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Spitfire Lands in Monaghan

In May 2017 there was great excitement around Monaghan and indeed further afield as news spread that the engine parts of the Spitfire, which crash landed in Figullar, near Emyvale, in 1942 was being dug up. The dig was successful and Johnny McNee transported the remains to Derry where they were catalogued and cleaned and then handed back to Monaghan County Museum. They now form part of a brilliant Exhibition on World War 11 in the Museum and the exhibition was opened with great razzamatazz on Thursday, June 28th. It all began with the arrival of a replica Spitfire to High Street in the town and just in case the enemy came attacking there was an anti-aircraft gun positioned strategically. People were invited to view and sit in the Cockpit and operate the Gun, without the ammunition!! Crowds turned out to see this magical sight of the plane on the street and long queues formed as people wanted to have the experience of sitting in the cockpit. A niece and grand nephew of the pilot of that plane, Gordon Hayter Proctor, were in attendance (Sarah and George Tysoe) and relatives of the pilot who lost his life when a spitfire crashed in the Knockatallon area were there too. Accounts of the German bombing at Carrickmacross are included in the exhibition and information about other Monaghan and Irish men who played their parts in the War as English pilots. It is very interesting and an exhibition that you should visit in the Museum. Entry is free. The speakers at the Launch in the Museum included representatives of the RAF, Irish Airforce, Monaghan County Council, Monaghan Mayor, Johnny McNee; Minister Humphreys and Curator, Liam Bradley, all of whom have worked together on this fantastic project. As evening descended on Monaghan the Spitfire was taken apart and the Gun was taken away and all departed the town. Well done to all involved as it was an exciting day in the town and one that many will remember.

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