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NOTE: KIA = Killed In Action. WIA = Wounded In Action. KIFA = Killed in Flying Accident. = Jewish as per jewishvirtuallibrary.org
Fate In Battle is date of incident between July 10 1940 and October 31 1940. Fate After Battle is date of death after the Battle

The Battle of Britain clasp (worn on the 1939-45 Star – or a silver gilt rosette if medal ribbons only are worn) is restricted to aircrew from 71 defined units
of RAF Fighter Command, Coastal Command or the Fleet Air Arm, who flew at least one operational sortie between 00:01 July 10 1940 and 23:59 October 31 1940.

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Readers are referred to the following sites which we have used to cross-check information and we acknowledge and thank them as respected sources for some of the material in this database:
VintageWings.ca: comprehensive listing of artworks
bbm.org: Comprehensive listing of RAF personnel and service records
Wikipedia: Life stories of leading pilots and crew
AircrewRemembered Paradie Canadian Archive Database: 45,000 Service Records of RCAF personnel
AircrewRemembered Allied Losses and Incidents Database: Covering 120,000+ Allied aircrew 1939 - 1945
AircrewRemembered Archiwum: specialist database with details of Polish personnel (in Polish)
AircrewRemembered Kracker Luftwaffe Archive: 31,000 Luftwaffe pilot and crew details
AircrewRemembered LOST: Rob Philips Memorial Archive: Dutch losses in Europe
bel-memorial.org: Comprehensive site on Belgian aircrew

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#Name (↑)First NamesRankService No.Air ForceCountry of Origin* (↑)SquadronsAwardsAircraft (↑)VictoriesFate in BattleFate After BattleDateOfDeathNotesPhoto
1 BartonAnthony Richard HenryPlt Off30104RAFVRBritish32 Sqd

253 Sqd

DFC
Hurricane10KIFA1943-04-04Experienced pilot with RAF and FAA before war, joined 32 Sqd on 1940-08-05. On August 11 he shot down a Bf 109. Shot down himself August 12, he crashed his Hurricane I ( N2596) near Hawkinge, unscathed. August 14, he force-landed at Hawkinge after another combat with Bf 109s. Posted to 253 Sqd on September 10, September 15 battle with a Do 215, again force-landing at Hawkinge. On September 20 he was shot down again in a Hurricane I (R2686) by a Bf 109 over Kent at 11:30hrs, but this time he was severely wounded and did not return to operations until February 1941. Awarded the DFC on 1942-04-10, credited with five kills during the Battle of Britain. Awarded the Bar to the DFC 1942-07-07 for destroying 5 in Malta. Killed in a flying accident while an instructor on 1943-04-04. Totteridge New Churchyard Age 29.
2 BartonRobert Alexander 'Butch'Flt LtCanadian249 Sqd

OBE

DFC

Hurricane14Survived war2 September 2010Wounded on 1940-09-15 at 15:30hrs. He was shot down in his Hurricane I (V6625) over Shell Haven, Essex by a Bf 109.Retired Feb 1959 as Wing Commander 2010 Born Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada, 7 June 1916

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“Butch” Barton joined the Royal Air Force at age 19, travelling to England to take a short service commission. He started his career before the war on biplane fighters with 41 Squadron. With the outbreak of the war, Barton joined 249 Squadron flying Hurricanes at RAF Boscombe Down. He became a flight commander with 249 during the Battle of Britain, once bailing from his Hurricane after it was hit from return fire from a Dornier Do 17 bomber. By the end of the Battle of Britain, he was awarded a DFC for his “outstanding leadership”. With 249 Squadron, he also took part on the air war over Malta, adding to the total of his victories. Under Barton’s leadership, 249 Squadron became one of the most respected and lethal units on Malta and in the RAF. By war’s end he was a Wing Commander with 14 victories to his credit. The Battle of Britain London Monument web page says this about Barton: “During his career he had always tried to maintain the highest standards of chivalry, once severely reprimanding an inexperienced colleague who had finished off a damaged German aircraft, killing the pilot as he was attempting to crash-land over England... “Butch” Barton died on 2nd September 2010. His ashes were scattered on his favourite lake in British Columbia on the morning of 15th September, Battle of Britain Day.”



3 GunterEdward Maurice 'Paddy'Plt Off83988RAFVRBritish43 Sqd

501 Sqd

HurricaneKIA1940-09-27Advertiser & Times 15 September 2020: THE memory of an RAF pilot from Barton killed in action aged 20 has been honoured as this year marks the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. New Milton Town Council paid tribute to Pilot Officer Edward Gunter on Tuesday for Battle of Britain Day – so named because RAF Fighter Command claimed what proved to be a decisive victory over the German Luftwaffe on 15th September 1940. Edward – known to family and friends as Paddy – was born at Holmsley on 23rd January 1920 and lived at Barton with his brothers, sister and parents. His father was the Rev. W. H. Gunter, who had served at Milton Parish Church while the family lived in the area. Having signed up to the RAFVR on 17th May 1939, Edward was awarded his flying badge on 20th June 1940. He joined various squadrons before being posted to 501 at Kenley on 22nd September. On Friday 27th September at 12.25pm, his Hurricane V 6645 aircraft was shot down, and he was killed when his parachute failed to open. The plane crashed near Teynham Court in Sittingbourne. A town council spokesperson said: 'Let’s remember all those brave pilots and RAF crews who bravely defended this country, and especially Paddy, who sacrificed his short life.' The A&T included a report of Edward’s death in an edition published 80 years ago. 'Pilot Officer Gunter, who was only 20 years of age, had just secured his wings and joined his squadron,' the report said. 'He was killed flying a Hurricane in the fight over London.'

