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Esrskine home named after Battle of Britain pilot

The RAF Benevolent Fund's Regional Director of Scotland and Northern Ireland has chosen the name Sir Alan Smith for an RAF veteran's bungalow in Erskine.

Sir Alan had flown as Douglas Bader's wingman for much of the war and was awarded two distinguished Flying Crosses for his bravery and skills.

Lady Smith visits the bungalow named after her late husband Sir Alan SmithFollowing his service in the RAF, Sir Alan formed a very successful textile business in Kinross winning no less than six Queen's Awards for Industry for which he was appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. He was later knighted for all his work.

Sir Alan's widow, Alice, and members of their immediate family visited the bungalow in Erskine and met the current resident, John Bogan, himself a disabled veteran of the RAF Regiment. John lives in the bungalow with his wife Gina.

John said: "We are very comfortable here and proud to be associated with such a famous RAF pilot."  

Lady Smith presented John with a framed photograph of Sir Alan standing alongside Douglas Bader. She also praised the work of both Erskine Homes and the RAF Benevolent Fund.  

Bob said: "We are delighted that Sir Alan’s name and his daring exploits will continue to live on following the naming of this Erskine bungalow after him. He was a real gentleman."

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