Barker, William George
William George Barker, "Billy," fighter pilot (b at Dauphin, Man 3 Nov 1894; d at Ottawa, Ont 12 Mar 1930). He was credited with 53 aerial victories during WWI, but is mostly remembered for the epic, single-handed combat on 27 Oct 1918 against some 60 German aircraft that won him the Victoria Cross. After the war he joined W.A. BISHOP
in an ill-conceived commercial aviation venture in Toronto, but in June 1922 he accepted a commission in the Canadian Air Force and was briefly the acting director of the RCAF.
He was fatally injured when his Fairchild aircraft crashed at Rockcliffe air station, Ottawa.
Colonel William Barker, pilot
Colonel Barker, VC, in one of the captured German airplanes against which he fought his last battle (courtesy British Library).
Wayne Ralph, Barker VC: William Barker, Canada's Most Decorated War Hero (1997).
Links to Other Sites
Canadian Air Aces and Heroes
Features extensive biographies of Billy Bishop and other Canadian military heroes. Great illustrations and details of vintage aircraft.
Billy Barker Resolution
About a proposed resolution to honour Canadian war hero Lieutenant-Colonel William George (Billy) Barker. From the website for the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba.
Legendary Fighter Pilot William "Billy" Barker
An illustrated biography of legendary First World War fighter pilot William "Billy" Barker. From the Virtual Museum of Canada.