William George Barker

William George Barker

By 1918, Canadian fighter ace William George Barker had already survived 3 years of war, having blown up 46 enemy planes. On his last flight before going home, he shot down an enemy plane, which turned out to be a bait. 60 German fighters descended on him at once and one explosive bullet shattered his right thighbone. He turned his plane around and plowed through the squadron taking down two planes and in the process injured his other good leg. He fainted and regained consciousness after freefalling 6000 feet. He regained control and again plowed through two more planes before his left elbow was shattered, fainting again. He then regained consciousness only to crash his plane headfirst at 90 mph. He went into a coma and woke up two days after the war ended.

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