47 Air Despatch Squadron Royal Logistic Corps

7 May 1993
L/Cpl Bernard Manning
Hercules XV193 was on a low-level navigation exercise with two other Hercules aircraft over Scotland. Following the exercise XV1193 separated for a solo exercise involving a simulated air-drop in Glen Tilt, a couple of miles north of Blair Atholl. On completion of the exercise the aircraft turned to exit the glen. During the exit, at low speed and low level, the aircraft stalled and crashed. All nine occupants of XV193 died in the crash.

Hansard 16 June 1993.

Crash site on Google Earth

Crash Site Photographs

I'm indebted to Martin Whitbread for permission to use these photos.

Photo of the MOD Crash Summary

4 August 1994
Pte Christopher Game
Christopher Game was killed on South Cerney DZ by a low flying Hercules. He was on DZ party and was standing on the roof of a HIAB truck, when he was struck by the ramp of Hercules XP186, piloted by Sqn Ldr Michael Morison, which was making a very low pass. The Hercules had completed its drop, and in time-honoured fashion was ‘beating-up’ the DZ.

News Report in the Independent.

Sqn Ldr Michael Morison was charged with manslaughter and stood trial at Bristol Crown Court. He was cleared of the charge, but lost his Commission.

Roll of Honour