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#4377952 - 09/05/17 04:10 PM William George Barker VC  
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Forgive me for stealing a little thunder here but having viewed the excellent post on Georges Guynemer, I thought of one other pilot worthy of note and so often not recognized



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#4377970 - 09/05/17 05:51 PM Re: William George Barker VC [Re: Robert_Wiggins]  
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A boyhood pal of my Grandfather. They went to sign up together, and my Grandfather was rejected for a spot on the lung ( it being early war, and their being choosy at that point.) Just as well, or I likely wouildn't be here. He got in later, trained as a pilot, but by then, the war was over. So here I am.
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#4377978 - 09/05/17 06:41 PM Re: William George Barker VC [Re: Robert_Wiggins]  
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Wow, that's an incredible story, Shredward. But that spot on the lung sure made sure we had a wonderful contributor to WOFF World. It's funny about how Barker is so little remembered today. I remember learning about Barker as a boy, but then his story sort of vanished. I've just read "Barker VC" by Wayne Ralph. It's a good one.

While I'm at it, I ran across an old copy of "Years of Combat", Sholto Douglas's wartime memoir. It's one of the best WW1 aviation reads I've had in a long while.

#4377994 - 09/05/17 09:14 PM Re: William George Barker VC [Re: Shredward]  
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Originally Posted by Shredward
A boyhood pal of my Grandfather. They went to sign up together, and my Grandfather was rejected for a spot on the lung ( it being early war, and their being choosy at that point.) Just as well, or I likely wouildn't be here. He got in later, trained as a pilot, but by then, the war was over. So here I am.
Cheers,
shredward


Shredder, that is an amazing piece of info!! I bet your Grandfather could have related some interesting inside information on Barker.


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#4377995 - 09/05/17 09:17 PM Re: William George Barker VC [Re: Raine]  
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Originally Posted by Raine
Wow, that's an incredible story, Shredward. But that spot on the lung sure made sure we had a wonderful contributor to WOFF World. It's funny about how Barker is so little remembered today. I remember learning about Barker as a boy, but then his story sort of vanished. I've just read "Barker VC" by Wayne Ralph. It's a good one.

While I'm at it, I ran across an old copy of "Years of Combat", Sholto Douglas's wartime memoir. It's one of the best WW1 aviation reads I've had in a long while.


I must check that book out Raine!


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#4377996 - 09/05/17 09:20 PM Re: William George Barker VC [Re: Robert_Wiggins]  
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Thank you for posting Robert. All braves souls that lot. Shredward, here is to a spot on the lung!


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#4378169 - 09/06/17 08:16 PM Re: William George Barker VC [Re: Robert_Wiggins]  
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Originally Posted by Robert_Wiggins
Originally Posted by Raine
Wow, that's an incredible story, Shredward. But that spot on the lung sure made sure we had a wonderful contributor to WOFF World. It's funny about how Barker is so little remembered today. I remember learning about Barker as a boy, but then his story sort of vanished. I've just read "Barker VC" by Wayne Ralph. It's a good one.

While I'm at it, I ran across an old copy of "Years of Combat", Sholto Douglas's wartime memoir. It's one of the best WW1 aviation reads I've had in a long while.


I must check that book out Raine!



Raine; There are some interesting opinions and notes on that book and the author at this web site:
link to The Aerodrome


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#4378306 - 09/07/17 12:36 PM Re: William George Barker VC [Re: Robert_Wiggins]  
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Billy Barker, one of my personal favorites of the WWI aces, truly a great fellow from all accounts. Thanks for the video link Robert. And with Raine's posting it looks like I've another book to add to my reading list as well. As to the books of Sholto Douglas, his first was a top-notch read, his second not so much.

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