Tomorrow I hope to visit them Maurader aircraft Crash Accident Site near Achnasheen It was on the 3 rd June 1943 – Beinn na Feusaige (625m / 2,051ft) Hill of the beard.

Tomorrow I hope at long last to be visiting this crash site near Achnasheen. I have not been before and as I am staying nearby at the Jacobite hut I will leave early and hopefully the weather will be kind . Many will know that I am interested in aircraft crash sites in the mountains, this is one site I have not visited yet Maurader aircraft Crash Accident Site: it crashed on the 3 rd June 1943 – Beinn na Feusaige (625m / 2,051ft)

Beinn na Feusaige shows a steep slope to the north of Loch Sgamhain in Glen Carron but is really just an eastern extension of Càrn Breac. Walk Highlands

This crash site is on the hill of Beinn na Feusaige on the road to Achnasheen SW of the A890. A while ago I was sent a letter from a father who lives locally and his young girls are trying to raise some money for a small memorial near the crash site. It is lovely to see that these two young girls are interested in the mountains and want to have the site remembered where the American crew sadly died.

USAAF Martin B-26C Marauder 41-34707 was on a transit flight from the USA via Meeks Field (Keflavík, Iceland) to Prestwick in Scotland. This was a recognised aircraft ferry route, which should have taken the Marauder over Stornoway in the Western Isles. However, for some reason, the aircraft was flying too far East of the prescribed course, and therefore over high ground on the Scottish mainland.

As the Marauder continued on its course through mist and rain, it struck the side of Beinn na Feusaige (625m / 2,051ft) in Glen Carron, near Achnasheen [map] on the NW mainland of Scotland.


The crash site photo Andy Lawson

Accident Site: Beinn na Feusaige (625m / 2,051ft) [map]

Sadly all the airmen died in this accident. The crashed aircraft was destroyed by an ensuing fire.

  • 1st Lt Merritt E Young (26) (O-662715), Pilot, USAAF.
    (Buried, Payne, Paulding County, Ohio, USA.)
  • 2nd Lt Robert A Anderson (O-729949), Bomb Aimer, USAAF.
    (Buried, Madingley Cemetery, Cambridge, UK.)
  • Staff Sgt Vincenzo (Vincent) Bravo (24) (11021367), Flt Engr., USAAF.
    (Buried, Medfield, Massachusetts, USA.)
  • Staff Sgt Marshall R Miller (38111816), Radio Op., USAAF.
    (Buried, Oakwood Cemetery, Austin, Texas, USA.)
  • Master Sgt Lewis M Cross (14069227), Gnr., USAAF.
    (Buried, Madingley Cemetery, Cambridge, UK.)

Aircraft Type Designation: 179 / B-26 (Medium bomber) 

Aircraft Type Nickname: Widow Maker (due to high casualty rate in early models).

This aircraft was designed for the USAAF as a medium bomber. It first flew with that Air Force in 1942 in the SW Pacific. However, early models earned a reputation for difficult handling and landing characteristics. Later, the B-26 Marauder operated with the Ninth Air Force from bases in the UK.

Depending on the variant, the aircraft could be fitted with two 1,400kW (1,900hp) or two 1491kW (2,000hp) Pratt & Whitney Double Wasp R-2800-43 radial engines.

The Marauder had a maximum speed of 460kmh (287mph) at 1,500m (5,000ft), and a service ceiling of 6,400m (21,000ft). Armament consisted of two 0.50 gun in the nose, and also in the waist, dorsal and tail turrets. It had a maximum bomb load of 1,814.37kgs (4,000lbs).

3 Jun 1943 – Accident Site: Beinn na Feusaige (625m / 2,051ft) [map] m

(Glen Carron) Nearest main road: A890

Comments – J Henderson – ” have been to this crash site on my first visit to this hill, but could not find it on a second visit. I think it is SW of the summit and not particularly large. It is a long scorched scar on the hill side with a small amount of metal debris.”

This book aims to give readers access to the tangible remains of hundreds of historic aircraft that still lie at crash sites on the moors and mountains of the British Isles, all of which can be visited. It covers almost 500 selected sites, with emphasis given to those on open access land and including; accurate verified grid references, up-to-date site descriptions and recent photographs. Arranged geographically, the areas covered include:

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Representing the main upland areas of the British Isles, each of these sections is introduced with a brief narrative describing its geographical characteristics and aviation background, discussing the factors and trends lying behind the concentration of losses within each area and noting any especially significant incidents. Individual site entries include precise location details including, where required, additional references for scattered major items of wreckage and any relevant notes to aid finding or interpreting the crash site, together with details of the aircraft, names and fates of those onboard and the circumstances of the loss.

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Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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