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Online tribute to fallen pilots

A Sopwith Camel from the Royal Flying Corps base at Montrose which crashed near the town.
Contributed photograph

A Sopwith Camel from the Royal Flying Corps base at Montrose which crashed near the town. Contributed photograph

AN ELECTRONIC Book of Remembrance is being developed to provide a worldwide resource for anyone seeking information about pilots who died in training at Montrose.

The project is being co-ordinated by Daniel Paton, curator of the Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre, who hopes to create an online role of honour for those pilots from the former air station who were killed in accidents in preparation for both world wars.

He said: “The original idea was to have a Book of Remembrance with a page for each person and this could be seen by visitors to the heritage centre. This has been updated to a web-page for each person which will include all the information we have in our archives. Attached to our website, www.rafmontrose.co.uk, it will be accessible across the world.”

The project has involved some painstaking research as Dr Paton said he wants to locate photographs, documents and letters which would provide enough information to do justice to a pilot’s memory. Once started, however, he hopes the web pages will lead to airmen’s relatives getting in touch with further information.

He added: “I am certain it will bring in a flood of further information so the electronic Book of Remembrance will keep growing. The growth of interest in family history research has resulted in frequent enquiries to the heritage centre about ancestors who were stationed at Montrose. We are able to provide advice and information and often we get photographs and letters for our archives.

“Things are more difficult for the First World War when there were many training units at Montrose. Only a period of research at the National Archives at Kew will reveal whether records of these units have survived but from all kinds of unexpected directions information has been coming in.”

 
 
 

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