Vickers Wellington HF816

An Lurg, Bynack More, Highland













Aircraft Type Photo


BELOW: An RAF Vickers Wellington bomber.


An RAF Vickers Wellington bomber in flight


Photo: Source unknown






Aircraft Type and Background


RAF Vickers Wellington Mk III / HF816/A



(Click here for RAF history of this type)



Aircraft Type Nickname: Wimpy (or Wimpey).



The Wellington was a medium bomber, of which there were 16 variants, the first Wellington bombers were powered by two 1,050 hp Bristol Pegasus Mk. I radial engines. It had a maximum speed of 235 mph (410 km/h)


Like the Vickers Wellesley, the Wellington was constructed using a geodetic (lattice) framework to provide additional strength and durability for the fuselage. As a result of this design by Barnes Wallis, Wellington bombers were able to survive and return safely to base even after sustaining considerable damage.


The first Wellingtons entered service with No. 99 Squadron RAF. Later, an improved version entered service with RAF Bomber Command. The aircraft carried a crew of six.



BELOW: A Vickers Wellington Mk IV. This aircraft had just returned from a raid on Bremen. The geodetic structure which strengthened this aircraft enabled it to return safely to base after sustaining heavy damage.


wellington mark iv after its return from bremen. fuselage severely damaged but returned safely due in part to geodetic construction  

Photo: Original source unknown 






Aircraft Accident Details


Vickers Wellington HF816/A of 20 OTU took off from RAF Lossiemouth for a cross country training exercise (night Navex). However, at 22.30hrs., the aircraft crashed on moorland close to An Lurg—a hill due N of Bynack Móre.


Some reports suggest that the Wellington exploded in mid air. Other reports suggest that the aircraft dived to the ground at high speed, exploding on impact.


The cause of this explosion has not been determined.


All on board died in this incident.






Aircraft Crew Casualties


The crew who died were:


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






Crash Site Photos (Page 1-A)



NOTE 1: This wreckage is widely scattered. There are three main piles of collected wreckage in addition to individual parts scattered around the area.



NOTE 2: This wreck lies on a flat featureless area of moorland about 3km north of Bynack More. Although it is about a 14km walk there and back from the Reindeer centre next to Loch Morlich all but the last 1km is on very good path. The last 1km however is across heather and deep peat hags and gullies which was easy in the hot dry weather when I visited, but could be very difficult following rain.

The site consists of a large crater full of fragmented wreckage including a very disintegrated engine. Other wreckage is scattered in a north easterley direction. There is however a gully to the north west full of wreckage including ammunition. [Gary Nelson]



BELOW: Wreckage parts scattered across the moor near An Lurg.


wreckage scattered across moor.


Photo © 2013-2014 Gary Nelson



BELOW: Part of the debris field created by Wellington HF816 when it crashed.


wellington debris field near an lurg.


Photo © 2013-2014 Gary Nelson



BELOW: Closer view of remaining debris from Wellington aircraft.


closer view of remaining debris.


Photo © 2013-2014 Gary Nelson



BELOW: One of the larger sections of remaining wreckage.


a larger section of wreckage.


Photo © 2013-2014 Gary Nelson



BELOW: One of several oxygen bottles from the aircraft's fuselage racks.


one of several oxygen bottles.


Photo © 2013-2014 Gary Nelson



BELOW: A stepped gear assembly from the aircraft.


stepped gear assembly.


Photo © 2013-2014 Gary Nelson




More Photos from Gary Nelson's 2013-2014 Collection on: 


PAGE 1-B, PAGE 1-C, and PAGE 1-D





Other photos below









Earlier Photos



BELOW: Some of the fragmented wreckage from Wellington HF816/A, which crashed near An Lurg.


wreckage fragments from wellington near an lurg


Photo © 2013 Neil Daniel



BELOW: More fragmented wreckage from the crashed Wellington.


more fragments from the crashed wellington


Photo © 2013 Neil Daniel



BELOW: Part of the airframe and a rusted oxygen bottle.


part of the airframe and a rusted cylinder / bottle


Photo © 2013 Neil Daniel



BELOW: More shattered parts from the Wellington.


more shattered parts from the wellington


Photo © 2013 Neil Daniel



BELOW: A manufacturer's stamp appears on this section of wreckage (at centre of triangular part).


a manufacturers stamp appears on this section of wreckage


Photo © 2013 Neil Daniel



BELOW: A manufacturer's stamp appears also on this section.


a manufacturer's stamp appears also on this section of wreckage


Photo © 2013 Neil Daniel



BELOW: Rusting wreckage parts includes a cog wheel.


rusting wreckage parts includes a cog wheel


Photo © 2013 Neil Daniel






(Extra wreckage photos) 






















Crash Date / Site



Accident Date: 14 Aug 1944


Accident Site:

An Lurg (753m), (on peat bog moorland below this hill.)

Due N of Bynack Móre.


Region: Highland (Badenoch and Strathspey)


Nearest town, village, or activity centre:

Glenmore Lodge National Outdoor Centre (W) (B970 and unclassified roads) or Aviemore (W) (A9(T)).

Also, Kingussie (SW) or Ballater (SE).


Nearest large towns or cities:

Grantown-on-Spey (N), Inverness (NW) or Aberdeen (E).


OS Grid Ref: NJ 048(28) 095(09)


GPS Refs: Available at Eddie Boyle's website.


Present Condition: Some wreckage can still be found at the crash site. including sections of the geodetic airframe, landing gear, oxygen bottles, and engine, etc. Some parts, however, are highly fragmented.




Aircraft Details



Registration or Serial: HF816/A


Operator: RAF (20 Operational Training Unit (OTU); (later transferred to No. 91 Group))


Operating Station: RAF Lossiemouth; (RAF No. 91 Group Bomber OTU. Operating base also for No. 46 Maintenance Unit (MU), and RN HMS Fulmar.)


Station Location: Lossiemouth, Morayshire, 5 miles N of Elgin.


Current Station Status: Operational Military Airport.


Current Station Name: RAF Lossiemouth (EGQS)





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