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S/SGT  James D. BARGER

UNIT: 349th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: TG
SERIAL #: STATUS: FEH
MACR:

Comments1: EXPORT, PA

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2nd Lt Charles R.Sanford         P     FEH  CREW FLYING AT END OF HOSTILITIES
2nd Lt Robert E.Morehead     CP    FEH
2nd Lt Arthur T.Blachly       NAV    FEH
2nd Lt Dale F.Watterson     BOM    KIA 31 MAR 45  ZIETZ  (WITH THE  A.G. LARSON CREW)
T/Sgt Herman G.Larson       TTE    FEH TAPS: 9 JAN 1956
Cpl Santo Emmanuele          ROG    FEH
S/Sgt  Louis A.Lehrmann,Jr.  BTG   KIA  7 APR 45 BUCHEN (With W.S.Howard crew)
S/Sgt.James D.Barger            WG    FEH  SN# 33920989
   Cpl William F.McWey           TG     FEH 

349th Sqdn. Crew,as above,jolned the 100th Group on 24/12/44.
S/Sgt. Barger flew 23 missions,  Lt Watterson and S/Sgt Lehrmann were KIA as replacements on other crews. 

Mission Log and Notes of S/Sgt James Barger

1.    28 JAN 45     DUISBURG, GER.
2.    29 JAN 45     KASSEL, GER.
     1-2  FEB 45     PASS TO LONDON
3.     3  FEB 45     BERLIN (MAJ. ROSENTHAL SHOT DOWN)
        4  FEB 45     PRACTICE MISSION-ENGINE TROUBLE
        5  FEB 45     MUNICH (MISSION SCRUBBED)
        8  FEB 45     MISSION SCRUBBED
4.     9  FEB 45     WEIMAR, GER.
       10 FEB 45     HANOVER (MISSION SCRUBBED)
       11 FEB 45     HANOVER (MISSION SCRUBBED)
       12 FEB 45     MISSION SCRUBBED
       13 FEB 45     MISSION SCRUBBED
5.     14 FEB 45     CHEMNITZ, GER.
6.     15 FEB 45     COTTBUS,  GER. 
   16-18 FEB 45     PASS, STAYED AT BASE
       19 FEB 45     OSNABRUCK, GER.  (CREW FLEW MISSION, SGT BARGER GROUNDED FOR SOAR THROAT)
7.    20 FEB 45     NURNBURG, GER.
8.    21 FEB 45     NURNBURG, GER.
9.    23 FEB 45     TREUCHTLINGEN, GER.
       24 FEB 45     BREMEN (PLANE TROUBLE)
10.  25 FEB 45     MUNICH, GER.
       26 FEB 45    GUN CAMERA MISSION OVER ENGLAND
       27 FEB 45    TWO PRACTICE MISSIONS OVER ENGLAND
       28 FEB 45    WENT TO NORWICH
        1 MAR 45    RECEIVED AIR MEDAL
     2-4 MAR 45    PASS TO LONDON
        5 MAR 45    PRACTICE MISSION OVER ENGLAND
        6 MAR 45    PRACTICE MISSION OVER ENGLAND
        7 MAR 45    GUNNERY TRAINING
11.   8 MAR 45    LANGENDREER, GER. 
12.   9 MAR 45    FRANKFORT, GER
13. 10 MAR 45    DORTMUND, GER.
14. 12 MAR 45    SWINEMUNDE, GER. 
      13 MAR 45    SANFORD GROUNDED (SINUS)
 14-16 MAR 45    SCHOOL
 17-19 MAR 45    PASS TO ROCHESTER
15. 21 MAR 45    PLAUEN, GER. (HIT BY JET FIGHTERS)
16. 23 MAR 45    MARBURG, GER.          (PILOT WAS CAPT. NAAR)
17. 24 MAR 45    STEENWIJK, HOLLAND (PILOT WAS CAPT. NAAR
18. 28 MAR 45    HANOVER, GER,          (PILOT WAS CAPT NAAR)
     30 MAR 45    MADE S/SGT.
     31 MAR-APRIL 2, 45 PASS TO ROCHESTER
    3-6 APR 45     SCHOOL AND LECTURES
       7 APR 45     LONIE L. SHOT DOWN NEAR HAMBURG
  8-10 APR 45     PASS TO LONDON
     12 APR 45    NEUBURG (SCRUBBED)
     13 APR 45    SCHEDULED FOR PRACTICE MISSION OVER ENGLAND,ENGINE TROUBLE.
19. 14 APR 45    ROYAN POINT de GRAVE, FRANCE
20. 15 APR 45    ROYAN, POINT de GRAVE FRANCE
21  16 APR 45    ROYAN, POINT de GRAVE, FRANCE 
22  17 APR 45    AUSSIG, CZECH
      19 APR 45   FLEXIBLE GUNNERY TRAINING SCHOOL
23.  20 APR 45  ORANIENBURG (BERLIN), GER.

