Vickers Wellington L7775

Bruach Mhor, Beinn a' Bhuird













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.1A  / L7775



(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 or seven; depending on the variant.



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 L7775 took off from RAF Lossiemouth in north-east Scotland for a night navigation exercise (Navex) over the surrounding area.


However, while flying over the high ground of the Cairngorm Mountains in Aberdeenshire, the aircraft struck Bruach Mhor on the southern slopes of Beinn a' Bhuird.


Two airmen died in this incident, and five survived the crash.






Aircraft Crew Casualties / Survivors


The two airmen who died were:


Those who survived this incident (with injuries), but who died on later missions were:


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



The two airmen who survived the war were:


Sgt A W Milroy.


Sgt George Lyon.






Crash Site Photo


BELOW: Part of the wreckage from Vickers Wellington L7775 that crashed at Bruach Mhor on the southern slopes of Beinn a' Bhuird, in the Cairngorms.


This part of the airframe shows clearly the geodetic (lattice) construction designed by Barnes Wallis for added strength and durability.


remaining wreckage from the Vickers Wellington bomber at Bruach Mhor, Beinn a Bhuird, Grampians


Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel





Other Photos (External website)



Tail fin here.


Close-up of tail fin here.





















Crash Date / Site



Accident Date:  23 Oct 1940


Accident Site:

Bruach Mhor

(Southern slopes of Beinn a' Bhuird. [Photo.])


Region: Aberdeenshire (Cairngorms)


Nearest town or village:

Braemar (SE) (A93)


Nearest large towns:

Ballater (NE) or Blairgowrie (S)


OS Grid Refs: N/A


GPS Ref: N/A


Present Condition:  Impact crater and some smaller wreckage sections / parts can be seen at the crash site. Larger wreckage was removed for museums, or for Wellington restoration projects.





Aircraft Details


Registration or Serial: L7775

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, Moray, 5 miles N of Elgin.

Current Station Status: Operational Military Airport (RAF).

Current Station Name: RAF Lossiemouth (EGQS)



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