Westland Wallace K6028

Bennachie, Aberdeenshire

 
     
 
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Aircraft Type Photo

 

BELOW: A Westland Wallace biplane.

 

westland wallace mark 2.

 

Photo: "Westland Wallace II" by Own work by the original uploader.
Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Type and Background

 

Westland Wallace K6028

 


 

(General Purpose)

 

 

The Westland Wallace of 1931 began as a conversion from the successful Westland Wapiti. However, the Wallace had a lengthened fuselage, spatted landing gear, wheel brakes, and a cowled Bristol Pegasus engine.

 

The Wallace was a two-seat general purpose biplane. It had a maximum speed of 254km/h (158mph) and was armed with one 7.7mm (0.303in) forward firing machine gun and one Lewis gun in the rear cockpit. It could carry up to 263kg (580lbs) of bombs.

 

Most Westland Wallace aircraft served with Auxiliary Air Force Squadrons Nos. 501, 502, 504, 608 and 610, although some were assigned to other units such as Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Flights.

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Accident Details

 

The biplane crashed into Bruntwood Tap. It was being flown from the Air Observer Scool at RAF Wigtown to RAF Evanton in Easter Ross. On the leg between Dyce and Evanton they encountered thick fog which shrouded Bennachie. Both crew members lost their lives. They were still strapped into their seats when they were found. The war was declared only a few hours before their fatal flight.

 

 

 

  

 

Aircraft Crew Casualties

 

Those who died in this incident were:

 

 

Ellard Cummings, 23, a Canadian pilot with the RAF, and his gunner, Ronald Stewart, 24, became the first official military casualties of the Second World War when they crashed into the mist-shrouded hill on the first day of the war on September 3, 1939.

 

 

(Please click on the hyperlinked names above for further details at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's website.)

 

 

 

 

 

Crash Site Photos

 

Bennachie Centre

 

 

NOTE: The following photos taken at Bennachie Centre show recovered parts from the Gloster Meteor crash at Bennachie. Photos for the Westland Wallace crash site can be seen further down this page.

 

 

The following item recovered from the Gloster Meteor that crashed on Bennachie is on display in The Bailies Room at Bennachie Visitors Centre.

 

 

BELOW (next four photos): Gun barrel from the Meteor crash on Bennachie, hanging from the roof of The Bailies Room.

 

Gun barrel from the meteor crash on Bennachie

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

 

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

 

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

 

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 

 


 

 

Approach Route Photos

 

(To Westland Wallace crash site)

 

 

BELOW: The car park and visitor centre.

 

 The car park and visitor centre.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW (next two photos): The Wallace was reached by following the Gordon Way from the visitor centre.

 

The Wallace was reached by following the Gordon Way from the visitor centre.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

 

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW (next two photos): Bruntwood Tap from the Gordon Way.

 

(next two photos): Bruntwood Tap from the Gordon Way.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

 

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW (next two photos): The Gordon Way passes within 180m (200yds) of the wrecksite (circled on next photo).

 

The Gordon Way passes withing 200yrds of the wrecksite.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

 

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 

 

MORE PHOTOS BELOW

 

 


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Assorted Wreckage

 

(Westland Wallace K6028)

 

 

BELOW: Assorted wreckage from the Wallace biplane still lying on the hillside at Bruntwood Tap, Bennachie.

 

Assorted wreckage from the Wallace bi-plane lying on the hillside at Bruntwood Tap, Bennachie.

 

Photo: © 2015 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW: Wing / interwing struts and spars (?)

 

Wing / interwing struts and spars (?)

 

Photo: © 2015 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW: Aluminium skinning from the biplane's aileron.

 

Aluminium skinning from the biplane's aileron.

 

Photo: © 2015 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW: Unidentified sections of the airframe.

 

Unidentified sections of the airframe.

 

Photo: © 2015 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW: Strut / spar from the aircraft.

 

Strut / spar from the aircraft.

 

Photo: © 2015 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW: Various struts, spars and bracing assemblies.

 

Various struts, spars and bracing assemblies.

 

Photo: © 2015 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW: A closer view of some of the above sections.

 

A closer view of some of the above sections.

 

Photo: © 2015 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW: Unidentified parts.

 

Unidentified parts.

 

Photo: © 2015 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW: Heavily corroded barrel.

 

Heavily corroded barrel.

 

Photo: © 2015 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW: Side view of barrel.

 

Side view of barrel.

 

Photo: © 2015 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW: Bracing frames from the Westland Wallace.

 

Bracing frames from the Westland Wallace.

 

Photo: © 2015 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW: Close-up view of frame joint.

 

Close-up view of frame joint.

 

Photo: © 2015 Neil Daniel

 

 

 

Earlier photos below

 

 


 

 

BELOW: Approaching the Westland Wallace wreckage on Bruntwood Tap, Bennachie.

 

Approaching the Westland Wallace wreckage on Bruntwood Tap, Bennachie.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW (next four photos): Some heavily corroded parts.

 

(next four photos): Some heavily corroded parts.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

 

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

 

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

 

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: A larger part of the airframe.

 

A larger part of the airframe.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: A closer view of one of the parts.

 

A larger part of the airframe.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Another unidentified part from Westland Wallace K6028.

 

Another unidentified part from Westland Wallace K6028.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: The corrosion here is eating through the metal.

 

The corrosion here is eating through the metal.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Unidentified part.

 

Unidentified part.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: More unidentified parts.

 

More unidentified parts.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Inter-wing spar or strut (?)

 

Inter-wing spar or strut (?)

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Part of an aileron.

 

Part of an aileron.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: End view of aileron.

 

End view of aileron.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Part of a strut / spar.

 

Part of a strut / spar.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Fragmented remains.

 

Fragmented remains.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Spars, pipes and other wreckage from the Westland Wallace biplane.

 

Spars, pipes and other wreckage from the Westland Wallace biplane.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Debris area shown in relation to hillside (Bruntwood Tap) and hill opposite.

 

Debris area shown in relation to hillside (Bruntwood Tap) and hill opposite.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Bracing frame from the aircraft.

 

Bracing frame from the aircraft.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Part of actuating mechanism.

 

Part of actuating mechanism.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Another view of the wreckage field.

 

Another view of the wreckage field.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 

 

 

 


 

 

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Crash Date / Site

 

 

Page last updated: 19 Oct 2015

 

(More wreckage photos added.)

 


 

Accident Date: 3 Sep 1939

 

Accident Site:

Bruntwood Tap, Bennachie.

 

Region: Aberdeenshire

 

Nearest town or village: Inverurie

 

Nearest large town or city:

Aberdeen

 

OS Grid Ref. N/A

 

GPS Ref: N/A

 

Present Wreckage Status: Parts of the airframe remain at the crash site.

 

 

 

Aircraft Details

 

 

Registration or Serial: K6028

 

Operator: RAF (Air Observer School)

 

Departure Station: RAF Wigtown

 

Departure Station Location: Wigtown, Dumfries and Galloway (formerly, Wigtownshire.)

 

Departure Station Status: Military Airport closed.

 

 

Destination Station: (Intended) RAF Evanton

 

Destination Station Location: Easter Ross, Highland, Scotland.

 

Destination Station Status: Military Airport closed.

 

 

 

 

Related Links

 

 

RAF and Related Links

RAF Wigtown at Control Towers.

RAF Evanton (Evanton airfield).

 

Other Links

Bennachie Centre.

Westland Wallace at Virtual Aircraft Museum.

Westland Wallace at Wikipedia.

 

 

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