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 Sqn|
|19 June 1944||V-1||JN759||W Horley||3 Sqn|
|19 June 1944||V-1||JN768||nr Biggin Hill||3 Sqn|
|24 June 1944||V-1||3 Sqn|
|7 July 1944||V-1||JN815||nr East Grinstead||3 Sqn|
|9 July 1944||2 V-1s||3 Sqn|
|10 July 1944||2 V-1s||3 Sqn|
|14 July 1944||V-1||3 Sqn|
|14 July 1944||1/2 V-1||3 Sqn|
|20 July 1944||V-1||JN755||5m W Rye||3 Sqn|
|29 August 1944||V-1||3 Sqn|
Aces High Vol. 2 by Christopher Shores