On December 21st 1967, XF702, a Royal Air Force
Avro Shackleton MR3 maritime reconnaisance aircraft of 206 Squadron,
based at RAF Kinloss, encountered severe icing conditions in cloud
and subsequently crashed into the hillside below Creag Bhan, above
All thirteen men on board were killed.
The impact scar is still visible on the hillside, a short way off
the Right of Way from Arieniskil to Meoble, at a height of about
700 feet. On May 19th 2007, at the culmination of a
project started by Ken Bowker of the Moidart History Group, and
in the presence of four children and one grand-daughter of the crew,
Derek Straw of the 206 Squadron Association fixed a commemorative
tablet at the scene bearing the 206 Squadron motto - "Nihil
Nos Effugit" - "Nothing escapes us".
On the fiftieth anniversary of the tragedy, 21st
December 2017, John Channon (a past member of 206 Sqdn) organised
a memorial service at the site of the crash, where the cairn was
completely rebuilt by Jimmy MacDonald of Skye in summer 2017. Details
of that day's pilgrimage can
be seen here.
Please respect the site.
Shackleton XF702 - Bruce Mackie