Bennachie memorial walk to remember airmen

A short service will be held at the Air Crew Memorial Cairn led by Rev Joshual Mikelson.
A short service will be held at the Air Crew Memorial Cairn led by Rev Joshual Mikelson.

The Bailies of Bennachie are holding a memorial walk on Sunday, September 1, to remember three airmen who died in two crashes on the Bennachie range.

The walk will leave the Bennachie Visitor Centre at 1pm and continue to the Air Crew Memorial Cairn, where a short service will take place led by Rev Joshua Mikelson. David Fraser of the Kintore Pipe Band will be piping traditional music and three crosses will be laid.

The walk is being led by Ann Baillie, a trustee of the Bailies of Bennachie, and John Nicol from the Bennachie Centre Trust.

Ann said: “We thought it appropriate to mark the 80th anniversary of the first crash on Bennachie.

“A Westland Wallace biplane crashed on September 3, 1939, and killed the two RAF airmen who were the first allied casualties of the Second World War.

“The walk will pass near the wreckage. .

“The second crash on February 12, 1952, in which one man died, involved a Gloster Meteor Jet.

“In 2012 a memorial cairn was built to honour the men who were killed in the crashes,” she added.

The walk will take around four hours, just over six-and-a-half miles, and invovles some walking over heather.

To participate go to publications@bailiesofbennachie.co.uk

Additionally, there is a small exhibition at the Bennachie Centre, illustrating the story of the events.

This includes a selection of artwork and one of the paintings on view ‘Bennachie Harvest’ has been donated by the family of the late former RAF pilot, David Wright, to raise money for three charities - the RAF Benevolent Fund, The Bailies of Bennachie and the Bennachie Centre Trust.

Bids start at £150 in a silent auction. To bid go to publications@bailiesofbennachie.co.uk by September 3.