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Avon Head

Avon Head represents an area of wetland which is the source of the Avon Water on the boundary separating South Lanarkshire and East Ayrshire, between Distinkhorn and Wedder Hill. The boundary represents a watershed, with the Avon Water issuing to the northeast and the Burn o' Need flowing in the opposite direction. A spring at Avonhead Well lies nearby, while a quarter-mile (0.5 km) to the east is the crash site of a US Air Force Douglas B-26 Invader aircraft which came down on 13th August 1956 killing its crew of two; the pilot Edgar Joseph Flanagan and navigator Wayne Archer Taylor. The aircraft bore French markings as it was about to be loaned by the Americans to France for operations in Vietnam. Some wreckage is still visible, including an engine, tyre and sections of fuselage (2015).


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