Born: 9th May 1915, Ipswich.

Died: 4th October 1939; age: 24; killed in aircraft accident at Castle Farm, Leuchars, Fife.

Residence: 269, Cauldwell Hall Road, Ipswich.


Rank: Pilot Officer/Pilot; Service Number: 40199

Regiment: Royal Air Force, 224 Squadron.


Grave Reference:


Leuchars Cemetery,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Thomas George & Eva Eleanor Barker, of Ipswich.


Father: Thomas George Barker, born August 1884, Otley, Suffolk. A builder’s estimating and general clerk.

Mother: Eva Eleanor Barker (nee Holt), born February 1881, Lesbury, Northumberland. A trained Nurse.


Probate to Thomas George Barker – father, a commercial clerk.


4th October 1939


Aircraft: Lockheed Hudson MK1; Serial Number: N7214. The aircraft dived and crashed into the ground, near R.A.F. Leuchars, Fife, while on a transit flight to R.A.F. Thornaby, at Teesside, North Yorkshire. Believed to be due to the loss of the controls.


Desmond George Perry; Flying Officer/Pilot; age 29; R.A.F.

John William Crawford McFarlane; Pilot Officer/Pilot; R.A.F.

Harry Letchford; Sergeant/Pilot; age 23; R.A.F.

Frederick Henderson May; Aircraftman 1st Class; age 32; R.A.F.

Cyril Arthur Bates; Aircraftman 1st Class/Wireless Operator; R.A.F.



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