Aircraft Type Photo
BELOW: An RAF Vickers Wellington bomber.
Photo: Source unknown
Aircraft Type and Background
RAF Vickers Wellington / LP760
(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 Mk 1A (N2980) on display at Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, Surrey, UK.
Note the geodetic structure which strengthened this aircraft very considerably, and enabled it to continue flying after sustaining heavy damage.
Photo: 2006 Tony Tipton
(CC-BY-2.5. Released by the author under GNU Free Documentation License.)
Aircraft Accident Details
Wellington LP760 of 19 OTU had taken off from RAF Kinloss on the evening of 20 April 1945. The aircraft was on a cross-country flight.
While the aircraft was cruising at 5,000ft, eyewitnesses reported seeing a flash in the overcast sky followed by an explosion. At the time, the Wellington was flying over the village of Humbie in Lothian. Shortly afterward, debris from the aircraft landed in a field close to Bankhead Farm, in Humbie.
Aircraft Crew Casualties
All six crew members perished in this accident. These were:
(Please click on hyperlinked names above for further details)
Crash Date / Site
Accident Date: 20 Apr 1945
Bankhead Farm (fields) (210m), Humbie
Region: Lothian (East Lothian)
Nearest town or village:
Nearest large towns:
Haddington (NNE) or Dalkeith (NW)
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.
Registration or Serial: LP760
Operator: RAF (19 Operational Training Unit (OTU), 'C' Flight)
Operating Base: RAF Kinloss / RAF Forres (satellite of Kinloss)
Current Airport Status: Operational Military Airport.
Current Airport Name: RAF Kinloss (EGQK)
Principal airport data courtesy of John Woodside, A Catalogue of UK Airfields
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The Dover War Memorial Project (see under Pulham, J. D.)
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Vickers Wellington LP760
Bankhead Farm, Humbie, E Lothian