This is P/O Cyril Barton, VC. Halifax Bomber of 578 sqdn RAF.
He won the VC because he continued his flight to bomb Germany after some of his crew baled out after misunderstanding an order as they’d had been hit and lost an engine. He got to Germany, completed his bombing run and returned to England only to be shot at flying along the English coast and crashed landed just south of Sunderland at Ryhope,, avoiding houses. He didn’t survive but 3 of his crew did. The rest of his crew survived the war as POWs in Germany. His a/c name was “E” for Excalibur.
I think there is housing complex called Halifax Place in Ryhope and The Barton Room for young people in Ryhope Golf Club, which is built where the Halifax crashed.
4th Feb 09
I’ve just read in tonight evening paper that the last remaining crew member, who lived locally and I’ve met, die from cancer last month about the time I decided to post this painting. I wonder what made me do that????
This was painted to illustrate a book on P/O Barton but land up a raffle prize for the local (Sunderland) Bomber Command Association.
Acrylic on Daler Board. 20 × 24inches. 1994