Ralph Barker


Born in 1917 and educated at Hounslow College, Ralph joined the editorial staff of Sporting Life in 1934, but later went into banking. Meanwhile, he had begun writing, and several of his sketches and scenes were produced in West End Revue.

Ralph joined the RAF in 1940  as a wireless operator/air-gunner and progressed  his military career until 1961 when he retired voluntarily from the RAF to write full time. He was a frequent contributor of feature stories to the Sunday Express.

Books by Ralph Barker

Stories of Endurance

Children of the Benares

One Man's Jungle

The Last Blue Mountain

Good-Night, Sorry for Sinking You

Against the Sea

Not Here, but in Another Place

Military History

Brief History of the Royal Flying Corps

Royal Airforce at War

That Eternal Summer

The Blockade Busters

The Hurricats

The Royal Flying Corps in France, Parts 1 and 2

Down in the Drink

The Ship-Busters

Strike Hard, Strike Sure

Men of the Bombers

The Thousand Plan



Aviation History

Great Mysteries of the Air

Bill Lancaster: The Final Verdict

The Schneider Trophy Races

Aviator Extraordinary

Survival in the Sky


England v Australia: Test Cricket 1877-1968

Innings of a Lifetime

Purple Patches

Ten Great Bowlers

Ten Great Innings

The Cricketing Family Edrich