NT1484 : The Donibee Sculpture

near to Hillend, Fife, Great Britain

The Donibee Sculpture
The Donibee Sculpture
In recognition of all civil and military personnel (The Donibees or sometimes misspelled Donnybees) who served at nearby Donibristle airfield and aircraft repair yard 1917-1959. Millennium Award. Sited at Dalgety Bay railway station. The immediately recognisable Spitfire wingtip shape is not coincidental. The signal in the background is situated at the west end of Platform 2, Dalgety Bay Station, Scottish East Coast Mainline Railway.

The airfield at Donibristle was opened in 1917 as a base for the Royal Naval Air Service (Fleet Air Arm). During World War II as HMS Merlin it was used as a Royal Naval Aircraft Repair Yard. After the war it was renamed HMS Cochrane, and decommissioned in 1959.

See p9 for an interesting aerial shot of Donibristle area during the time of MOD occupation. LinkExternal link and if the subject matter is of interest, here's further reading LinkExternal link

More on Donibristle House: Donibristle House LinkExternal link.

Historic photos of Donibristle LinkExternal link

Donibristle Airfield, Officers' Mess cartoon dado Frieze depicting the workers in the officer's mess and airfield as Egyptians.
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Fleet Air Arm's 805 Squadron of Blackburn Rocs was formed at Donibristle in early May 1940 LinkExternal link LinkExternal link

Fleet Air Arm's 100 Squadron of Vickers Vildebeests was formed at Donibristle in Oct 1932 LinkExternal link

Fleet Air Arm's 820 Squadron of Fairy Swordfish LinkExternal link and later Barracudas LinkExternal link was disbanded at Donibristle in November 1943 after it had helped see off the mighty 'Bismark' in May 1941 and the Tirpitz in August 1944. LinkExternal link

Some Donibee stories:
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Eric Melrose Brown LinkExternal link
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