|Wing Commander Eric Barwell (deceased)|
Born in Suffolk in August 1913, Eric Barwell joined the RAFVR in 1938 to train as a pilot. He was commissioned into No.264 Sqn in February 1940, flying the Boulton-Paul Defiant. His squadron flew in support of the evacuation of Dunkirk, and he claimed two Me109s, two Ju87 Stukas and a Heinkel during this evacuation. However, in the combat with the Heinkel, his aircraft was damaged and he was forced to ditch, managing to put it down in the water between two British destroyers. He and his gunner were rescued by HMS Malcolm. On 24th August, while scrambling to intercept bombers, he and his wingman were attacked by five fighters, his wingman being immediately shot down. His gunner managed to shoot down one of the enemy fighters before the Defiant managed to escape, but it was clear that the aircraft was no match for the German fighters. They were withdrawn from combat and used in a night-time training role. Barwell was awarded the DFC for the six victories scored. In April 1941, he scored a night-time victory over a Heinkel, with a second also probable. He transferred to No.125 Sqn flying Beaufighters, claiming a Dornier damaged on 1st July 1942. By March 1943, No.125 Sqn were equipped with Mosquitoes. He shot down two Ju-88s in this aircraft, and also recorded his final victory, over a V-1 rocket. He was awarded the bar to his DFC and transferred to various experimental squadrons before leaving the RAF in September 1945. Sadly, Eric Barwell died on 12th December 2007.
Items Signed by Wing Commander Eric Barwell (deceased)
| ||Into the Fray by Richard Taylor. (C)|
|Squadron Leader Douglas Bader leads the Hurricanes of 242 Squadron in an aggressive diving attack upon a large force of Heinkel 111s approaching the Kent coast, whilst Spitfires from 66 Squadron tangle with the escorting Bf109s of JG52. It is Septe......||NOT|
|Hornchurch Scramble by Robert Taylor. (C)|
|On August 12th, 1940 the Luftwaffe turned their full attention to the RAF's forward fighter bases and radar stations with the intent to obliterate them once and for all. The outcome of the Battle of Britain hung in the balance. It was late in ......||NOT|
|Vital Support by Robert Taylor.|
Price : £135.00
|Crucial to every squadron in the RAF were the unsung heroes of World War II - the ground crew. Without the vital support of these dedicated men who refuelled the aircraft, rearmed them, maintained them and kept them flying, the pilots and aircrew wo......|
|Vital Support by Robert Taylor. (B)|
Price : £295.00
|Crucial to every squadron in the RAF were the unsung heroes of World War II - the ground crew. Without the vital support of these dedicated men who refuelled the aircraft, rearmed them, maintained them and kept them flying, the pilots and aircrew wou......|
| ||The Greatest Day by Robert Taylor. (D)|
|Sunday 15 September 1940 and Luftwaffe supremo Hermann Goering believed victory over the RAF was at hand. Today, he decreed, would be the day that his 'glorious' Luftwaffe would finally break the back of Fighter Command's stubborn resist......||NOT|
Packs with at least one item featuring the signature of Wing Commander Eric Barwell (deceased)
|Pack of two De Havilland Mosquito prints by Robert Taylor and Ivan Berryman.|
Pack Price : £190.00
Saving : £130
|Aviation Print Pack. ......|
Titles in this pack :
Vital Support by Robert Taylor.
Night Raiders by Ivan Berryman.
|Squadrons for : Wing Commander Eric Barwell (deceased)|
|A list of all squadrons known to have been served with by Wing Commander Eric Barwell (deceased). A profile page is available by clicking the squadron name.|
No.125 Sqn RAF
Nunquam domandi - Never to be tamed
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