Flight Lieutenant John C Dundas DFC and Bar

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Reference WMO/276611


Afton Down

on the cliff above the Bay

Freshwater Bay


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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Pillar/column
  • Metal Metal (any)
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Stone Plinth with two metal plaques-one on the top sloping surface, the other on the front vertical face. It is not known who are the people listed at the end of the MEMORIA inscription.
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Plaque on top surface- F/LT. JOHN C. DUNDAS, D.F.C. & BAR OF 609 SQN./ On the 28th November 1940 he shot down Major Helmut Wick, a Luftwaffe/ Ace Fighter Pilot, to the South of the Island. He in turn was shot down by/ Wick's No 2 immediately after. Neither bodies were recovered./ If it was not for he and his like at that Period in World War 2 this Country/ and all of Europe would have succumbed to Nazi domination./ Let not their sacrifice for our freedom be in vain/ Graham Alderson/ 28th November 2000/ Plaque on front face- MEMORIA/ Stranger, do not just pass by, but bide awhile before this/ simple memorial stone/ which marks the place near where an airman died half-a-century/ ago. Not now, as then, unknown to you who stands beneath a/ friendly sky that was his last arena/ to tilt at strife against outnumbering foe, which he would/ not deny./ He met obligations due and paid for with his life .../ So, stranger, before you go upon your tranquil way,/ learn this man's name and the manner of his end above your/ head, on that distant November day./ And if you find sorrow, you're not a stranger, but a friend ../. ALDERSON G/ BOXALL L/ LODGE K/ OTWAY P/ SPOONER R

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