Halifax Memorial

A substantial rough granite block located at The Punds on Fitful Head in the southwest of the Shetland Mainland, the Halifax Memorial was unveiled in 1995 as a permanent monument to the crew of an RAF bomber which crashed into the cliffs on 30th March 1942. The ceremony of dedication was conducted by the local parish minister, Rev. Trevor Williams. The Halifax aircraft from 35 Squadron, based at RAF Kinloss, was returning from a mission to bomb the German battleship Tirpitz, which was moored in a Norwegian fjord. The crew of seven all perished and their names are recorded on the memorial stone: Captain and Pilot, Flight Sergeant J.B. Bushby; 2nd Pilot Sergeant A.J. Peach; Observer - Navigator, Sergeant G. N. E. Powell; 1st Wireless-Operator - Air Gunner, Flight Sergeant J. P. W. Buckley; 2nd Wireless-Operator - Air Gunner, Sergeant M.L. Usher; Tail Gunner, Sergeant J. A. Wood and Flight Engineer Sergeant R.H. Meredith. Peach and Meredith were buried on site, Buckley and Usher, who were Canadians, were buried in Lerwick, along with an unidentified body, and two were never found.

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