BARR, ARTHUR THOMAS, Technician 5th Grade, # 33350346, U.S. Army

 

Arthur T. Barr was born 15 February 1917 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania to Foster Alexander Barr (1876-1941) (Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada – emigrated 16 Nov. 1901) and Ellenore “Eleanor” M. (Gabel) Barr (1877-1943) (PA). Siblings included Edward Barr (1909-1979), William Gabel Barr (1912-1969), Herbert Foster Barr (1915-1999). His father was a carpenter and cabinet maker, 892 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA, in 1941. He was from a large family.

 

He registered for the WW II draft and described himself as 5’10”, 197 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in Wilkes-Barre, PA, on 28 August 1942. In India, he was assigned to the 478th Quartermaster (Truck) Battalion, 3841st Quartermaster Company. On 2 May 1944, C-47A, # 42-23520, assigned to 10th Air Force, 443rd Troop Carrier Group, 2nd Troop Carrier Squadron, departed the airfield at Dinjan, India, on a supply drop combat mission. It was last contacted by radio at 1644 hours, over Talanga Gao, at 26º 50’ North & 96º 25’ East. He served as a drop crewman on the sortie, after many flights over “the Hump” to and from China. His family buried his remains about 23 March 1949 after Graves Registration recovered them from the 10th Air Force airfield cemetery at Kakaikunda, India, in the Oak Lawn Cemetery & Mausoleum, Hanover, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Purple Heart, the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters and the Army Good Conduct Medal.

 

His brother, William G. Barr, born 21 March 1912, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, began his service in the U.S. Navy on 30 December 1942 at through 26 August 1943 then re-enlisted on 27 March 1944 through 19 October 1945 (Service #s 33458777 and 9223805) and separated at Sampson, New York. He was a Specialist F 3rd Class. He is buried in the Fern Knoll Cemetery, Pittsburgh, PA.

MODESTA, JOHN, Technician 5th Grade, # 32430346, U.S. Army

 

John Modesta was born on 19 February 1921 in New York to Albert Modesta (1888-1964) (Italy) and Raffaela Modesta (1874-1941) (Italy – married 21 September 1916). A sister was Frances Modesta (1918-2003). He enlisted in the U.S. Army at Fort Jay, Governors Island, New York, on 17 August 1942. He was assigned to and trained for the Quartermaster Corp. On 2 May 1944, C-47A, # 42-23520, assigned to 10th Air Force, 443rd Troop Carrier Group, 2nd Troop Carrier Squadron, departed the airfield at Dinjan, India, on a supply drop combat mission. It was last contacted by radio at 1644 hours, over Talanga Gao, at 26º 50’ North & 96º 25’ East. He served as a drop crewman on the sortie. His remains were recovered by Graves Registration from the 10th Air Force airfield cemetery, Kakaikunds, India, and buried on 18 July 1949 in the Woodlawn National Cemetery (Sec. G, Grave 4790), Elmira, New York. This was a burial with the remains of fellow crewman Tech 5 William H. Ruane.