Rank & Name: F/L GL Barker DFM
Date of Death: 18/07/1944
 

 

NOT CONFIRMED as there is another service number noted for one G.L Barker noted in the 59 Sqn ORB. (see below). Itr is possible that Sgt Barker went on to earn his wings later in his service, this did become an option to aircrew.

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Name: BARKER, GEORGE LEONARD
Initials: G L
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Flight Lieutenant (Pilot)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force
Age: 30
Date of Death: 18/07/1944
Service No: 44571
Awards: D F M
Additional information: Son of George William and Alice Lavinia Barker, of Diss; husband of Vera Elizabeth Barker.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. N. Grave 436.
Cemetery: DISS CEMETERY

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59 Sqn ORB - 30/09/1940 - Notes that 517937 (pos. error) Sgt Barker G.L and 625116 Sgt Dunlop, C.E.A were awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal for gallantry and devotion to duty in operations againsty the enemy.

The award was most likely given in relation to a sortie flown on the 30th of April, 1940 which was 59 Squadron's first for the war. The pilot, P/O N.B. Hallmark received a D.F.C and was later promoted to the rank of Squadron Leader, then posted to a new squadron for flying duties.

He was crew with P/O Ayres during the Battle of Britain.

 

Further Information
Awardee of the Battle of Britain Clasp - Although entitlement was revoked by the Air Ministry in 1960 for 59 Sqn airmen. (read more).

If you have any information about F/L Barker, please contact me, thank you.

 

Rest In Peace