Medway Unitary Authority
|Death: ||Apr. 16, 1943, Germany|
Casualty of WW2 Kenneth Alan Barrett was the son of Henry John Barrett and his wife Emily Harrod. The family lived in Gillingham Kent. Kenneth was the youngest of three sons, Harry J and Reginald Henry Lewis Barrett. Tragically Harry died in 1920 at the age of two as the result of an accidental scalding. Reginald also perished tragically as a result of the Gillingham Park Fete Fire on July 11, 1929. Details of this tragedy can be found at www.firemanswedding.com.
Kenneth was a Flying Officer (Bomb Aimer)with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 158 Sqdn. He was a member of the crew of the Halifax HR758 NP-Y which took off 20:32 hrs the night of April 16/17 1943 from Lissett,detailed to bomb Plzen, Czechoslovakia. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it failed to return to base. Its thought that the aircraft was attacked by a nightfighter and exploded in the air.
The plane crashed near Saarbrücken. Killed were the pilot B. P. Jay who was found in the plane and Kenneth who was later found 300 yards away from the wreck. It appears that though he baled out, his parachute failed to deploy. The other were taken as PoW's.
F/O Brinley Pearce Jay RAAF KIA
(Son of Albin Henry and Rhoda Annie Jay; husband of Agnes Freda Gilmour Jay, of Prestwick, Ayrshire, Scotland.)
Sgt F.E.Holmes PoW
Sgt G.D.W.Scholes PoW
P/O K.A.Barrett KIA
Sgt A.Ford PoW
Sgt R.Newdick PoW
Sgt C.D.Fawcett RCAF PoW He was interned in Camps L1/357, PoW No 991.
Sgt A.Ford in Camps L1/L6/357, PoW No.993 with Sgt F.E.Holmes, PoW No.1004.
Sgt R.Newdick in Camps L3/L6/L4, PoW No.1020.
Sgt G.D.W.Scholes in Camps L3/L6/357, PoW No.1162.
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Rheinberg War Cemetery
Plot: 9. E. 4.
Maintained by: Lori Oschefski
Originally Created by: International Wargraves ...
Record added: Mar 14, 2007
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Let we forget|
Added: Nov. 10, 2011
In remembering the tragic death of your brother Reginald we found you and learned of your tragic death as well. We honor and remember you with great thanks and pride.|
Added: Apr. 17, 2011