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WWII D.F.M. GROUP OF 4 MEDALS TO SGT. F.A. BARTON, R.A.F.

** NEW ** The Operation "Colossus" 78 Sqn. 1941 D.F.M. group, consisting of: Distinguished Flying Medal George VI to 55110 Sgt. F.A. Barton, R.A.F.; Air Crew Europe Star; 1939-45 Star; WWII War Medal with M.I.D. Oak Leaf.
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D.F.M. Gazetted 19 May 1941: "This N.C.O. has taken part in 34 raids over enemy territory and in 21 of them has been the first W/T operator. These sorties involved 279 flying hours. His extraordinary skill in working the WT set under the most difficult and dangerous conditions has, on so many occasions, been responsible for the success of an operation and for the safe return of the aircraft. His coolness and ingenuity have been his most outstanding characteristic. His never-failing keenness to train less experienced operators have been a great example to others and have been responsible for the present high standards of efficiency shown by many other operators. His ability caused him to be unhesitatingly chosen to go on the COLOSSUS operation and once again he was an outstanding success." Operation Colossus was the first airborne drop of WWII the took place on 10 Feb 1941, involving X Troop 11 Special Air Service and selected Royal Engineers. 35 men commanded by Major T.A.G. Pritchard were dropped to destroy the Tragino Aqueduct.  Six Whitleys were selected to fly 1600 miles by night from from Malta and Sgt. Barton was aboard T4236 along with Lieut. Jowett, Sgt. Durie, L/Cpl. Watson, Henderson and Spr. Crawford. Five of the aircraft were on target, but one missed the drop zone. After charges had been laid and the aqueduct blown, troops made their way to the mouth of the River Sele to be picked up by submarine H.M.S. Triumph. Unfortunately, one of 78 Squadron's Whitleys was shot down near the pick-up spot and the submarine was cancelled due to increased enemy activity in the area. All 35 men of X Troop and the R.E. were captured while making their way to the rendezvouz point. Several subsequent escape attempts were made, but only Lieut Deane-Drummond made it successfully back to England with the story.

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