Ray and Ralph Barber have been mistaken for each other their whole lives. After all, they are twins. During World War Two, it seemed that even fate might have them mixed up.
The twins were eighteen year old college students when they volunteered for the Army Air Corps, along with three of their friends. The Barbers were kept together during most of their basic training. They even were sent to the same air base in England for active duty, although they weren't allowed to fly together. In spite of this, the first mission for each twin was almost his last.
On a bombing mission over Germany, Ray's B-24 was hit by heavy flak which knocked out an engine. Another engine was hit by air fire so the crew had to bail out Ray at first hit the top of tall trees, but made it to the ground without serious injury. It took ten days for Ray to make it back to his base in England, ten days during which Ralph didn't know if his twin was dead or alive. But Ralph had almost lost his life on the same day. More about that in next week's "Freedom Fighters."
Friday, May 24 2013 10:21 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:21:23 GMT
From the Tyler Police Department:At approximately 5:20Pm on May 24, 2013, Tyler Police were notified of the motorcycle accident at Grande and Sutherland. The driver of a black Ford F-150 was heading east onMore >>
Rider was not wearing a helmet when she collided with a truck.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:59 PM EDT2013-05-25 01:59:21 GMT
A Tyler ISD bus driver was arrested Friday afternoon on drug charges.Ronald Gain, 44, of Tyler, was arrested by the Tyler Police Department on one charge of possession of a controlled substance. TylerMore >>
Has worked for the district since August of 2012.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 9:18 AM EDT2013-05-25 13:18:01 GMT
Cherokee County authorities are investigating a fatal house fire Friday night. It happened just before 7:30 on County Road 3302 outside of Jacksonville. The Jacksonville Fire Department, Cherokee CountyMore >>
Happened just outside of Jacksonville on Friday night.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 12:20 AM EDT2013-05-25 04:20:39 GMT
Fire crews have closed a street in north Tyler as they fight an apartment fire. Several crews are on the scene at an apartment complex in the 700 block of South Kennedy Avenue. The fire started aroundMore >>
Fire crews closed a street in north Tyler as they battled an apartment fire.More >>