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William Barker, VC: The Life, Death and Legend of Canada’s Most Decorated War Hero

William Barker, VC: The Life, Death and Legend of Canada's Most Decorated War Hero    
Format Hardcover
Catalogue No. 978-0-470-83967-6
Pages 290
Language English only
Price $34.99
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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 Canada’s fighter pilots’ tour of duty and a celebration of a true Canadian hero.

William Barker is Canada’s 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. Barker’s life was tragically cut short in a flying accident in Ottawa in 1930. Despite his decorations for bravery, Barker’s remains were buried in a crypt marked Smith (his wife’s family) in Toronto.

Author Wayne Ralph felt the need to address Barker’s obscurity. Ralph brings to life the country that was Canada in the early 20th century through this compelling story. This new illustrated edition celebrates Canada’s 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 Canada’s Fighter Pilots in the Second World War

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