Anyone who has toiled up the path alongside the hill at Shelsley Walsh will be familiar with - and may have been grateful for - the AFP Fane memorial seat, which was originally erected in 1944 and moved there from his home village of Hedsor Priory in 1992 after the death of his widow Evelyn. However ...
It's eighty years since, returning from an abortive photo reconnaisance mission over Germany in bad weather, AFP Fane's Spitfire crashed near Stapleford in Cambridgeshire, with fatal results. Famously, he had previously successfully located and photographed the battleship Tirpitz in Fættenfjord near Trondheim in Norway on March 28th 1942: the picture was taken at such a low level it was said that not only could the crew be seen on deck, but they could be individually recognised!
As part of a more general project to commemorate the invaluable work of all PRU pilots, there is currently an appeal running to finance a memorial to Fane, which will be situated near the site of his crash and will - all being well - be inaugurated on November 11th, the 111th anniversary of his birth.
If anyone feels able to donate, you can do so here: https://www.spitfire...biAt__M0AY0PMu0