Carsphairn Archive

The Memorials

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David Hunter-Blair is buried at Blairquhan, Straiton in Ayrshire in the family graveyard only 15 miles from where he died.

A plaque commemorating his death on 23rd May 1942 has been erected on Dugland Hill and on 28th August 1993 a memorial service honouring the pilot was held at the site.

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A young piper played the lament and Ralph Davidson, the leader of the search, conducted the proceedings which were attended by as many people as could get across the three miles of moorland and hill to the site and included Frank Hunter-Blair, a cousin, who farms at neighbouring Marbrack, Carsphairn.

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The memorial can be found at NS 606 005 (Lat. 55.2791406,  Long. -4.1961090).

There are more photos of the memorial and surrounding on geograph.org and at War Memorials Online

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From the end of the nearest track to the site David's brother James Hunter-Blair from Blairquhan and a few others like Jim McGarva, who could not cross the hillside, watched a fly past by two Spitfires from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight paying tribute to the memory of a young World War II Spitfire pilot who died in the service of his country.

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A memorial stone and plaque was also placed across the glen at the site where the wreckage of Blue Peter was found.

The memorial can be found at NX 60462 99095 (Lat. 55.2663719; Long. -4.1976793).

There are other photos available on geograph.org and at War Memorials Online

Footnote : A coincidence - during the making of the Blue Peter children's programme of the search for Blue Peter the Spitfire revealed that it was David's second cousin John Hunter-Blair who, in 1958, invented the children's programme Blue Peter!


It is an offence to tamper with military remains under the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986 and all sites should be respected and left as found.