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Spitfire memorial against Fairhaven Lake at Lytham St AnnesSpitfire memorial against Fairhaven Lake 

Spitfire Memorial

The new Spitfire Memorial is now in place, and great it looks too!

It's over 70 years since Lytham St Annes' Spitfire W3644 was shot down in Devon when returning from France where it was escorting bombers.

The nine-metre plane is now the centrepiece of a lakeside RAF Fighter and Bomber Command memorial - its official title is the "Lytham St Annes RAF Fighter, Bomber & Coastal Command Memorial".

The full-size exact replica Spitfire sits on a plinth and pole-like support, flying in the air above Fairhaven Lake. If you're not familiar with the area you can find it off the Inner Promenade at Lytham Saint Annes, postcode FY8 1BD.

This is an excellent video showing you around the Spitfire, with thanks to Robert Hudson who filmed it.

Volunteer and fund-raiser John Coombes said: “Residents of Lytham and St Annes raised £6,500 to buy the original Spitfire plane in 1941.

“Sadly, it was shot down and residents were especially touched as its pilot – Sergeant Alan Lever-Ridings – had family connections with the area.

“Allan’s mother and grandparents lived in St Annes and it was especially poignant that a number of his surviving relatives attended the unveiling.

Close up of the Spitfire Memorial at Fairhaven Lake

The Memorial was officially unveiled on 19 August 2012 and includes commemorative plaques to both RAF, Commonwealth and United States Army Air Forces.

The creation of this unique RAF Fighter, Bomber & Coastal Command Memorial and its interactive “Roll of Honour” is a tribute those Aircrewman who lost their lives on active service during WW2.

It is also an educational tool which will enable future generations to learn about the many sacrifices made by the Royal Air Force on the ground and in the air between 1939 – 1945.

23 June 2017 marked the 75th anniversary of the loss of W3644.

In 2017 the Team also opened a Visitor Centre at former RAF Squires Gate, in Hangar 42.

The Spitfire is a fantastic addition to Fairhaven Lake and the volunteers deserve full credit for their efforts.

No-one should forget the frightening days of World War Two and Fylde people are proud to be hosts to such a memorial.


Find out More

The Lytham St Annes Ground Spitfire Display Team operate Three Spitfire Aircraft from their base at Blackpool Airport. The MkII's and Mark IX's are available to hire for events and they are able to cover all the UK and Western Europe.

You can donate to the Lytham St Annes Spitfire Aircraft Preservation Fund, please send cheques C/O Hangar 42, Blackpool Airport, Squires Gate Lane, Blackpool, FY42QY

More about the Spitfire Display Team

 
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