barnard (1890 - 1938)
  Mable C McRobie Barnard (1896 - 1935)
 
 Sibling:
  William E Barnard (1920 - 1945)
  John C Barnard (1924 - 1943)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Deer Park Cemetery
Deer Park
Garrett County
Maryland, USA
 
Created by: Russ Pickett
Record added: May 14, 2011
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