Flight Sergeant Robert E Barbour

This time Flight Sergeant Robert E Barbour is in the group picture.

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Little is known of Barbour’s wartime flying service although he joined 403 RCAF Squadron (127 Wing) in March 1945 and almost immediately began armed reconnaissance, patrols, dive bombing, escort duties etc. As well as flying Mk XVI Spitfires, Bob also flew Austers and a captured Blucher aircraft.

ROBERT E ‘BOB’ BARBOUR

Along with ‘Mo’ Morrison, Bob Barbour defied all efforts to trace him for some 6 years mainly because research centred around his home town of Brantford, Ontario, Canada, but a final attempt in ‘Air Force’ magazine by 403 CAF Squadron in 1984 resulted in a group photograph including Barbour being spotted by a friend who contacted Bob who was actually living in British Columbia.

Bob Barbour was born in Toronto in 1924. He attended elementary and high school in Brantford and began college at Ontario Agricultural College in Guelph, Ontario. In the autumn of 1942 Bob joined the University Air Training Corps which is why his service number began with ‘U’ instead of the usual ‘R’: he became a regular airman in February 1943 and learnt to fly on Tiger Moths at St Catharines, Ontario. Bob obtained his wings at Dunnville Ontario where he flew Harvards.

Shortly afterwards Bob was sent to the UK where he flew Miles Masters at Peterborough with “one memorable hour in a Hurricane”. At Rednae in Shropshire he transferred to Spitfire Vs for his operation training: he progressed to flying Spitfire IXs at Dunsfold, Surrey.

Little is known of Barbour’s wartime flying service although he joined 403 RCAF Squadron (127 Wing) in March 1945 and almost immediately began armed reconnaissance, patrols, dive bombing, escort duties etc. As well as flying Mk XVI Spitfires, Bob also flew Austers and a captured Blucher aircraft.

After discharge from the RCAF in 1946, Bob returned to Ontario Agricultural College (now the University of Guelph). During his working career he worked for two chemical companies and in 1967 became a high school science teacher.

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