Bary, Ronald Edward

Date of birth:
June 9th, 1915 (New Plymouth, New Zealand)
Date of death:
April 12th, 1945 (Imola, Italy)
Buried on:
Commonwealth War Cemetery Faenza
Plot: VIII. Row: D. Grave: 21.
Service number:
New Zealander (1907-1947, Dominion UK)


Ronald Edward Bary entered service in January 1939.

?: Pilot Officer on probation;
January 23rd, 1940: Pilot Officer;
October 23rd, 1940: Flying Officer;
October 23rd, 1941: Flight Lieutenant (war subs.);
October 16th, 1943: Squadron Leader (war subs.).

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Second World War (1939-1945)
Flight Lieutenant
No. 250 (Sudan) Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
April 7th, 1942
"This officer took part in the operations over Dunkirk and in the Battle of Britain. Fit. Lt. Bary also participated in the evacuation from Crete. In the present campaign, he has led the squadron on numerous occasions with coolness and skill, and has taken part in cover protections for bombers and in attacks on enemy vehicles and aircraft on the ground. He has also shared in the destruction of a Messerschmitt 110. This officer has been a great help to the less experienced pilots and his courage and devotion to duty have set an excellent example to all."
LG 35514/1556.
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Second World War (1939-1945)
Acting Wing Commander
Awarded on:
January 1st, 1945
LG 36866/63.
Mentioned in Despatches
Second World War (1939-1945)
Acting Wing Commander
Awarded on:
October 1st, 1944
"Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross, this officer has taken part in numerous operational sorties. Under his brilliant leadership the squadrons of his Wing materially contributed to the success of the Sicilian campaign ... An outstanding Wing Leader, this officer gained the absolute confidence of all the pilots under his command."
Posthumously awarded on February 12th, 1946, with effect on October 1st, 1944.
LG 37463/903.
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded with "BATTLE FOR BRITAIN" clasp.
1939-1945 Star
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded with "AIR CREW EUROPE" clasp.
Atlantic Star


  • Photo 1: Tom MacNeill
  • Photo: Tom MacNeill
  • - The London Gazette of 27th February 1940, Issue 34801
    - The London Gazette of 31st December 1940, Issue 35028
    - The London Gazette of 19th December 1941, Issue 35387
    - Third Supplement to The London Gazette of 3rd April 1942, Issue 35514, dated 7th April 1942
    - Fourth Supplement to The London Gazette of 11th January 1944, Issue 36330, dated 14th January 1944
    - Supplement to The London Gazette of 29th December 1944, Issue 36866, dated 1st January 1945
    - Second Supplement to The London Gazette of 8th February 1946, Issue 37463, dated 12th February 1946
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