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    Hi all,

    I would like to ask if anybody could provide me more information about crash Beaufighter from 255 Sqn RAF. The accident occurred 16.10. 1941. Crew: pilot F/Sgt BARKER Walter (748632) - obs. Sgt VARLEY Tom (977495) - killed.
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    Suggest crash into Sea

    Tom VARLEY death registered N. Walsham(body washed ashore ???)

    Walter BARKER on Runnymede Memorial

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    Thanks you
    Mystery solved: Beaufighter R2377 of 255 Sqn crashed in the sea off Happisburgh, Norfolk 16 Oct 1941.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 68 Sqn View Post
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    Mystery solved: Beaufighter R2377 of 255 Sqn crashed in the sea off Happisburgh, Norfolk 16 Oct 1941.
    Time of crash 0455 hours, a/c crashed in flames into sea bearing 110 deg., half a mile from Cromer. No.1 Cromer Life Boat (The "H F Bailey") launched at 0546 hours, reaching the position at about 0730 hours. Parts of the a/c were found, and "the shattered body of one of the crew" which was landed at 10.00 hours.

    This was a Beaufighter IIF, and as you may be aware, 255 Sqn had a spate of crashes caused by engine failures and the inability of the a/c to maintain height on one Merlin.

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    Default Crash Beaufighter 255 Squadron RAF

    Hi BC,
    Excellent.
    Thanks for your help.
    Pavel

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    I am new to this site but our funeral company has been approached by the 255 Sqn Association regarding the demise of R2377 and her crew. We are trying to locate the records for F/Sgt Barker in an effort to discover his final resting place. The association have given us all the information they have but if anyone knows when and where Walter Barker was born it would help our efforts.

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    Barker was never recovered hence his being recorded on the Runnymede memorial. However, I do see online that a body was washed up on October 19th by the RNLI. Clearly there was nothing at the time that allowed the authorities ID that body as Barker. Where was that body located and where might the nearest cemetery be. They might be buried as an unknown airman locally. Or an unknown war casualty.
    http://www.happisburgh.org/history/255-squadron

    His service file will be with the RAF. Google RAF Service records.

    You can purchase the Squadron diary (the ORB, Operations Record Books) month by month from the UK national archives.
    Last edited by dennis_burke; 8th July 2015 at 22:30.
    Dennis Burke
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    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    We have the interment details for most of the funeral directors in the Gt Yarmouth area, and there is no record of any unidentified RAF man recorded for October 1941. If the body referred to was identified as RAF, it would follow that they would be buried at the nearest Norfolk 'RAF burial site' i.e. Scottow, N Walsham or Gt Bircham.
    Good luck in your quest.
    BC

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