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Memorial details

Memorial type
Wall
District
Moray
Town
Bogmoor
County
Grampian
Country
Scotland
Commemoration
Second World War (1939-1945)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 30 July 1992
    Attended by: GROUP CAPTAIN PETER ILBERRY
  • Planted
    Date: 8 November 1998
    Attended by: Two rowan trees planted
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Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
13433
Current location

Former Main Gate of RAF Dallachy
Bogmoor Road (B9104) on Fochabers to Spey Bay Road
Bogmoor
Moray
Grampian
IV32 7PA
Scotland

OS Grid Ref: NJ 35704 63051
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
WALL OF CEMENTED IRREGULAR STONE BLOCKS / BOULDERS, SIDES TAPERING IN SLIGHTLY TO INCLINED TOP APPARENTLY IN THE SHAPE OF A BEAUFIGHTER RUDDER, WITH INSET TEXT PLAQUE, TITLE PLAQUE AT BASE AND FIVE SQUADRON INSIGNIAS AND GROUP PLAQUES AT TOP. PLAQUE EACH SIDE ON SMALL STONE PLATFORMS.
Inscription
Across top, badges of: 114 Squadron RAF, 404 Squadron RCAF, Coastal Command 18 Group, 455 Squadron RAAF and 489 Squadron RNZAF Main tablet: THE RAF DALLACHY STRIKE WING / THIS MEMORIAL COMMEMORATES ALL WHO SERVED WITH THE FOUR RAF / AND COMMONWEALTH SQUADRONS OF THE DALLACHY STRIKE WING HERE / AT RAF DALLACHY BETWEEN OCTOBER 1944 AND MAY 1945. THE UNIT'S / BEAUFIGHTERS MOUNTED CONCENTRATED ATTACKS ON GERMAN VESSELS / IN THE NORTH SEA AND ALONG THE NORWEGIAN COAST IN THE CLOSING / MONTHS OF WORLD WAR II. SKILFULLY AND COURAGEOUSLY ATTACKING / USING ROCKETS, CANNON, AND TORPEDO THEY SANK OR HEAVILY DAMAGED / ENEMY SHIPPPING AND SO DEPRIVED GERMAN FORCES OF THOUSANDS OF / TONS OF VITAL IRON ORE AND OTHER SUPPLIES, AND MADE A MAJOR / CONTRIBUTION TO FINAL ALLIED VICTORY. LOSSES AMONG THE RAF / AND COMMONWEALTH SQUADRONS WERE HIGH, ON 9TH FEBRUARY 1945 / (BLACK FRIDAY) 9 DALLACHY AIRCRAFT WERE LOST ON ONE SHIPPING / ATTACK AT FORDE FJORD, NORWAY, THE HEAVIEST LOSS IN THE HISTORY OF THE STRIKE WINGS. / ESPECIALLY REMEMBERED ARE OVER 70 AIRCREW WHO / GAVE THEIR LIVES FLYING WITH THE RAF DALLACHY / STRIKE WING. At right hand side, map of Norway with an image of a Beaufight and a ship hit by torpedo: "History flew beside them and bright fame / arches her wings above the cloudy wars" / (C. Day Lewis) Below: ROYAL AIR FORCE / DALLACHY STRIKE WING Below that three tablets (left to right): "As well as local materials / this memorial contains stones / from Australia, Canada, Ireland, / New Zealand and Norway" "The two rowan trees, which wee planted on 8th November 1998 / are a permanent memorial from the survivors of 144 Squadron / who served at Dallachy to their comrades of the Strike Wing / who did not return from operations" "An Exhibition on / RAF Dallachy can be seen / at the Folk Museum / High Street, Fochabers" Two tablets on low stone platforms at each side of main memorial Left hand side: "To all who served and gave / their lives while with the / 14 (PILOT) ADVANCED FLYING UNIT / ROYAL AIR FORCE At R.A.F. STATIONS BANFF, / DALLACHY and FRASERBURGH / MAY 1943 - AUGUST 1944" Right hand side: Map of the airfield
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Memorial
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Other
Reference

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