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Memorial details

Memorial type
Stone of remembrance
District
Stewartry
Town
about 5 miles east of Newton Stewart
County
Dumfries And Galloway
Country
Scotland
Commemoration
Second World War (1939-1945), Non-Combat Deaths
Ceremony
  • Dedicated
    Date: 8 Aug 1980
    Attended by:
  • Unveiled
    Date: 9 Aug 2007
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Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
71898
Current location

near the summit cairn of Cairnsmore of Fleet
this location is at least a 2 hour walk from any road or track
about 5 miles east of Newton Stewart
Stewartry
Dumfries And Galloway
DG8 7BJ
Scotland

OS Grid Ref: NX 50111 67050
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Rough Hewn Stone with metal plaque which commemorates seven air crashes near here during WW2 and one other in 1979. One of the crashes was of a German aircraft.
Inscription
ERECTED IN MEMORY OF AIRMEN KILLED ON THIS HILL CAIRNSMORE OF FLEET First Crash: LEUTNANT A ZEISS AGE 25 UNTEROFFIZIER G T VON TURCKHEIM AGE 31 UNTEROFFIZIER W HAJESCH AGE 21 UNTEROFFIZIER W MECHSNER AGE 23 FROM NG 1 STAFFEL OF KAMPFGESCHWADER 4 SOESTERBURG AIR BASE HOLLAND THE AIRCRAFT A HEINKEL III H4 CRASHED ON 8TH AUGUST 1940 Second Crash: AIRCRAFTSMAN D J THOM AGE 20 FROM NO 10 AIR OBSERVER SCHOOL RAF DUMFRIES THE AIRCRAFT BLACKBURN BOTHA L6539 CRASHED ON 2ND MARCH 1942 Third Crash: SERGEANT A C H ALLEN AGE 21 MISTER W PATERSON AGE 31 FROM NO 1 OBSERVER ADVANCED FLYING UNIT OF RAF WIGTOWN THE AVRO ANSON AIRCRAFT W2640 CRASHED ON 17TH APRIL 1942 Fourth Crash: FLIGHT SERGEANT B H VYE RCAF AGE 21 SERGEANT A W HAWKES AGE 29 LEADING AIRCRAFTSMAN R D HUME AGE 22 LEADING AIRCRAFTSMAN G A HORNE AGE 20 AIRCRAFTSMAN G O M RAWSON AGE 20 FROM NO 9 AIR GUNNERS SCHOOL RAF LLANOWROG THE AVRO ANSON DJ126 CRASHED ON 22ND SEPTEMBER 1942 Fifth Crash: PILOT OFFICER J M COOLEY RCAF AGE 30 WARRANT OFFICER J J M WARD AGE 23 FLIGHT SERGEANT M C SIMPSON RCAF AGE 19 FROM NO 10 OBSERVER ADVANCED FLYING UNIT RAF DUMFRIES THE AIRCRAFT EG485 AVRO ANSON CRASHED ON 22ND FEBRUARY 1944 Sixth Crash: SERGEANT W A EDWARDS AGE 23 SERGEANT H W G RENNISON AGE 31 SERGEANT R O BEGGS RNZAF AGE 29 FLIGHT SERGEANT B B HAYTOM AGE 21 FLIGHT SERGEANT A W WAUCHOPE RAAF AGE 27 FRON NO 4 OBSERVER ADVANCED FLYING UNIT RAF WEST FREUGH ANSON AIRCRAFT N9589 CRASHED ON 12TH JUNE 1944 Seventh Crash: FLIGH SERGEANT R S T HIDE AGE 22 PILOT OFFICER A A GOODILL RCAF AGE 26 SERGEANT T J MALONE AGE 24 FROM NO 1 OBSERVER ADVANCED FLYING UNIT RAF WIGTOWN AVRO ANSON W5140 CRASHED ON THE 9TH JULY 1944 Eighth Crash: CAPTAIN T J SEAGREN USAF AGE 26 CAPTAIN R V SPALDING USAF AGE 31 1ST TACTICAL RECONNAISANCE SQUADRON RAF ALCONBURY THE AIRCRAFT A McDONNELL DOUGLAS PHANTOM RF4C 68 0566 CRASHED ON 28TH MARCH 1979
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 23
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 23
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, forename, initials of forenames, rank, age, date of death, manner of death, additional
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Non-Combat Deaths
    Total names on memorial: 2
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 2
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, forename, initials of forenames, rank, age, date of death, manner of death, additional
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Stone of remembrance
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Granite
  • Plaque
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze, Copper
Condition
History
1) It was orginally inscribed with lead lettering inserted into the stone. Frost damage resulted in most of the lettering being lost. Today the airmen who crashed there are commemorated on a copper/bronze plaque. 2) There were two new additions to the memorial were placed by Frank and Penelope Gray, orris Service and Museum Dumfries Aviation Museum chairman Davie Reid when they visited the memorial on 9 Aug 2007.- A piece of (what looks like) aircraft wreckage with 'lest we forget' fairly crudely written on it and a nice granite block with a poppy.
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference

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