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Sopwith Snipe - Ottawa, Ontario
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Weathervane
N 45° 25.003 W 075° 43.025
18T E 443894 N 5029494
Quick Description: This Aircraft Fuselage belonged to the Sopwith Snipe flown by Victoria Cross recipient William George Barker for an action with took place on 27 October 1918. The fuselage is in Gallery 2, of the Canadian War Museum, in Ottawa, Ontario.
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date Posted: 6/12/2019 8:17:14 AM
Waymark Code: WM10QQ0
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member DougK
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Long Description:
Sopwith Snipe Aircraft Fuselage

This is the fuselage of Barker's Sopwith Snipe. He flew it during his Victoria Cross-winning action on 27 October 1918. Barker crashed after the battle, but the plane was recovered and designated an official War Trophy. The Snipe had two Vickers machine-guns and could carry four small bombs.

William George BARKER, VC, DSO*, MC**

Barker won the Victoria Cross for an action that took place on 27 October 1918. His citation reads: "On the morning of the 27th of October, 1918, this officer observed an enemy two-seater over the Foret de Mormal. He attacked this machine, and after a short burst it broke up in the air. At the same time, a Fokker biplane attacked him, and he was wounded in the right thigh, but managed, despite this, to shoot down the enemy plane in flames. He then found himself in the middle of a large formation of Fokkers, who attacked him from all directions, and was again severely wounded in the left thigh, but succeeded in driving down two of the enemy in a spin. He lost consciousness after this and his machine fell out of control. On recovery, he found himself being again attacked heavily by a large formation and singling out one machine, he deliberately charged and drove it down in flames. During this fight, his left elbow was shattered and he again fainted, and on regaining consciousness he found himself still being attacked, but notwithstanding that he was now severely wounded in both legs and his left arm shattered, he dived at the nearest plane and shot it down in flames. Being greatly exhausted, he dived out of the fight to regain our lines, but was met by another formation, which attacked and endeavored to cut him off, but after a hard fight, he succeeded in breaking up this formation and reached our lines, where he crashed on landing. This combat in which Major Barker destroyed four enemy machines (three of them in flames), brought his total successes up to fifty enemy machines destroyed, and is a notable example of the exceptional bravery and disregard of danger which this very gallant officer has always displayed through his distinguished career. Major Barker was awarded the Military Cross on 10 January, 1917, first Bar on 18th July, 1917, the Distinguished Service Order on 18 February, 1918, 2nd Bar to Military Cross on 16th September, 1918, and Bar to Distinguished Service Order on 2nd November, 1918.

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Type of Aircraft: (make/model): Sopwith Snipe

Construction:: original aircraft

Location (park, airport, museum, etc.): Canadian War Museum

inside / outside: inside

Access restrictions:
Museum Hours and Fees: April 29 to September 2, 2019 Monday to Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday to Sunday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hours subject to change. Statutory holidays falling within this period follow the above hours of operation. September 3, 2019 to March 31, 2020 Monday to Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday to Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fees: Adults $17 - Seniors $15 and students $13 Free on Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Parking on the street in proximity to the museum as well as on the grounds of the museum is available for a fee. A parking garage is also available on site.


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