When the passenger liner City of Benares sailed from Liverpool on Friday, 13 September 1940, she was carrying 90 evacuee children from the bombed cities of Britain, bound under a government-sponsored scheme for a safe haven in Canada. Her sinking by U-boat four days later, without warning, in total disregard of the plight of survivors and in defiance of international law, shocked and horrified the civilised world.Read More
Ralph Barker Titles
Sidney Cotton was an audacious man - aviator, spy, businessman, gun runner and more. He was at the forefront of photo-reconnaissance before and during WW2.Read More
'In seeking to establish the facts and unravel the secrets of these and other famous air mysteries, Ralph Barker brings outstanding gifts of graphic description to a subject of compelling power' - The Aeroplane.Read More
An overview of British aerial operations in World War II.Read More
Biography of the distinguished cricketing family, including Bill, John, Geoffrey, Eric and Brian Edrich.Read More
The story of the daring RAF pilots who flew low-level torpedo attacks against German battleships in World War II.Read More
This true story of a hijacking and hostages. A disturbing fact-filled book of extreme human experience.Read More
'Ralph Barker has written a masterly anecdotal history of the flying war over France, and the courageous 'bird-men', who gave such dedicated support to the regiments deadlocked in the trenches beneath them' - Daily TelegraphRead More
In late 1942 the elderly Ellerman Line steamer City of Cairo was on a voyage from Capetown to Brazil when seven days into the Atlantic crossing the ship was sunk by a U-Boat. There were 300 persons, including women and children and crew aboard.Read More
The heart-rending true story of the 1957 expedition to Haramosh Peak in the Karakoram range in Pakistan.Read More
A thoroughly-researched account of this little known aspect of Second World War Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm operations.Read More
The Story of Bill Lancaster and Chubbie Miller.
Previously published as Verdict On A Lost FlyerRead More
The story of how George Binney, a 39 year-old civilian working in neutral Sweden set about running vital cargoes of Swedish ball-bearings and special steels to Britain through the blockaded Skagerrak.
One of the greatest sea stories of World War IIRead More
A penetrating biography of a truly exceptional man - F. Spencer Chapman DSORead More
Twelve superb sea stories and examples of man's eternal struggle with the sea.Read More
Among those who fought in the ferocious battles for the skies during the Second World War, some - shot down, or forced to ditch - had to confront an exceptionally pitiless enemy: the sea.Read More
Ten remarkable true accounts of unusual incidents and happenings to Bomber Command aircrew during World War Two.Read More
Fifteen "dramas of the air"
There can be nothing more poignant than a sequence of events which gives some occupants of an aircraft a chance of escape and others none.Read More
The story of the first large scale bombing in history, the R.A.F.'s firebombing of Cologne, Germany in 1942.Read More
Ralph Barker has taken a story fictionalised by Colin Dexter for an Inspector Morse novel, and exhumed and reconstructed for the first time the true story of the colourful life and mysterious death of the 38-year-old Christina.Read More