Arctic Convoy veterans to gather at Loch Ewe

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Veterans of the Second World War’s Russian Arctic Convoys are to gather today for a reunion at Loch Ewe where many of the supply missions sailed from.

Between 1941 and 1945, Arctic convoy crews worked to keep supplies, weapons and ammunition flowing through German blockades to Britain’s ally, the Soviet Union, in Operation Dervish. Recently, the Ministry of Defence awarded a medal, the Arctic Star, belatedly recognising their bravery.

More than 40 veterans, all of whom are about 90 years old, are due to gather at Loch Ewe today. Some have not been back to the sea loch in Wester Ross since the end of the war.

The Russian Arctic Convoy Museum, at Aultbea, has organised the reunion as part of its Arctic Convoys Week, which will run until Saturday.