Description of incident by a crewmember: We were hit in the no. 4 engine by flack and our plane caught fire and blew up. I don’t think our Pilot, Co-Pilot and nose gunner and bombardier and radio and Eng and top turret gunner had a chance to bail out.
Our ship blew up before he had a chance to bail out.
L.C. Barneycastle served as a First Lieutenant & Pilot on B-24J “Lady Lora” #43-50799, 714th Bomber Squadron, 448th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.
He resided in Hardin County, Texas prior to the war.
He enlisted in the Army on July 15, 1942 in Houston, Texas. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a lumbermen and also as Single, without dependents.
B-24J #43-50799 took off from Seething, England on a bombing mission over Euskirchen, Germany. They were hit by German ground anti-aircraft fire and crashed near St. Vith, Belgium during the war.
L.C. Barneycastle was “Killed In Action” in this crash.
He was awarded the Air Medal & the Purple Heart.
L.C. Barneycastle, b. Oct. 1 1920 d. Dec. 24 1944 age 24, was the son of Elzie and Susan Viola Barneycastle [Bass], grandson of Benjamin Wilson and Matilda Bass [Hall], and great-grandson of Wilson Bennett and Jane Bass [Teel]. (Wilson was killed during the Civil War near Destin FL, along with his uncle and brother.)