Post by Hawker Hurricane on Nov 21, 2010 19:22:59 GMT
Sergeant Sidney Barnes served with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve and was in 426 (RCAF) 'Thunderbird' Squadron, which was part of the 6 Group of Bomber Command. They were stationed at RAF Linton-on-Ouse, near York in Yorkshire.
Sidney was the son of Fred and Ellen Barnes, and was from Little Hulton. He is remembered on the Little Hulton War Memorial, located at St. Paul's Peel. The memorials thread here also has a photograph of Sidney with his then fiancee, Edith Barnes. He was also listed on the Roll of Honour for Cleggs Lane Methodist Church in Little Hulton. The Cleggs Lane memorial is shown on this thread.
Sidney flew on Lancaster II bombers, and was involved in the major offensive raid against the German research establishment at Peenemunde on the Baltic coast where V-2 rockets were being built and tested. The raid, involving some 596 aircraft, made up of 324 Lancasters, 218 Halifaxes and 54 Stirlings, took place on the night of 17th-18th August 1943. 9 Mark II Lancasters of 426 Squadron were dispatched on this important raid. 2 aircraft of 426 Squadron were lost, and in addition to Sidney Barnes, also lost was the Squadron Commander, Wing Commander L. Crooks, DSO, DFC.
Sidney is also remembered on Panel 141 of the Runnymede Memorial.