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James John Sinclair, Piece of the First Nazi Aircraft Shot Down on British soil in Hoy, Orkney

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posted on 2024-06-05, 19:03 authored by Their Finest Hour Project Team

James John Sinclair was in the Battery (226 Bty) that shot down the first Nazi aircraft brought down by anti-aircraft fire on British soil in Hoy, Orkney, on the 17th of October 1939. He was born in Spittal, Caithness.

James John Sinclair made the plaque from a piece of the downed aircraft and engraved it with a darning needle. The plaque has been on show in the family home ever since.

The photograph features James John Sinclair, his brother Arch, two nephews James and George, and others from the Spittal area

History

Item list and details

1. Piece of the first Nazi plane brought down on British soil in Hoy, Orkney (mounted on wooden shield). 2. Black and White photograph of James John Sinclair, his brother Arch, two nephews James and George, and others from the Spittal area

Person the story/items relate to

James John Sinclair

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Anon

Relationship between the subject of the story and its contributor

Contributor's father

Type of submission

Shared at Nucleus: The Nuclear and Caithness Archives, Caithness on 25 November 2023.

Record ID

98518 | NUC001