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    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.

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    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.
     
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    Good to see a memorial, after so many years. Thanks for posting.
     
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    The text actually reads

    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
     
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