Middleton VC

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Middleton VC

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Headline 'VC pilot died to save his crew after Turin raid'. Account of award of Victoria cross to Flt Sgt Rawson Hume Middleton RAAF who sacrificed his life to save his crew. Annotated 'John Reece attended Sgt Middleton's funeral after his body had been washed ashore'.

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Newspaper cutting mounted on a scrapbook page with handwritten note

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[Inserted] John Reece attended Sgt. Middleton’s funeral after his body had been washed ashore. [/inserted]

V.C. PILOT DIED TO SAVE HIS CREW AFTER TURIN RAID

“HIS DEVOTION TO DUTY IS UNSURPASSED IN R.A.F.”

The award of the V.C. was announced yesterday to Flt. Sgt. Rawdon Hume Middleton, of the R.A.A.F., who, seriously wounded and robbed of the sight of an eye on a raid to Turin, sacrificed his life to save his crew.
For four hours, in great pain and gradually losing his strength, able to see very little and almost unable to speak, he insisted on flying his battered Stirling back to England rather than land in enemy-occupied territory.
All the time he knew his own chances of survival were slight. He crossed the channel with fuel only for five minutes’ flying. Five of the crew baled out safely. The plane crashed in the sea and the bodies of the flight engineer and the front gunner were recovered next day.
But Middleton is missing. Apparently he was too weak to leave his plane. The official [missing words]

the cockpit since the captain could see very little and could speak only with loss of blood and great pain.
Course was set for base in a damaged aircraft with insufficient fuel. The possibilities of abandoning the aircraft or landing in Northern France were discussed. Middleton said he would try to reach England for the crew to bale out.
After four hours Stirling reached the French coast where intense light flak was encountered. Middle-[Missing words]

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“Middleton VC,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed June 23, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/32620.

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