William Barker, VC: The Life, Death and Legend of Canadas Most Decorated War Hero
Written by Wayne Ralph.
Published by John Wiley Sons & Canada, Ltd., 2007.
|William Barker, VC: The Life, Death and Legend of Canada
Most Decorated War Hero is a pictorial memoir and oral history of
Canadas fighter pilots tour of duty and a celebration of a true
William Barker is Canadas most-decorated Great War hero. Born in Dauphin, Manitoba on Nov. 3, 1894, he wracked up a total of 50 victories on the Italian and Western fronts. He fought a spectacular dogfight, single-handedly, against 10-plus German fighters on October 27, 1918, for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross, an award which is traditionally awarded posthumously. After returning to Canada he ran a commercial aviation business with fellow ace Billy Bishop. Barkers life was tragically cut short in a flying accident in Ottawa in 1930. Despite his decorations for bravery, Barkers remains were buried in a crypt marked Smith (his wifes family) in Toronto.
Author Wayne Ralph felt the need to address Barkers obscurity. Ralph brings to life the country that was Canada in the early 20th century through this compelling story. This new illustrated edition celebrates Canadas most decorated WWI combatant. The exploits of William Barker, VC, DSO, MC merit lasting publication.
From the same author:
Aces, Warriors and Wingmen: Firsthand Accounts of Canadas Fighter Pilots in the Second World War
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