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Frederick Barnes (RAAF officer)

Frederick Barnes
Born(1924-11-19)19 November 1924
Melbourne, Victoria
Died4 August 2018(2018-08-04) (aged 93)
Dalmeny, New South Wales
Service/branchRoyal Australian Air Force
Years of service1943–1981
RankAir Vice Marshal
Commands heldDeputy Chief of the Air Staff (1979–81)
RAAF Support Command (1977–79)
RAAF Base Williamtown (1976–77)
No. 2 Operational Conversion Unit RAAF (1963–65)
No. 3 Squadron RAAF (1956–57)
Battles/warsSecond World War
British Commonwealth Occupation Force
Korean War
AwardsOfficer of the Order of Australia
Distinguished Flying Cross
Air Force Cross
Air Medal (United States)

Air Vice Marshal Frederick William Barnes, AO, DFC, AFC (19 November 1924 – 4 August 2018) was an Australian pilot and senior Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) officer. Having flown in the Second World War and the Korea War, he rose to become Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (1979–1981).[1][2][3][4]

For his service in Korea, Barnes was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) and the United States Air Medal.[3] In the 1979 Queen's Birthday Honours, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) "in recognition of service as Air Officer Commanding Support Command".[5]


  1. ^ Hall, Jim (12 August 2018). "Dalmeny's Air Vice Marshall Fred Barnes remembered | OBITUARY". Narooma News. Retrieved 1 April 2021.
  2. ^ "Fred Barnes AO, DFC, AFC, US Air Medal. – 3 Squadron C.O. and "SABRE Pioneer"". Archived from the original on 9 May 2021. Retrieved 1 April 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Fred Barnes obituary: decorated Korean War pilot". The Canberra Times. 25 August 2018. Retrieved 1 April 2021.
  4. ^ "From a sergeant pilot, to Deputy Chief of Air Staff ; Air Vice Marshall Frederick William Barnes". The Beagle. 9 August 2018. Retrieved 1 April 2021.
  5. ^ "Air Vice Marshal Frederick William BARNES, DFC, AFC". Australian Honours Search Facility. Retrieved 2 April 2021.
Military offices Preceded byAir Vice Marshal Neville McNamara Deputy Chief of the Air Staff 1979–1981 Succeeded byAir Vice Marshal Henry Hughes Preceded byAir Vice Marshal Geoffrey Newstead Air Officer Commanding Support Command 1977–1979 Succeeded byAir Vice Marshal Raymond Trebilco
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Frederick Barnes (RAAF officer)
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