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Update (7 July 2017)


RAF Consolidated Catalina Z2148


Crash at Arisdale, Yell, Shetland Isles.


(More photos added. Kindly provided by Des Blenkinsopp.)



Update (16 June 2017)


USAAF Consolidated B-24D Liberator 42-72851


Crash at North (Ben) Lee Lochmaddy, North Uist, Outer Hebrides, in 1943.


(Crash site photos added. Kindly provided by Anne Hockings.)



Update (24 Feb 2017)


NSA Spartan Cruiser G-ACYK


Crash at Hill of Stake North Ayrshire / Renfrewshire boundary, in 1938.


(Pre-accident photos added. Kindly provided by Ron Geesin.)










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Sumburgh Airport Memorial, Sumburgh, Shetland Isles. Dedicated to those who lost their lives in five oil related aircraft accidents based at or operating from Sumburgh Airport.
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RAF Memorial on Isle of Hirta, St Kilda, in the Outer Hebrides. (With photos kindly provided by Iain.)

RAF 58 OTU Memorial unveiling ceremony at Grangemouth in 2008.

Service of Dedication Ceremony and the Unveiling of Spitfire X4859 that took place at (the former) RAF Grangemouth in Stirlingshire, on Thursday 9 May 2013.

Wing Commander D. B. C. Walker (war grave, Pamplona, Spain). (Awareness project by Steve Mullis)


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Welcome to Air Crash Sites—Scotland!



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Aircraft crash sites in Scotland

With selection from northern England (Border area)
Also includes civil private & commercial aircraft crash sites
Crew / passengers representing the following countries:
Australia;  Austria;  Belgium;  Canada;  Czechoslovakia (former);  Finland;  France;  Germany;  Greece;  Ireland (Eire);  Israel;  New Zealand;  Poland;  South Africa;  Spain;  Sweden;  Switzerland;  The Netherlands;  UK;  USA;  USSR / CCCP (former).
Aircraft Index Regions Index


Use the Search Box above, or the Custom Search Box below, to quickly find an aircraft, crash site location, or crew member by name.


(The Search Box above produces text-only results. The Custom Search Box below produces more detailed results with text and photos.)


You can also use the Search functions to see which aircraft have crashed on particular hills / mountains, or in particular regions. For example, entering  'Cairngorms' or 'Aberdeenshire' in the Search box will find aircraft on this website that have crashed in those areas.


Similarly, entering 'Ayrshire' in the box will show a list of aircraft that have crashed in Ayrshire; including the Isle of Arran.


Please note that the search results do not include every crash site in Scotland. However, the search lists will become increasingly comprehensive  as more crash sites are added here in the future.



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BELOW: Forth Bridge Raid Exhibition Photos


Forth Bridge Raid Exhibition Photos


Photos: Courtesy, Steven Spink


More photos here.



BELOW: A Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire flying over Largs, North Ayrshire during the Viking Festival event in September 2013.


Over 50 Spitfires crashed in Scotland; some of which are shown on these pages.


spitfire and hurricane at viking festival largs in 2013



hurricane at viking festival largs 2013


Photos: © 2013 Jim Campbell


Examples of both types can be found on this website.

 (See Aircraft Index).





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Locating Nearest Towns


The nearest town or village is named underneath each crash site. However, some of these smaller towns or villages may be unfamiliar to many people. Therefore, to help find the general region in which the crash site is located, more recognizable larger towns are now being added to each aircraft page.


Each larger town or city is shown with a compass reference: e.g., Inverness (NE). This means that the nearest large town / city (in this case, Inverness) is situated north-east of the crash site. (The crash site is located at Corryfoyness by Drumnadrochit near Loch Ness.)





Aird-Whyte Trophy



BELOW: Aird-Whyte Trophy Winners (1964)


aird-whyte trophy winners 1964.


Photo courtesy David Davies




BELOW: 42 Sqdn crew attending HQ Coastal Command at Northwood for the presentation of the Aird-Whyte Trophy (now Fincastle Trophy).


42 sqn coastal command attending northwood for presentation of Aird-Whyte Trophy.


Photo courtesy David Davies





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World War II Allied Aircraft Crashes in the Netherlands


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BELOW: A winter view of the path to Glen Esk / Glen Lee.


Crashes at Glen Esk / Glen Lee include Wellington, Whitley, and Mosquito aircraft.


This photo was taken looking directly toward the Mosquito wreck. The wreckage lies about 3km on the other side of the hill as the crow flies, or about 7km on foot. The point from which this photo was taken is about 5km from the car park.


route to glen esk / glen lee in winter 2013


Photo: © 2013 Gary Nelson



BELOW:  84-0015 / LN F-15C Eagle of RAF Lakenheath's 48 FW 493 FS. [Wikimedia]


Two of these aircraft crashed at Ben Macdui in Scotland in 2001.


A USAF F-15C Eagle fighter


Photo: 2010 Jerry Gunner from Lincoln, UK.


This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.



BELOW: Bf 110 E-1, Deblin-Irena (Poland 1942).


Rudolf Hess is believed to have used a Messerschmitt similar to this on his flight from Augsburg in Bavaria to Eaglesham in Scotland.


messerschmitt bf110 E-1


Photo: B. Huber


Released by the author to the public domain under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.





BELOW: An RN Fairey Firefly.


One of this type crashed at Cuidhe Crom, Lochnagar, Braemar in 1949.


RN Fairey Firefly


Photo: 2002-2004 Paul Maritz ('paulmaz'). Released by the author to the public domain under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.





BELOW: An RAF Liberator LB-30


One of this type crashed at Drigmorn Hill near Newton Stewart.


an RAF Liberator LB-30


Photo [pre-1957] Taken by an employee of the UK government. Photo now in the public domain.




