Thinking of those who lost loved ones on the isle of Harris Shackleton crash on this day in 30 April 1990. Also all those involved in the recovery of the crew .

On 30 April 1990, a Royal Air Force Avro Shackleton AEW Mk II aircraft, of No. 8 Squadron RAF, based at RAF Lossiemouth, crashed into a hill on the Isle of Harris.

This crash effected many and will bring memories of a sad event my thoughts are with the families and relatives whose lives were changed after this event. Also for the superb help we received from all the local folk. There kindness to the RAF Kinloss Tram will not be forgotten.

The crew :

Wing Commander Stephen Roncoroni

Wing Commander Chas Wrighton

Flying Officer Colin Burns

Squadron Leader Jerry Lane

Flight Lieutenant Al Campbell

Flight Lieutenant Keith Forbes

 Master Air Electronics Operator Roger Scutt

 Flight Sergeant Rick Ricketts

Sergeant Graham Miller

Corporal Stuart Bolton

The view from the crash site.

From Don MacLean “There was a memorial service yesterday at Northton,organised by Harris Voluntary Service and others outdoors.
Was a grim day weather wise ,we remembered all crew and read their names out and all those who attended the scene and helped in the community also.
I opened the service and said a few words re crew in regards they were somebody’s son ,father ,brother and they will never be forgotten etc and that to many yesterday is as raw as 32 years ago.
RIP all on board WR965 ,may blue skies always be yours.”

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 when body slows, loves the wild places.
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10 Responses to Thinking of those who lost loved ones on the isle of Harris Shackleton crash on this day in 30 April 1990. Also all those involved in the recovery of the crew .

  1. former393atccadet says:

    We will remember them for their friendship and service. God bless them all.

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  2. John Griffiths says:

    Sadly I remember it well. My first week as District Controller of HM Coastguard Stornoway District. I was there with the local CG rescue team. Also, later, very moving when all were flown out of Stornoway Airport

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  3. Don Maclean says:

    There was a memorial service yesterday at Northton,organised by Harris Voluntary Service and others outdoors.
    Was a grim day weather wise ,we remembered all crew and read their names out and all those who attended the scene and helped in the community also.
    I opened the service and said a few words re crew in regards they were somebody’s son ,father ,brother and they will never be forgotten etc and that to many yesterday is as raw as 32 years ago.
    RIP all on board WR965 ,may blue skies always be yours.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Chris McQuigg says:

    Thank you for everything you did at that sad time & since to keep this tragic incident in the public domain.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Jeremy Lane says:

    Such a beautiful and poignant place.
    Thank you for the work you did on that grim day, must have been very difficult.
    All the best.

    Liked by 1 person

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