BARKER, Reginald Earl

Following instruction as a pilot and as a Wireless Air Gunner, Reginald Barker completed a Recorder course in connection with Fighter Control and was subsequently posted to 102 FCU at Darwin. Shortly afterwards he moved to a Fighter Control Unit at Anjo Peninsular, Truscot Air Base in the far north Kimberley district of Western Australia. The drome received B25 Mitchell Bombers manned by Dutch and Australian aircrews which carried out raids on Japanese shipping and enemy bases on Timor. Reg recorded enemy activity off the coast. After being discharged Reg became an amateur Ham Radio enthusiast. He was also a member of the RSL for over 50 years.

Last Name
BARKER
Given Names
Reginald Earl
Service Number
431084
Date of Birth
05/03/1925
Birth Location
Hawthorn VIC
Enlistment Date
21/05/1943
Enlistment Location
Melbourne VIC.
Course Details
WAGS Course 47
Intake Date
06/01/1944
Finish Date
19/05/1944
To
1 Per Depot
Kill or Discharge Date
30/04/1946 (Discharged)
Discharge Unit
ADHQ VIC
Rank
Leading Aircraftman
Notes

Following instruction as a pilot and as a Wireless Air Gunner, Reginald Barker completed a Recorder course in connection with Fighter Control and was subsequently posted to 102 FCU at Darwin. Shortly afterwards he moved to a Fighter Control Unit at Anjo Peninsular, Truscot Air Base in the far north Kimberley district of Western Australia. The drome received B25 Mitchell Bombers manned by Dutch and Australian aircrews which carried out raids on Japanese shipping and enemy bases on Timor. Reg recorded enemy activity off the coast. After being discharged Reg became an amateur Ham Radio enthusiast. He was also a member of the RSL for over 50 years.

NAA Status
DIGITIZED
1 WAGS -BARKER Reginald Earl - 431084 [Enlistment photo]
1 WAGS -BARKER Reginald Earl - 431084 [Enlistment photo]
1 WAGS -BARKER Reginald Earl - 431084 [ ITS Bradfield Park Sydney]
1 WAGS - BARKER Reginald Earl - 431084 [ Posted to RAAF HQ Darwin]
1 WAGS -BARKER Reginald Earl - 431084 [ Reg at his Ham Radio call sign VK3NGY]
1 WAGS - BARKER Reginald Earl - 431084 [ 50 Years service RSL]
Great grandchildren Henry and Ava Riesewyk paying tribute with their wreathes.
1 WAGS - BARKER Reginald Earl - 431084 [ ANZAC DAY 2020]
1 WAGS Wreath 2020 drive-way dawn service

Acknowledgements

UBC Web DesignAustralian War MemorialCity of BallaratNational Archives of AustraliaRSL Virtual War MemorialDepartment of Veterans+39 Affairs