Memorial to RAF Spitfire pilot killed in Slamannan air crash to be unveiled

The remains of the RAF Spitfire were recovered from a Slamannan field last year
The remains of the RAF Spitfire were recovered from a Slamannan field last year
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The propellor of an RAF Spitfire recovered from a Slamannan field 72 years after it crashed will be publicly unveiled at a ceremony in August.

The event at the village’s war memorial will also pay tribute to the young pilot killed in the accident on Valentine’s Day, 1942.

RAF Sergeant John Tristram Silvester was only 22 when the plane he was flying crashed into a field at Hillhead Farm.

As The Falkirk Herald previously reported, his body was recovered but the remains of Spitfire L1059 58OTU, which served in the Battle of Britain, was only rediscovered in September last year by members of the Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum.

Now the recovered propellor will form part of a specially-built memorial cairn which will be unveiled on Saturday, August 16.

Relatives of Sgt Tristram will be travelling from England to attend the service.

A full programme of events will be announced closer to the time.

Maddiston resident Steven Spink, who was part of the dig team, said: “A cairn has been built for the propellor which will make a fitting memorial.”

Sgt Tristram was posted to 58 Operational Training Unit RAF Grangemouth & Balado Bridge less than a year before his death to train for frontline action.

A full-size Spitfire replica was installed in Grangemouth last year in memory of the 71 pilots who died while serving at the base, which closed in 1955.