A Poppy
A Poppy

Memorials & Monuments
on the Isle of Wight
- Freshwater -
- Freshwater : J C Dundas -

Location

At Afton Down, on cliff above Bay, Freshwater, Isle of Wight
 
See map on www.streetmap.co.uk
 
IWM War Memorials Archive Record

The Memorial is not listed in the War Memorials Archive Records.
 
Description

A plinth bearing a memorial plaque to a Battle of Britain pilot who was shot down nearby.

The plaque was commissioned by Graham Alderson and unveiled on 28th November 2000, the 60th anniversary of the loss.
Memorial

Freshwater : J C Dundas
 
Inscription


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

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


 
Further Information

It is not known who are the people listed at the end of the MEMORIA inscription.

CWGC record ... for F/Lt Dundas


 
Pilot Officer Dundas is not commemorated on the Battle of Britain Memorial at the RAF Museum, Hendon, London.

F/Lt Dundas is also commemorated on the Battle of Britain Memorial unveiled in 2005 on the Embankment, London.
 
F/Lt Dundas is also commemorated on the Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne, Kent.
 

F/Lt J C Dundas, Battle of Britain Memorial, Capel-le-Ferne

 


 
 

 
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