A MEMORIAL service marked 70 years since a Spitfire crashed in Birkenhead Park during World War II.
Witnesses and aviation enthusiasts were among those who attended the service in the park on Sunday.
The stricken Spitfire Mark 2a plummeted to the ground on October 14, 1942, close to Park Road East and the Cole Street entrance to the park.
American pilot Douglas Cooper Goudie bailed out and landed safely.
The anniversary of the crash was also commemorated by a concert by the Royal Air Force Regiment Band at the Floral Pavilion Theatre and an exhibition in Birkenhead Park Visitor centre.
The events were organised by Birkenhead Royal British Legion, rangers at Birkenhead Park and Fort Perch Rock in New Brighton – where the plane’s engine and other parts are on display.
Steve Hutchinson, vice chairman of Birkenhead Royal British Legion, said: “It was well supported and some local residents who attended witnessed the crash.”
All proceeds from the concert will go to Birkenhead Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal 2012.
Mr Goudie’s family were unable to attend but sent a message saying he would be “beside himself with pride” to learn of the events taking place to remember the crash.
His daughter Dianna Goudie Mayon said: “We are in absolute awe of this honour being held for our father.
“It’s beyond amazing.”
Fort Perch Rock curator Doug Darroch, whose father – also Doug – witnessed the crash – said: “The service and concert were tremendous.”