Funeral appeal for Dambusters RAF couple

Image copyright C/o RAF Cosford
Image caption Victor and Edna Barnett passed away within 10 days of each other, after 68 years of marital relationship

The RAF is appealing for individuals to go to the funeral service of a Dambusters engineer and his spouse, who passed away within 10 days of each other.

Victor and Edna Barnett, from Telford, Shropshire, satisfied in the air force, and were wed for 68 years, however had no kids and have no living family members.

He was at first a radar engineer, while she operated in air traffic control service with the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force.

Their funeral service will be held at Telford Crematorium on Tuesday.

Mr Barnett, called VJ, was 101 and passed away on 21 December, while 91-year-old Mrs Barnett passed away on New Years Eve.

Image copyright C/o RAF Cosford
Image caption Mr Barnett worked as an engineer with the Dambusters squadron

Sqn Ldr Chris Wilson from Shropshire’s RAF Cosford stated Mr Barnett signed up with the flying force in 1937, and dealt with Chain Home, the very first line of radar which would have alerted of approaching opponent air craft throughout the Battle of Britain.

He was then seconded to the 617, as part of the engineering group preparing Lancaster bombers for the objective, and befriended ‘ bouncing bomb’ inventor Barnes Wallis, Mr Wilson included.

He stated Mrs Barnett served in between 1944 and 1950.

Mr Wilson included they initially fulfilled in 1944 prior to the war separated them, reuniting in 1949 and weding a year later on, however had no kids.

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Mr Wilson stated: “The reality he was in the air force sufficed for us, the truth he has actually done something additional unique makes it even more pertinent.

” The individual who called us stated they were absolutely dedicated to one another so it is unsurprising that she passed away so right after her hubby.”

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