Pilot Officer Cyril Joe Barton VC-Balustrade

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Reference WMO/283802


Barton Centre

Hopewood Park Hospital

Waterworks Road




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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Attached to a building/structure
Description: Other
  • Glass Glass
Lettering: Incised
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Glass Balustrade with a map of the crash site, and the dedication in the end panel, unveiled 31 March 2014 The Hospital, then Cherry Knowle Hospital, is where he was taken after the crash and died
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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.

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