Our walk this Sunday, 1th of March will take us past the site of the worst WW2 air crash, in terms of loss of life, on Irish soil. 15 of the 19 Allied Air-force crew on board perished. It occurred on the 16th of March 1942, when an American-built B24 bomber on its way from North Africa, to Dorset, England, crashed on Annaloughan in the Cooley Mountains, due to bad weather conditions.
Not all of the bodies were repatriated for burial, the Australians and the New Zealander on board were buried in Belfast City Cemetery and two of the Canadians were interred in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newry.
If you are interested in joining us, on this poignant walk and visit the site then meet us at the Gap O’ the North Pub, Jonesborough at 10 am on Sunday. We will have 2 Groups out both taking in the peaks of Annaloughan and the fantastic view over Dundalk bay. All walkers must have walking boots and a waterproof jacket, bring a packed lunch. Expect to be out on open hillside for 4 hours and in very cold and challenging conditions, so wrap up well, be sure to take an extra layer or two, and take the sticks. As always looking forward to the challenge!