Hudson AM883 - Clova Hill
Hudson AM883 UL-N 608 Squadron
On 16th November 1941, Hudson AM883 UL-N of 608 Squadron took off at 1708 hours from RAF Thornaby on a Stand Patrol (Stavanger to Kristiansand). At 2055 the aircraft was diverted to Kinloss but owing to bad weather it flew into high ground on Clova Hill near Lumsden in Aberdeenshire at 2235.
Three of the four crew onboard were killed in the crash.
Flight Sergeant Reginald Charles WOOD (520647) RAF - Pilot
Flight Sergeant Robert John NEVILLE (905772) RAFVR - W/op A/G
Flight Sergeant L J PAIN (755726) RAFVR - A/G
The fourth, Sgt P J Sheridan, survived and although injured managed to make his way down the hill where he sought help at a cottage on the Clova Estate. It is believed that Sgt Sheridan was a Canadian.
I first visited the site in February 2008 with Morten, but due to snow cover we were unable to locate the exact area of the crash. A further visit in May 2008 with Kjell & Morten proved more fruitful. Little remains on the hill today, the aircraft was blown up by the recovery team and the debris buried on the hillside.
As well as commemorating the airmen lost, this page is dedicated to the memory of Dick Milne.