BARNES, CARL R., Major, # 0-395107, USAAF


Carl R. Barnes was born 1 December 1917 in Missouri to Harry B. Barnes (1897-1945) (York Co., NE) and Dorothy Barnes (1889-1942) (IL). He had a brother, Richard Barnes (1915-    ) (MO). In 1940, Harry B. and Dorothy Barnes lived on Octavia St., San Francisco, CA. The 1942 directory for Modesto, California, has Maj. and Helen (Stong) Barnes address as 907 Sierra. On 7 January 1946, Helen (Strong) Barnes married Lawrence J. McEldowney (1924-2014).


He entered the service in San Francisco, California, and on 9 April 1940 was an aviation cadet at Kelly Field, Bexar County, Texas. He completed flight school, advanced flight training, and was rated for multi-engine aircraft. He earned his commission and pilot wings and became a pilot of the B-29 Superfortress. On 7 December 1944, a B-29, # 42-6262, named “Round Trip Ticket,” assigned to 20th Air Force, Duchkundi, India, 444th Bomb Group, 678th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Kwanghan, China, on a combat mission, to Mukden, Manchuria. It was last sighted at 0330 Zulu at about 38º North, 118º East, after being attacked by an enemy fighter, dropping out of formation, and losing altitude until others in the formation could no longer see the aircraft. The crew was killed in the subsequent crash. His remains were repatriated and buried on 17 June 1949 in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii (Sec. Q, Grave 893). He was awarded the Purple Heart.

7 December 1944 bombing of Mukden, Manchuria