Lunchtime Lecture (Midlands): The Impact of the RAF on a Highland Glen
03 October 2024
On Thursday 3rd October 2024 at 12pm, Cameron Paterson will share stories of friendship and tragedy relating to Glen Esk. This lecture will be hosted in-person at our Midlands site and live-streamed via Crowdcast.
Glen Esk is a picturesque and remote Highland Glen in the Northeast of Scotland, and with several nearby RAF bases, has seen much aerial activity since the earliest days of flight, but particularly during the Second World War and the Cold War. Several aircraft were sadly lost in this wild area with the loss of many young lives, primarily during training, and most of these stories have never properly been told. The Glen was also used by several RAF Fighter pilots for both sport and relaxation in the early stages of the Second World War, while they were undergoing the rigours of advanced training, and before they flew South to fight the Battle of Britain.
This lecture centres on 3 tragic events between 1942 & 1963, in which RAF Aircraft crashed in these hills with the loss of 11 lives. It focuses on the events leading up to and beyond these accidents and tells the stories of all the young men involved, including some of those who undertook the rescue and recovery efforts. It also focuses on the impact that all these events had on several of the local inhabitants, and centres on one particular sheep farmer, who developed a remarkable lifelong relationship with both the RAF and the US Marines, despite never having served himself.
The presentation features interview testimony and many photographs, some taken during hiking expeditions to the various sites, all undertaken by the Author.
This hybrid lecture will be hosted in-person at the RAF Museum’s Midlands site in the Lecture Theatre. Attendance in-person is free but registration is required via Digitickets.
To attend virtually, register via Crowdcast.