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Ben Macdui Avro Anson air crash remembered 70 years on

Plaque to those who died in the Avro Anson crash
Image caption A memorial to the five dead men has been built close to the top of the summit

The five men killed in a WWII training flight crash on a north east mountain are being remembered 70 years on.

Much of the wreckage from the Avro Anson air crash, which happened on 21 August 1942, remains on Ben MacDui in the Cairngorms.

There are hundreds of similar sites across Scotland, due to the high number of aircrew who trained for WWII.

All on board the training flight from RAF Kinloss died, including the pilot, Sgt John Llewelyn.

The 24-year-old from Carmarthenshire, already an established pilot, was being trained as a fighter pilot.

Due to the war, only the bodies were recovered and much of the debris from the crash remains intact on the mountain.

'Young lads'

David Whalley, a rescue specialist, said: "There are two Cheetah engines still up here, it was a very powerful aircraft.

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Media captionMuch of the wreckage of an Avro Anso is still on Ben Macdui

"It is amazing that this stuff is still here, incredible in these elements.

"There are literally hundreds of aircraft scattered all over Scotland, they lost so many crew and these were just young lads who had joined the airforce to go to war and had to learn to fly quickly."

A memorial to the five dead men has been built close to the top of the summit.

Geraint Llewelyn, the nephew of the dead pilot, has studied the accident.

He said: "The priority was the front line aircraft so trainee aircraft was used a lot, so they had a lot of accidents.

"John had done about 30 missions but it was this training accident that cost him his life."

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