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Ray G. Barrett - 352nd Squadron

Just spoke with George D. Grace, Jr. who was the Pilot of my father in law's crew (Ray G. Barrett) and got a lot more info about aircraft and crew. I have also been able to put together more info on Ray's service record and training. Here's what I know: Crew was formed at Plant Park, Tampa and then picked up their 1st aircraft at Savannah, GA and named it "Misbehavin' Lady". Tail number was  44-83340, B-17G. They flew the northern route but got caught in bad snow storm at night and crash landed into anther aircraft at Meeks Field Iceland on 3/3/45. Took ATC rest of way to Scotland, England, Paris then Bari, Italy. Crew Consisted of the following: George D. Grace, Jr. - Pilot Thomas J. Kerrissey - Co-Pilot Leonard P. Spagnolo - Navigator John P. Snyder - Bombardier Lawrence T. Ducas - Flight Engineer Raymond Gene Barrett - Waist Gunner & Togglier William J. Radigan - Waist Gunner Arthur G. Buchholz - Ball Turret Gunner Anthony T. Corbi - Tail Gunner Albert R. Masserini - Radio Operator They arrived at Lucera 16 March 1945 and flew 21 missions. Bombardier was pulled from crew for Radar training - and my father-in-law stood in as Togglier. The planes they flew from Italy were: "Ain't Misbehavin" - a B-17G and "Snoozin' Susan" - an older B-17F with camoflage and retrofitted chin turret. Crew's dog was "Malfunction". Per George Grace, pilot had to fly three missions as co-pilot in ITaly before receiving they're command. 1st missions was supposedly over Graz, Austria. The plane was hit with a lot of flak and made holes size of kitchen sink down to a dime (310 holes!) Hydraulic system was damaged. Pilot went berzirk and the Flight Engineer held him down with a full nelson the whole way back. Mr. Grace successfully landed back at base and was not required to fly as co-pilot anymore. A sketch of Ray G. Barrrett's service record: Induction: 21Jun1943 Active Service: 2Jul1943 Basic Training for Aviation Cadets: July/Aug 1943, Jefferson Barracks, MO. College Training Detachment (5mos.) at 2600 AAFBU, CTD Aircrew (S.W. Missouri Teacher's College, Springfield, MO). Primary Flight Training: Feb/March 1944 306th AAFFTD, Bruce Field, Ballinger, TX Armorer Technical School: Spring 1944, AAFTS Lowry Field, CO Flexible Gunnery School: Aug/Sep 1944, 327 AAF Base Unit, Kingman Field, AZ Combat Crew Training: Oct44-Jan45, 3rd AF PD, Drew Field, Tampa also Replacement Depot, Plant Park, Tampa. Depart US: 18Feb45 from 1379 Base Unit, Dow Field, Bangor, ME Crash at Meeks field Iceland 3/3/1945. Arrive Lucera Field, Foggia, Italy 16Mar45 serving with 301st Bomb Group - 352nd Bomb Squadron, Pilot George D. Grace's crew. Depart Italy: 14Jun45 Arrive US: 18Jun45 Separation: 24Nov1945, 211th AAF Base Unit, Sioux Falls, SD Andrew Barrett-Bettcher 100 Surrey Trail South Apple Valley MN 55124-7350 USA 952-994-0901 barrett-bettcher@hotmail.com
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