Memorial Details

NEWMP Memorial Image
Photo: Dorothy Hall


Plaque Barton V.C. 1944 Green





Map ref

NZ 413529

Original Location

On village green. At base of Cross for 1914-18, 1939-45.

Which war


Memorial Description

Plaque 3 feet 2 inches (952mm) long x 11 (276mm) inches high. There is a raised edge, and the main panel is sunken. The lettering is in raised Roman lower case.

Materials used



To the memory of Pilot Office Cyril Joe Barton V.C. (168669) R.A.F.V.R.
No578 Squadron who died on the 31st March 1944, after crash-landing his
crippled Halifax bomber south west of Hollycarrside, thus avoiding Ryhope.

He displayed unsurpassed courage and devotion to duty, then sacrificed
his life to save others and was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.


See above


1. For other Barton memorials, see R52.09, R52.10, R52.11 and R52.19.

2. The action on 31st March 1944 was the ill-fated raid on Nuremburg

3. The aircraft crashed onto the colliery, and also demolished the end house of West Terrace. The family were unharmed. (See Flypast ref. below).

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photos: C. Sanders; Dorothy Hall

(1992) David J.Smith, Patrick Stephens Ltd.; ISBN 1 85260 395 X

Sunderland Echo 24/04/2008 carries the story of Barton V.C.

A Chronicle of Membersí Memoirs 1999 published by The Aircrew Association Northumbrian Branch contains the story told by Len Lambert, navigator in the Halifax aircraft involved.

The Complete Victoria Cross: A full chronological record of all holders of Britainís Highest Award for Gallantry; Kevin Brazier; 2010; Pen and Sword; ISBN 1 84884150 7; P.330

FlyPast April 2012; Key Publishing Ltd., carries an article and photo of P.O. Barton on page 85. January 2013 page 118 carries a letter from Alan Mitchison with details of the crash.

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Research acknowledgements

C. Sanders; Alan Vickers; George H. Foster, Aircrew Association, Northumbria Branch

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