This crash is well known to many Mountaineers as the crash site is the impressive Triple Buttress of Beinn Eighe in Torridon on the West Coast of Scotland. It changed the face of RAF Mountain Rescue and many lessons were learned. I have written on this subject in many occasions on this blog.
The aircraft is spread all over the cliff and much of it is still in the aptly named Fuselage gully where one propeller is jammed in the gully and you have to climb over it. The Lancaster had 4 propellers one was near the summit ridge and it was decided to move it in the early 80’s .
The propeller was moved from the summit gully manually a huge task and transported by Seaking to RAF Kinloss in the early 80’s. This was a massive undertaking and the brain child of two instructors from Outdoor Activities Centre Grantown On Spey Tom Jones and Jim Morning. The man power was an Officer Training Course at the Centre that must have been hard work, Tom Jones said it was not an easy task. It was eventually placed outside the old Team Headquarters by Eric Hughes and the RAF Kinloss Mountain Rescue Team and remained there for many years. The Team helped and they built it to last at the old Team Headquarters as it had some support of cement and boulders, to keep it in place. In 2004 until the new purpose-built centre or the Old RAF Kinloss Team was built. The Memorial was moved again to the new HQ . That was an epic as I was at the ARCC on the day a Saturday they had to move it it was part of the contract and took some effort including a digger , I was laughing as they had an epic. Eric and the boys put it there to last. Where is it now I have it on good authority from the main man”Simon Moore” that it has moved to RAF Lossiemouth to the new team HQ.
Every year I take a relative to the crash site high on the mountain, he wants to visit the new memorial but when he asked to see it at RAF Lossiemouth it drew a blank.
The memorial means a lot it would be good to see it in a place where people can share the sad tale of the loss of the Lancaster on Beinn Eighe?