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Peak District Air Accident Research

Peak District Air Accident Research

Peak District Air Accident Research

Consolidated Liberator (LB-30A) AM261 of the Atlantic Return Ferry Organisation, flew into Mullach Buidhe north of Goat Fell on the Isle of Arran on the 10th August 1941  

 

Consolidated Liberator at the RAF Museum

Photo: Mark Sheldon

 

Crew / Passengers Rank - If Applicable Service Position e.g. Pilot Status
Ernest Robert Bristow White Captain BOAC Pilot Killed
Francis Delaforce Bradbrooke Captain ATA Co-pilot Killed
James Josiah Anderson Captain RAFFC Passenger Killed
Ralph Bruce Brammer Radio Officer RAFFC Passenger Killed
John Beatty Drake Radio Officer RAFFC Passenger Killed
Daniel Joseph Duggan Captain RAFFC Passenger Killed
Henry Samuel Green Radio Officer BOAC Passenger Killed
George Thomas Harris Captain RAFFC Passenger Killed
Hoyt Ralph Judy Captain RAFFC Passenger Killed
Wilfrid Groves Kennedy Radio Officer RAFFC Passenger Killed
Watt Miller King Captain RAFFC Passenger Killed
George Laing Radio Officer RAFFC Passenger Killed
William Kenneth Marks Radio Officer RAFFC Passenger Killed
Hugh Cameron McIntosh Radio Officer RAFFC Passenger Killed
Albert Alexander Oliver Radio Officer ATA Passenger Killed
George Herburt Powell Radio Officer ATA Passenger Killed
John Evan Price Captain RAFFC Passenger Killed
Herbert David Rees Radio Officer ATA Passenger Killed
Ernest George Reeves Flight Engineer RAFFC Passenger Killed
John James Rouleston First Officer RAFFC Passenger Killed
Harold Clifford Wesley Smith Captain RAFFC Passenger Killed
Jack Wixen Captain RAFFC Passenger Killed

 

The aircraft had take off from Heathfield (Ayr) to fly to Gander in eastern Canada with ferry crews onboard with the intention of those crews ferrying new aircraft back across the Atlantic.  Shortly after take off the aircraft entered cloud and flew into Mullach Buidhe near the head of Coire Lan. The flight crews onboard were from Royal Air Force Ferry Command, Air Transport Auxiliary and British Overseas Airways Corperation. All 22 of the crew and passengers perished in the crash making it the worst crash on Arran. This aircraft had been used less than two weeks earlier to fly the Duke of Kent across the Atlantic, the first such time a member of the royal family had crossed the Atlantic by air.

 

Impact point of Consolidated LB-30A Liberator AM261 on Mullach Buidhe near Goat Fell on the Isle of Arran

Above is an overview of the crash site very little is left of the aircraft now, in the gravel on the right of the photo are a few tiny burnt fragments.

 

Pieces of Wreckage at the crash site of Consolidated LB-30A Liberator AM261 on Mullach Buidhe, Goat Fell

Above are the largest remaining parts that I found from AM261, they were underneath a rock near the crash site.

 

All but one of the crew and passengers were buried on the island, the one who wasn't, Radio Officer Henry Green, was buried at Brookwood Military Cemetery in Surrey.

 

 

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