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1LT Timothy James Barrett

1LT Timothy James Barrett

Birth
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death 16 Jun 1944 (aged 23)
China
Burial Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Arkansas, USA
Plot 2, 0, 765
Memorial ID 330192 · View Source
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First Lieutenant Barrett perished when U.S.
Army Air Corps B-29-1-MO Superfortress
#42-6231 crashed into a mountain in China
while returning from a mission over Japan.
With the 794th Bomb Squadron, 468th
Bombardment Group.

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Timothy Barrett was the Flight Engineer of
B-29 42-6231. The plane was lost on 15 June
1944 on its apparent return trip from the night
mission to Yawata, Japan.

Accident happened at 1450Z eleven miles
northeast of Kiangyu, China on 15 June 1944.
Pilot and ten crew members were killed when
aircraft crashed into side of a sheer cliff
and exploded.
Mission was combat strike against Yawata from
Pengshan. There were nineteen aircraft in the
attack with subject aircraft being the seventeenth
to take off. Takeoff appeared normal in all
respects, as stated by qualified B-29 pilots who
were observing takeoffs from the control tower.
Between the hours of 1345Z and 1415Z, a series
of position plots were received on an unidentified
aircraft from the Chinese Warning Net. These
plots placed the aircraft well north of course,
if returning to Pengshan. Last report was 115
miles northeast of Pengshan. All reports were in
line with scene of the accident. No attempt was
made to contact this aircraft by radio because
its identity was unknown. On 20 June 1944 a
search party reached the scene of an aircraft
accident, reported by the Chinese and found the
radio operator's log which contained the last
three digits of subject aircraft serial number.
The Board has not sufficient evidence to
determine the cause or to fix the responsibility
of the accident. Weather was not a factor.

This was the first B-29 combat mission to Japan.
The above aircraft probably reached the target
and was returning to base when it crashed, in
view of the fact that no bombs were found in the
wreckage.


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Gravesite Details Entered the service from Illinois

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  • Maintained by: Tim Cook
  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 25 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 330192
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1LT Timothy James Barrett (28 Dec 1920–16 Jun 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 330192, citing Fort Smith National Cemetery, Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Arkansas, USA ; Maintained by Tim Cook (contributor 46481904) .