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Collection Number RG0747.AM
Collection Name RG0747: Barr, Dale Francis, 1922-1996
Identifier Personal papers
Size and Materials 1 reel of microfilm
Title Dale F. Barr collection
Date or Date Span 1941-1945
Year Range from 1941
Year Range to 1945
Admin/Biographical History Dale Frances Barr was born at Grand Island, Nebraska, on October 1, 1922. On December 30, 1941, 132 young men from the Grand Island area were sworn into the U.S. Army Air Corps as airplane mechanics. Fifteen days later, due to a mix up, these men arrived in Australia with no basic training to begin their service in the 403rd Bombardment Squadron. After training, the 403rd participated in several major campaigns, including Papua, New Guinea, the Bismarck Sea, Leyte, Luzon, and the Southern Philippines.

Dale F. Barr was one of the Grand Island men in the 403rd. He spent 32 months, beginning in March 1942, in Australia and New Guinea as a tail gunner on a B-17 and a B-24.

Dale F. Barr died at Omaha, Nebraska, on September 8, 1996.
Level of description Fonds/Coll
Scope & Content This collection consists of one reel of manuscript material arranged in three series: 1) Scrapbooks, 1941-1945; 2) Military Histories; and 3) Miscellany. This material relates to the experiences of the 403rd Bombardment Squadron and tail gunner Dale F. Barr in Australia and New Guinea during World War II.

The Scrapbooks of Series 1 include Barr's photograph albums, compilations of military records, and newspaper clippings about his and the Squadron's exploits. Barr has identified many of the individuals and scenes pictured.

Series 2 includes Military Histories of the 403rd Bombardment Squadron, the 13th Reconnaissance Squadron, the 5th Air Force, and the 43rd Bombardment Group.

The Miscellany of Series 3 consists of a few loose photographs.
Creator Barr, Dale Francis, 1922-1996
Finding Aids Dale Francis Barr finding aid
Related units of description Copies of many of the photographs in this collection are available in the photo component of the collection (RG0747.PH).
Subjects World War II
Military personnel
People Barr, Dale Francis, 1922-1996
Search Terms United States. 5th Air Force -- History
United States. 13th Reconnaissance Squadron -- History
United States. 43rd Bombardment Group -- History
United States. 403rd Bombardment Squadron -- History
World War, 1939-1945 -- New Guinea