Dennis A Barry, KES 1936-38

Born in 1921 he joined the RAF in October 1940 and trained as a fighter pilot flying Spitfires and Hurricanes in sweeps over France. He flew cover for the D-Day landings before training to fly the new Gloster Meteor jets. One of the first RAF jet pilots he flew against V1 flying bombs, tipping them up and shooting them down over Kent in the summer of 1944, before returning to ground support flying for the rest of the NW Europe campaign. He was awarded the Croix de Guerre with palme for his exploits over France.

After the war he joined 616 (South Yorkshire) Squadron, R. Auxiliary AF, and again flew Meteors. One one occasion he had to bale out and is the only pilot to bale out of a Meteor without using the ejector seat.

He left the RAF in 1951 with the rank of Squadron Leader and set up a business called Central Motors, selling luxury cars from premises on West Street. He drove rally cars, was a keen squash player, a long standing member of Hallamshire G.C. and was a free mason. He died peacefully at his home in Sheffield on 10th March 2017 aged 95.

BBC Obituary

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