Keep your eyes to the skies on Saturday around Burscough

On Saturday the 11th of August at around 2.15 pm an aircraft from the Royal Navy Historic Flight will be flying over Ormskirk and Burscough. A Fairey Swordfish will fly over the HMS Ringtail monument located in the memorial garden outside Booths cafe in the Ringtail Retail Park.

The Swordfish was one of the most successful aircraft in the history of naval warfare operating between 1939 and 1945. The Swordfish saw active service worldwide, pursuing the enemy afloat and ashore in every theatre of war, between the Atlantic and Indian Ocean and Arctic Circl mostly during the Second World War.

The aircraft Fairey Swordfish 1 W5856 is the oldest surviving Swordfish in the world being built in 1941 and served with the Royal Navy in the Mediterranean for three years before being transferred to the Canadian Navy in 1944.

This aircraft and others of the Royal Navy Historic Flight are a living memorial to all those who have served in the Royal Naval Air Service and Fleet Air Arm .

Keep your eyes to the skies for this historic treat and pause to remember the sacrifices made by the pilots and ground crew based in Burscough. Their bravery helped to win the war.

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