Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2008, Sergeant Duane Barwood, attached to 903 Expeditionary Air Wing, Royal Air Force, died in Iraq as a result of a rocket attack on the Contingency Operating Base in Basra.
Sergeant Barwood had joined the R.A.F. in 1985 as an R.A.F. Regiment gunner and later transferred to the post of motor transport driver. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant after nine years’ service. Much-respected, he is remembered as a brave and exceptional leader, a natural problem-solver and a caring person. Before joining up he had volunteered as a First Responder for the Ambulance Service.
Group Captain Malcolm Brecht said of him: “It is with deep sadness that we mourn the loss of Sergeant Baz Barwood. Sergeant Barwood was an outstanding Senior Non-commissioned Officer in every respect. An enthusiastic, loyal and dedicated member of the Royal Air Force, he was a willing volunteer for his tour of duty on Operations in Iraq. A caring and diligent man, with a larger-than-life personality, Sergeant Barwood was admired and respected by all those he led. As the Motor Transport Officer for the Airfield at Basra Air Station, Sergeant Barwood displayed natural leadership abilities, strong judgement and exceptional courage. He was a true professional.”
Duane, from Carterton in Oxfordshire, was 41 years old and married with two daughters.