Pilot Officer Cyril Joe Barton VC-Housing Estate

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Barton Park




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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Attached to a building/structure
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
  • Brick Brick
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  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
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BARTON PARK/This development is named as a lasting tribute to/Pilot Officer Cyril Joe Barton (168669) VC RAFVR/No 578 Squadron R.A.F./On the night of 30th March 1944, Pilot Officer Barton was Captain and/pilot of a Halifax aircraft detailed to attack Nuremberg. Despite his/aircraft suffering severe damage from enemy fighters and the loss of/three crew members, Pilot Officer Barton courageously/completed his mission./Without navigational aids and running low on fuel, Pilot Officer Barton/returned his crippled aircraft over heavily defended territory before crossing the English Channel north of his base. He steered the stricken/aircraft clear of all but one of the houses at Hallycorrside before crashing/in a Colliery yard approximately 200 yards North of this site./Pilot Officer Barton, aged just 22, lost his life, but his three remaining/comrades survived. /In recognition of this supreme act of valour and dedication to his country/Pilot Officer Barton was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.//"In gallantly completing his last mission in the face of/almost impossible odds, he displayed unsurpassed courage and devotion to duty."

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