CHOWHOUND:  
        1 MAY 45 FOOD MISSION TO HOLLAND


# 274  LANGENDREER      8 MARCH,1945    SANFORD    532   G   15,  B-SQDN    HIGH   FLGT.   44-8532   XR-G  "KLEEN SWEEP"
                                                              HARDSTAND  #  15 
# 275   FRANKFURT         9 MARCH,1945    SANFORD    608    A  19,   A-SQDN,   HIGH  FLGT.   44-6608   XR-A    HARDSTAND #  19  …..  
# 276   DORTMUND        10 MARCH,1945    SANFORD    841   H    16,   C-SQDN, LEAD FLGT.   44-6841  - H -  
# 278   SWINEMUNDE    12  MARCH,1945    SANFORD    532    G    15,  B-SQDN,   LOW   FLGT.    44-8532   XR-G   "KLEEN SWEEP"   
                                   13 MARCH, 1945  LT. SANFORD  GROUNDED

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CREW

2ND LT DENZI "TAIL SPIN" NAAR P CPT   DATE UNK.
2ND LT WILLIAM V. WILSON     CP CPT   31 MAR 45 BAD BERKA, OIL STORAGE (100TH "A")
2ND LT BERT H. LATTA       NAV CPT   31 MAR 45 BAD BERKA, OIL STORAGE (100TH "A")
2ND LT HARRY F. BOTT        BOM POW 03 MAR 45 BRUNSWICK, MT FACTORY (with Lt Thrasher Crew, see below)
CPL CECIL R. FULTS              ROG CPT   21 FEB 45 NURNBURG, MY (S.T.)
CPL ANDREW R. POCZES       TTE CPT   28 MAR 45 HANOVER, TANK FACTORY
CPL JOHN R. O'HARE             BTG CPT   28 MAR 45 HANOVER, TANK FACTORY
CPL NAPOLEON H. OWEN       WG CPT   (became Toggelier on Lt William McGuire Crew) see below
CPL DEWEY W. QUINN, JR.     WG CPT   28 MAR 45 HANOVER, TANK FACTORY 
CPL CHARLES J. HERLIHY         TG CPT   19 MAR 45 FULDA, LUTZKENDORF, & JENA

349TH SQDN.. CREW AS ABOVE JOINED THE 100TH ON 05 OCT 1944
Aircraft flown by Capt. Naar 43-28313" Lil Butch" and Yehudi 42-107230 XR-B which was scrapped after the "prop wash" incident that sent the plane into a tail spin.  After Sgt Herlihy finished his missions, S/Sgt.James D.Barger (sn# 33920989) from Lt Sanford Crew filled in for 3 missions (March 23, 24, 28, 1945).  Capt Denzil "Denny" Naar became the 349th Ops Officer in August 1945.  On September 26, 1945 he became 349th BS C.O. when Maj. Robinson flew back to the States.   

Some Missions of Capt. Naar Crew:

30 NOV 44  MERSEBURG (" LIL BUTCH IS HIT SERVERAL TIMES BY FLAK)
02 DEC 44  KOBLENZ (YEHUDI GOES INTO A TAIL SPIN DUE TO PROP WASH AND IS SALVAGED UPON RETURN FROM MISSION)
23 MAR 45  MARBURG, GER.           
24 MAR 45  STEENWIJK, HOLLAND 
28 MAR 45  HANOVER, GER,          

 Mission Memories of Capt. Naar: (Oct 2006)
 
"I flew my first mission as a copilot. It was common practice to "bloody" a new pilot by flying a combat mission with an experienced crew.  Well, I saw this big black cloud off in the distance and I asked the pilot, what is that, and he said flak!  I said, aren't they a bit off target with their guns.  Just then we hit the IP and all of a sudden we are turning right towards that big black cloud!  I said how are we going to get around the flak and he said we are not going around it, we are going to fly right through it!  Well, when we got back from the mission, the rest of the crew surrounded me and asked how it was, I told them it was a piece of cake, a milk run, why worry them, they would learn soon enough it was Hell up there."   
 
"Our Crew was on 13-14th mission (Dec 2, 1944 mission to Koblenz…Ray Bowden) and we took off in pitch black darkness, fully loaded with gas and bombs.  Just above after breaking through on top, we hit prop wash from the planes ahead and went into a tail spin. We went down doing over 350 mph and redlining the engines.  We did 5 tail spins and dropped 8,000 feet before I (and copilot Wilson) could get her back under control at about 3,000 feet.  I climbed back up to rejoin the group.  After going through all of that, I didn't want to lose credit for a mission.  We were all trying to get our 35 finished and go home.  Our Ailerons were shot but I was able to control the plane with the rudder so we went on the mission.  Utilizing the rudder to control the plane, I was extremely tired when we got back to England.  As we were coming in for the landing, the plane stalled about 30 feet off the deck and we hit the the runway hard.  I had no idea what caused this until we inspected the plane.   What I did not know was that the tail spins had damaged the outer skin and twisted the fuselage so much that the air flow was affected. The damage included broken struts, the right aileron broken, tail assembly was loosened from the stress and part of the wing supports buckled. At interrogation Col. Sutterlin told me "I don't know whether to court martial you or give you the DFC."  Well, lucky for me it was less paperwork for the DFC, which I received for the mission!  The event was written up in Stars and Stripes and that is how I got my nickname.  After the article appeared in Stars and Stirpes, I was in London on pass and I ran into one of my friends on the street who had read the story and he yells over to me, hey "Tail Spin" and from that point on, the nickname stuck!"
 
"The hardest target was Merseburg!!!!!!!  When they pulled back the curtain and the string went all the way to that target, I am getting chills just thinking about it now, the black puffs, the sky filled with flak bursts, planes exploding everywhere and going down, parachutes, debris, and death and you had to keep on course. There was no where to hide, no room to move."  
                                                                                                                        ……. CAPT DENZIL "TAIL SPIN" NAAR
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PHOTOS:

 James D. Barger, WG on the Charles R. Sanford crew. Detailed Information Photo courtesy of Bill Culley 

 James D. Barger, WG on the Charles R. Sanford crew. Detailed Information Photo courtesy of Bill Culley 

Sanford Enlisted Crew and Tog 
Standing from left to right: William McWey, Herman Larson, James Barger
Kneeling from left to right: Santo Emmanuele,  Louis Lehrmann, George?  Togglier. Photo courtesy of Bill Culley 

 

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