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Maj Robert H Barnes

Death 8 Jul 1944
At Sea
Burial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines
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Memorial ID 56774665 · View Source
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Having actually gone "Missing" on the above date, he was not officially declared by the military as being dead until July 7, 1946.

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Robert served as a Major, Headquarter's Squadron, V Air Service Command, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Ouachita County, Arkansas prior to the war.

Robert was a passenger on B-17E "Queenie" #41-2464, Headquarter's, V Air Service Command, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

B-17E #41-2464 took off from Nadzab Airfield No. 1, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea on an administrative flight that was going to Mokmer Drome on Biak, Papua Province, Indonesia with a stopover planned at Tadji Airfield, West Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea.

After take off the B-17 was never seen again and was presumed to have been lost before reaching Tadji Airfield. The cause of the dissapearance was unknown, but was reported that it might be lost due to "possible enemy anti-aircraft fire or navigational circumstance". The entire crew of 5 as well as 14 passengers were lost on this flight.

Robert was declared "Missing In Action" on this flight during the war.

Service # O-900048

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Crew who perished on B-17E #41-2464:

Attebery, Alan C ~ Capt, Co-Pilot, MO
Beal, Cortez A ~ S/Sgt, Engineer, TN
Elseman, Edgar W ~ T/Sgt, Crew Chief, NE
Piehl, Walter P ~ LCOL, Pilot, WI
Willis, Henry Y ~ S/Sgt, Radio Operator, FL

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Passengers who perished on B-17E #41-2464:

Bachor, August J ~ S/Sgt, NY
Barnes, Robert H ~ Maj, AR
Campbell, John C ~ 2nd Lt, PA
Helmer, Russell G ~ Capt, PA
Henriques, Victor De F ~ Maj, CA
Hickey, Roland J ~ 2nd Lt, TN
Hopkins, Clyde H, Jr ~ Pfc, TN
Hutchison, Dawson L ~ WOJG, MS
Lewis, Fred J ~ Capt, CA
Lowe, Noel L ~ Cpl, NC
McKnight, Paul V ~ Capt, OH
Ray, William R ~ Sgt, PA
Root, Wendell J ~ Capt, NY
Witmer, Winton D ~ 1st Lt, CA

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )





  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56774665
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Maj Robert H Barnes (unknown–8 Jul 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56774665, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .