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    Hello,

    With regard to the loss of a Pilot...

    I write this request for info with a little apprehension.

    On the morning of the 6th September 1940 a Spitfire pilot with 234 Sqdn was shot down and killed over Howbourne Farm, Hadlow Down, Sussex.
    The aircraft serial number: X4035.
    The pilot: P/O, William H. G. Gordon.

    P/O Gordon was buried in the family plot in Mortlach Church Dufftown, Moray,Scotland.

    In 2003 Aviation Archeologists who had MoD permission to recover the aircraft remains found the remains of P/O. Gordon complete with name tag and tunic, still strapped into the cockpit.

    His last remaining sibling (in 2003) who resided in Vancouver refused to allow the body in Mortlach Cemetery to be exhumed.

    Has the Body in Mortlach since been exhumed and if so have these remains now been identified if so who was found to be in the cofin ?

    Have the remains identified as P/O. Gordon, found in the wreckage in 2003 been buried and if so where ?

    From what I understand the CWGC still has P/O. Gordon as being buried in Mortlach.

    Has anyone further knowledge of what has happened in this case since 2003 ?

    Thank you
    Alex

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    The remains that were discovered in 2003 were buried in the plot in Dufftown, see the following item on the BBC News web site.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/southern_counties/3022110.stm

    There was also a seperate item from when his remains were found.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/southern_counties/2959810.stm
    Alan Clark

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    Hello,

    Thank you for your reply and the links included.
    At this time i cannot access the links however, is it at all possible for you to post the pages here or perhaps send them in an email to me ?

    Thank you
    Alex

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    Here is a copy of the piece about his burial.

    BBC Southern Counties
    Thursday 26th June 2003

    "WWII pilot finally laid to rest

    The remains of a World War II fighter pilot which were found 63 years after he crashed have been buried in his family plot.
    William "Scotty" Gordon was shot down in his Spitfire over the Sussex Downs on 6 September 1940 and part of his body was returned to his family and buried in Dufftown, Moray, Scotland.

    But at the beginning of June a licensed excavation of the field where he crashed in Hadlow Down, near Heathfield, uncovered a number of bones belonging to the airman, who was 20 years old when he died.

    His remains were then returned to his surviving family who buried them in Mortlach cemetery in Dufftown on Thursday, when a funeral service was held.

    About 100 people from his close family, the RAF and the town paid tribute to the pilot during the 40-minute service.

    It ended at noon with a fly-past by a single Tornado.

    The pilot's remains were placed in a foot-long coffin and buried next to his body and that of his sister, who died last year.

    Sue Raftree, of the RAF central casualty section, said the department had been able to trace Pilot Officer Gordon's niece, Elizabeth Ogilvie, who attended the service.

    She said: "The remains that have been found are small and will be buried, along with his uniform which has also been found, in accordance with his family's wishes.

    "He was a Battle of Britain pilot, and for that he is remembered as a hero, as they all were."

    Pilot Officer Gordon was one of 15 RAF pilots shot down on that day, seven of whom were killed."

    If you do manage to get on to the page there is a video from the Scottish news, low it is very low quality, the audio is fine though.
    Alan Clark

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    Thank You Al,

    May he now rest in peace.

    Alex

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