Airspeed Oxford Mk.I T1287 of No.4 Air Observer School flew into Shalloch on Minnoch on the 10th October 1941
|Edward O’Grady||Sergeant||Observer (u/t)||Killed|
|Thomas Norman McConnell||Leading Aircraftman||Observer (u/t)||Killed|
On the 10th October 1941 Oxford T1287 was being used for a training flight from RAF West Freugh near to Stranraer. There were two trainee Observers onboard the aircraft with a staff pilot flying the aircraft. West Freugh lies to the south west of the mountains of Dumfries & Galloway and it was into one of those that mountains that the aircraft crashed.
Shalloch on Minnoch is at the northern end of a range known as the Awful Hand, and just into South Ayrshire, which rises to between 2,000 and 2,800 feet above sea level. It was while flying at just over 2,000 feet that the aircraft struck the western spur of Shalloch on Minnoch a few hundred feet below the summit.
The three crew of the aircraft were killed in the crash, their bodies being recovered by personnel from RAF West Freugh. Sergeant O’Grady was buried at Stonykirk.