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Herman Riley Barnes

Staff Sergeant, Army

Born: August 19, 1924
Hometown: Accomack County
Entered: September 30, 1943
Casualty Date: February 24, 1945
Died In: England
Awards: Air Medal

Staff Sergeant served with the 702nd Bombardment Squadron, 445th Bomber Group Heavy as a nose gunner on a B-24 Liberator.

Before the war, Herman attended high school and he was employed by Baltimore Copper Works in Maryland. He enlisted in the Air Corps and he received his aerial gunner training at Harlingen, Texas.

On February 24, 1945, he was a crew member of B24 #42-7619 nicknamed “Bunnie.”  The aircraft departed Tiberman, England, main east-west runway and within seconds it crashed.  Four crew members including Staff Sergeant Barnes were killed and five survived.

Staff Sergeant left behind a wife and he was buried in Cambridge American Cemetery in England.

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