Barker, William George

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Born: Nov 02, 1894 AD
Died: 1930 AD, at 35 years of age.

Nationality: Canadian
Categories: Aviators


1894 - William George Barker was born 3rd of November in Dauphin, Manitoba.

 

1914 - Barker joined the Canadian Mounted Rifles.

 

1916 - William George Barker spent a year in the trenches before transferring to the Royal Flying Corps in April.

 

1916 - He qualified as an observer and shot down his first enemy aircraft from the rear seat of a B.E.2d. Posted to England in November.

 

1917 - Baker soloed after 55 minutes of dual instruction and received a pilot's certificate.

 

         - William George Barker was back in France flying an R.E.8 until wounded by anti-aircraft fire on 7th of August.

 

         - In November 1917, his squadron was reassigned to Italy where Barker's Sopwith Camel became the single most successful fighter aircraft of the war.

 

 1918 - Barker shot down 46 enemy aircraft before Camel #B6313 was retired from service and dismantled on 2nd of October.

 

          - Barker joined 201 Squadron for ten days in France.

 

          - He encountered sixty Fokker D.VIIs flying in stepped formation.

 

1930 - William George Barker died March 12, near Ottawa when he lost control of his Fairchild KR-21 biplane trainer during a demonstration flight.

 

Barker received the Victoria Cross (VC).

 

 

 

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