Vickers Wellington T2707

Mullach Fraoch-choire, Glen Affric

 
     
 
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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 IC / T2707, JM-Z

 


 

(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

 

This aircraft was on a night training flight from RAF Lossiemouth when a propeller assembly became detached from one of the engines.

 

Under the adverse weather conditions prevailing at the time, the crew were unable to continue flying on the single remaining engine. Consequently, they bailed out of the aircraft, leaving it to crash on the lower slopes of Mullach Fraoch-choire. All six crew members parachuted to safety. 

 

Perhaps, during their descent, the crew noticed lights at the only cottage anywhere in the vicinity. Thus, when they had reached the ground safely, they made their way across the rough and undulating moorland to this crofter's cottage to raise the alarm.

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Crew Survivors

 

All six members of the crew survived this crash. However, except for one member, their names are unknown at present. The known survivor was:

 

Sgt Clifford Hanley, Pilot, RAFVR

 

Sadly, Sgt Hanley was killed when his aircraft crashed the following year.

 

 

 

 

 

Crash Site Photos

 

BELOW: A collection of assorted wreckage from the Wellington crash at Mullach Fraoch-choire, Glen Affric.

 

collection of wreckage from the wellington at glen affric

 

Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel

 



 

BELOW: Sign indicating the dirt track to Glen Affric.

 

The lower sign reads 'Glen Affric 15 ½ miles', in both Gaelic and English. The upper sign reads 'Morvich 18 miles', in both languages.

 

From this point, Iain leaves the main road and uses his mountain bike to cover the first part of the journey over dirt track to Glen Affric and the Wellington crash site.

 

The track to Glen Affric ,

 

Photo: © 2012 Iain Kesson

 


 

BELOW: Time now to leave the bike and head on foot in the direction of Mullach Fraoch-choire. The Wellington crash site lies on the lower slopes of this mountain. (See GPS references in the Panel above right.)

 

Leaving the bike closer to the destination

 

Photo: © 2012 Iain Kesson

 


 

BELOW: Overview of crash site vicinity.

 

Overview of crash site vicinity

 

Photo: © 2012 Iain Kesson

 


 

BELOW: Some smaller parts heaped together on the hillside.

 

Mangled wreckage of Wellington heaped on hillside

 

Photo: © 2012 Iain Kesson

 


 

BELOW: More collected wreckage.

 

More collected wreckage

 

Photo: © 2012 Iain Kesson

 


 

BELOW: A propeller blade and hub from Wellington T2707.

 

Another piece of propeller blade from this Wellington can be seen outside Glen Affric (Alltbeithe) Youth Hostel. (See also here and here.)

 

A propeller blade and hub from the Wellington

 

Photo: © 2012 Iain Kesson

 


 

BELOW: Section of wing (elevator?).

 

Section of wing

 

Photo: © 2012 Iain Kesson

 

 

 

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BELOW: "Don't tell me you forgot to bring the dog biscuits?!!! How sad!"

 

spaniel

 

Photo: © 2012 Iain Kesson

 


 

BELOW: "Maybe, if I can catch a fish for him, he'll give me some of his sandwiches!"

 

Spaniel after swim in mountain stream

 

Photo: © 2012 Iain Kesson

 


 

BELOW: Shattered remains from one of the Wellington's two radial engines.

 

Shattered engine remains

 

Photo: © 2012 Iain Kesson

 


 

BELOW: One of the larger sections of wreckage.

 

larger section of wreckage

 

Photo: © 2012 Iain Kesson

 


 

BELOW: Looking from the crash site across the glen to the crofter's cottage, just visible in the centre of the photo. (See also enlargement below.)

 

Following the crash, the crew made their way to this cottage to seek helpalthough it was possible that the crofter would have been aware of the crash on the opposite hillside and would have alerted the authorities before the arrival of the air crew.

 

looking from crash site across glen to crofter's cottage

 

Photo: © 2012 Iain Kesson

 


 

BELOW: Enlargement of the above photo, showing the crofter's cottage more clearly.

 

crofter's cottage - enlarged

 

Photo: © 2012 Iain Kesson

 


 

BELOW: The dirt track to and from Glen Affric.

 

the dirt track through Glen Affric

 

Photo: © 2012 Iain Kesson

 


 

 

 

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Crash Date / Site

 

 

Accident Date: 13 Feb 1942

 

Accident Site:

Mullach Fraoch-choire, Glen Affric

 

Region: Highland (Glen Affric and Kintail)

 

Nearest towns or villages:

Cannich (NE) or Invermoriston (E) (Loch Ness)

 

(Bus services do not extend beyond Cannich.)

 

Nearest large town or  city: Inverness (NE)

 

OS Grid Refs: N/A

 

GPS Refs:

NH 07514 19232
NH 07548 19225
NH 07571 19256
NH 07476 19305

 

Present Condition: Mostly

 fragmented wreckage gathered into heap, but some larger partsincluding propeller blade and wing sectioncan also be found at the site.

 

 

 

Aircraft Details

 

 

Registration or Serial: T2707, JM-Z

 

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)

 


 

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

 

 

 

 

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