BARRETT, TIMOTHY JAMES, First Lieutenant, # 0-860718, USAAF
Timothy J. Barrett was born on 28 December 1920 in Chicago, Illinois, to Thomas J. Barrett (1879-19##) and Catherine J. (Hallaren) Barrett (1887-1921). Siblings included Thomas Joseph Barrett (1912-1973), Mary Jane (Barrett) Chesney (1915-1997), George Francis Barrett (1917-1921),
He was trained extensively in the electrical and mechanical aspects of the B-29 Superfortress and earned his commission and crewman wings. The B29 was very complicated and had a flight engineer’s panel with oil flow and pressure for each of the four enegines and others sensors for detection of fire and other problems. During 15 to 16 June 1944, a 20th Air Force, 58th Bombardment Wing, 468th Bomb Group, 792nd Bomb Squadron, Kharagpur A.A.B., India, a B-29, # 42-6231, departed the airfield at Pengshan, China, and was lost. The bomber on the Yawata, Japan, raid, crashed into a mountain about 100 miles north of the Pengshan, China. No bombs were found in the wreckage, thus it was returning from its mission when it crashed. The crash occurred at 1450 Zulu, 11 miles northeast of Kiangyu, China, on 15 June 1944. The bomber crashed into a sheer cliff and exploded. There were 19 aircraft in the attack on Yawata; 42-6231 was the 17th bomber to depart on the mission. Departure was normal. Between 1345 Zulu and 1415 Zulu, a series of position plots were received from an unidentified aircraft on the Chinese Warning Net. These placed the aircraft well north of the plotted course. The last report was 115 miles northeast of Pengshan. All these reports were in line with this crash. No attempt to contact the aircraft was made because it was unidentified. On 20 June 1944, a search party reached the crash wreckage; the Chinese found the radio operator’s log which contained the last three digits of the aircraft number “##-#631. Weather was not a factor in the crash. His remains were recovered in China. Indistiguishable from other crewmen remains, they were buried together in a group (ten remains – Aeh, Akins, Barrett, Gilman, Lund, Mann, Munoz, Pack, Robertson & Witcher) three-casket burial in the Fort Smith National Cemetery, Fort Smith, Arkansas, on 15 September 1949 (Sec. 2, Graves 765 & 766).
His brother, Thomas J. Barrett, born 13 March 1912, served in the U.S. Navy from 28 May 1942 to 6 November 1945. He died 4 July 1973 in Dade County, Florida.