And then there were two
Geoff Barkway & Peter Boyle being interviewed by Nick Witchell
Geoff Barkway DFM died on Thursday (8 June). He was the co-pilot in No 3 glider on Pegasus Bridge. Soon after landing, Geoff received a bullet wound to his right arm, which unfortunately meant it had to be amputated.
Geoff and his fellow pilot, Peter Boyle, came to Shawbury in May 2004. It was the first time they had seen our Horsa. The visit had been arranged for them so that they could be interviewed by the BBC's Nick Witchell. I was fortunate to be there and it was great to hear these two men recounting their experiences. Geoff was a real character, and it was extremely difficult to suppress any laughter (the TV audience wasn't to know that there was an audience in the hangar!).
Geoff and Peter were the last remaining crew from the six gliders which took part in the Coup de Main operation on the Caen Canal and Orne River bridges.
Now, along with Peter, only one other CdM pilot remains, Jimmy Wallwork (No 1 Glider Pegasus Bridge).