Barfod, Walter

Personal Information

Rank F/O
Forename(s) Walter
Surname Barfod
Gender M
Age 29
Decorations DFC
Date of Death 07-11-1942
Next of Kin Son of Anthony and Gertrude Barfod. Husband of Elsie Barfod, of Pateley Bridge, Yorkshire.

Aircraft Information

Aircraft Douglas Boston III
Serial Number Z2157
Markings OM-

Memorial Information

Burial/Memorial Country Belgium
Burial/Memorial Place Wevelgem Communal Cemetery
Grave Reference Grave E. 437.

IBCC Memorial Information

Phase 2
Panel Number 126

Enlistment Information

Service Number 48726
Service Royal Air Force
Group 2
Squadron 107
Trade Navigator
Country of Origin United Kingdom

Other Memorials

Location St. Andrew's Church, Little Massingham, Norfolk
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Roll of Honour with wooden and glass cabinet
Memorial Text Dedicated to all who lost their lives operating from RAF Great Massingham during WWII
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Location Church of St. Andrew, Little Massingham, Norfolk
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Roll of Honour in Wooden Case
Memorial Text Roll of Honour to those who served at RAF Little Massingham during WW2, including 107 Sqn
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Location Adjacent to Northern Perimeter of Airfield, Wattisham, Suffolk
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Stone Memorial with inscribed Marble Tablets
Memorial Text A memorial to those who served at RAF Wattisham during WW2, including 107 Sqn, who along with 110 Sqn delivered the first air raids of the War
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Miscellaneous Information

Citation from London Gazette, 4 December 1942: "Distinguished Flying Cross. Squadron Leader Philip Rex BARR (39482), No. 107 Squadron (since missing). Pilot Officer Walter BARFOD (48726), No. 107 . Squadron (since missing). Squadron Leader Barr and Pilot Officer Barfod have flown together, as captain and navigator/ bomb aimer respectively, in attacks on important enemy industrial targets and shipping. One night in June, 1942, they participated in an attack on an airfield in the low countries as part of the operation undertaken by 1,000 bombers that night. Although the target was heavily defended, a most successful attack was executed. In September, 1942, they took part with great success in an attack on a whale oil ship in Cherbourg harbour. Throughout Squadron Leader Barr has displayed exceptional skill, and leadership, while Pilot Officer Barfod's expert navigation and accurate'bombing have contributed materially to the success achieved".

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Last Operation Information

Start Date 07-11-1942
End Date 07-11-1942
Takeoff Station Great Massingham
Day/Night Raid Day
Operation Courtrai
Reason for Loss Collided with overhead electrical cables and crashed near Wevelgem, Belgium

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