Sutton, Victor Ronald

Dates:

War Service:
Sergeant Pilot VICTOR RONALD SUTTON RAF died on 30 July 1941 when Wellington QT-H of 142 Squadron in which he was second pilot lost power in its port engine on the way back from a raid on Cologne and crashed on Ashdown Forest in Sussex. It was his thirtieth sortie.

The six crew members of QT-H were buried in their home towns but the site of the crash has become known locally as the Airman’s Grave, and is shown on Ordnance Survey maps by this name.

He was the son of Mr and Mrs F A Sutton of Brockley, for a few years after the war his mother lived in the nearby village of Nutley. She erected a small wooden cross on the crash site. Over the years this has been replaced by a white stone cross, the site has been enclosed by a wall of local stone, and a garden of flowers and trees has been planted in memory of the crew, a lot of the work being done by the Ashdown Forest rangers. On Remembrance Sunday wreaths are laid on the crash site and a service is held.

Location of Memorial:
He is buried in Brockley cemetery where his name is recorded on the screen wall with others whose graves have no headstone.

Details:
He was the son of Mr and Mrs F A Sutton of Brockley.

Source:

Contributed By: Andy Pepper

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