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Anzac Day 2017

For the second year in a row the weather was bitterly cold, with flurries of hail, when a small delegation from Kirkwall Royal British Legion, Orkney Royal Naval Association and Australian Greg Miller now living in Orkney visited St Olaf's Cemetery on Anzac Day. Legion Chairman Eddy Ross read an account of the accidental death of two Fleet Air Arm 880 Squadron pilots whose Seafires left Hatston together, but collided over Woodwick Bombing Range in Evie on 3rd February 1943 and they now lie in adjacent graves in St Olaf's.



One of the pilots was a New Zealander, Lloyd Johnson of Leeston, Canterbury, the other Anthony Smalley of Malvern, Worcestershire. 880 Squadron was in Scapa Flow on board the carrier HMS Argus, but the pilots had been briefed at Hatston for their gun camera training flight over Woodwick that ended tragically in a mid-air collision at 6000 feet. Lloyd Johnson's brother Kit and niece Charlotte visited his grave from New Zealand in 2008.



. . . .   AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN, AND IN THE MORNING . . . .