Remembrance Week – The Oxford aircraft on Ben A Bhuird Cairngorms missing for 7 months and the tale of its find and a watch found at the site in 1973 returned to the family.

Ben Avon (1171m, Munro 17)

Beinn a’Bhuird (1197m, Munro 11)

Ben a’ Bhuird is amongst the remotes of the Munros in Scotland and amongst the granite tors of Stob an t-Sluichd there is the remains of an aircraft crash. Beinn a’Bhuird has huge cliffs with a summit on a vast plateau, with a tiny cairn resting there requiring navigation skills in mist. This is a tricky mountain in bad weather. Some large parts of the aircraft remain at the site, including the two engines. More info here

The crew

Squadron Leader Karel Kvapil – Pilot
Flying Officer Leo Linhart – Pilot
Flying Officer Jan Vella – Pilot
Flying Officer Valter Kauders – Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
Warrant Officer Rudolph Jelen – Pilot

On January 10th 1945 this plane went missing. It was located months later by two hill walkers from Elgin. Nearly 30 years later a watch was found on the site and it was eventually returned to the family. Its an incredible tale and well worth reading about this tragedy

In 2005 memorial plaque to the aircrew who were killed in the crash was affixed to a boulder near the site by the local Air Training Core a lovely tribute.
The Oxford

A Vickers Wellington crashed about 1 k from the South top There is a second wreck site on this mountain it was just off the plateau, Bruach Mhor, where the Wellington crashed in October 1940.

Every crash site has its story and these are incredible and must never be lost. “Lest we forget.”

Lots of information here

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 and loves the wild places.
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