Major Paul Barnett


Unit : "A" Squadron, 6th Airborne Reconnaissance Regiment

Army No. : 90006

Awards : Military Cross


Major Barnett previously served with the Royal Tank Regiment. For his actions throughout his time with the 6th Airborne Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment, he was awarded the Military Cross:


Major Barnett has been associated with Airborne forces since 1941, when he became Second-in-Command of the Airborne Light Tank Squadron. During the experimental stages, he took part in a number of extremely hazardous trial flights.


He was subsequently appointed to command the light tank squadron in this division. He flew with his squadron into Normandy and was in action within five minutes of landing. During the following weeks he commanded his squadron with great skill and gallantry on all occasions.


His squadron was later converted to reconnaissance, in which role he commanded it with distinction in Belgium and Germany. During the advance from the Rhine he frequently led the whole division, showing the greatest dash and determination to get forward.


At Neikenberg on 12th April 1945, he showed particular gallantry. He remained in his scout car in a most exposed position for 1 hours, directing the fire of our guns and mortars onto an enemy pocket. During the whole of this time he was under point blank fire.


Major Barnett commanded the first British tanks ever flown into action. He has always shown courage worthy of this record, and enjoys the complete confidence of his squadron and whole regiment.


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