Bob Barckley was shot down in his No 3 Squadron Typhoon near Dunkirk in June 1943, but avoided capture and was taken to the Pyrenees by members of the Comet Escape Line. He crossed into Spain and four days after returning to Britain he rejoined his squadron. After converting to the Tempest, he became a leading “ace” in shooting down 12 V-1 flying bombs over SE England. On one occasion, after running out of ammunition, he flew alongside the V-1 and tipped it over with the wingtip of his Tempest. He was twice mentioned in despatches and awarded the DFC for “his high degree of courage”. He died at the age of 99.
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