Bartley, Harry E., 1st Lt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1055-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1944-1945, 87th Fighter Squadron
Service Years
1942 - 1945
First Lieutenant

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Sarver, PA
Last Address
Fano Airfield, Italy

Casualty Date
Jan 05, 1945
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
Butler County Memorial Park and Mausoleum - Butler, Pennsylvania
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Unit Assignments
79th Fighter Group87th Fighter Squadron
  1944-1945, 79th Fighter Group
  1944-1945, 87th Fighter Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Anzio Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Northern France Campaign (1944)
  1945-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/North Apennines Campaign (1944-45)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)  
  1943-1945, P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
"On 4 January 1945 I flew number four position in a formation of four P-47s on a fighter-bomber mission against the railroad bridge at Stanghella, Italy.
I was a 10,000 ' and had just started turning into my dive-bomb run when I noticed what appeared to be two direct anti-aircraft hits striking an aircraft of the formation, with white smoke trailing for a few feet behind. Shortly the re- after I saw an explosion on the ground approximately three hundred yards south of the target bridge, the exposion being followed by black smoke.
Lt. Bartley's aircraft was painted dark green and from my altitude it was invisible against the ground. I observed no parachute." Source: Statement: Charles A. Gregory, 1st Lt., Air Corps, attachment to Missing Air Crew Report dated 7 January 1945,

"On January 4 1945 I flew as wingman to the leader of a flight of four aircraft on a mission to attack the railroad bridge at Stanghella, Italy. I accompanied Lt. Bartley down in the bomb run, he dropping his bombs from 1,500' to 2,000' and recovering from his dive at this altitude, going straight ahead, instead of turning to the left and up. Shortly thereafter I lost sight of Lt. Bartley's aircraft, and when pulling off the target I saw a flash off to the right, followed by whitish-grey smoke. I do not know if this was Lt. Bartley's aircraft or not. Source: Statement: Harold W. Wuest, 2nd Lt., Air Corps, attachment to Missing Air Crew Report dated 7 January 1945,

"I was flying as element leader, in a flight of four aircraft, during an attack on a railroad bridge at Stanghella, Italy. Upon going into our dive-bomb run, we encountered intense anti-aircraft fire of the 20 MM and 40 MM type. I observed Lt. Bartley's dive-bomb run and saw his bombs explode. He had a rather steep run and had just started to recover when I started my own run.
I lost sight of him then, and, upon recovering myself, realized he was missing when I attained our rendezvous point. With the other two members of the flight, I reconnointered  the area and observed a fire burning approximately one-half mile south of the target. Leaving the other two men as top cover, I dived on the area to attempt to identify the fire. Due to very intense anti-aircraft fire however, I was unable to go lower than 1,000' and failed to positively identify the fire. Source: Statement: Herbert L. Hanson, 1st Lt, Air Corps, attachment to Missing Air Crew Report dated 7 January 1945,
Harry E. Bartley was born about 1925 in Pennsylvania, the son of James L. and Sarah E Bartley. He and his family lived in Buffalo, Butler County, Pennsylvania in 1930. He completed 82 missions prior to his death. He must have been promoted to 1st Lt. while Missing in Action. One source indicates that "Body recovered buried in his plane when digging for scrap metal 5 years later at Stanhella, Italy." Sources: 1930 U.S. Federal Census,, Honor Roll 79th Fighter Group 1942,, & P-47 Thunderbolt - M.A.C.R.,

"Name: Harry E. Bartley
Gender: Male
Religion: Protestant
Cemetery Name: Pennsylvania
Disposition: According to next of kin
Service Branch: Army
Rank: First Lieutenant"
Source: U.S. Rosters of World War II Dead, 19391945,
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