Wright, Barry Colin


Wright, Barry Colin
B C Wright


Twenty-five items. Sergeant Barry Colin Wright CGM (1627924) flew an operational tour as a flight engineer on Lancaster with 103 and 166 Squadrons. The collection contains flying logbook, certificate of service and release, documents. letters, newspaper cuttings and photographs. He was badly wounded on an operation to Leipzig 19/20 February 1944.

The collection has been donated to the IBCC Digital Archive by MD Wright and catalogued by Nigel Huckins.




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Wright, BC

Collection Items

Display case
Display case with four photographs, telegrams, letters and decorations (Conspicuous Gallantry Medal, 1939-45 Star, Aircrew Europe Star, Defence Medal and War Medal 1939-1945). Photographs of Barry Wright and his crew.

Two men kneeling with dog
On the left an airman wearing tunic with half brevet, medal ribbons and side cap. On the right a man wearing civilian suit and hat. Between them a dog sitting. In the background trees and a building.

Half-length portrait of an airman wearing tunic and side cap.

Extract from London Gazette 17 March 1944
Pilot Officer J H Catlin for Distinguished Flying Cross. Sergeant Barry Collin Wright for Conspicuous Gallantry Medal. Sergeant William Birch for Distinguished Flying Medal. Gives account of action for operation to Leipzig in February 1944. Describes…

Lancaster was all lit-up
Describes night battle with two Me 110 when all Lancaster's lights came on when electrical system was hit. mentions actions of wireless operator and air gunners one of whom was badly wounded.

Two airmen and six civilians
Two versions of the same photograph. Two airmen wearing tunic with half brevet and side caps in a group with five women and two men all wearing civilian clothes. In the background is Buckingham Palace.

Seven aircrew in front of a Lancaster
Two versions of the same photograph. Seven men wearing battledress standing in line. In the background the front of a Lancaster with two rows bomb symbols and crossed flag nose art.

Telegram to Barry Wright
Congratulations from staff and patients of ward 14.

Telegram to Barry Wright in hospital
Congratulations from squadron and award of Conspicuous Gallantry Medal.

Telegram to Barry Wright
Congratulations from squadron and award of Conspicuous Gallantry Medal.

Letter to 'Lefty' from Jock
Conveys congratulations on good news. Continues with good natured banter about winning such an honour.

Letter from J Catlin to Barry Wright's parents
Letter from the pilot of Barry's aircraft relating events during operation to Leipzig on 19 February 1944. Describes attacks by Me 110, Barry wright being wounded and refusing to leave his post. Urges them not to worry about his wounds. Mentions that…

Recommendation for honours and awards immediate
For Sergeant Barry Wright. gives details of hours flown on operations and account of actions during operation to Leipzig 19 February 1944. Aircraft attacked by enemy fighters, Wright although seriously wounded continues to perform his duties.…

Wedding photograph
On the left an officer wearing tunic with pilot's brevet and medal ribbons. On the right a bride wearing white wedding dress and holding bouquet.

Letter to Barry Wright from Station Commander RAF Elsham Wolds
Original and photocopy of the same letter. Congratulates him on award of Conspicuous Gallantry Medal. Wishes him luck and early recovery from his wounds.

Letter to Barry Wright from Air Officer Commanding No 1 Group
Congratulates him on award of Conspicuous Gallantry Medal

Postgram to Barry Wright from Arthur Harris
Congratulates him on award of Conspicuous Gallantry Medal

Dovercourt RAF man at investiture
Reports that Flight Sergeant barry Wright received CGM at recent investiture. Gives brief account of action and career.

Four newspaper cuttings
Left - Dovercourt Man gets GCM - part of cutting also on the right side.

Top center - crippled bomber lights full on won dog-fight. Account of enemy fighter attack on a bomber, wounding four crew and damaged aircraft. One enemy hit and the other…

Conspicuous Gallantry Award (Flying)
Account of operation to Leipzig when aircraft was engaged by enemy fighters. Four of the crew were injured, two severely. Describes action of subsequent attacks. Sergeant Wright, although wounded and fainting three time continues to perform his…

Analysis of HQ 1 Group Combat Reports
For September 1943. Table with date of combat, rank and name of air gunner, type of attack, evasion action taken by bomber, comment on evasion, claims, damage to bomber, type of aircraft engaged, no of rounds fired, Monica or Boozer fitted, warning…

Captain's account of operation to Leipzig in February 1944
Tells of engagement by enemy Me-110s in area of Stendal when the flight engineer, mid upper gunner, navigator and wireless operator were wounded. The aircraft suffered damaged and suffered further attacks but one enemy fighter was probably destroyed.…

Conscious Gallantry Medal
Both side of medal with ribbon

Barry Wright's service and release book
Contains personal details and shows service from 29 September 1942 until 15 November 1946. Includes service particulars and assessment of aptitude and qualities.

Barry Wright’s navigator’s air bomber’s and air gunner’s flying log book
Navigator’s air bomber’s and air gunner’s flying log book for B C Wright, flight engineer, covering the period from 11 July 1943 to 29 May 1946. Detailing his flying training, operations flown and instructor duties. He was stationed at RAF St…
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