Barr, Philip Rex
|Date of Death
|Next of Kin
|Son of Harry Philip Barr and of Adelaide Mary Barr (Nee Hanby), of Hartpury, Gloucestershire. Husband of Maria Barr-Grabowska, of Salisbury, Wiltshire.
|Douglas Boston III
|Wevelgem Communal Cemetery
|Grave E. 435.
|SO HE PASSED OVER, AND ALL THE TRUMPETS SOUNDED FOR HIM ON THE OTHER SIDE
IBCC Memorial Information
|Royal Air Force
|Country of Origin
|Church of St. Andrew, Little Massingham, Norfolk
|Roll of Honour in Wooden Case
|Roll of Honour to those who served at RAF Little Massingham during WW2, including 107 Sqn
|Adjacent to Northern Perimeter of Airfield, Wattisham, Suffolk
|Stone Memorial with inscribed Marble Tablets
|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
|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".
|His Polish wife, Maria Barr-Grabowska, collected his DFC from the King ater his death. Philip was himself of Polish descent, having previously Anglicised his email from Barciński. Maria was working for the Polish Red Cross at the time.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives
|Record of Events (Operational Record Book) AIR 27/843/18
|Summary of Events (Operational Record Book) AIR 27/843/17
Last Operation Information
|Reason for Loss
|Collided with overhead electrical cables and crashed near Wevelgem, Belgium