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P/O Barton VC by Woodie

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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

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My main interest is painting Aviation Art.
I get a lot of enjoyment researching the historical background behind the picture I’ve been commissioned to paint.
I work in acrylic on my big paintings on canvas board but use water colors, pastels, soft and oil, for smaller pieces.
I also enjoy doing pet portraits in soft pastels on tinted paper, from photographs. Ideal presents for Xmas and birthdays.

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  • Richard Hamilton-Veal
    Richard Hamilt...almost 6 years ago

    Stunning work Neil, and great story also.

  • Thanks Richard,
    The info is off the top of my head as it is14 years since I researched the subject. Cheers Neil

    – Woodie

  • Steve Harvey
    Steve Harveyalmost 6 years ago

    Excellent Woodie, and a great story too.

  • TFFDavid
    TFFDavidalmost 6 years ago

    Fantastic image Neil and very interesting story to go with it.

    Trust the Mackems to shoot down one of our own . . . . IDIOTS!!!! lol

  • I hope we can shoot down the Mackems tomorrow!!!LOL

    – Woodie

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyeralmost 6 years ago

    Really excellent Neil – Love it. – Ted

  • Cheers Ted!!

    – Woodie

  • Spencer Trickett
    Spencer Trickettalmost 6 years ago

    nice aircraft shape – great light.

  • I put this up for your granddad!
    Cheers Neil

    – Woodie

  • Spencer Trickett
    Spencer Trickettalmost 6 years ago

    Cheers mate – thats much appreciated! He loved the ‘Halibag’ more so than the Stirling – although the Stirling did have a special place in his heart.

  • Steven  Agius
    Steven Agiusalmost 6 years ago

    Fantastic work Neil !

  • Thanks Steve
    Your latest work is not coming up!!
    Cheers neil

    – Woodie

  • Barry Norton
    Barry Nortonalmost 6 years ago

    Fabulous artwork Neil, well done

  • Thanks Barry for looking

    – Woodie

  • robmac
    robmacalmost 6 years ago

    Great story and art work Woodie

  • Thanks Rob!

    – Woodie

    GEORGE SANDERSONalmost 6 years ago

    Great work Neil,
    Poor bloke was very unlucky, I bet he would rather have lived than received a VC !

  • His sister and relations came up to Sunderland to meet his rescuers in 1994. Organised by Sunderland’s Bomber Command Association.

    – Woodie

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