Killed 1940-09-27 at 12:25hrs. Baled out of Hurricane I (V6645) after he had been in combat over Sittingbourne. Parachute failed to open. Aldeby St Mary Churchyard Age 20

4 MarshallThomas RobsonSgt611372RAFBritish219 Sqd

218 Sqd

BlenheimKIA29 June 1941Joined the RAF in April 1938 as an Aircrafthand. He later remustered as an Airman u/t Air Gunner. Joined 219 Sqd at Catterick in August 1940. Killed on 29th June 1941 as a Flight Sergeant with 218 Sqd in Wellington IC T2806 HA-T from Marham, Norfolk, failed to return from an operation to Bremen. Also lost were P/O FE Bryant, P/O EE Ellner, Sgt. DC Smallbone, Sgt. JJ Jordan, Sgt. AER Barton Commemorated Becklingen War Cemetery, Soltau, Germany.
5 Morrogh-RyanOliver Bertram 'Buck'Plt Off40970RAFBritish41 Sqd

SpitfireKIA1941-07-26With 68 Sqn. Born Co. Meath, Ireland 1919. Barton St Cuthbert Churchyard Age 22

6 PeachmentCharles Barton GowerPlt Off42022British236 Sqd

BlenheimDiedRetired as a Sqn Ldr in 1947
7 SmithKenneth BartonSgt754895RAFVRBritish247 Sqd

HurricaneMIA1940-08-08 Age 21On patrol. Son of Herbert Sydney and Maria Ann Daisy Smith, of Grimsby, Lincolnshire. Runnymede Panel 19
8 SuttonFraser Barton 'Barry'Fg Off41962British56 Sqd
DFC
Hurricane5WIADied1988-03-16Born in Witney, Oxfordshire in 1919. RAFVR in October 1937, as an Airman u/t Pilot. Joined the RAF on a short service commission in February 1939. 56 Sqd at North Weald on 2 August 1939. On 16 May 1940, ‘B’ Flight of 56, including Sutton, flew to Vitry-en-Artois in France. He shared in the destruction of a Do 17 on the 18th and later that day his Hurricane was jumped by a Bf 109 soon after taking off, and he was wounded in the foot. Sutton managed to return to Vitry. He was sent back to England on 23 May and designated non-effective sick. He rejoined 56 on 7 July. Sutton claimed a Ju 87 destroyed on 25 July, a Bf 110 on August 13, a Bf 109 on the 16th and another Bf 110 on the 26th. He was shot down, possibly by a Spitfire, in combat over the Thames Estuary on 28 August 1940 and baled out, seriously burned, from Hurricane R 4198. Sutton was admitted to Canterbury Hospital and later transferred to the RAF Hospital at Halton. After a year in hospital, Sutton was posted to the Middle East. He waited in Cairo for a posting and, in November 1941, set out for Burma and joined 136 Sqd as a Flight Commander. He probably destroyed two Japanese Army 97 Fighters on 6 February 1942. Later in February he took command of 135 Sqd at Mingaladon. He probably destroyed one Japanese bomber and damaged another on the 25th. The squadron was ordered to withdraw on 5 March, firstly to Akyab and then to Dum Dum, in India.

In mid-April 1942 posted to Air HQ Bengal, as a staff officer. He went to the Air Fighting Training Unit at Amarda Road in early 1943, as Chief Flying Instructor and was then posted to Command HQ Delhi as Chief Tactics Officer. Appointed to lead a Spitfire Wing in Bengal in April 1944 and at the end of June he became Wing Leader of a Hurricane/Spitfire Wing in the Imphal Valley. Returned to the UK in 1945 and was awarded the DFC. He spent time as Personal Air Secretary to the Secretary of State for Air, commanded the RAF stations at Aston Down, North Weald, Horsham St Faith (now Norwich Airport) and Bassingbourn. He retired from the RAF in April 1966 as a Group Captain

One of the members of 56 Sqd 'B' flight who went to France 16 May 1940. Destroyed a Do 17 on 17 May but later that day was wounded in the foot when bounced by a Bf 109 on take-off and was sent back to England. During the Battle he destroyed 4 aircraft before being shot down in Hurricane (R4198) on 2 August 1940 at 17:00hrs (possibly by a Spitfire!), over the Thames Estuary and baling out. Seriously burned. A year in hospital, after which he was posted to the Far East. DFC 17 August 1945.


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