Cyril Barton VC

SBartonCJ168669v1.pdf

Title

Cyril Barton VC
Two letters and a punishment exercise

Description

Letter 1 is to Cyril's mother from the RAF accompanying his log book.
Letter 2 is from Cyril to his mother, dated 18th July 1943. He writes six pages explaining he is about to undertake his first operation. He explains how his estate is to be spent and how he is prepared for anything.
The punishment exercise is in the form of school lines and is dated 13/9/42 'I must remember to advance prop. pitch on the downwind leg. I must not forget to check the undercarriage on the base leg'.

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Publisher

IBCC Digital Archive

Date

1946-06-29
1942-09-13
1943-07-18

Contributor

Bradley Froggatt

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Format

One typewritten letter
One handwritten sheet
One six page handwritten letter and envelope

Language

Identifier

SBartonCJ168669v1

Transcription

[inserted] B1754 [/inserted]

Telephone Nos:-
Colnbrook 231/232/233.

In reply please quote reference:-
CD/ A.6370

Central Depository,
Royal Air Force,
Colnbrook,
Slough, Bucks.
[Underlined] 29th June, 1946. [/Underlined]

[Underlined] F/O C.J. Barton. V.C. (168669) [/Underlined]

Dear Madam,
In accordance with Air Ministry instructions the Flying Log Book of the above named is forwarded herewith by registered post.

Upon receipt of the Log Book would you please be good enough to sign the attached “Official Paid”, addressed form and return it to this Unit.

Yours faithfully,
[Signature]
Wing Commander Commanding,
[Underlined] R.A.F. Central Depository. [/Underlined]

Mrs. E.M. Barton,
171, Elm Rd,
New Malden,
Surrey.

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[inserted] B1154 [/inserted]

Lt. Tyrrell
[Underlined] Napier Field
C.J. Barton
13/9/42. [/Underlined]

1/ I must remember to advance prop. pitch on the downwind leg.
I must not forget to check the undercarriage on the base leg.
2/ I must remember to advance the prop. pitch on the downwind leg.
I must not forget to check the undercarriage on the base leg.
3/ I must remember to advance the prop. pitch on the downwind leg.
I must not forget to check the undercarriage on the base leg.
4/ I must remember to advance the prop. pitch on the downwind leg.
I must not forget to check the undercarriage on the base leg.
5/ I must remember to advance the prop. pitch on the downwind leg.
I must not forget to check the undercarriage on the base leg.
6/ I must remember to advance the prop. pitch on the downwind leg.
I must not forget to check the undercarriage on the base leg.
7/ I must remember to advance the prop. pitch on the downwind leg.
I must not forget to check the undercarriage on the base leg.
8/ I must remember to advance the prop. pitch on the downwind leg.
I must not forget to check the undercarriage on the base leg.
9/ I must remember to advance the prop. pitch on the downwind leg.
I must not forget to check the undercarriage on the base leg.
10/ I must remember to advance the prop. pitch on the downwind leg.
I must not forget to check the undercarriage on the base leg.

[Page break]
[Postage stamp]
Mrs. F. J. Barton
171, Elm road,
New Malden,
Surrey.

[Page Break]

[inserted] B1754 [/inserted]
R.A.F. Rufforth.
[Underlined] 18th July ’43 [/Underlined]

Dear Mum,
I hope you never receive this but I quite expect you will. I’m expecting to do my first operational trip in a few days. I know what ops. over Germany means and I have no illusions about it. By my own calculations the average life of a crew is 20 ops. and we have thirty to do in our first “tour”.
I’m writing this just for two reasons

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2

one, to tell you how I would like my money spent that I have left behind; two, to tell you how I feel about meeting my Maker.
1./ I intended, as you know, taking a university course with my savings, well, [Deleted] I’ll [Deleted] I would like it to be spent on the education of my brothers and sisters. [Indecipherable] is a bit old to start part time study now and I would like him to have as much of it as he need for full time study, all of it if he can use

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3
[inserted] DB1754 [/inserted]

it. Ray is still young and has teens before him, its’ [sic] up to him to help himself. The girls likewise.
I’ll leave it to you to decide what to do with my belongings.
2/ All I can say about this is that I’m quite prepared to die, it holds no terror for me. I know I shall survive the judgement because I have trusted in Christ as my own Saviour. I’ve done nothing to merit Glory, but because He died for me its’ God’s free gift.

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4

At times I’ve wondered whether I’ve been right believing what I do and just recently I’ve doubted the veracity of the Bible, but in the little time I’ve had to sort out intellectual problems I’ve been left with a left with a bias in favour of the Bible. Apart from this tho’ [sic] I have the sincere conviction as I write, a force outside myself and my brain, that I have not trusted in vain. All I am anxious about is that you and the rest of the family will also come to know

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5
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Him. Then, I know, already does.
I commend my Saviour to you.
I am writing to Doreen separately. I expect you will have guessed by now that we are quite in love with each other. She, too, will find the blow hard to bear but there is a text that we have often quoted to each other and is written in the “Daily Light” she gave me - Roman 8.28.
It’s true.
Well, that’s covered everything now

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6.

I guess, so,
love to Dad and all,
your loving son,
Cyril

Collection

Citation

Great Britain. Royal Air Force and Cyril Barton, “Cyril Barton VC,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed November 12, 2019, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/17243.

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