Friends talk to focus on aircraft crashes

BOMBER CREW: A picture of the crew from the Liberator bomber that crashed into the Hill of Wirren in 1944.

BOMBER CREW: A picture of the crew from the Liberator bomber that crashed into the Hill of Wirren in 1944.

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THE next feature in the current programme of talks by the Friends of Brechin Town House Museum is scheduled for Wednesday, May 16 at 2 pm.

Entry is free and refreshments are also provided.

The talk will be delivered by Steve Nicoll and is titled Local Aircraft Crashes.

The talk will cover the fascinating and human stories behind the WWII crash sites and explain what happened and how the local community helped with the survivors and ensured that the relatives of those who were killed were kept informed about the fate of their loved ones and how their graves were cared for in Fettercairn and Montrose.

Also included in the illustrated talk will be the tales of German aircraft that crashed locally as well as the more recent crash in 2005 on Mount Keen.

The pilot survived the crash with minor cuts and bruises and managed to alert the authorities by phoning his office in Vienna.

The talk will also include a brief history of RAF Montrose which started life in 1913 and was the first operational airfield in the UK.

Even although the aircraft have long since left Montrose the ghost of a doomed aviator still remains, the story of Lt. Desmond Arthur is compelling.

This is much more than a list of crash sites but an insight into social and local history that tells the story of the people involved.