Robert Norman George Barlow (1911 - 1943)

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Biography

Birth


Carlton, Victoria Australia

Death


Germany
Cause of death: airplane crash

Cause of death

airplane crash

Burial / Funeral

Britischer Ehrenfriedhof,
Grunewaldstra├če, Kleve, NRW Germany

Obituary

Last Known Residence

St Kilda, Australia

Family

Husband: Audrey May Collins

Professions

In civilian life, Norm Barlow owned a garage. He had previously worked for his father, Alexander George Barlow, but everything fell apart when his father committed suicide in 1937 when it became evident his financial dealings were fraudulent.

Military Service

Royal Australian Air Force, 401899
Rank: Flight Lieutenant
Units: 61 Squadron, 617 Squadron
Pilot
Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, May 14, 1943

Middle name

Norman George

Surnames

Nationality

Australia

Religion

Church of England

Gender

Male

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Susan Paxton Robert Norman George Barlow ("Norm") was born 22 April 1911 in Carlton, Victoria, Australia, the son of Alexander George Barlow and Frances May Hancock. In civilian life before World War II he was a mechanic and car salesman. He was married to Pauline Ralston and they had a daughter, Adrianne May, born in 1938. There was either a death or divorce, and in 1940 Norm married a woman named Audrey May, last name unknown; Adrianne was recorded as being raised by her maternal grandmother. Barlow served in the RAAF Reserve from 1929-1932, and rejoined in 1941, at which time he trained as a pilot in Australia and in Canada (according to his RAAF record, he had a civilian flying license at the time he reenlisted). His first combat assignment was to 61 Squadron, a Lancaster unit; during his service he was recommended for the Distinguished Flying Cross, which was gazetted only two days before his death. In March 1943 he joined 617 Squadron with a crew of other 61 Squadron veterans; on May 16, 1943, during the penetration of Germany at low level, his Lancaster flew into a high electricity pylon, exploded, and crashed. There were no survivors from the crew of 7.
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