Veterans

Hundreds Attend Dambusters Couple's Funeral After RAF Appeal

The couple had no children or surviving family so RAF Cosford put out a public appeal for mourners.

Victor and Edna Barnett died within 10 days of each other. 

Hundreds attended the funeral of a couple of veterans after RAF Cosford put out a public appeal for mourners.

Dambusters engineer Victor Barnett and his wife, Edna, formerly of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF), met in the RAF and were married for 68 years.

Mr Barnett died on 21 December and Edna passed away 10 days later on New Year’s Eve. They were aged 101 and 91 respectively.

A coffin is carried during the funeral of Victor and Edna Barnett CREDIT Aaron Chown-PA Images
Serving RAF personnel carried in the couple's coffins (Picture: Aaron Chown/PA Images).

The couple had no children or surviving family and staff at RAF Cosford put out an appeal on social media for people to attend their service at Telford Crematorium on Tuesday.

Mr Barnett joined the RAF in 1937 as a radar engineer, working on Chain Home – the first line of radar that alerted the RAF to Luftwaffe aircraft.

Mrs Barnett served for 6 years in the WAAF from 1944 until 1950, where she worked in air traffic control.

They first met in 1944, and then again after the war in 1949, marrying a year later.