William Barker was a magnificent airman, a great fighter ace and holder of the Victoria Cross, the DSO and Bar, the MC and
two Bars, the Croix-de-Guerre, two Italian Silver Medals for Valour and three Mentions-in-Despatches. But his life and achievements have been largely forgotten, or at best overlooked. Why?

Wayne Ralph made it his mission to find out. In what became for him “a five-year emotional journey”, Ralph has solved many mysteries and laid to rest many half truths about the man. Meticulously researched and excellently crafted, Barker VC is the definitive biography of Lieutenant Colonel William Barker, warts and all, and a fitting testimony to the life and times of a legend.

‘Sympathetic and moving. Ralph writes with skill and detail.’

The Globe and Mail

‘Includes details and photographs never before published; can be fairly described as monumental.’

Flying Magazine

‘Ralph weaves a great yarn of adventure and accomplishments … This is a hard book to put down.’

Airforce Magazine

Front cover photograph courtesy National Archive of Canada
Back cover photograph courtesy Provincial Archive of Manitoba
Author photograph by Anna Johnstad-Moller