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454 RAAF Squadron

F/Lt George L. Barnard MID

Service Number: 262132

Original Adjutant 454 Squadron from September 1942 at Aqir Palestine.  Led truck convoy to Qaitara Iraq (the Russians occupied 454's proposed Teheran base).  With Wing Commander Campbell as CO, helped mould mixed group RAF and RAAF ground and air crews and admin. staff into a sound Squadron team.  Remained Adj. until 454 moved from Berka 3 to Italy under W Commander Moore.

W Commander Jack Coates said: "As Adjutant and elder statesman (he was some ten years older than most of us),  George held the Squadron together while his CO went flying, and kept us straight about King's Regulations and the requirements of Group and ME HQ".

A first class organiser and mediator, George had the respect of all ranks.  Early reunions owed much to his organising ability.