Eliot Ralph BARNFATHER

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BARNFATHER, Eliot Ralph

Service Number: 400393
Enlisted: 20 August 1940
Last Rank: Flying Officer
Last Unit: No. 218 Squadron (RAF)
Born: Geelong, Victoria, 27 January 1915
Home Town: Geelong West, Greater Geelong, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Barrister and Solicitor.
Died: Flying Battle, Denmark, 18 May 1942, aged 27 years
Cemetery: Esbjerg (Fourfelt) Cemetery Brande, Denmark
Esbjerg (Fourfelt) Cemetery Plot A111, Row 11, Grave 13 Roll of Honour Geelong, Esbjerg (Fourfelt) Cemetery, Esbjerg, Jutland, Denmark
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, International Bomber Command Centre Memorial
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World War 2 Service

20 Aug 1940: Enlisted Melbourne, Victoria
20 Aug 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 400393
18 May 1942: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 400393, No. 218 Squadron (RAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45

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Biography contributed by Steve Larkins

400393 Sergeant (Sgt) Eliot Ralph Barnfather RAAF, was A barrister and solicitor from Geelong, Victoria, prior to enlistment.

Sgt Barnfather trained initially at No 8 Elementary Flying Training School (8 EFTS), Narrandera before being shipped to Canada to continue his training under the Empire Air Training Scheme (EATS). He received his 'wing' as an air observer on 22 June 1941.


Commissioned after his training, Flying Officer (FO) Barnfather was a crew member of 218 Squadron RAF Stirling bomber N6071, radio call sign HA-G, which was shot down near Lyne, Denmark, on 18 May 1942. He was fatally wounded after parachuting from the aircraft. He was 27 years of age.

Fellow crew said he saw Eliot laying dead in a field by was unsure if he had died because the parachute failed or that he was too low when he bailed out of the plane

Plane was Stirling MK6071. Squadron 218

Son of Thomas Stanley Barnfather and Ruby Alice Barnfather, of Geelong, Victoria, Australia.

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