Aviation Memorials Orkney & Shetland

The aim of A.R.G.O.S is to document all aspects of aviation history on and around the Orkney and Shetland Isles. These include;

Fresson memorial, orkney

Fresson Memorial, Kirkwall.

Recording and documenting Aircraft crash sites both on land and underwater.

Documenting sites of airstrips and air bases from both the RAF and FAA.

Research and document Balloon Barrage sites, Anti Aircraft gun sites and search light stations.

In recent times a number of memorials and monuments have been erected in Orkney and Shetland and these are detailed on a dedicated section of the website, including;

The Hatston Memorial
Erected by the Royal British Legion, at the junction roundabout of Grainshore Road and Ayre Road on the way into Kirkwall from the A965.
Memorial in the Scapa Flow Museum at Lynress arranged by Dave Earl for the crew & passengers of the B-24 Liberator which crashed at Walliwall,Orkney Mainland on 31st March 1945.

Mosquito Memorial – Royl Field Hill
A stone pillar and bronze plaque close to the wreckage on Royl Field Hill,Shetland, for the Mosquito crew killed returning from Ops to Norway in 1944.

Air Ambulance Memorial Near Tingwall.
In a layby near Tingwall is a memorial to the Air Ambulance pilot Capt Alan Young who was killed trying to land his Islander at the airfield in bad weather on 20th May 1996.

Halifax Bomber Memorial Fitful Head.
Memorial for the crew of a Halifax bomber that crashed into the cliff at Fitful Head returning from an atempted raid on the battleship Tirpitz.

Catalina Flying Boat Memorial – Yell, Shetland.
The 9 foot high stainless steel Celtic Cross erected at the crash site at Arisdale by townsfolk on Yell in memory of the crew of Catalina Z2148 killed whilst trying to land at Sullom Voe at night.

Beaufort Crew – Dale Golf Course
Memorial bench & plaque at Dale Golf Course in memory of the Beaufort crew killed there when their aircraft crashed returning from an attempted shipping strike off the Norwegian coast.

Sullom Voe Memorial, Shetland.
Impressive memorial to airmen who both served and those lost while serving with the flying boat squadrons at RAF Sullom Voe during World War Two.

Visit the A.R.G.O.S website for more information

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