Distinguished Flying Cross Gazetted 25 May 1945.
Frank Layton was born in Bingley, Yorkshire, the only son of Mrs E. Layton of Cliffe Crescent, Riddlesden and lived in Swine Lane, Bingley before East Morton, Keighley, West Yorkshire.
Working for the Airedale Varnish Co., Sandbeds, Keighley before joining the R.A.F. in Sep 1940. Layton first trained on the 45th Air Observer's Navigation Course at Oudsthoorn, Western Cape, South Africa from 29 Sep 1941 before No.9 A.F.U. at Penrhos, 20 O.T.U. at Lossiemouth, before joining 101 Sqn. at Holme at Spalding Moor, with his first sortie in a Wellington to Osnabruck on 6 Oct 1942. After 27 blood & thunder sorties in Wellingtons and Lancasters as Navigator, before Layton passed his Aircraft Captain's course on 8 Jan 1944, was promoted to Flight Sergeant on 26 Jan 194 and posted to fly in Mosquitos with 139 (Jamaica) Squadron and partnered with Pilot and later D.F.C. winner, Augustine O'Grady, R.A.A.F., completing a further 19 operations.
Transferred to 162 Squadron's Mosquitoes, Layton was made Pilot Officer on probation before appointed Flying Officer on 24 July 1944. Paired up with Flt. Lt. Bland, Layton took part in a further 35 Mosquito sorties until 23 Apr 1945.