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Memorial details

Memorial type
Board / Plaque / Tablet
District
Caithness
Town
about 1.5 miles north west of Reiss
County
Highland
Country
Scotland
Commemoration
Second World War (1939-1945)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 5 September 1992
    Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries
  • Dedicated
    Date: 5 September 1992
    Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries
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Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
5932
Current location

On the roadside of the former airfield at Skitten North of Wick.
Skitten Airfield (Former)
Roadside on B876
about 1.5 miles north west of Reiss
Caithness
Highland
KW1 4RX
Scotland

OS Grid Ref: ND 32028 56356
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Bronze Plaque inset into the main RAF Skitten Memorial (our reference 5931)
Inscription
OPERATION FRESHMAN/ IN MEMORIAM/ THIS MEMORIAL IS TO HONOUR AND COMMEMORATE/ ALL RANKS OF THE ROYAL ENGINEER COMMANDOS/ ARMY AND ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE GLIDER/ PILOTS THE AIRCREW OF HALIFAX "B" BAKER/ No W7801, WHO PERISHED IN NORWAY/ TAKING PART IN OPERATION FRESHMAN./ THIS MISSION WAS TO DESTROY THE VITAL SOURCE OF/ HEAVY WATER PRODUCTION AT VERMORK NORWAY THUS/ TEMPORARILY PREVENTING GERMAN ATOMIC RESEARCH./ "OPERATION FRESHMAN" COMMENCED ON THE NIGHT/ OF 19TH NOVEMBER 1942 BY TWO "HORSA" GLIDERS/ TOWED BY HALIFAX BOMBERS FROM R.A.F. SKITTEN/ CAITHNESS. ONE HALIFAX ALONE RETURNED/" VIVIL HUSKE DEM/" THE PRICE THAT WAS PAID/ WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER/ EVERY DAY EVERY MONTH NOT JUST NOVEMBER./ (Names)
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Allen, A C
Bailey, E W
Belfield, J T V
Bevan, H
Blackburn, J F
Bonner, F
Brae, F W
Buckton, A
Cairncross, J D
Campbell
See details for all 42 names
Commemorations
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 42
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 42
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,rank,regiment, initials of forenames
    Order of information: surname
Components
  • Plaques
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Cairn
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Granite
Condition
History
The name plaque on the memorial was added at a later date.
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Responsibility
Royal British Legion Scotland (Wick Branch).
Reference

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