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.