Ross & Cromarty War Memorials

 

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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.

The whole story can be read, with many pictures here

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"

Fl/Lt Harry Smith Reid DFC (29), Pilot, RAF.
Sgt Ralph Clucas (23), Co-Pilot, RAF. Buried at Kinloss Abbey.
Sgt Robert Strong (27), Navigator, RAF.
Sgt Peter Tennison (26), Air Signals, RAF. Buried at Kinloss Abbey.
Sgt James Naismith (28), Air Signals, RAF. Buried at Kinloss Abbey.
Sgt Wilfred D Beck (19), Air Signals, RAF. Buried at Kinloss Abbey.
Sgt James W Bell (25), Air Signals, RAF. Buried at Kinloss Abbey.
Sgt George Farquhar (29), Flight Engineer, RAF.

 
See Picture Gallery (below) for photos of the plaque.

A similar account, but concerning USAAF airmen, can be found on the Shieldaig pages.

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