BELOW: RAF Hercules C-130 transport.


One of this type crashed near Loch Loch and is featured on this website. However, new photos of the crash site and memorials were added in August 2011.


RAF Hercules C-130


Photo: 2006 Adrian Pingstone ('Arpingstone')


Released by the author to the public domain under Wikimedia Commons licensing arrangement.




BELOW: A Lockheed Hudson Mk V light bomber.


A Mark I variant of this aircraft crashed while taking off at Wick (old) airfield in 1941.


Lockheed Hudson Mk V light bomber


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Aircraft Crash Sites in Scotland


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Scotland is already a fascinating part of the UK to visit, with a rich and interesting history. However, another part of the nation`s heritage is its involvement in the allied war effort, and it retains a broad catalogue of aircraft crash sites, as well as civil crash sites. Some of these are mentioned below. Many of Scotland`s World War II crash sites still hold remnants of the aircraft, while others have memorials in place. While some are on hills, islands and mountains inaccessible or far from any town, others are reasonably accessible to moderately experienced walkers.


Some Crash Site Examples

Beinn a` Bhuird
near Allanaquoich and Braemar, Aberdeenshire. Airspeed Oxford Mk II, 10 January 1945. Crew: Sqn/Ldr Karel Kvapil (26),Pilot; F/O Leo Linhart (32), Pilot; F/O Jan Vella DFC (39), Pilot; F/O Valter Kauders (26), Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; W/O Rudolph Jelen (22), Pilot.

Gallow Hill
near Tealing and Milton of Ogilvie, Angus. Avro Anson, 23 June 1945. Flt Sgt Kenneth George Mayne (28), RAFVR, Pilot.

Succoth Glen
, Corrow near Lochgoilhead, Argyll. B-29A Superfortress, 17 January 1949. At least 20 deceased: Pilot, 1/Lt. Sheldon C. Craigmyle; Co-pilot, 1/Lt. Myrton Patrick Barry; Navigator, 1/Lt. Richard D. Klingenberg; Bombardier 1/Lt Robert A Fritsche; T/Sgt Delbert E Cole; M/Sgt Wayne W Baker; T/Sgt John B Lapicca; S/Sgt Malcolm W Bovard; Sgt Anthony V Chrisides; Sgt Rufus W Mangum; PFC Jack L Heacock; M/Sgt Henry P Prestoch; T/Sgt Frank M Dobbs Jr; Sgt Cecil G Jones; Sgt Charles W Hess; PFC Robert Brown Jr; T/Sgt Rufus G Taylor; Sgt Paul W Knight; PFC Frederick N Cook; PFC Bruce J Krumhols.

Blaeloch Hill
, near Largs and Fairlie, Ayrshire. Fairey Firefly, 26 October 1944. Sub/Lt. James Henry Fairclough, pilot; Sub/Lt. Anthony John King, navigation.

Bowbeat Hill
, near Innerleithen and Peebles, Borders / Midlothian. Gloster Javelin FAW.6, 21 November 1960. Pilot Flight Lt Victor Leslie Hill; Flight Lt John Michael Knight, navigation.

, near Glentrool Village, Dumfries and Galloway. Avro Anson, 21 July 1944. Crew unknown, believed four people perished.

Maol Odhar
, near Kilmaliue, Strontian and Inversanda, Highland. McDonnell F-101C Voodoo, 5 May 1964. Capt. Morris H Reed, Pilot, 28. Substantial aircraft remains but spread over wide area, inaccessible to all but very experienced climbers.

, near Achmony, Drumnadrochit and Loch Ness, Highland. De Havilland Mosquito, 25 November 1943. F/Lt Burfield, F/O Barron (both survived).

Cauldron Hill
, near Greenock and Inverkip, Inverclyde. Avro Anson, 26 July 1939. Pilot Sgt Robson, L/ac Ball; Ac Ward; Mr. Harold John Reynolds (believed all survived, some serious injuries).

Hare Hill
, near Balerno and Edinburgh, Lothian. Ju 88A-14, 25 March 1943. Oberleutnant Fritz Forster, pilot. Obergefreiter Heinz Kristall, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Unteroffizier Horst Bluhm, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Gefreiter Willi Euler, Air Gunner.

, Isle of Hoy, Orkney. Consolidated GR V Liberator (B-24D-DT), 1 January 1945. W/O Oldrich Bures (35); F/Sgt Milos Bodlak (22); F/Sgt Otto Mandler (age unknown); F/Sgt Zdenek Launer (age unknown); F/Sgt Ivo Karel Englander (20); F/Sgt Antonin Bednar (31); F/Sgt Jaroslav Zapletal (33); Sgt Martin Dorniak (29).

Queenside Muir
, near Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire. Hawker Typhoon, 24 January 1943. F/O Steven A. N. Gould.

, Fair Isle, Shetland. Heinkel He 111 H-2, 17 January 1941. Lieutenant Karl Heinz Thurz (20), Pilot (survived); Wetterdienst Insp. A. Kr Leo Gburek, meteorologist; Feldwebel Josef Wohlfahrt, 1st Wireless Operator (survived); Gefreiter Georg Nentwig, 2nd Wireless Operator; Unteroffizier Bernard Luking, engineer/air gunner (survived).

Visiting these sites can make an interesting twist on an already enjoyable walking excursion. It allows visitors to experience the natural beauty of Scotland, while still not being completely cut off from any human influences - witnessing an isolated crash site from over 60 years ago can be a very humbling experience. Visiting a Scottish crash site can also provide a focus for an exploration tour, giving your trip a greater sense of purpose and achievement. By using online discount codes, you may even be able to get to towns near to the sites cheaply, or find somewhere to stay, and other things to do, for less.




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