In 2009 the Lytham St Annes Spitfire Display Team was formed as the fundraising arm of the Fylde Spitfire Memorial Fund. The teams objective was to raise funds through public donations to build a full-size replica of the Mark VB Spitfire W3644 which was purchased by the people of the Borough in 1940. Sadly the aircraft and pilot Sgt Alan Lever-Ridings were shot down by an FW190 whilst returning from escort duty during a bombing mission over Morlaix, France. As part of the project, we have partnered with the team from Aircrew Remembered to collate a comprehensive database of all those who served with the RAF, as Aircrew during WW2. static displays for future generations to enjoy.
The Memorial was officially unveiled on the 19th August 2012 at Fairhaven Lake, Lancashire, FY8 1BD incorporating the exact replica of the Lytham St Annes Spitfire along with commemorative plaques to both RAF, Commonwealth and United States Army Air Forces. The creation of this unique RAF Fighter, Bomber & Coastal Command Memorial and its interactive “Roll of Honour” will not only act as a tribute those Aircrewman who lost their lives on active service during WW2 but will act as an educational tool to ensure that future generations can learn about the many sacrifices made by the Royal Air Force on the ground, as well as in the air, from 1939 – 1945.