Sgt. Joseph Alton Barnes, Engineer Gunner in WWII


Sgt. Barnes is 4th from the left with a B-17 behind them.

Joseph Alton Barnes was recently featured in the Wilson Times for receiving his high school diploma at the spry age of 92 through a program called Operation Recognition.  Not long after the article appeared, Alton’s daughter, a staff member at WCPL, brought me his WWII photos to be digitized.  They will soon be on his page at Wilson County’s Greatest Generation: The Memories of the World War II Veterans of Wilson County, N.C. at DigitalNC.  But here are a few to hold you over.


Mission Record


Sgt. Barnes on a downed German plane (maybe a Junkers Ju-88 night fighter) in France.


One of the B-17s Sgt. Barnes flew in combat.


Another B-17 that Sgt. Barnes might have used.



Part of the British, Chain Home coastal radar system?


I’m not going to tell you what this is.


Alton in training in Louisiana?


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