Pilot Officer Cyril Joe Barton VC
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- Second World War (1939-1945)
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Photo: F/O Cyril Joe BARTON V.C. R.A.F.V.R./Presented by his family/January 1991 VC: Presented to/Malcolm G. Spencer, Unit General Manager/on the occasion of the official naming of/The Barton Memorial Unit/Alan Mitcheson 9th January 1991 Glass Balustrade: On 30/31st March 1944/Pilot Officer/Cyril Barton/age 22 took part in a/bombing mission on Nuremburg/His Halifax bomber/was badly damaged before/getting there, resulting in/three of the crew bailing out/but Barton carried on./On his way back/he flew without navigation aids,/his fuel was nearly exhausted/from the damage and on reaching/England the port engine stopped./In being forced to crash land/Barton gallantly avoided houses in Ryhope/before landing at Ryhope Colliery./Although Barton and a local/miner lost their lives his three/remaining crew survived the crash./Pilot Officer Barton was/posthumously awarded the/Victoria Cross/for displaying unsurpassed courage/and devotion to duty in the face of/almost impossible odds.