44-49016         C109

 

On 7 January 1945, a C-109 (transport (fuel) version of the B-24 Liberator), # 44-49016, assigned to Air Transport Command, CIB, 1327th AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Tezpur, India, on a cargo mission to Chengtu, China. Its last contact was at 1400 hours, IST, with Tingkawk-Sakan, Burma, advised of change of destination to Luliang, China. The crew were:

 

                                                     Pilot                             F/O Joe D. Barringer              T-223807

                                                     Co-Pilot                       F/O Norvan M. Presley          T-187105

                                                     Radio Operator            PFC Walter A. Rabbitt            12157719

                                                     Engineer                      Sgt Robert T. Murdock            19171403

 

On 18 January 1945, the 1327th AAF BU advised Headquarters that it received a radiogram from Kunming, China, stating that a ground search party located the wreckage of the C-109 at about 16 miles NE of Mowting, China, at about 25º 20’ Nrth & 101º 32’ East. The Chinese at the scene reported that the C-19 crashed at1630 hours IST on 7 January 1945 after exploding in midair. The aircraft was a total loss and the crw were killed. Some papers, including the driver’s license of PFC Rabbitt were found. There was no next-of-kin list in the MACR folder.

BARRINGER, JOE DIXON, Flight Officer, # T-223807, USAAF

 

Joe D. Barringer was born in West Virginia on 30 October 1916 in West Virginia to William Asa Barringer (1888-1955) (OH) and Essie Golden (Harrah) Barringer (1888-1979) (W.VA.). A brother was William Asa Barringer Jr. (1915-2001). He graduated from Charleston High School. He was married to Dorothy Lee (Thomson) Barringer (1917-2015) and they had a daughter.

 

He was appointed a Flight Officer, entering service in the USAAF on 10 February 1944 in West Virginia. On 7 January 1945, a C-109 (transport version of the B-24 Liberator), # 44-49016, assigned to Air Transport Command, CIB, 1327th AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Tezpur, India, on a cargo mission to Chengtu, China. Its last contact was at 1400 hours, IST, with Tingkawk-Sakan, Burma, advised of change of destination to Luliang, China. On 18 January 1945, the 1327th AAF BU advised Headquarters that it received a radiogram from Kunming, China, stating that a ground search party located the wreckage of the C-109 at about 16 miles NE of Mowting, China, at about 25º 20’ Nrth & 101º 32’ East. The Chinese at the scene reported that the C-19 crashed at1630 hours IST on 7 January 1945 after exploding in midair. The aircraft was a total loss and the crw were killed. Some papers, including the driver’s license of PFC Rabbitt were found. After recovery, his remains were buried in the Spring Hill Cemetery, Charleston, Kanawha Co., West Virginia, on 31 October 1947.

 

His brother, William A. Barringer Jr., born 31 March 1915, served in the U.S. Navy during WW II, USNR, Ensign, who was commissioned 2 May 1944, # 377121, aboard the U.S.S. Mifflin (APA-207). He died on 16 August 2001 in Matthews, Mecklenburg, North Carolina. The U.S.S. Mifflin was an attack transport entering the war in 1944. She was involved in the invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. She transported men of the U.S. Army 33rd Infantry Division and 1,000 men of the U.S. Army 24th Infantry Division, both for the occupation of Japan. She returned many thousands of men to the U.S.