Waist Gunner S/Sgt. John R. Barcus DFC
Hometown: West Chicago, Ill.
Squadron: 66th BS 44th Bomb Group
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, Purple Heart
Pilot 1st/Lt. Robert E. Felber, DFC Mission Date: 1-Aug-43Serial Number: 41-23778 Aircraft Model B-24DAircraft Letter:Aircraft Name: LADY LUCK Location: Crew of 9 Successfully returned to base in Libya.
Sgt. Barcus was a recipient of the Distinguished flying cross for his participation in the Ploesti raid "Operation Tidal Wave" August 1st 1943. One of the most daring raids of WW2. Coming in at tree top level the 44th BG destroy Romanian oil refineries.
A graveside funeral service for John Raymond Barcus, 84, of Osceola, Iowa, will be held at 11a.m. today, at North Cemetery in St. Charles.
Born May 5, 1921, in St. Charles, the son of Raymond and Marjorie (nee McMasters) Barcus, he died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006, at Hines VA Hospital, Maywood. John grew up in St. Charles, and at the age of 15 learned to fly at the DuPage Airport. At the age of 17, he enlisted in the Army, and later serving in the Army Air Corps, where he received many ribbons and metals including the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Purple Heart. Following his service, he attended and graduated from Lewis University in Lockport. Aviation was not only his vocation but his life long passion. He built airplanes, was a flight instructor, a pilot for Braniff Airlines and at the age of 83, was licensed as an FAA inspector for experimental aircraft, one of only seven licenses granted in the United States. John was one of the founding members of the Experimental Aircraft Association in Oshkosh, Wis. Until his recent illness a few weeks ago, he was the manager of the airport at Osceola, Iowa.
John is survived by his three children, James Barcus of Joliet, Janis (James) Mika of St. Charles, and John "Jet" Barcus Jr. of Nashville, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Scott Mika, Diane Mika, Melissa Mika, and Jamica and Julia Barcus, three great- grandchildren, Taylor Barcus, Arden Miller and Jocelyn Miller; one sister, Carol Owens of Alabama; and one brother, Robert Barcus of Brooklyn, N.Y. Contributions in his memory may be made to Hines VA Hospital, c/o Janis Mika, 36W560 Silver Ridge, St. Charles, IL 60175. Arrangements were made by the Norris Funeral Home, St. Charles
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