Richard Trathen BARROW


BARROW, Richard Trathen

Service Number: 421149
Enlisted: 31 January 1942, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: Royal Canadian Airforce Training Units
Born: Junee, New South Wales, 23 July 1913
Home Town: Kogarah, Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Kogarah Public School and Sydney Technical High School
Occupation: Clerk (NSW Maritime Services Board)
Died: Accidental (training air crash), Cowichan Head, British Columbia, Canada, 13 April 1943, aged 29 years
Cemetery: Royal Oak Burial Park, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Lost Airmen of the Empire, Patricia Bay, Canada
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World War 2 Service

31 Jan 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 421149, Sydney, New South Wales
13 Apr 1943: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant, SN 421149, Royal Canadian Airforce Training Units, Empire Air Training Scheme

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

Hampden AN121 lost control and hit sea off Cowichan Head - (Information sourced by Doug Rollins)

"...the Hampden Bomber had a known design flaw - the twin rudders were too small and if the pilot tried to bank at slow speed it would “yaw”, slide sideways and often not recover..." - Peter Brand

Other Crew members who perished in that accident;

135517 P/O James Smith PETERKIN - RAF of Wigan, Lancashire

R/139766 Sgt. Donald Duncan MacGILLIVRAY - RCAF of Silver Park, Saskatchewan