MACDONALD COMMEMORATES FIGHTER PILOTS AT GRANGEMOUTH SPITFIRE MEMORIAL INAUGURATION
Friday, 10 May 2013 10:39
Angus MacDonald MSP with Councillors Sandy Turner and David Balfour
Falkirk East MSP, Angus MacDonald attended the unveiling of a full-sized replica of a WWII Spitfire near the site of World War 2 fighter base, RAF Grangemouth.
The replica is part of a permanent memorial tribute to 71 pilots who died while learning to fly at RAF Grangemouth.
The memorial has been paid for with money raised by current air cadets and Grangemouth Spitfire Memorial Trust.
RAF Grangemouth served as a major air centre until 1949, and pilots from all over the world trained there.
The plane is an exact replica of one flown by a young Polish pilot who was killed in training at the base.
Commenting after he attended the Spitfire Memorial Inauguration, Mr MacDonald said:
“It was an absolute pleasure to join 1333 Grangemouth Spitfire Squadron Air Training Corps (ATC), Grangemouth Spitfire Memorial Trust and the people of Grangemouth, along with civic dignitaries at the unveiling of the Grangemouth Spitfire Memorial.
“In addition to all the ATC cadets, special mention is deserved for Tom McMorrow, local businessman Iain Mitchell and Provost Pat Reid who ensured the whole plan came together. Others, too numerous to mention also deserve a huge pat on the back.
“I was pleased to be joined by my colleagues Councillor Sandy Turner and Councillor David Balfour. As soon as I got back to Parliament after the reception in the Inchyra Grange Hotel this afternoon I tabled the following motion, which I'm glad to say has already received cross-party support, which goes some way towards recognising the massive effort put in by everyone to ensure the project happened. Well done to you all!”
Motion S4M-06519: Angus MacDonald, Falkirk East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 09/05/2013
Grangemouth’s Spitfire Memorial Unveiled
That the Parliament congratulates the 1333 Grangemouth Squadron Air Training Corps (ATC), Grangemouth Spitfire Memorial Trust and the people of Grangemouth on raising funds to erect the Grangemouth Spitfire Memorial, officially unveiled on 9 May 2013; understands that the full-size replica of a Supermarine Spitfire Mark 1 aircraft commemorates the trainee Spitfire pilots from all over the world who learned to fly the aircraft at Grangemouth Aerodrome at the beginning of World War II; acknowledges that airmen from Poland, Czechoslovakia, the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and India were among those who trained at the Grangemouth Aerodrome; pays tribute to the 71 trainee Spitfire pilots who lost their lives while practising daring manoeuvres in the aircraft at Grangemouth during World War II, and commends the determination of the people of Grangemouth and 1333 Grangemouth ATC to commemorate their sacrifice with such an iconic tribute.
Supported by: Nigel Don, Roderick Campbell, Willie Coffey, Dennis Robertson, David Torrance, Joan McAlpine, Jackson Carlaw, Hanzala Malik, John Wilson, Mike MacKenzie, Adam Ingram, Chic Brodie, Rob Gibson, George Adam, Annabelle Ewing, Hugh Henry, Christina McKelvie, Stuart McMillan, Colin Beattie, Kevin Stewart, Bill Kidd, Richard Lyle, Maureen Watt