Ralph Barker was born in 1917 and educated at Hounslow College. He 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.
In 1940 he joined the RAF as a wireless operator/air-gunner, served in the Middle East and West Africa as well as the UK, and completed 2,000 flying hours before demobilisation in 1946. He returned to banking for a year, and then went into civil aviation as a radio officer. At the end of 1948, Ralph Barker rejoined the RAF and went to Germany as a public relations officer on the Berlin Airlift; he worked on the official airlift history. After two years in Service broadcasting at BFN Hamburg, he was posted to the Air Ministry in November 1952 to work on official war narratives.
His first book Down in the Drink was published in 1955, and in addition to several other non-fiction books with an aviation background, The Schneider Trophy Races, he has written an account of a mountaineering expedition and three books on cricket. In 1959 he was posted to RAF Aden, until April 1961 when he retired voluntarily from the RAF to write full time. He was a frequent contributor of feature stories to the Sunday Express.
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