|Birth name||Roland Louis Ernest Burton|
18 May 1918|
Forest Gate London
|Died||29 April 1999
|Service/branch||Royal Air Force|
|Years of service||28.09.1937 –1958|
|Awards||Air Force Cross|
London to Christchurch air race
Flight Lieutenant Burton became the first man to fly from London to New Zealand in under 24 hours, when with his navigator Flight Lieutenant Don Gannon he won the 1953 London to Christchurch air race in a Canberra PR3 in 1953, winning the Britannia Trophy, now in the RAF Museum, Hendon.
Burton married Joan Evans (1942) and they had two daughters and a son. One of his daughters Jocelyn Burton became a successful silver and goldsmith. His son Michael Burton (1949 - 2011)was also a talented silversmith. Burton retired to France where he died on 29 April 1999.