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Robert James Barr

In memory of:

Flight Sergeant Robert James Barr

December 4, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

R/251406

Age:

19

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

166 (R.A.F.) Sqdn

Additional Information


Son of James Reid Barr and Edith Barr, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Commemorated on Page 243 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

4. F. 24.

Location:

Durnbach is a village 16 kilometres east of Bad Tolz, a town 48 kilometres south of Munich. Durnbach War Cemetery is 3 kilometres north of the village Gmund am Tegernsee. Using the A8 from Munich, turn off at the junction Holzkirchen, taking the 318 road in the direction of Gmund am Tegernsee. At the crossroads with the 472, turn left in the direction of Miesbach. The cemetery is situated approximately 500 metres on the left from the 318/472 crossroads.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Memorial– Flight Sergeant Robert James Barr is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flight Sergeant Robert James Barr is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Father J P Lardie's comments as inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star July 1945. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star July 1945. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Group Photo– This is a picture of my Brother, Bob and his crew. F/S. R. J. Barr R251406, WO W.E. Fasken R160076, F/O A.J. Reid J36936, F/S H.R. Thyret R224882, and F/O Clewley. All died but Clewley, December 4, 1944.  My Brother sent this picture to my Mother and Father , Edith and James Barr some time in 1944.
Photo submitted by Albert Barr.
  • Group Photo 2– This is a picture of my Mother, Edith Barr, my older Brother Peter Barr and my Brother F/S Robert James Barr. I am not sure where this picture was taken but we lived on Belfair and Lee Avenues in 1944.  My mother has put the year 1944 on the back of the photograph.  I recognize her handwriting. Photo Submitted by Albert Barr.
  • Newspaper clipping– Photos of F/S Barr and F/O A. J. Reid from The Toronto Star, January 10, 1945, page 14
Story of crash and crew from //lostbombers.co.uk
Lancaster ME318 of 166 (RAF) Sqdn took part in the Key Raid against Freiburg 27/28 Nov 44. On 4 Dec 44 ME318 was airborne at 1615 from Kirmington on an operation against Karlsruhe, Germany.  One Canadian, P/O G. C. Clewley, survived the crash and was taken PoW.  The remainder were killed.  The four Canadians were:  F/O (N) A. J. Reid age 21 from Toronto; F/S (BA) E. F. Williams age 27 from Toronto; F/S (AG) H. R. Thyret age 19 from Fort Erie; F/S (AG) R. J. Barr age 19 from Toronto.  Also killed were:
F/S J. A. Joyce RAAF age 20, and Sgt. A. J. Taylor RAF who, at age 39, was amongst the oldest airmen killed on Bomber Command operations.
  • Newspaper Clipping– The Toronto Star, January 10, 1945, page 14

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