The Little known RAF Mountain Rescue Service – 1946 from the Illustrated London News.

Many thanks to Dave Earl for this look at the past, thanks Dave.

 These were from the early days of Mountain Rescue when the Police,locals did any rescues that occurred in the mountain areas often assisted by the Clubs, Climbers, walkers and the RAF Mountain Rescue Teams that were located throughout the UK. In these early days of Mountain Rescue few would believe what has developed since these early days.

To me this is  magic “boys own Mountain Rescue. These teams were heavily involved in the early days of Mountain Rescue.

The RAF Kinloss MRT Call Outs – 1944 – 1949

No 1-1/44 15 /8/ 44 Creag Riabhach Short Sunderland DP197. Recalled to base at Alness due to weather. 15 killed. GR 15/936117
No 2-2/44 31/08/44 Monadhliaths – 35/730110
37/7251106 Lancaster Crash. PD259-463 Sqn. Mid air break up returning from ops over Konigsberg. Waddington Aircraft. 7 Killed.

No 3-3/44 15-16/12/44 Beinn nan Coreag
6 miles NW of Berridale GR 17/037293 Fairey Barracuda MX691-814 Sqn. Crashed on night navex from Fearn. 3 Killed.
Total: Call Outs 1944 -3 Aircraft Crashes 3 Rescued- 25 (Fatal-25)

No 4-1/45 10/01/45 Beinn A Bhuird GR 36/112025 Airspeed Oxford PH404 311 Sqn.Wreck found by climbers. 5 killed, 3 months after incident. Casualties evacuated by team.
No 5-2/45 31/01/45 Near Loch Ruard GR 11/142448 B17 FL455 519 Sqn. Crashed when returning to RAF Wick whilst returning from met flight. 5 killed, 3 survived. Wick MRT involved.
No 6-3/45 03/03/45 Beinn Edra, Skye GR23/456630 Boeing B17 crash. Large crash site in steep gully. Worth a visit 10 killed.
No 7-4/45 26/03/45 Braeriach GR 36/963003 Bristol Blenheim Z7356 526 Sqn. Descended too soon and crashed at beleach on Stron na Larig. 3 killed.
No 8-5/45 13/06/45 Nr Gairloch GR 19/807711 B24 Liberator 44BG. Flying Prestwick to Iceland and crashed at Fairy Loch memorial on site. 16 Killed.
Total: Call Outs-5 Aircraft Crashes 5 Recovered-42 (Fatal) 39

No Information for 1946

No 9-1/47 19/06/47 Isle of Jura
. GR 61/496745 Fairy Barracuda. 1x fatal.
No 10-2/47 21-25/12/47 Ben Nevis
41/170718 Missing Army officer. Found 7 years later, by shepherd 300yds from Carn Dearg, nr NE Buttress.
11-3/47 Culbin Forest Missing WRAF- Found SAW
12-4/47 Isle of Mull Missing aircraft 1947/48. No details yet
Total 1947 Call Outs 4 Military Aircraft Crashes 2. Mountaineering 1 Recovered 3 Fatal 2 Mil Non Ac 1


13- 1/48 07/06/48 Carbrach
GR 37/433216 Hudson aircraft crash. Clova Hill. 8 casualties.
14-2/48 21/06/48 Stonehaven B25 Mitchell aircraft crash. 5 fatal.
1948 Total: 2 Recovered 13 (Fatal-13) Aircraft crashes: 2

RAF MRT Badge worn with great pride.

15-1/49 7/01/49 Succoth Glen GR 56/161022 Boeing B29 SH44-622276-301st BG. Scampton-Keflavick. Crashed at. 20 killed. Lots of interest on this incident as the aircraft may have been carrying German rocket scientists, going to Germany.

RAF Kinloss Early days Loch Morlich

16-2/49 12/02/49 Raeburns Gully Lochnagar
44/252858 2 people avalanched and rescued alive. First call out for John Hinde.
17-3/49 16/05/49 Meikle Pap Lochnagar Fairey Firefly crash. Z2108. 766 Sqn –RNAS Lossiemouth. 2 fatalities.
18-4/49 03/10/49 Glencoe Fallen Climber. 1 fatal.
19-5/49 15/10/49 Kinlochleven Missing walker. 1 fatal
1949 Total Call Outs: 5 Military Aircraft Crashes 2. Recovered 26 (22 fatalities) Mountaineering 2 fatal 2 rescued.
Total Call – outs 1944-1949 = 19


The Bible for the RAF MRT produced in 1951.

About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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