Arran and Newfoundland Connections

March 21, 2018

This receipt has some significant history attached to it and it'll be part of my "mission" to ensure that a copy of it gets to the Air Museum in Gander, Newfoundland. It was in a wallet with other papers, owned by Herbert Rees of Wales. He was in the air force. The plane he was in crashed on August 10th 1941, near to Goatfell on the Isle of Arran, just a few miles from my house. The Liberator, AM261, was en route to Gander with 22 people on board, all air force personnel who died in the accident, as part of the Ferry Command services during WW2. They are all (but one) buried on Arran. To think that this, and other papers I've been loaned today, were in that fateful crash is really something. I am indebted to Arran Heritage Museum in allowing me to copy these items and I'll feature more about the incident on my travels, I hope. Sadly, the Queen's Hotel in Montreal is no longer there.

 

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