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Barwell, Philip Reginald

Date of birth:
July 2nd, 1907 (Knowle/Warwickshire, Great Britain)
Date of death:
July 1st, 1942
Buried on:
Canadian War Cemetery Calais
Plot: 5. Row: G. Grave: 1.
Service number:
22062
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

Philip Reginald Barwell was born on July 2nd, 1907 as the son of Reginald and Alice Mary Ann Barwell. He was married to Mary Elizabeth Barwell.
His the younger brother was Eric Barwell.


Promotions:
October 6th, 1925: Pilot Officer on probation (seniority September 28th, 1925);
March 28th, 1927: Flying Officer;
May 14th, 1930: Temporary Flight Lieutenant;
September 1st, 1931: Flight Lieutenant;
December 1st, 1936: Squadron Leader;
January 1st, 1940: Wing Commander;
December 1st, 1941: Temporary Group Captain.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Squadron Leader
Awarded on:
November 28th, 1939
Citation:
"During October, 1939, this officer led a flight of six aircraft over the North Sea to intercept enemy bomber aircraft which were approaching a British convoy about 30 miles from the mainland. After shooting down the first enemy aircraft himself he renewed the attack and, in collaboration with two other pilots of the flight, succeeded in destroying a second aeroplane. The engagement ultimately resulted in at least six, and possibly seven, of the nine raiding aircraft being brought down into the sea and its success was very largely due to the high standard of gallantry and leadership displayed by Squadron Leader BARWELL."
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)

Sources

  • - The London Gazette of 6th October 1925, Issue 33090
    - The London Gazette of 1st September 1931, Issue 33749
    - The London Gazette of 28th November 1939, Issue 34742
    - The London Gazette of 2nd January 1940, Issue 34765
    - The London Gazette of 16th December 1941, Issue 35383
    - Commonwealth Wargraves Commission

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