Dundrennan Air Crash WW2

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Reference WMO/274530

Address:

Rerrick Parish Church

Dundrennan

DG6 4QH

Scotland

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Roadside
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Materials:
  • Metal Brass
Lettering: Raised
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Rectangular brass plaque on pre-existing stone wall with raised lettering. It is beside the Parish Memorial-WMO/151028. It was Dedicated on 18 July 2010 by the Church Minister at Rerrick Parish Church, and Unveiled by Mrs Georgina (Ina) Wood, nee Hamilton. It was funded by public subscription following a campaign by Jean Brown of the local history society. n the early hours of 18th July 1944 a Bristol Beaufighter crashed on a house in Dundrennan killing the crew of two, plus four members of the Hamilton family. This was one of only two incidents during WW2 involving multiple deaths of civilians in Dumfries and Galloway – the other being the bombing raid on Gretna. The four members of the Hamilton family are buried in a single grave in the Rerrick parish cemetery and this is well off the beaten track at OS Map Ref NX 760 467. All are listed on CWGC so this is a war grave. The unveiling was attended by Mrs Georgina (known as Ina) Wood who is the sole surviving member of the Hamilton family from the tragedy. Until now there was no memorial to the family/event in the church, school or any other place. There is a photographic record (book) of the events in the Stewartry Museum in Kirkcudbright. Thanks to Alan Leishman at the Dumfries Aviation Museum for the following information. "Beaufighter JL893 of 9 OTU crashed into a house in Dundrennan on 18th July 1944. Both crew were killed. They were : YOUNG E.M SGT. RAF PILOT BEAUFIGHTER JL893 LEEDS , LAWNS WOOD , CREM. WILES H.A F/SGT RAF NAV. BEAUFIGHTER JL893 ALDERSHOT CIVIL , HAMPS
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TO THE MEMORY OF/ THE MEMBERS OF THE HAMILTON FAMILY/ WHO DIED ON THE 18TH JULY 1944/ WHEN A BRISTOL BEAUFIGHTER AIRCRAFT CRASHED/ IN DUNDRENNAN VILLAGE/ (names)/ALSO THE TWO AIRMEN WHO DIED IN THE CRASH/[names]/ "Gone but not forgotten"

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