Thank You and Good Night  by jamibann

Thank You and Good Night

On our third Munro on Saturday (Carn An Sagairt Mòr), we walked over the north side of the top to see the aircraft debris, dating from 1956, which we knew was scattered around. We found various pieces, including this one, and a large section of wing. On returning home, I found this information on the Walk Highlands website :

'On the 22nd of November 1956 at 18:02, Canberra B.2 WJ615 (from No.35 Squadron RAF) took off from RAF base in Upwood having been approved for Diversion Practice Training. The plane departed for Kinloss in good weather conditions and good forecast for the whole time of the journey. On board were two crewmen: Flying Officer A.A. Redman (Pilot) and Flying Officer A.A. Mansell (Navigator). At 19.00 the aircraft made radio contact with the base in Kinloss, followed by a standard Controlled Descent through Clouds procedure (QGH1) from 25,000ft (7600m). The Canberra then made a visual circuit and an overshoot of runway 26 was carried out.

At 19.21 hours the plane climbed away from an overshoot height (300ft) as it was reported by Kinloss Air Traffic Control. They contacted the crew and gave them two regional pressure settings. The pilot, FO Redman, answered: "Thank you. Good night."

It was the last message received from the Canberra.

The plane was then seen gaining height for its return to Upwood. At about 19.30 several witnesses in the area of Braemar heard the noise of jet engines as the plane passed over the area. They described it as flying "at an unusually low altitude" though the engines sounded normal... Why was the Canberra flying so low, has never been determined.

Only a few minutes later the witness saw a flash of light. The plane struck the high slopes of the nearby mountain, Carn an Sagairt Mòr.'

Both airmen died. What a sad story.
Very sad story!!
November 30th, 2020  
Very sad, but a good shot and a good yarn - from Canberra !
November 30th, 2020  
Interesting...
November 30th, 2020  
Very sad story, nice capture and reminder
November 30th, 2020  
Oh what a sad tale.
November 30th, 2020  
Bep
Must be sad to see the debris...
November 30th, 2020  
Unbelievably sad story. The photo is a sad reminder in the absolute beauty if the area!
November 30th, 2020  
An absolutely fascinating and sorrowful account. Very respectful tribute.
November 30th, 2020  
Wow have they left it there as a memorial ? Love that you looked it up and shared the story.
November 30th, 2020  
Great picture and interesting story - thanks
November 30th, 2020  
A very sad story, which reminded me of my mams first husband who crashed into a mountain in the fog in Scotland during WW2.
November 30th, 2020  
Oh my goodness! Sad 😔. I’m surprised that the debris is still there. I can’t believe you were this close to it. Amazing
November 30th, 2020  
how bizarre it would feel to find this and realise it was the death of actual real people
November 30th, 2020  
So very sad to read this... such a waste of two lives & you can only imagine the terror those two guys went through. It must have been a sad sight looking at that wreckage.
November 30th, 2020  
Very sad story!
December 1st, 2020  
That is a sad story- and I think it's even sadder when you can't resolve what happened and why. I guess they have left the debris there as a memorial of sorts- but at 64 years it's pretty amazing no one has carted most of it away. Good shot.
December 1st, 2020  
Wonderfully captured and composed, great detail and dof
December 1st, 2020  
A chilling story, a chilly view and sad to look at the rubble that still remains.
December 1st, 2020  
@lesip @jb030958 We were also surprised to see the debris still there, even though we knew it was. It's literally scattered everywhere. It is surprising that no-one's decided to remove it - although I'm sure some bits will have been taken away. Although you'd need to really want to - it would involve a major effort from that location! No memorial there, although perhaps it's considered to be a 'natural' memorial.
December 1st, 2020  
@craftymeg Oh, dear, that is another very sad story, and so very close to home for you. :-(
December 1st, 2020  
Very sad story!
December 1st, 2020  
What a sad but fascinating story - I'm glad that the debris has been left in place as a monument to them.
December 1st, 2020  
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