RAF Grangemouth and 58 Operational Training Unit

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Reference WMO271148

Address:

Abbotsinch Industrial Estate

Bo'Ness Road

Grangemouth

FK3 9UR

Scotland

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Roadside
Description: Composite
Materials:
  • Metal Metal (any)
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Memorial to former RAF Grangemouth airfield which was an operational fighter airfield and a training airfield. Comprises 1. Replica Supermarine Spitfire Mark I X4859 PQ-N - PQ-N crashed 15th September 1941 over Avondale estate killing Sergeant Eugeniusz Lukomski. 2. Large RAF roundel on ground, surrounded by a series of panels on the history of the airfield. 3. Brick wall with panels listing those killed during training on one side and information on the Air Training Corps on the other side. 4. Small stone cairn commemorating RAF 75th anniversary. Note that the memorial wall was not added until 2008, and the spitfire and stained glass window in 2013. Another 17 photos on IWM link
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This Memorial Stone and Garden / are dedicated to the young men / who came from near and far to / Grangemouth in the early 1940s / to train so they could / fight their common enemy / and died in the attempt. / They learned to fly the Spitfire here / at RAF Grangemouth / with 58 Operational Training Unit. / Of the airmen of 58 OTU / who died in that endeavour / many are buried in Grandsable Cemetery / which lies almost on the / Southern boundary of the old airfield / never to return to the lands from / which they had come. / Those reading this inscription / will know that / to the people of Grangemouth / they are not forgotten. THIS CAIRN IS ERECTED / AT THE SITE OF / GRANGEMOUTH AERODROME / TO MARK THE / 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE / ROYAL AIR FORCE / AND IN MEMORY OF / THOSE WHO SERVED HERE / IN WAR AND PEACE AIR COMMODORE / RICHARD B. DUCKET, CVO, AFC, ADC, RAF / ON BEHALF OF THE / ROYAL AIR FORCE / AND / FALKIRK DISTRICT COUNCIL / 4TH NOVEMBER 1993

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