Extract from 'A Lucky Evacuee - Edinburgh to Aberlour'
As told on the BBC website WW2 People's War
We too had our aircraft excitement one year as a Wellington bomber returning from Norway crashed into Ben Rinnes south-west of Aberlour. All the crew had bailed out in the five miles before the crash. As they landed in a straight line we deduced that the plane must have only just cleared Ben Aigen at the other end of the bend in the river. I was told later that they had no idea where they were as most of their instruments were not working and they were flying in cloud. The decision to bale out was made in the hope that they had travelled far enough to be over land.
Another time a Lysander made an emergency landing in a field above the village and they had to remove a section of dry stane dyke to give it space for take off. This was the type of plane used to land people in occupied Norway. Cordite recovered from the Wellington's machine gun bullets was popular. In its thread form it could be laid out in patterns to burn initials on the wooden benches in the school's air raid shelters.
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