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WWII hero pilot statue unveiled
Carlisle Everiss
The memorial was erected after locals raised 12,000.
A statue honouring a heroic World War II pilot who was killed in action has been unveiled in the Stirlingshire village where he died.

New Zealander Carlisle Everiss lost control of his Spitfire over Cowie in 1941 but managed to steer it towards a local wood before crashing.

The 26-year-old was pulled from the wreckage by three local residents but died after being given the last rites.

Residents in Cowie have raised 12,000 to erect a bronze bust of the pilot.

Local councillor Gerard O'Brien said: "What is being done in Cowie will echo for generations to come.

"This pilot gave his life for the village. If it were not for him, the village would have been destroyed and a lot of people would have died.

"Once in a generation a guy like this comes along. We should not forget what he did and the statue is a way of saying thank you."

Carlisle Everiss
Carlisle Everiss died when his Spitfire crashed near Cowie

Cllr O'Brien said he hoped the pilot would also be awarded the New Zealand award for gallantry.

Mr Everiss, who was one of a number of foreign pilots stationed at Grangemouth during the war, died after his plane crashed into railway sidings at the Cowie Colliery on 2 October 1941.

He was buried at Grandsable Cemetery near Polmont.

A plaque was put up in memory of the hero in the 1970s after local resident John Craig went to New Zealand to trace Mr Everiss' family.

A war memorial and miners' memorial were established in the village recently and prompted local businesses, the community council and local residents to raise money for a memorial to Mr Everiss.

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