Crash site of an RAF Venom

Place: Jebel Akhdar (Green Mountain)
4×4 only, Steep, hairpin turns

A search of Hero… Owen Watkinson

The Buraimi and Jebel Akhdar war between 1952-1959

The venom fighter jet engine displays the turbine (rear of engine) and one combustion chamber at Al Ain village, near Saiq.

It’s all begun over the border at Al Ain in Buraimi, during that time it was wrongly thought of as oil reserves. During August 1952, Saudi Arabian forces occupied the town, to which Saudi tribes had laid claim since at least the 19th century. In 1955, after a long stand-off between the Saudis and the British-led Oman army, they both lost patience.

Owen Watkinson, a young British fighter pilot took off from RAF Sharjah at the controls of his Venom fighter-bomber during his twenties. His mission was part of Operation Black Magic, the protracted air blockade of rebel strongholds on top of Jebel Akhdar, the Green Mountain, in the heart of Oman.

Owen Watkinson has ended his life in the Green Mountain and his body was buried under a pile of rocks immediately after the crash by local people.

The role of the Venom fighter-bomber in the Jebel Akhdar conflict

The crash site is now bisected by a tarmac road and most of the parts are not exist.

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