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Memorial details

Memorial type
Board / Plaque / Tablet
District
Leominster
Town
Dilwyn
County
Hereford And Worcester
Country
England
Commemoration
Second World War (1939-1945)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 20th August 1988
    Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries
  • Dedicated
    Date: 20th August 1988
    Attended by: UNKNOWN
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
32846
Current location

DILWYN VILLAGE GREEN
VILLAGE GREEN
Dilwyn
Leominster
Hereford And Worcester
England

OS Grid Ref: SO 414 547
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Board mounted on legs with model Spitfire built into the stand.
Inscription
PRO PATRIA/ Near the village of Dilwyn on 21st May 1940, Pilot Officer John Connolly Pugh, RAF,/ selflessly gave his life to save that of another./ P.O. Pugh's Supermarine Spitfire fighter, P9517, suffered an engine malfunction and/ the young pilot sought to force land his aeroplane, thus saving a very valuable fighting/ machine from destruction./ Despite thick black smoke from the engine seriously reducing his visibility, P.O. Pugh/ made an excellent effort in setting up a forced landing in a field./ At the last moment, through the smoke, P.O. Pugh saw a farm worker, Mr Leonard/ Deakin, in his path and immediately swerved to avoid a collision. P9517 struck two oak trees/ and the twenty year old pilot was killed in the subsequent crash. Eyewitnesses have since/ described P.O. Pugh's bravery as “Remarkable�./This memorial was dedicated on the 20th August 1988, unveiled by the pilot's brother Sqn./ Ldr RM Pugh AFC RAF (Ret'd) and erected by “The Malvern Spitfire Team� and Dilwyn Parish/ Council./ WE WILL REMEMBER HIM.
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: rank,year died,regiment,place of death,forename,manner of death,age of death,relationships
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Plaque
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Metal
Listing information
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A

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