|Pilot 2nd Lt. Carter Barrington, O-681590 (MIA / KIA) CA
MIA March 5, 1944
Built by Bell in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U.S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South Pacific and reassembled.
Assigned to the 13th Air Force, 8th 347th Fighter Group, 67th Fighter Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.
On March 5, 1944 took off from Torokina Airfield on Bougainville on a dive bombing mission against Monitu Mission (Monoitu) on Bougainville. Over the target, there was meager by accurate anti-aircraft fire. Possibly, this plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire or crashed in a high speed stall and was observed to crash in flames at Monitu Mission. When he failed to return,
Barrington was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).
Barrington was officially declared dead on July 5, 1944 incorrectly. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
67th Fighter Squadron March 1944 page 1: "(8) 5 March: Lt. Carter (NMI) Barrington crashed in flames near Monitu Mission, Bougainville, Island." pages 2-3 "a. 5 March: Lt. Barrington crashed in flames while dive bombing Monitu Mission on Bougainville Island. The cause of this crash is unknown, however two possibilities are advanced (1) that Lt Barrington was hit by AA fire which was meager, medium but quite accurate and (2) that a high speed stall pull out."
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Carter Barrington date of death listed as July 5, 1944 [sic]
FindAGrave - 2Lt Carter Barrington (tablets of the missing photo)
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March 26, 2017