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.
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?