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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 in July.