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
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|
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.
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.
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.