MORAY CRASH SITES involving second world war aircraft are to be studied as part of a project for Air Cadets from throughout the Highlands.
Members of 446 Squadron of the Air Training Corps (ATC), which has its base in Forres, are being set a challenge of locating and studying sites throughout Moray and the Highlands were military aircraft are known to have crashed during the 1939-1945 conflict.
The idea is part of ‘Project Challenge’, designed to celebrate the long association between the ATC and the Royal Air Force. Behind the challenge is Steve Ferrett, who is a civilian instructor with 446 Squadron.
Steve said: “The histories of both the ATC and of the Royal Air Force have many intrinsic similarities – teamwork, comradery, dedication to the values of their organisations and of course to memories, these are to mention just a few.
“The memories of those who fought for our freedom is one of the core elements that are taught to and celebrated throughout the ATC. As a celebration of this fact, 446 Squadron Air Training Corps will be taking part in a ‘Project Challenge’ over the coming months.”
Under the challenge the young ATC members will identify the RAF or Allied air force units who were based in the region, gain a sense of the work that was undertaken and chart historical events connected with their presence.
Steve said: “Many brave crews died whilst joining the fight to defend us, or, were sadly lost when returning home to Highland bases after a sortie.
“This project requires that they identify a number of RAF aircraft crash sites – their location, the aircraft involved, and the brave RAF or Allied crews flying the missions. They will explore and chart the historical stories of events with visits to the actual sites if possible.
“For this they will use maps, pictures, film and other media to build a story of what happened and as a celebration of the sacrifices made by all involved.”
Any group or individual who has information that may be of assistance to the ATC for their project is asked to contact Steve on 07710 058103.