John Duff, a local Braemar resident, has provided additional, albeit brief, information relating to the aircraft crash at Bruach Mhor (referred to by Linzee Druce in her presentation of Jan Vella DFC).
Many years ago, John had spoken to a certain Sandy McDonald (Sinny Bynack) who had played a major part in locating the aircraft crash site. Sinny related his part in the incident whilst employed as a keeper on the Quioch beat, staying at the Knock, and whilst he did not make much of his part, he was extremely proud to have received a letter of thanks from the Group Captain, Officer Commanding, RAF Dyce.
In those days, prior to organised rescue teams, it was always police practice for the local bobby to recruit the keeper on whose beat an incident happened, and to act as a guide for the rescue party.
On this particular occasion, one of the survivors managed to make his way in the darkness to Allanquoich and hammered on a door there. He had of course no idea where the crash had taken place, but thought it was near a farm, because he could hear cattle (in fact it was rutting stags they had heard, and they were miles from the nearest cattle). The folk at the house managed to get some idea of his route off the hill, and Sinny was routed out of bed to guide a successful 'Search and Rescue' (SAR) party (currently, the SAR of any such aircraft incident would be co-ordinated from the UK Aeronautical Rescue Co-ordination Centre (UKARCC) RAF Kinloss, Moray)).
Further information on Sinny Bynack can be found on the 'Braemar Local Residents' page.
John advises that the avalanche of 1964 happened quite a short distance below to the crash site, and there were various oxygen bottles and other debris in the burn where the avalanche happened.
The letter Sinny Bynack received from OC RAF Dyce.