Vickers Wellington X3707

Craiglockhart, Edinburgh, Midlothian

 
     
 
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Aircraft Type Photo

 

BELOW: Vickers Wellington bombers in flight.

 

Wellington bombers in flight

 

Photo: 1940 RAF (Crown Copyright expired)

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Type and Background

 

RAF Vickers Wellington Mk III / X3707

 

(Click hyperlink above 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 instrument panel on display at RAF Elsham Wolds in Lincolnshire, England.

 

A Wellington instrument panel

 

Photo: 2010 David Wright

 

Released by the author under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 License. [Wikimedia]

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Accident Details

 

Vickers Wellington X3707 was on a secret test flight from RAF Defford.1

 

Just over an hour into the flight, the aircraft experienced a critical failure of the special equipment on board. The aircraft was then instructed to return to base. However, at some stage after this, the port engine failed. After passing over RAF Turnhouse, Edinburgh, the aircraft entered a stall and spun into the ground.

 

The pilot attempted to land the now-spiralling aircraft on playing fields in the Craiglockhart [map] district of Edinburgh. However, he overshot the playing fields and ended up in the back garden of a house in Craiglockhart View, near the banks of the Union Canal in Meggetland, Edinburgh.

 

The munitions on board the aircraft then began to explode.

 

Although the crew members died, the pilot's skilful handling of the crippled aircraft avoided any civilian casualties.

 


 

Footnote 1:

 

RAF Defford [map]: The then newly established Telecommunications Flying Unit, later renamed the Radar Research Flying Unit.

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Crew Casualties

 

All five crew members perished in this accident. These were:

 

(Please click on hyperlinked names above for further details)

 

 

 

 

 

Crash Site Photos

 

At the moment, there are no crash site photos for this crash site.

 


 

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Crash Date / Site

 

Accident Date: 14 Dec 1942

 

Accident Site:

Craiglockhart View

(Meggetland)

 

Region: Lothian (Midlothian)

 

Nearest city, town or village:

Edinburgh

 

Nearest large town or city:

Edinburgh (N)

 

OS Grid Ref. N/A

 

GPS Ref: N/A

 

Present Condition: No remaining wreckage. The last remaining pieces were found and removed a few years ago.

 

 

 

Aircraft Details

 

Registration or Serial: X3707

 

Operator: RAF (Telecom-munications Flying Unit (TFU))

 

Operating Station: RAF Defford

 

Station Location:  Defford, Worcestershire, England.

 

Current Station Status: Disused. Runway layout visible.

 


 

Principal airport data courtesy of John Woodside, A Catalogue of UK Airfields

 

 

 

Related Links

 

 

Accident Specific Links

 

BBC History: Scotland on Film (Forum)

 

Commonwealth Forces of World War Two (Forum) (Detailed description of flight and resulting crash)

 

Living.scotsman.com (Feature by Sandra Dick)

 

 

RAF and Related Links

RAF Defford Memorial

RAF Vickers Wellington (History)

Vickers Wellington at RAF Brampton Wyton Henlow (The Pathfinder Museum)

 

Other Links

 

Vickers Wellington at u.boat.net

 

Vickers Wellington at World War 2 Warbirds

 

 

 

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