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    Default Help identifying WOp/AG A D Barker

    Good afternoon all,

    I wonder if anyone can help with the identity of a Sergeant (WOp/AG) A D BARKER who served with 78 Squadron in 1940/41. I have come up with a possible match being 112729 Sgt Arthur Denby Barker who was commissioned and was awarded a DFC with 35 Squadron, gazetted 14.05.43. The Squadron ORB in 40/41 doesn't include service numbers or details of movements for SNCO aircrew so I have no direct dates for him joining the Squadron of leaving it, I also don't have any detail on service numbers.

    Any assistance greatly accepted.
    Thanks

    Daz
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    Default Re: Help identifying WOp/AG A D Barker

    Daz

    Sgt Arthur Denby BARKER 936530 was commissioned to Pilot Officer 112729, General Duties Branch (Air Gunners) in the Gazette of 6th January 1942 wef 21st October 1941. It all fits that this could well your man.

    Chris

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    Default Re: Help identifying WOp/AG A D Barker

    Daz

    I have Arthur Denby Barker 936530 (112729) In From: 19 O.T.U. 27/10/1942 on my 35 Squadron database ..... so could be him (second tour?)

    (Just to add that there doesn't appear to be any other "A.D." Barker listed in Air 78 which match your dates, so that may also provide you with further assurance)

    Regards

    PeteT
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    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    Default Re: Help identifying WOp/AG A D Barker

    Thank you both, it certainly looks like the right man. Pete do you know what happened to him post 35 Squadron and what his DFC was for? Was it an end of tour award?

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    Daz

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    Default Re: Help identifying WOp/AG A D Barker

    Daz

    No information on posting out at present.

    Award: On many occasions this officer has demonstrated his skill as a wireless operator. His work has been marked by coolness and efficiency which have largely contributed to the successes achieved.

    Regards

    PeteT
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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