This has been a busy time of year for visiting some of the many aircraft
crashes on the Mountains, two weeks ago I was in Skye a
t the American F111 crash site on Sgur Na Stri. Next week I was up at the Anson Crash near Ben More Assynt with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission checking on the new memorial. This Sunday I am taking a relative Geoff up to the Beinn Eighe Crash below the Triple Buttress. One of the team from 1951 has been a special pal for many years Joss Gosling he was a National Serviceman in the Kinloss team at the time of the crash. He gave me some of his photos of the incident and a great insight into this incident. Hopefully Joss Gosling who is now a sprightly 88 this Saturday will be thinking of us when we visit. His daughter and her husband will visit with me hopefully the weather will hold. They have never been before and I know Joss will be proud of Heather and that after hearing the tales by her Dad for many years she will see where her as a very young man was all those years ago was. This is an impressive place at any time but this Sunday it will be special.
Joss thankfully took many photos of the team at the crash site and the conditions they were in it was a heavy winter. It gives an idea of how difficult things were at the time, the Loch is frozen over completely with feet of ice. When you see the simple gear they had and training this was during National Service when team member’s were about for 18 months. This was a big incident for the RAF Mountain Rescue and huge lessons were learned for the future out of this tragedy. It had a huge effect on Joss and when he speak about it he speaks with such compassion and humility for all that occurred that winter. It took months to recover all the casualties and the team revisited the mountain regularly.
“We follow in the footsteps of giants”
Anyone else about for Sunday ?