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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. R G V Barraclough


Ronald George Victor Barraclough was born on 18th January 1917 in Southampton. He was employed as a Bank Clerk when he joined the RAFVR in January 1938 as an Airman u/t Pilot.



Called up on 1st September 1939, he went to 2 FTS Brize Norton on 15th July 1939. With the course completed, he joined 266 Squadron at Sutton Bridge from 2 FTS on 16th December 1939.

He damaged a Ju88 on 12th August 1940, damaged a He111 on 11th September and destroyed a Do17 on 26th December.

On a sweep over France on 15th April 1941 he was wounded in Spitfire P7544 but brought it back for a crash-landing.

Commissioned in May 1941, he was posted away on 19th July 1941.

His subsequent service is undocumented but it is known that he commanded 137 Squadron on the Continent from December 1944 until March 1945.

He left the RAF after the war.

Barraclough died in November 1999 in Canterbury.


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