26 Jul 2013

Ceremony held for NZ Spitfire pilot

2:51 pm on 26 July 2013

A rededication ceremony has been held in Scotland for a New Zealand pilot who died while training in World War II.

Sergeant Malcolm Robinson died when his RAF Spitfire crashed in the Scottish Borders on 16 January 1943.

The 20-year-old's partial remains were discovered during excavations around the plane in July last year.

The ceremony was attended by members of Sergeant Robinson's family as well as representatives from the Royal New Zealand Air Force, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and Scottish police.

Squadron Leader Susie Barns says Sergeant Robinson has now been buried with honour and dignity.