Historic Castle Douglas fighter pilot honoured

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A memorial is to be unveiled to a Scottish fighter pilot who shot down the first enemy bomber to be destroyed in British airspace in WWII.

Patrick Gifford, from Castle Douglas, was killed in action in Belgium on 16 May 1940.

A plaque will be unveiled in his memory in his home town on Sunday to mark the 70th anniversary of his death.

A new biography of Mr Gifford is also being launched this week in recognition of his unique role in the conflict.

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