Vickers Wellington R1535

Dunmoor Hill, Cheviots

 
     
 
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Aircraft Type Photo

 

BELOW: Vickers Wellington bombers in flight.

 

vickers wellington bombers in flight

 

Photo: Original source unknown.

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Type and Background

 

RAF Vickers 290 Wellington IV / R1535, coded GR-G

 

(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 1,050hp 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Accident Details

 

Vickers Wellington R1535 GR-G was damaged by two Luftwaffe night-fighters after mine laying off Langerooge Island, Frisian Islands. The starboard engine oil and fuel systems were damaged. Shortly afterward, this engine cut out due to overheating.

 

The crew attempted to return to RAF Helmswell. However, they became lost and crashed into snow covered high ground at the Cheviots in northern England. The rear gunner was the sole survivor.

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Crew Casualties / Survivor

 

Those who died in this accident were all from 301 (Pomeranian) Squadron RAF. They were:

 

  • F/O Tadeus Jan Tyrala, P.1128, Poruczenik (Pilot), RAF.

  • Kpt T W B Sokolinsky, Kapral Strzelec (Sergeant), RAF.

  • Kpr J Pasiersky, Kapral Strzelec (Sergeant), RAF.

  • Kpr Ernest Ryszard Tabaczynski, P.793717, Kapral Strzelec (Sergeant), Air Gnr., RAF.

  • Kpr M Korczynski, Kapral Strzelec (Sergeant), RAF.

 

 

(Please click on the hyperlinked names above for further details at Aircrew Remembered: Polish Air Force Honour Roll (West).)

 

 

 

The rear gunner survived this incident. Unfortunately, his name is not known.

 

 


 

 

Crew Memorial Plaque at Dunmoor Hill

 

 

crew memorial plaque at dunmoor hill.

 

Photo: © 2013-2014 Gary Nelson

 

 

 


 

 

RAF Memorial Service to Polish Aircrew

 

(External website)

 

 

 

 

 

Crash Site Photos (Page 1-A)

 

BELOW: Map of Dunmoor Hill and the surrounding area. Hill accessed from the road at Linhope.

 

map of dunmoor hill and surrounding area.

 

Image: © 2014 Ordnance Survey, Crown Copyright

 


 

BELOW: Dunmoor Hill. Note the quad bike track through the mud.

 

dunmoor hill with quad bike track nearby.

 

Photo: © 2013-2014 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: The memorial post on Dunmoor Hill.

 

memorial post on dunmoor hill

 

Photo: © 2013-2014 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: The plaque surmounting the post giving the names of those Polish airmen who died in this accident.

 

plaque surmounting the post.

 

Photo: © 2013-2014 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Most of the remaining wreckage from the Wellington aircraft consists of small or fragmented parts, and are difficult to identify. This is one of several small parts. These pieces are to be found around the base of the post.

 

small wreckage part.

 

Photo: © 2013-2014 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW (Next three photos): Other small pieces of wreckage.

 

another fragment of wreckage.

 

Photo: © 2013-2014 Gary Nelson

 


 

 

another piece of wreckage.

 

Photo: © 2013-2014 Gary Nelson

 


 

 

more pieces of wreckage.

 

Photo: © 2013-2014 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: This photo shows the remains of wreckage clustered around the memorial post.

 

wreckage around memorial post.

 

Photo: © 2013-2014 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Melted aluminium (later solidified).

 

molten aluminium.

 

Photo: © 2013-2014 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Unidentified item.

 

unidentified item.

 

Photo: © 2013-2014 Gary Nelson

 

 

 

MORE PHOTOS BELOW

 

 


 

 

 

 


 

BELOW: A chrome ring about 7.6cm (3 inches) in diameter.

 

small chrome ring.

 

Photo: © 2013-2014 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: A small panel.

 

small panel.

 

Photo: © 2013-2014 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: A hinge or valve.

 

hinge or valve.

 

Photo: © 2013-2014 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Another view of the above object.

 

another view of hinge or valve.

 

Photo: © 2013-2014 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: A close-up view showing manufacturer's stamps on the casting. Just visible are parts of the type details, serial number and date.

 

view of manufacturer's stamps on casting.

 

Photo: © 2013-2014 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Another unidentified object.

 

another unidentified object.

 

Photo: © 2013-2014 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Another view of above.

 

another view of above unidentified object.

 

Photo: © 2013-2014 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: The following photos show landscape views from Dunmoor Hill taken from behind the memorial post.

 

landscape view 1.

 

Photo: © 2013-2014 Gary Nelson

 


 

 

landscape view 2.

 

Photo: © 2013-2014 Gary Nelson

 


 

 

landscape view 3.

 

Photo: © 2013-2014 Gary Nelson

 

 

 

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 (Route photos: Linhope to Dunmoor Hill.)

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

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Crash Date / Site

 

Country: England

 

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Accident Date: 9 Jan 1943

 

Accident Site:

Dunmoor Hill (569m),

(Ingram Valley, Cheviots.)

 

Nearest main road: A697
(Then West by unclassified roads to Linhope.)

 

Region: Northumberland.

 

Nearest town or village:

Wooler [map]

 

Nearest larger town:

Wooler (N) (England)

 

OS Grid Ref. N/A

 

GPS Ref: N/A

 

Present Condition: Wreckage fragments (only) laid beside memorial post / plaque. No remains found elsewhere.

 


 

Air crash sites on or near The Cheviot:

 

1) RAF Vickers Warwick HG136 crash at West Hill, near Cairn Hill, The Cheviot, in 1946.

 

2) Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress 44-6504 crash at West Hill, The Cheviot, near Braydon Crag, in 1944.

 

3) RAF Vickers Wellington Mk.IA IC Z1078 crash at West Hill, The Cheviot, in 1942. (The aircraft on this page.)

 

4) RAF Short Stirling Mk. III EE972 crash near Broaden, The Cheviot in 1944.

 

5) RCAF Avro Lancaster Mk. X  KB745 crash above Goldscleugh, The Cheviot, in 1944.

 

6) RAF Hawker Hart K6482 crash above Goldscleugh, The Cheviot, in 1939.

 

7) RAF Supermarine Spitfire P8587 crash at Bellyside Hill, The Cheviot, in 1943.

 

8) RAF Handley Page Hampden L4063 crash at Windy Gyle, The Cheviots, in 1940.

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Details

 

 

Registration or Serial: R1535, coded GR-G

 

Operator: RAF (301 (Pomeranian) Squadron (Polish)

 

Operating Station: RAF Helmswell

 

Station Location: Helmswell, Lincolnshire, England.

 

Current Station Status: Closed by RAF 1 April 1974. Since used for other purposes.

 

 

 

 

Related Links

 

 

RAF and Related Links

301 (Pomeranian) Squadron

History of No. 301 Polish Bomber Squadron. (Written by Wilhelm Ratuszynski)

RAF Memorial Service to Polish Aircrew

 

Other Link

College Valley History (with area overlay showing seven aircraft crash sites on The Cheviot, and including the story of Sheila the dog awarded the Dickin Medal the animals' V.C.)

 

 

 

Hill Walking Links

 

 

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Walking Scotland's Mountains

 

 


 

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