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Barckley Robert "Bob", Flying Officer (DFC)

 

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Robert "Bob" Edward Barckley (RAF No. 138650) was first a soldier in the BEF, then joining RAF and flew Hurricane, Typhoon and Tempest with No. 3 Squadron. He was shot down in his Typhoon while on a "Rhubarb" over Belgium on 2 June 1943. He was picked up by the Comet Line and he successfully evaded via south west France, Madrid and Gibraltar - returning to 3 Squadron on 25 August 1943 where he continued flying the Typhoon.

He subsequently went on to fly the Tempest and he was credited with destroying 12½ V1s between 18 June and 29 August 1944.

He was awarded a DFC on 3 November 1944.

 

Bob Barckley passed away on 28 March 2020, aged 99.

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

Barckley's victories in Tempest

 

Date Type claimed Aircraft Serial No. Location of claim Unit
18 June 1944 V-1     3
19 June 1944  V-1 JN759  W Horley 
19 June 1944  V-1 JN768 nr Biggin Hill 
24 June 1944  V-1    
7 July 1944  V-1 JN815  nr East Grinstead 
9 July 1944  2 V-1s    
10 July 1944  2 V-1s     
14 July 1944  V-1    
14 July 1944  1/2 V-1    
20 July 1944 V-1 JN755 5m W Rye 3
29 August 1944 V-1     3

 

- Bob Barckley, 3 Squadron, RIP

 - Aviateurs alliés passés par Comète via les Pyrénées


Photo:
Don Butcher
Text:
Philip Butcher
Aces High Vol. 2 by Christopher Shores