Barili, Frank, Jr., TSgt

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Last Rank
Technical Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 748-Airplane Mechanic-Gunner, Flight Engineer
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, AAF MOS 748, 350th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy)
Service Years
1942 - 1944
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Technical Sergeant

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Home State
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
350th Bomb Squadron
Thorpe-Abbots, United Kingdom

Casualty Date
Sep 03, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
North Sea
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Brittany, France
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Walls of the Missing

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II Fallen
  1944, World War II Fallen

 Ribbon Bar

Flight Engineer Badge
Aerial Gunner Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)100th Bombardment Group, Heavy350th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy)
  1942-1944, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 748, 100th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 748, 350th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1944, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
American Battlefield Monuments Commission states that Barili entered the service from Illinois. Controversy over the life story of Barili is just that - controversial. A NARA enlistment record, with name of Frank Barili, Jr.'s service number and the name "Frank Barili, Jr." on it is available at NARA, but several items do not check out.

For instance, this record states that Frank Barili, Jr. enlisted in San Antonio, Texas as an Aviation Cadet on Dec 9, 1944. ( Barili was killed in action September 3, 1944.) He was supposedly living in Illinois, but enlisted in Texas. I personally believe the file is corrupted by co-mingling data or a number of typographical errors.

A separate source indicates Barili attended and graduated from Tilden Technical High School in 1941. (Tilden Technical High School Yearbook, 1941.)

It is known from 100th Bomb Group personnel records that Barili arrived at Thorpe-Abbots on May 26, 1944, as a member of Lt John E. Woods crew, and flew 31 missions. He was assigned duty as a flight engineer and top turret gunner. This crew underwent modifications as they flew.

Lt Edward J. Mikol (bombardier, original crew) was removed for unknown reasons after the 27th mission. He was replaced by Lt John D. Goethel from the Stansbury crew crew after the August 14,1944 mission. SSgt Frank E. Yates was a waist gunner, and was wounded on June 7, 1944. Fill-in gunners were used in his position, until July 25 July 1944 when crew size was reduced to nine men. SSgt Carl Fong was replacing SSgt Clarence E. Wood at the ball turret position on the fatal mission.

On September 3, 1944, the crew was sent to bomb harbor facilities at Brest, France. Details once again vary. Some sources state mechanical trouble forced the aircraft down. Others state it was hit by flak, and #2 engine caught fire. As the aircraft began losing altitude, the pilot rang the bail-out bell, and at least 4 bailed out.

The aircraft continued to sink lower until it impacted the water and exploded. After approximately one hour, 3 of the crew were rescued by a British ship. No other remains were found, and all the missing crew is memorialized on the Walls of the Missing in the Brittany American Cemetery in Saint-James, France.
NARA Enlistment Records


SSgt Frank Barili was acting as flight engineer and top turret gunner on B-17G #42-97924, named "Party Tonight," assigned to the 350th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 8843 contains details of this loss. Crew rosters and personnel files indicate the crew was:

2 Lt John E, David  p
2 Lt John W. Simmons  c-p
2 Lt Theron J. Stookesberry  nav
2 Lt John D. Goethel  bomb
SSgt Frank Barili  eng/tt gun
SSgt Henry J. Hendrickson  r/o
SSgt Carl Fong  btg
Sgt  Walter E. Potter  wg
Sgt  Francis J. Waldschmidt  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

Lt Goethel, along with Sgts Hendrickson and Fong were rescued. All others died.

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