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Memorial details

Memorial type
Trophy / Relic
District
East Lindsey
Town
East Kirkby
County
Lincolnshire
Country
England
Commemoration
Second World War (1939-1945)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 19th October 1991
    Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
20351
Current location

The north west side
inside the main hangar
LINCOLNSHIRE AVIATION HERITAGE CENTRE
A155
East Kirkby
East Lindsey
Lincolnshire
England

OS Grid Ref: TF 33835 62158
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
COLLECTION OF WRECKAGE INCLUDING ENTIRE RECONSTRUCTED FUSELAGE. WITH ASSOCIATED MEMORIAL INSCRIPTION, PLAQUE AND PHOTOGRAPH
Inscription
PLAQUE: THIS EXHIBITION WAS/ OFFICIALLY OPENED ON/ 19TH OCTOBER 1991/ BY LESLIE WATT/ IN MEMORY OF HIS BROTHER/ NORMAN KILLED WHILE FLYING/ BL655 ON 1ST JULY 1943 SCROLL: ON THE MORNING OF JULY 1ST 1943, THREE SPITFIRES OF 416 R.C.A.F. SQUADRON DIGBY,/ TOOK OFF INTO THE SKY ABOVE LINCOLNSHIRE FOR A ROUTINE TRAINING FLIGHT. THE PILOTS:/ R.D. PHILLIPS, J.L.A.CHALOT, AND N.A. WATT, UNAWARE OF THE TRAGEDY ABOUT TO BEFALL/ ONE OF THEM./ AT 11:10 A.M, 30 MINUTES INTO THE FLIGHT, CONTACT WAS LOST WITH NORMAN ALEXANDER/ WATT IN SPITFIRE BL-655, HE WAS NEXT SEEN IN AN INVERTED DIVE TO WHICH HE NEVER/ RECOVERED (SIC)/ HIS TWO COLLEAGUES COULD ONLY WATCH IN HORROR AS THE AICRAFT PLOUGHED INTO THE/ GROUND AT DORRINGTON FEN, ONLY SIX MILES FROM BASE./ BURIED AT SCOPWICK, THIS WAS TO BE THE END OF THE INTREPID 21 YEAR OLDS STORY/ UNTIL IN 1989, 45 YEARS LATER BL-655'S REMAINS WERE DISCOVERED./ THE WRECKAGE AND INFORMATION YOU SEE HERE SERVE AS A PERMANENT MEMORIAL TO/ NORMAN ALEXANDER WATT.
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: no
    Information shown: year died,regiment,place of death,forename,place of burial,manner of death,age of death,additional
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Memorial
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Paper
Listing information
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A

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