Vickers Wellington DV713

Off Peterhead, Aberdeenshire













Aircraft Type Photo


BELOW: Vickers Wellington bombers in flight.


wellington bombers in flight


Photo: [Pre 1950] Crown Copyright (expired)





Aircraft Type and Background


RAF Vickers Wellington Mk IC / DV713 coded ZT-W


(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.






Aircraft Accident Details


Vickers Wellington DV713 of 20 OTU took off from RAF Lossiemouth for a navigation exercise (NAVEX). Whilst over the sea, the crew encountered a severe electrical storm. While trying to get beneath the cloud base, the aircraft had the misfortune to fly straight into the sea some 8 miles ESE of Peterhead on the Aberdeenshire coast.






Aircraft Crew Casualties


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

Each of these names is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial


(Please click on hyperlinked names above for further details)





Crash Site Photos


As this aircraft was lost at sea, there are no crash site photos available. 



















Crash Date / Site


Accident Date: 6 Jun 1942


Accident Site:

8 Miles ESE of


(lost at sea)


Region: Aberdeenshire


Nearest town or village:



Nearest large town:



OS Grid Ref. N/A (underwater)


GPS Ref: N/A


Present Condition: Unknown.




Aircraft Details


Registration or Serial: DV713 coded ZT-W


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.)


StationLocation: Lossiemouth, Morayshire, 5 miles N of Elgin.  Scotland.


Current Station Status: Operational Military Airport.


Current Station Name: RAF Lossiemouth (EGQS)



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




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RAF Lossiemouth (Station History)

RAF Lossiemouth (Viewing Guide) 

RAF Vickers Wellington (History)

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


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