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William George Barker

First World War Flying Ace William George Barker

Profession: First World War Flying Ace


Biography: The most decorated serviceman in the history of Canada, and in the history of the British Empire and Commonwealth of Nations.

Born: November 3, 1894
Birthplace: Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Scorpio

Died: March 12, 1930 (aged 35)
Cause of Death: Plane crash

Historical Events

  • 1916-11-15 Canadian pilot William George Barker flying over Ancre River, spots concentration of German troops massing for counter-attack on Beaumont Hamel, sends emergency Zone Call to break up German infantry apart. Barker later receives Military Cross

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