Ben Rinnes – a grand wee Corbett. Information on the Wellington crash of 14 Nov 1943.

Ben Rinnes – a grand day

It is grand to have a wee Corbett on the doorstep and Ben Rinnes is the nearest hill to my house in Burghead it is also the North East most Northerly Corbett. An isolated hill near Dufftown whisky country it has great views of the Moray Firth and the Cairngorms which looked a bit windy today. The views and the weather was good and the  hill though a short walk was a fun few hours out. The Friends of Ben Rinnes help look after this hill and the path at the top steepens and to me there is always a wind near the summit tors. The top had a smattering of snow and was a bit cold and windy on top. I dropped my hat on the way up and lucky it was found by some other walkers on the way up thanks!  We met 3 others yesterday on this popular hill. The views were good but looking over to the Moray Firth there are now a fair few wind – farms with more to come. A sign of the times. There is an aircraft crash on this hill of a Wellington HF746 -B  that crashed on the 14 Nov 1943. The Wellington was from nearby Lossiemouth and it crashed  killing both of the two crew a Sgt Grove who is buried in Evesham cemetery. The other Sgt Rennie was taken to Glasgow.  The aircraft got caught in a violent snowstorm and crashed whilst on a night Exercise from RAF Lossiemouth.There had been a few tales on this aircraft but that is what I could find through my contacts as information was very scant. Thanks to Ray Sefton for the updated  information on this aircraft crash.

The Great White Silence

After a short but fun day on the hill I went to see the Great White Silence in Nairn a wonderful film on Captain Scott’s expedition. It features Captain Scott’s doomed race to the South Pole is captured in a silent film from 1924, with a new score by Simon Fisher Turner. It was a great night, incredible filming of a Herbert Ponting’s extraordinary record of Captain Scott’s doomed race to the South Pole is knowing that its original audiences must have been watching at least some of these sights on film for the first time.  How did he do it with such basic equipment, what a talented man. The film has been beautifully restored and is a joy to watch. The wild life and the scenes are incredible it was amazing. Before the film was  after a great chat by a helicopter crew member who had been down on the icebreaker Endurance in 1982 and 1984. It was a great slide show and set the scene for a special evening all for £5, great value.  What a grand day.Off to the Cairngorms today to see what is happening on the big hills. The forecast is good but poor tomorrow, I hope it is half as good as yesterday day amongst the crowds of climbers after an early route!

About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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