|by Paul Holden, PRO|
5 September 2003
AIRCREW ASSOCIATION MEMBERS
HONOUR WARTIME PILOT
Four members of the Woking Branch went to Coxyde Air Base at the invitation of the Belgians, on 5th September, to attend a military remembrance service and burial, with full military honours, of Flt. Sgt. Ian Carmichael, a Spitfire pilot who was shot down over Belgium in September 1943.
This most moving ceremony, held at a military cemetery adjacent to the airfield, was attended by Mervyn Young, who was the Spitfire Flight Leader on the day. Flight Sergeant Ian Carmichael was his "Number 2" who fell behind during an attack on Focke Wolf 190s over Belgium in September 1945; he then got bounced by other FW 190s and dived into the ground at full throttle, ending up 18 metres below the surface. His body has just been recovered, still in the wrecked Spitfire, together with his parachute and dingy, which were on display in a local church.
In addition to Mervyn Young, the ceremony was also attended by the Chiefs of
Staff of both the Belgian and British Air Forces plus ACA Woking Branch
members Eric Smith GM (Chairman), Alister (Dinty) More AFC, and Bryan Doughty
and his wife (ex WAAF). Dinty and Eric laid a wreath on behalf of the