LEST WE FORGET

Sergeant Sydney Roy BARLING

Service No: 412357
Born: Albury NSW, 23 December 1915
Enlisted in the RAAF: 19 July 1941
Unit: No. 3 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit (RAF)
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 3 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit Wellington aircraft Z8708), off Skegness, Lincolnshire, 19 December 1942, Aged 26 Years
Buried: St Clement’s Churchyard, Skegness, Lincolnshire
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Thomas Sydney and Elizabeth Jane Barling, of Cremorne, New South Wales, Australia
Roll of Honour: Leeton NSW
Remembered: Panel 118, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: ANZAC Memorial Clock, Leeton NSW
Remembered: Yanco and District World War II Honour Roll, Yanco NSW

At 2325 hours on 19 December 1942 Wellington Z8708 crashed in the sea off Skegness, Lincolnshire. All the crew members were killed and two bodies later washed ashore.

The crew members of Z8708 were:

Flying Officer Frederick Harold Angell (412784) (RNZAF) (Pilot)
Sergeant Sydney Roy Barling (412357) (Wireless Operator Air Gunner)
Pilot Officer Reginald Hudson Bedell (J/20549) (RCAF) (Observer)
Sergeant Alexander Moreton Giles (656353) (RAF)
Sergeant Francis Charles Kearney (405808) (Wireless Operator Air Gunner)
Sergeant Sydney Clarence Reardon (405770) (Wireless Operator Air Gunner)

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 163/90/489
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line

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