Clan Munro CrestThe Munros of Pinetown

Their Families, Ancestors and connected families

Benjamin Rhodes Barrett

Maria Upton Burgess

George Munro

Selina Jane Davie

Benjamin Hugh Barrett
Isabella Sanderson (Bella) Munro
Duncan Henry Barrett in RAF Uniform
Duncan Henry Barrett

 Events in his life were:

He travelled on 19 May 1939 from Durban, South Africa to Southampton, England.

He appeared on the census on 29 Sep 1939 at 17 Handel Street, St Pancras, London, England.

Duncan was engaged to Marian Marshall in 1941.

Family Links

1. Marian Marshall

Duncan Henry Barrett

  • Born: 21 Apr 1918, Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa
  • Christened: 23 Aug 1918, St George's Church, Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa
  • Engaged to: Marian Marshall
  • Died: 29 Aug 1941, Holland at age 23
  • Buried: Nes, Ameland Island, Holland

Duncan's Last Mission and Final Resting Place

Initial Gravestone Shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War, Duncan went to England to fulfill his dream to become a pilot in the RAF. He became a Sergeant Pilot in the 49th Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

Tragically on 29 August 1941, on his 11th mission, Duncan's plane was shot down, during a raid over Holland and plummeted into the shallow water near Ameland, killing the entire crew. The islanders rowed out to the wreck and brought the bodies back for burial. The initial grave for the crew is shown on the left.

The bodies were re-interred after the war to new graves, by the War Graves Commission, and Duncan's permanent gravestone is shown on the right.

For details of Duncan's last mission visit: Barrett DH, and,
For details of the pilot BM Fournier including more details of the incident visit: Fournier_BM.
I have transcribed another version from The Aviation Safety Network in Duncan Barrett Final Flight
Permanent Grave

(Images with Permission and Courtesy of 49 Squadron Association )

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