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Barber, Rex T., 1917-



  • Existence: 1917-2001

Rex T. Barber was born on May 6, 1917 in Culver, Oregon. He joined the United States Army Air Forces in 1940 and graduated from flight school the following year. Barber served two tours of duty during World War II, one in the Pacific Theater with the 70th Fighter Squadron and 339th Fighter Squadron and one in the China-India-Burma Theater with the 449th Fighter Squadron. During his first tour, he participated in the shoot-down of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto’s plane on April 18, 1943, known as Operation Vengeance. Barber remained in the military after the war and commanded the 29th Fighter Squadron and 27th Fighter Squadron. He retired as a colonel in 1961 and passed away in 2001.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

American Fighter Aces Association Oral Interviews

Identifier: 2002-02-13-OralHist
Abstract Collection of approximately one hundred twenty (120) oral histories of Fighter Aces and several non-aces, including relatives of aces, other military pilots, and military historians.

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