Robert Norman George BARLOW DFC


BARLOW, Robert Norman George

Service Number: 401899
Enlisted: 26 April 1941, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Last Rank: Flight Lieutenant
Last Unit: No. 617 Squadron (RAF)
Born: Carlton, Victoria, Australia, 22 April 1911
Home Town: St Kilda East, Port Phillip, Victoria
Schooling: Melbourne Grammar School
Occupation: Car Salesman
Died: Lost in action on the "Dams Raid", Mohne Dam, Germany, 16 May 1943, aged 32 years
Cemetery: Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany
Reichswald Forest War Cemetery Plot 5 Row C, Grave 9 Roll of Honor St Kilda, Victoria, Australia
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, International Bomber Command Centre Memorial
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World War 2 Service

26 Apr 1941: Involvement Leading Aircraftman, SN 401899, Empire Air Training Scheme
26 Apr 1941: Enlisted Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
28 Feb 1943: Involvement Flight Lieutenant, SN 401899, No. 617 Squadron (RAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45

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Husband of Audrey May Barlow 9/176 Barkly Street, St Kilda Victoria Australia; Son of Alexander and Frances May Barlow, St Kilda Victoria;


Robert Barlow was selected to fly with "The Dam Busters" on their famous raid on 16/17 May 1943. He had earlier been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC).  His was one of six aircraft in the second wave.  His and one other, "K", were recorded as missing.  The wreckage of the aircraft was later discovered and the crew were buried in the Reichswald Forest cemetery.

ED-927 "AJ-E"

Pilot : Flight Lieutenant R.N.G. Barlow, DFC, RAAF
Navigator : Flying Officer P.S. Burgess
Flight Engineer : Pilot Officer S.L. Whillis
Bomb Aimer : Pilot Officer A. Gillespie, DFM
Wireless Operator: Flying Officer C.R. Williams, DFC, RAAF
Front Gunner : Flying Officer H.S. Glinz, RCAF
Rear Gunner : Sergeant J.R.G. Lidell

He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)