Grangemouth air cadets unveil Spitfire memorial

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Grangemouth air cadets have unveiled their long-planned Second World War memorial in honour of fallen airmen who died while training in the town.

Youngsters from the 1333 Squadron Air Training Corps campaigned for over five years to fund a full-size replica of a Mk.1 Supermarine Spitfire.

Flight Sergeant Jackie 'Dinger' Bell, who was stationed at the former Grangemouth aerodrome, helped unveil the Spitfire memorial.

Flight Sergeant Jackie 'Dinger' Bell, who was stationed at the former Grangemouth aerodrome, helped unveil the Spitfire memorial.

The memorial is a tribute to the 71 pilots who died while learning to fly the fighter plane at the Operational Training Unit at RAF Grangemouth.

Iain Mitchell, chairman of the Grangemouth Spitfire Memorial Trust, said: “The young men who trained at Grangemouth were among the bravest the world has ever seen, and it is a huge honour for us to be in a position to commemorate their sacrifice with this stunning memorial.

“The effort the cadets have put into this has been astonishing. This would not have been possible without them.”

The memorial itself is an exact replica of the Mk 1 X4859 flown by 23-year-old Polish trainee pilot Eugeniusz Lukomski, who died when his Spitfire crashed near the Avondale estate, Polmont, in November 1941.