70th anniversary of plane crash

World War Two crash.
World War Two crash.

Friday, August 3 marked the 70th anniversary of a notable incident in the 117 year history of Edzell Golf Club.

On August 3 1942, a twin engine Airspeed Oxford, piloted by Harry Yates, was forced into an emergency landing during a training flight from Montrose.

Mr Yates was taking a flying instructors course when he ran into trouble.

Having visited the club in the company of two Australian colleagues, he was familiar with the terrain and managed to bring the aircraft down safely on the old practice area between the 16th and 12th fairways on the Old Course.

Although Mr Yates passed away in 2011, at the age of 90, he noted at the time the warmth of the welcome, emphasising the friendship and hospitality he received from club members and staff.

Then and on subsequent visits, he wrote that ‘despite rationing, the manageress never failed to spoil us with ham and eggs, plus all the trimmings’!

An aerial photo of the course, dated 1946, is attached, showing how the lack of trees at that time made the landing possible.