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 Edward F Barker

Edward F Barker

Contra Costa County, California, USA
Death 30 Sep 1944 (aged 21)
Papua New Guinea
Burial Herkimer, Herkimer County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 149685850 · View Source
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Son of Marian (Seaman) Barker-Schrader
Brother of Marie (Barker) Shoemaker
Grandson of Andrew & Anna (Fagan) Seaman

Lt. Edward F. Barker was 21-years-old when he went missing September 30, 1944 in Papua New Guinea. Barker was the pilot of a P-47D Thunderbolt that failed to return from a training session. The aircraft was last seen flying north-northwest of Finschhafen, and all search efforts failed to locate Lt. Barker and the aircraft.

Barker was reported as missing when he failed to return after the mission. A military review board later amended his status to presumed dead.

Lt. Barker's nephew says the remains were originally found in 1962 and photographed but never recovered. In 2012, search teams and an excavation crew recovered the remains.

Circumstantial evidence and forensic identification tools, including mitochondrial DNA submitted by his niece and nephew, were used to identify Lt Barker.

Calling hours will take place Friday, July 31 at Fenner Funeral Home, 155 Court Street in Herkimer. The hours are from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Lt. Barker will be laid to rest Saturday, August 1 at noon at the Calvary Cemetery in Herkimer.

Barker is a 1940 graduate of Owen D. Young.

DPAA News Release

2Lt Barker's name is memorialized among the Tablets of the Missing in the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in the Philippines (56750990).

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  • Added: 23 Jul 2015
  • Find A Grave Memorial 149685850
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Edward F Barker (23 Feb 1923–30 Sep 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 149685850, citing Calvary Cemetery, Herkimer, Herkimer County, New York, USA ; Maintained by JSMorrison (contributor 47978427) .