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EDWARD J. BARTON
World War II
Memories and Biography

(Taken from a letter to Will Lundy)

December 29, 1986

Dear Will:

You are right - I'm from Brooklyn. Who else but a Broolklynite would write letters to "Dear Abby?" Before I get into the information you requested, I wanted to let you know I plan to get down to he mini-reunion in El Toro in February. Hope to see you then.

Bringing you up to date on the missions, I am listing them, starting with our first on July 18, 1944 (the August 5th mission you have listed as our first was our 9th). This information is from my diary.

1) 07-18-44 - - - St. Lo, France 18) 08-30-44 - - - Calais, France
2) 07-19-44 - - - Koblenz, Germany 19) 09-08-44 - - - Karlsruhe, Germany
3) 07-21-44 - - - Munich, Germany 20) 09-10-44 - - - Ulm, Germany
4) 07-24-44 - - - St. Lo, France 21) 09-11-44 - - - Hanover, Germany
5) 07-25-55 - - - St. Lo, France 22) 09-13-44 - - - Hall, Germany
6) 07-29-44 - - - Bremen, Germany 23) 09-25-44 - - - Koblenz, Germany
7) 07-31-44 - - - Ludwigshaven, Germany 24) 09-27-44 - - - Kassel, Germany
8) 08-04-44 - - - Calais, France 25) 10-02-44 - - - Hamm, Germany
9) 08-05-44 - - - Brunswick, Germany 26) 10-05-44 - - - Lippstadt, Germany
10) 08-06-44 - - - Hamburg, Germany 27) 10-07-44 - - - Kassel, Germany
11) 08-08-44 - - - German Airdrome (Paris) 28) 10-25-44 - - - Buer, Germany
12) 08-13-44 - - - Caen, France 29) 10-30-44 - - - Harburg, Germany
13) 08-14-44 - - - Lyons, Germany 30) 11-01-44 - - - Buer, Germany
14) 08-16-44 - - - Cothen, Germany 31) 11-04-44 - - - Gelsenkirchen, Germ.
15) 08-18-44 - - - Nancy-Esse, France 32) 11-05-44 - - - Karlsruhe, Germany
16) 08-24-44 - - - Hanover, Germany 33) 11-09-44 - - - Metz, France
17) 08-25-44 - - - Schwerin, Germany ** 34) 11-21-44 - - - Harburg, Germany

**Just before this mission, we sweated out three scrubbed missions and one recall. Major Lenhausen felt sorry for us and so ended our tour on the 34th mission. Both Al Lavalle and I wound up at Kirtland Field, Albuquerque, as B-29 remote control gunnery instructors. We got our orders to be discharged September 23, 1945.

Sincerely,

Ed Barton




EDWARD J. BARTON
World War II
Memories and Biography

(Taken from a letter to "Dear Abby" in the News-Leader Paper dated 18 December 1986)

Dear Abby:

My letter was one of many you published from men who had to let their loved ones know (by code) their whereabouts during World War II.

Later you published a letter from a reader that said the Lord HaHa and Tokyo Rose must have received a lot of valuable information from those sources, which probably cost us many lives. Nonsense!

First of all, I flew 35 combat missions with the 8th Air Force and I was not about to tip off the enemy. All our plans were clearly marked. Our group (the 44th Bomb Group) had distinctive markings on the tail and numbers on the fuselage identifying each squadron. The enemy was obviously well aware of where we were stationed because occasionally they would return to pay us a call. Revealing our whereabouts cost us no lives. None of the writers disclosed where they were headed - only where they had been!

Edward J. Barton
Camarillo, California
 
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