August Walk

Our next walk is planned for Friday 25th August to the Fairey Firefly crash site on Blaeloch Hill between Largs and Dalry. Details to follow.

Fairey Firefly Mk.1 DT977 “4A” of 1770 Squadron, FAA RN (Fleet Air Arm Royal Navy). Written off (destroyed) 26/10/1944 when crashed on the 1,300 feet Blaeloch Hill, Largs, East of Fairlie, North Ayrshire 

During the morning of the 26th October 1944 the Sub Lts Fairclough and King were on a radio navigation training exercise from RNAS Ayr (HMS Wagtail) before embarking on HMS Indefatigable when their aircraft struck the eastern side of 1,300ft high Blaeloch Hill, which is to the east of Fairlie in North Ayrshire, a short way below the summit and completely disintegrated. 

The aircraft was presumed to have been lost in the Firth of Clyde due to their exercise area being around Ailsa Craig and it was not until nearly three weeks after the crash that the remains of the aircraft and its two crew were discovered on Blaeloch Hill.  Source: ASN