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The Airmen's Stories - S/Ldr. R E Barnett


Richard Edgar Barnett was born on 8th October 1911 in Christchurch and attended Cheltenham College.

He then went to RAF College Cranwell as a Flight Cadet in January 1930. He graduated in December 1931 and then joined 54 Squadron at Hornchurch on the 19th.

Posted overseas in September 1932, Barnett joined 6 Squadron at Ismailia on 1st November. He went to the RAF Depot at Aboukir in July 1935.

In the Coronation Honours List Barnett was made an MBE (gazetted 11th May 1937) for operations in Palestine from April to October 1936.

After returning to the UK he went to the A&AEE at Martlesham Heath on 16th August 1938. When the CO of the newly-formed 234 Squadron was badly injured in a car accident on 2nd November 1939, Barnett took command at short notice.

He did not fly very often and relinquished his command on 13th August 1940. He resigned his commission on 11th August 1941.

After the war Barnett worked in Kenya and died there on 2nd January 1970.


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