Barker, Ralph B., Jr., 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1035-Bombardier
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Officer)
Primary Unit
1943-1943, AAF MOS 1035, 418th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1941 - 1943
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
Second Lieutenant

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
418th Bomb Squadron
Thorpe-Abbots, United Kingdom

Casualty Date
Dec 22, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
North Sea
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Cambridge, United Kingdom
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Walls of the Missing

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II Fallen
  1943, World War II Fallen

 Ribbon Bar

Bombardier Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)100th Bombardment Group, Heavy418th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1941-1943, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 1035, 100th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 1035, 418th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1942-1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Ralph B. Barker, Jr. was born in New York in 1918. His parents were Ralph B., Sr and Laura Barker. The US Census 1920 lists the family in Albany, while the US Census 1930 has them in Waterliet, with Laura marked as "Widowed."

Barker was drafted in 1941, and was inducted into military service on November 5 at Camp Upton, New York. His enlistment file shows he had completed 4 years of high school, and was working as a salesman. He was assigned to the Army Air Forces.

He was selected for flight duty, and was trained as a bombardier. After graduating from this course, he was commissioned and awarded wings. He was sent for crew training to the crew led by Lt Goupill. Sometime in this time period, he married a woman named Eva M. (No other data available.)

The crew went to England in November, 1943, and was dispatched on two missions. On December 22, 1943, the crew was flying as a spare on a raid on Munster, Germany. It is not known what Group or Squadron they flew in support of. According to the MACR, the aircraft must have crashed (no reason given) into the North Sea. One body was recovered.

All others are remembered on the Walls of the Missing in the Cambridge American Cemetery in Cambridge, England.
NARA Enlistment Records


Lt Ralph B. Barker, Jr. was performing duty as bombardier on B-17G # 42-31071, named "Dorhelcia," assigned to the 418th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 1705 was issued, but has no details of the loss. Crew rosters show the crew as:

2 Lt Thomas F. Goupill, Jr.  p
2 Lt Tenvil H. Jackson  c-p
2 Lt Gus J. Mink  nav
2 Lt Ralph Barker, Jr.  bomb
SSgt Charles R. Gallagher  eng/tt gun
SSgt Robert E. Ramsay  r/o
Sgt  George J. Brassell  btg
Sgt  Edward R. Csech  wg
Sgt  James G. McLamb  wg
Sgt  Fred Thompson  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

Sgt Brassell (Atchison crew) was replacing Sgt Russell L. Abel (original crew) for this mission.

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