Barker, William George

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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