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Interview with Bill Grant of Dornoch 'Their Past Your Future'
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Interview with Bill Grant of Dornoch 'Their Past Your Future'

Frist of a pair of compact discs of the audio recording of an interview with Bill Grant in which he recounts his memories of childhood evacuation from Glasgow to Dornoch. The recording was part of the 'Their Past Your Future' project which culminated in an exhibition at Inverness Museum in April 2010.

[In this clip Bill Grant recalls an RAF aircraft crashing near Dornoch]

Picture added on 02 May 2010
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I am collating details of all accidents involving Miles Martinet aircraft. For your information I have detailed below my file notes for the loss of HN939: I have adjusted my notes to incorporate the detail provided in Bill Grant's recording.

HN939 P & Powis 1690/ C 23 (c) Mercury XXX 18.10.42 33 M.U., Lynham; 07.11.42 4 A.G.S., Morpeth; 17.05.43 8 A.G.S., Evanton; 26.09.43 Flying Accident Cat E2 damage 8 A.G.S., Evanton, aircraft crashed into low wall after bellylanding in field following engine failure at low altitude. Aircraft caught fire and burnt out, Dornoch Sutherland. Pilot Flying Office MORRIS, Thomas Charles (47701) D.F.C. Killed, T.T.O. Corporal SOMERVILLE, William (626169) killed. Accident time 09.45, Duty: Target Towing. F/O Morris was admitted to Golspie hospital dangerously ill from multiple injuries and burns and unfortunately died of his injuries on 27th September 1943. On the 28th September Wing Commander POTTER arrived at R.A.F. Evanton to investigate the accident. Mr Bill Grant, an eye witness remembers hearing the engine running roughly then cut out all together, the pilot attempted a forced landing but hit the high spots in the ground, bounced up again just missed the farm house gable end banked to the left and crashed through a stone dyke wall into trees and caught fire; 04.10.43 S.O.C.


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