New England Air Museum
Charles C. Barber

Charles Barber, WWII

Current Address:

10227 Londonderry, Houston, TX 77043



Family Information:

Parents: Walter and Hazel; Siblings: J. Graham, Betty; Children: Stephen, Curtis, Jack, William, Charles, Susan.


Moss Point, MS

Date Entered Service:

October 28, 1942

Service Number:


Bomb Group:




Location of Unit:

Tinian, Marianas (May, 1945)

Missions Flown:


Hump Missions Flown:



Tokyo, Yokahama, Osaka, Kobe, Amagasaki, Omuta, Okayama, Kure, Takamatsu, Chiba, Ishinomaki, Fukui, Aomori, Hachiogi, Saga, Fukuyama, Hiroshima POW camp #1


Western Pacific Battle Star, Eastern Mandates, Air Offensive Japan, Air Medal with Oak Leaf Clusters, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, American Campaign, Distinguished Unit Citation, WWII Victory Medal.

Service Schools Attended:

Pilot training August 1944; B-17 training November 1944; B-29 training April 1945

Military Specialty(ies):

MOS 1024-Pilot, Four-Engine Aircraft, MOS 1093-Pilot B-29 VHB

Rank Upon Discharge:

1st Lt.

Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

42-24590 Celestial Princess, 42-24786 Assid Test, 42-63488 (unnamed), 42-63473 (unnamed), 42-65329 (unnamed), 44-61560 (unnamed), 44-61515 (unnamed), 42-63454 Thunder Bird, 44-61650 (unnamed), 42-63472 (unnamed), 44-87636 (unnamed)

Were you a POW?


Were you interned?


Date Transferred from the 58th:


Date Discharged from the 58th:


Post-WWII Military Service:

Reserve only

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Oil company geologist

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

Feel honored to have been able to serve, and particularly with the young "men" on our crews. (Half* of them were not old enough to vote). They were:

Walter W. Cromer--Airplane Commander,
*Jerome F. Medford--Navigator,
Charles J. Kimmitt--Bombardier,
Charles W. Wakefield--Radar Operator,
Everett E. Merriman--Flight Engineer,
*James C. Hall.--Radio Operator,
*Colgate S. Prentice--Central Fire Control,
*Brainard G. Beausoliel--Left Gunner,
John W. Cluck--Right Gunner,
*Henry T. Casper--Tail Gunner


After pilot training, B-17 training and B-29 training (as a crew) we were sent to Kearney, Nebraska, as crew number FQ-112-AL-49. There we were issued overseas equipment including new B-29 airplane No. 44-70076. We flew the airplane to Mather Field, California, and on to Tinian, Marianas via Hawaii, Kwajolen and Saipan. At Tinian we were assigned to 770th Sq., 462nd BG. Our new airplane was given to a seasoned crew and several of us gained combat experience with other crews. After several missions we were reunited and flew together for the rest of the war. After the surrender we flew "THUNDER BIRD" (263454) back to California loaded with "high point" men.

Charles Barber, 1988


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