Material for memorial in Scotland flown in by RAF
17 April 2013
The Royal Air Force has helped out the Commonwealth War Graves
Commission by flying in materials to one of the most
remote war graves in the United Kingdom in preparation for the
arrival of a granite memorial.
On 13 April 1941 an RAF Anson bomber crashed in the
Scottish Highlands while on a training mission. The six crewmembers
died as a consequence and were buried at the crash
site by local police.
The remoteness of the grave explains why the six airmen have
what the Commission calls an alternative commemoration. In 1941 it
was decided to bury them at the crash site, but the Commission
could not guarantee to commemorate them there.
The crash site is marked by a cairn, and the Commission is
concerned to preserve the integrity of the grave, so it has been
agreed that a granite stone - weighing six hundred kilograms - will
be inscribed and placed over the airmen's last resting place. The
cairn or site is a 3hr walk up into remote location near hamlet of
Inchnadamph 20 miles north of Ullapool. The only practical way is
to use a helicopter.
The memorial is to be lifted into place by an RAF Chinook
helicopter from 18 Squadron who are based at RAF
Odiham. The photo shows a Chinook that took an
under-slung load of kit up to the site last week. 18 Squadron is
supported by Joint Helicopter Support Squadron who rigged the load
and received it. The actual memorial will be placed sometime