Air Chief Marshal Sir John Barraclough KCB CBE DFC AFC
John Barraclough was born at Hounslow on 2 May 1918 and educated at Cranbrook School. After three years' volunteer service with the Artists' Rifles while working in the City of London, in 1938, he was granted a four-
On the outbreak of WW2 he converted to flying boats, and in 1940 operated with No 240 Squadron from the Shetland Islands. After a period flying anti-
As a staff officer at the headquarters of Training Command, he wrote an imaginative paper on using a basic jet aircraft for initial pilot training paving the way for the introduction into service of the long-
In 1976 he was appointed as an Honorary Air Commodore of No 3 (County of Devon) Maritime Headquarters of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force and for 5 years he was the Honorary Inspector-
Sir John will also be fondly remembered for his stoic work in planning the Memorial in Westminster Abbey to those lost in Coastal Command that was unveiled by Her Majesty The Queen and for his vision to erect a Tribute in North Berwick to mark the support of Scotland afforded to maritime air crews during the Battle of the Atlantic. This Tribute was unveiled by John Cruickshank VC in 2006 but sadly Sir John never lived to see it.