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Ralph Barker (born 1917 in Feltham, Middlesex) is an English non-fiction author with over twenty-five books to his credit. He has written mainly about the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and Royal Air Force (RAF) operations in the First and Second World Wars, and about cricket.

He was educated at Hounslow College, and on leaving school joined the Sporting Life in 1934. Subsequently he went into banking. He had started writing, and several of his sketches were used in West End revues.

Following the outbreak of World War II, in 1940 he joined the RAF as a wireless operator and air gunner. He served in the Middle East and West Africa as well as in the UK, and completed two thousand flying hours before he was demobilized in 1946. He briefly went back to banking, before going into civil aviation as a radio operator. At the end of 1948, he rejoined the RAF and went to Germany as a public relations officer in connection with the Berlin Airlift. He spent two years in service broadcasting at BFN Hamburg. He was then posted to the Air Ministry to work on official war narratives.

His first book, Down in the Drink, was published in 1955. He has since written many more on a military aviation theme. Barker left the RAF in 1961 in order to write full time. He was a frequent contributor of feature articles to the Sunday Express.

He turned to cricket writing in 1964, with Ten Great Innings. John Arlott, reviewing Ten Great Bowlers, its follow-up, described Barker as "a master of the reconstruction of past cricket matches". His most substantial book on cricket is a history of Tests between England and Australia, published in 1969, which included a report of every match and a summary of each series. The statistics were provided by Irving Rosenwater.

Barker played regularly for the RAF's cricket club, the Adastrians, and subsequently for several clubs in Surrey, including West Surrey, whom he captained for a number of years.

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Total Books: 53
Against the Sea (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780330241212
ISBN-10: 0330241214

Against the Sea True Stories of Survival and Disaster
Against the Sea True Stories of Survival and Disaster (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780701116965
ISBN-10: 070111696X

Blockade Busters
Blockade Busters (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780393056099
ISBN-10: 0393056090

The Blockade Busters
The Blockade Busters (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780701121891
ISBN-10: 0701121890

Blues and things for strings Music for junior strings
Blues and Things for Strings Music for Junior Strings (Other)
ISBN-13: 9781874556275
ISBN-10: 187455627X

A Brief History of the Royal Flying Corps in World War One
A Brief History of the Royal Flying Corps in World War One [Brief Histories] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781841194707
ISBN-10: 1841194700
Genre: History

Children of the  Benares
Children of the Benares (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780413423108
ISBN-10: 0413423107

Children of the Benares
Children of the Benares (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780586208236
ISBN-10: 0586208232

Cricketing Family Edrich
Cricketing Family Edrich (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780720709094
ISBN-10: 0720709091
Genre: Sports & Outdoors

Down in the Drink
Down in the Drink [Books for Today] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780701003753
ISBN-10: 0701003758

Down in the Drink Their Deadliest Enemy Was the Sea
Down in the Drink Their Deadliest Enemy Was the Sea (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780755317523
ISBN-10: 0755317521

England v Australia A compendium of test cricket between the countries 1877-1968
Good-night Sorry for Sinking You
Good-night Sorry for Sinking You (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780002164641
ISBN-10: 0002164647

Great Mysteries of the Air
Great Mysteries of the Air (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780330020961
ISBN-10: 033002096X

The hurricats
The Hurricats (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780720709940
ISBN-10: 0720709946
Genre: History

The Hurricats The Fighters That Could Not Return
Innings of a lifetime
Innings of a Lifetime (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780002118668
ISBN-10: 0002118661

The Last Blue Mountain
The Last Blue Mountain (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780906371053
ISBN-10: 0906371058
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Men of the Bombers
Men of the Bombers (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780753194188
ISBN-10: 075319418X

MEN OF THE BOMBERS Remarkable Incidents in World War II
Men of the Bombers Remarkable Incidents in World War II (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781844151578
ISBN-10: 1844151573
Genres: History, Nonfiction

Not Here But in Another Place
Not Here But in Another Place (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780312579616
ISBN-10: 0312579616
Genres: History, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences

Ship-busters British Torpedo-bombers in World War II [Stackpole Military History Series - The Stackpole Military History Series] (Paperback)