Joseph A. Barboza Memorial Stone
B-17 Flying Fortress
457th Bomb Group Insignia
Joseph Barboza's Grave
749th Bomb Squadron Insignia
Backstory and Context
Son of Alfred and Emily Barboza of Osterville, MA born on October 4, 1922, and graduated Barnstable high school in 1941.
Joseph Barboza enlisted on June 6, 1942, and becoming an engineer for the Army Air Force and did his training in Texas, Nevada and Florida. Technical Sergeant Barboza was a flight engineer aboard US Army Airforce Flying Fortress serving with 749th Bomb Squadron, 457 bomb group. After departing Wendover Field the B-17 Flying Fortress developed engine trouble during a snow storm and crashed into the Cedar Mountains. After Sergeant Joseph Barboza got killed in the bomber crash his body was brought back to the Cape and buried at Saint Francis Xavier Cemetery in Centerville.
The memorial for Technical Sergeant Joseph Barboza is located at the intersection of Bumps River Road and Osterville West Barnstable Road.
Accessed February 26th 2020. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/83754382/joseph-a-barboza .
"Sergeant Joseph Barboza." The Barnstable Patriot January 20th 1944. .
Accessed February 26th 2020. http://www.americanairmuseum.com/person/130986 .