Fairey Firefly F.R. Mk.I DT977 / 4A of No.1770 Sqn, Royal Navy, crashed on Blaeloch Hill on the 26th October 1944
|Crew / Passengers||Rank - If Applicable||Position e.g. Pilot||Status|
|James Henry Fairclough||Sub-Lieutenant||Pilot||Killed|
|Anthony John King||Sub-Lieutenant||Observer||Killed|
The crew were on a radio navigation training exercise from RNAS Ayr (HMS Wagtail) when their aircraft struck the eastern side of 1,300ft high Blaeloch Hill, which is to the east of Fairlie in North Ayrshire, a short way below the summit and completely disintegrated.
Lying in a ditch to the west of the main site is the aircraft Rolls Royce Griffon engine.
The main site is marked by a crater on the side of the hill, this contains many very badly damaged parts from the aircraft.
One of the largest parts is the remains of one of the wings, the other is also present but is broken into several pieces.
Close by is one of the main undercarriage legs.
This photograph shows the propeller hub, this aircraft had a three bladed wooden propeller rather than the later four bladed type.
The piece to the right is part of the mechanism from within the wings for lowering and raising the flaps.
In the main crater is one panel which still carries the aircraft's serial umber stencilled on it.
Looking SW across the site from the opposite hilltop, with the crater clearly visible, the engine lies to the right and is only just visible as two dots.
In the background are some of the hills on the Isle of Arran.
Sub Lieutenant Fairclough was buried at Ringley St Saviour churchyard near Bolton, his Observer is buried in Cambridgeshire.