Aircrew Memorial Bandstand

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Reference WMO/230745

Address:

Bellfield Park

Inverness

IV2 4TB

Scotland

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Other structure/building
Materials:
  • Metal Metal (any)
  • Stone Stone (any)
  • Stone Slate
  • Timber Timber (any)
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Octagonal bandstand standing on a paved base. Low stone wall supports metal framed bandstand with slate roof and flagstaff with windsock. Steel columns support the roof and a steel balustrade is placed around the edge. The names of the 32 stations that the crews flew from are inscribed around the top of the balustrade and ten roundels placed below them list the various countries the crews came from. Each roundel displays the national flower of that country. It was originally intended that the memorial be sited in Strathpeffer. However, Scottish Heritage objected to the bandstand being located in a Victorian era garden. Inverness was chosen as the alternative location. (c IWM Register) 14 photos on IWM register.
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Tablet: THE AIRCREW ASSOCIATION/ HIGHLAND BRANCH/ DEDICATES/ THIS MEMORIAL BANDSTAND/ TO THOSE WHO FLEW/ FROM THE NORTH OF SCOTLAND/ IN WARTIME/ AND DID NOT RETURN./ UNVEILED BY/ HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS/ THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH/ 3RD JULY 2000. Around ballustrade: ALNESS BANFF BENBECULA CASTLETOWN WICK/ DALCROSS DALLACHY DYCE ELGIN EVANTON/ FEARN FORRES FRASERBURGH HATSON TAIN/ KINLOSS KIRKWALL LONGMAN LOSSIEMOUTH/ MILLTOWN OBAN PETERHEAD RATTRAY TWATT/ SCAPA FLOW SCATSA SKEABRAE SKITTEN/ STORNOWAY SULLOM VOE SUMBURGH TIREE Plaque, left side: The Aircrew Memorial Bandstand/ This memorial commemorates Aircrew of many Nationalities/ who were lost in Action or on Active Service during the Second/ World War whilst operating or training from the 29 airfields and 3 anchorages in the North of Scotland named on the handrails./ From these bases, the War was prosecuted in the surveillance of the North Atlantic Ocean, of the convoys crossing it and of those/ to Northern Russia, in mine-laying, bombing and special missions/ against German ships and submarines, ports and other military/ targets in Northern Europe. They were used by a total of 275/ Squadrons and Specialist Units of the Royal Air Force, the Allied/ Air Forces, the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy and Airborne/ Units of the Army, all of whose efforts were crucial to the/ successful outcome of the Conflict. Some of these bases still/ provide Operational and Training Services for the Defence of/ Our Heritage as they have done since 1945./ This Aircrew Memorial Bandstand honours the sacrifice,/ bravery and fortitude of the Aircrew Members who flew from/ these bases. The memorial was inaugurated on 3rd July, 2000 by/ HRH the Duke of Edinburgh and dedicated on 16th November,/ 2000 by the Chaplain of the Royal Air Force Station, Kinloss & Lossiemouth. It was built at the instigation of the Highland/ Branch of the ACA following fundraising by ACA Branches, Squadron and Unit Associations, Private and Public subscription/ and with support from Inverness Project, the Landfill Tax Credit/ and the Inverness Common Good Fund. The Architect was ex-/ RAF Navigator, Mr John Loud, FRIAS, ARIBA of Elgin. Plaque, centre: THE AIRCREW ASSOCIATION/ HIGHLAND BRANCH/ Northern Scotland's/ Naval, Military &/ Airforce Bases Plaque, right side: Squadrons, Training & Specialist Units Which/ Were Located At The Bases On Adjacent Map/ (Unit names) Roundel 1: USA Roundel 2: SOUTH AFRICA Roundel 3: RHODESIA/ ZIMBABWE Roundel 4: SCOTLAND Roundel 5: CANADA Roundel 6: IRELAND Roundel 7: NEW ZEALAND Roundel 8: WALES Roundel 9: AUSTRALIA Roundel 10: ENGLAND

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