Flt Lt Barrington Cleeton’s lighter

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Last week, we had the pleasure of meeting Lyn-Barrel Sigson and her husband during their visit to Normandy, in memory of her uncle, Flt Lt Barrington Cleeton, who was killed on June 25, 1944 while serving with the RCAF as a Spitfire pilot. Flt Lt Cleeton’s aircraft was shot down over la Hague near Cherbourg.

It was an occasion for the couple to view again the lighter of Lyn’s uncle, which is on display in the room “Some Came Back, Others did not“.

The lighter was offered to the Juno Beach Centre in 2014 and is presented in an exhibition of artefacts recounting personal stories of the Battle of Normandy: a modified watch mounted with a photo offered by a Canadian soldier to a child; an identification bracelet found in a trench; a fountain pen recovered from the remains of a Canadian in 1944 and objects which can be found on the beach at low tide…

The story of Flt Lt Barrington Cleeton and his lighter will soon become part of the permanent display to enrich the museum’s contents.

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