|Harold S Barnett and wife Bernice|
Harold S. Barnett could have been 100 years old today.
He was born on January 19, 1917 in Missouri to Missouri born parents. According to census records he had an older brother. Harold's father was a farmer in 1920. By 1930 he was a farm laborer, divorced but still living with his sons. By the 1940's census Harold was living with his uncle and had completed 2 years of college
Harold enlisted in the Army Air Corp on November 22, 1940. He was a 6' 1" single man but at sometime before his death he married Bernice Marie Boone.
At the time of his death, Harold was a 1st Lieutenant and pilot of B-17s serving in the Pacific. The plane he was flying when he died was called "Pluto".
The website pacificwrecks.com has done an excellent job documenting the mission where Lt. Barnett was killed:
His remains were returned after the war and buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. His wife never remarried and died fifty-one years later in 2004 at the age of 91.
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