Battle of Britain London Monument – Sgt. N P G Barron

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Norman Percy Gerald Barron was born in 1918 and joined the RAFVR in January 1938 as an Airman u/t Pilot. He trained at No. 1 E&RFTS Hatfield before being called up at the outbreak of war and going to 2 FTS Brize Norton to finish his training.

 

Above: Barron postwar in KLM uniform.

Above image courtesy of Susan Shekleton (god-daughter).

 

He joined 236 Squadron at Martlesham Heath on 9th December 1939. Commissioned in November 1940, Barron was involved in combat with a Blohm and Voss Bv138 floatplane on the 30th of the month. He led a section of three Blenheims against the German off SW Ireland, they expended all their ammunition but the Bv138 (which was armoured) escaped into cloud with one engine smoking. Barron’s Blenheim was damaged and two of his crew wounded.

Posted away on 7th October 1941, Barron went to 19 Group, firstly to a drogue-towing unit at Roborough and later to an Armament Practice Camp at Carew Cheriton, where he flew Lysanders.

On 1st August 1942 Barron was posted to 172 Squadron at Chivenor, flying Leigh-Light Wellingtons on anti-submarine work. He went with a squadron detachment to Malta on 9th June 1943.

In early September he was sent to 22 PTC Almaza, Cairo, from where he was posted to Southern Rhodesia. After an instructors course at 33 FIS Norton, Barron went to 22 SFTS Thornhill on 9th January 1944. He instructed there on Havards until returning to the UK in September 1945.

Barron spent a further year instructing, firstly at 17 SFTS Spitalgate and then at 19 FTS Cranwell before he was released in April 1947.

He joined KLM in January 1948 and flew with them until retiring in 1978.

 

 

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