Flight Sergeant Robin Edgell BARNARD

Service No: 404464
Born: Rockhampton QLD, 24 January 1913
Enlisted in the RAAF: 13 September 1940
Unit: No. 113 Squadron (RAF)
Died: Air Operations: (No. 113 Squadron Blenheim aircraft V5963), off Akyab, Myanmar, 9 September 1942, Aged 29 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Wilfred Bourne Barnard and Mabel Ellen Mamie Barnard
Roll of Honour: Roma QLD
Remembered: Column 421, Singapore Memorial, Singapore
Remembered: Panel 118, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

Blenheim V5983 failed to return from a raid attacking shipping in Akyab harbour on 9 September 1942. In 1949 following investigations it was concluded that the missing crew members were lost at sea.

In a report by other crew members on the same raid, they stated “one minute after our attack on the enemy shipping in Akyab harbour on 9 September 1942, our formation was attacked by four enemy fighters in 23 minutes. At the end of this time Flying Officer Loane’s aircraft was last seen with a fighter on its tail at very close range as we entered cloud. The position then was 60 miles from Akyab on a bearing of 300 deg.

The crew members of V5983 were:

Flight Sergeant Robin Edgell Barnard (404464) (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Thomas Bell (402184) (Observer)
Flying Officer Owen Lawrence Loane (402514) (Pilot)


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 163/90/384

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