Today I am off early hopefully to take the son of one of the crew of a wartime aircraft crash in the Cairngorms during the war. This will be a difficult journey as Phil was born 6 weeks after his father and all the crew were killed. Phil has never been before and this will be a special journey for him and will be accompanied by his sons Julian and John who are driving up from Manchester with him. I have visited this crash site on a few occasions and Phil read my Blog whilst he was up in Elgin last year visiting his father’s grave on the 70 th anniversary and has always wanted to visit this special place. It will be a memorable and special day and will be some journey for Phil and the family to pay their respects to his father and the crew. It is a fair trek in for Phil and the family but I am sure we will make it taking it slowly. The weather is due to break tomorrow so hopefully they will see the Cairngorms in its glory today and find peace after there long journey in the wild and savage beauty of this part of the Cairngorms.
1944 the 14 th of August – The An Lurg Wellington Crash. Grid Ref NJ 048097)
On the 14 August 1944 this aircraft a Vickers Wellington HF816/A of 20 OTU took off from RAF Lossiemouth on a cross – country training Exercise Night navigational Excercise and crashed on the plateau on An Lurg in the Cairngorms 71 years ago (2015) sadly killing all the crew. The remains of the aircraft are spread out on a wild high moorland near Bynack More in the Cairngorms. The Vickers Wellington HF816/A of 20 OTU took off from RAF Lossiemouth for a cross country training exercise (night Navex). However, at 22.30hrs, the aircraft crashed on moorland close to An Lurg Grid a hill due N of Bynack Móre in the remote Cairngorms mountains. It is a seldom visited crash site and if you go please be respectful and leave the wreckage as it is. Thank you.
Sadly all the crew of 6 lost their lives.