Eight RAF airmen lost their lives, on 13th March 1951, when their Lancaster crashed into the top of a Ben Eighe peak, just 15 feet short of clearing the summit of the 3310 foot (1010m) mountain, picture above. They had left Kinloss at 1800 hours on a maritime reconnaisance mission when they flew into 'atrocious and freezing weather together with a strong N'Easterly wind'. Their names are listed below. |
Recovering the bodies took months, solved, eventually, by Marine Commandos. This prompted the setting up of RAF Mountain Rescue Teams.
One picture there shows a plaque with the words -
"In memory of the eight crew members
of Lancaster TX264
which crashed at this site in the
early hours of
14 March 1951"
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