Catalina Z2148 Crash Site Memorial

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Reference WMO/272630



Hamnavoe, South Yell, Shetland



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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Roadside
Description: Composite
  • Metal Metal (any)
Lettering: Incised
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: 1) Metal Information Board at the nearest road access 2) Cross at the crash site-9 foot high Celtic cross in stainless steel. About 3 miles from UIsta Ferry Terminal on the B9081 then a rough track. There is a collective gravestone to them at Hamnavoe Church over their mass grave (which is not therefore a war memorial), and a tapestry to them inside the Church- as it has no wording this has not been deemed to be a war memorial in it's own right for WMO purposes
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Information Board- THE CATALINA MEMORIAL/ In the early hours of 19th January 1942 an RAF Catalina of 240 Squadron, Serial No. Z2148, crashed in Arisdale. Three of /the crew survived and seven were killed. Parts of the aircraft, including both engines, can be seen below a/commemorative cross. This was erected and dedicated as a permanent memorial in 1991./ The suggested route to the Memorial follows in the opposite direction to that taken by the survivor who raised the alarm. The route is indicated by marked poles for the 2 mile (3 kilometer) distance over broken heathery terrain./At the South Yell Parish Church of St Magnus, Hamnavoe, are the graves of those who lost their lives. Within the church hangs a tapestry woven by the widow of the pilot./Outside the Old Haa Museum, Burravoe, a plaque mounted below part of a propeller from the Catalina lists members of the crew. A video film and other information about the Catalina and its crew can also be seen at the Old Haa./Please do not remove any parts of the aircraft, as they form part of the memorial to those who lost their lives./Observe the country code./Be equipped and attired for walking in rough country./This information board was prepared by Shetland Amenity Trust with support from the E. C. LEADER 1 programme./


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