Grumman Wildcat Mk.V JV404 of No.898 Naval Air Sqn, Royal Navy, crashed on Bennan near Newton Stewart on the 11th September 1945
|Thomas Alexander Oliphant||Sub Lieutenant (A) RNVR||Pilot||Killed|
On the 11th September 1945 a number of Grumman Wildcats set out from HMS Blackcap at Stretton in Cheshire on a ferry flight to HMS Wagtail at Ayr. During that flight the Canadian pilot of one aircraft strayed into the high ground of the Galloway hills north of Newton Stewart, his aircraft crashed on Bennan above Glen Trool where it lay until being discovered the following day. His body was recovered by personnel from No.1 (O)AFU at Wigtown and was buried on the 15th September at Newton Stewart Cemetery. Subsequently he was, at his mother’s request, reintered at Elgin New Cemetery in Moray.