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    Hi,

    By googling the name "R Barton DFM" and thus from the following website I found

    http://website.lineone.net/~remosliema/airmen191570.htm

    "Leading Aircraftsman R.J. BARTON DFM, Air Gunner in a Sunderland flying boat. On 1st November 1940 left Kalafrana to search for the crew of a missing Wellington, but was attacked by Italian fighters and the aircraft was badly damaged. He was wounded in the leg but continued in his post and carried on firing. He was awarded the DFM. The aircraft managed to return to Kalafrana"

    Can anyone give me his Squadron and even the citation to the DFM (it was probably as above)?

    I assume his Squadron was either 228 or 230 Squadron.

    Many thanks in advance,

    Russ

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    Hello Russ,

    Detail from a long forgotten source.

    BARTON Reginald John, LAC 524985 228 sqdn date of award 11.02.41

    Note different date.

    Ian

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    Hello,

    LG playing its usual Fun and Games!

    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/35073/pages/833

    Unfortunately, no Citation. Here is the recommendation for Barton's DFM:

    BARTON, Reginald John. 524985 Leading Aircraftman, No.228 Sqn.
    L.G. 11/2/1941. Air Gunner.

    On 1st November, 1940, this airman was port mid-ship gunner in Sunderland L.5086 when this aircraft was attacked by enemy fighters. The action lasted for approximately 15 minutes and although this airman was wounded in the neck and ankle early in the engagement, he did not leave his post but continued to fire his guns in spite of intense acrid fumes which were emerging from inside the hull. This airman has been a regular member of the crew of this aircraft throughout the war and has taken part in all the long and arduous patrols undertaken in this aircraft. He has set a fine example to the aircrews of the squadron and in one month has flown 97 operational hours.

    26 January, 1941.

    See:
    The Distinguished Flying Medal Register for the Second World War with Official Reccomendation Details - Volume I. A-J.
    Tavender,Ian.
    n.p.,Savannah,2000.
    p.102.

    Col.

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    Hi Ian and Col,

    Thanks for that info, I am sure that LAC. R. J. Barton DFM was F/Sgt. R. 'Pam' Barton, one of the primary actors in the film 'Coastal Command', you can just make out the DFM in the film.

    Cheers,

    Russ

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