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Cyril Baynton

Date of Birth

27 September, 1920

College

Borough Road College

Service number

1168793

WW2 rank

Flight Sergeant Navigator (Bomber)

70 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Theatre of war

Europe

Date of death

25 November, 1943

Location of death

Italy

Buried/memorial

Staglieno Cemetery, Genoa

Awards/Honours


Biography

Flight Sergeant Navigator (Bomber) Cyril Baynton entered Borough Road College in 1938 and graduated in 1940. He joined the RAF upon graduation and joined the 70 Squadron. Flight Sergeant Baynton (then Sergeant Observer) became a local celebrity when in 1942 he survived a plane crash in Africa and he had to sleep in trees to avoid the wildlife. In 1943 he was less lucky when he was sent on a mission to bomb Turin. Due to the cloud cover many planes crashed including Flight Sergeant Baynton’s. There were no survivors among his crew of five.

Sources

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

B’s Hum 1940

Letter from parents with Newspaper clipping

Fallen Air Researchers Group Piacenza