Flight Lieutenant Phillip H Barran AAF – 609 Squadron
Philip Henry ‘Pip’ Barran was born at Chapel Allerton, Leeds in 1909. By early 1937 he was a trainee mining engineer and manager of a brickworks at a colliery owned by his mother’s family.
He joined 609 Squadron, Auxiliary Air Force that year and was appointed ‘B’ Flight Commander early in 1939, the Squadron converting to Spitfires shortly before war broke out.
Barran was called to full-
Barran tried to reach the coast but was forced to bale out five miles short and he landed in the sea. He was picked up, wounded and badly burned, but died before reaching land. He was 31 years of age.
One of 609’s original pre-