Vickers Wellington R1093

Meallan Liath Mor, Highland

 
     
 
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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  / R1093

 

(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.

 

Vickers Wellington Mk 1A (N2980) on display at Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, Surrey

 

Photo: 2006 Tony Tipton

 

(CC-BY-2.5. Released by the author under GNU Free Documentation License.)

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Accident Details


Vickers Wellington R1093 of 20 OTU crashed on Navex (Navigational Exercise) from Lossiemouth on 30/7/41 at grid location 17 /  889139

Four crew members were killed in this accident, and two survived.


 

 

 

Aircraft Crew Casualties / Survivors

 

Those who died were:

 

 

 

Please click on the hyperlinked names above for further details at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's website.

 

 

 

Those who survived this incident (with injuries) were:

 

    P/O P B De Normanville, RCAF.

     

    Sgt. C G Crombie, RCAF.

 

 

[Amendments to crew details were kindly provided by Nick Lindsay and Alan Leishman.]

 

 

 

 

 

Crash Site Photos

 

BELOW: Lying on the slopes of Meallan Liath Mor just to the north of Brora or north-east of Lairg, this photo shows the impact  point of Wellington R1093.

 

impact point of wellington bomber

 

Photo: © 2006-2011 Alan Leishman

 


 

BELOW: A few of the larger remaining pieces.

 

Alan Leishman and Steven Spink (below) visiting the crash site in 2006.

 

a few of the larger remaining pieces

 

Photo: © 2006-2011 Alan Leishman 

 


 

BELOW: One of the Wellington's main landing gear wheels.

 

Wellinton's nose landing gear and tyre

 

Photo: © 2011 John Telford 

 


 

BELOW: Some of the Wellington's geodetic framework, used in the construction of the fuselage, etc.

 

Wellington's geodetic framework used in the construction of the fuselage, etc

 

Photo: © 2011 John Telford 

 


 

BELOW: A smaller section of wreckage. The various holes helped to minimise the overall weight of the aircraft wings and fuselage, and their associated parts.

 

a smaller section of wreckage

 

Photo: © 2011 John Telford 

 


 

BELOW: This fragmented wreckage may include some parts of the aircraft's landing gear.

 

fragmented wreckage perhaps including parts of landing gear

 

Photo: © 2011 John Telford 

 

 

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BELOW: Part of the Wellington's debris field.

 

Even after all these years (1941), the hillside is still scarred by the crash.

 

part of debris field

 

Photo: © 2011 John Telford 

 


 

BELOW: Another view of the debris field.

 

another view of the debris field

 

Photo: © 2011 John Telford 

 


 

BELOW: Unidentified rusted remains.

 

rusted wreckage sections

 

Photo: © 2011 John Telford 

 


 

BELOW: wreckage section with electrical cabling and coils (inductors).

 

wreckage section with electrical coils

 

Photo: © 2011 John Telford 

 

 


 

 

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Crash Date / Site

 

Accident Date: 30 Jul 1941

 

Accident Site:

Meallan Liath Mor (461m)

 

(Not to be confused with Meallan Liath Mor near Ben Hee in West Sutherland)

 

Region: Highland (East Sutherland)

 

Nearest town, village or hamlet:

Lairg or Bonar Bridge (A836).

Alternatively, Gordonbush or Lothbeg (A9) [map]

 

Nearest large town (to Lairg or Bonar Bridge): Dornoch (SE) (A9 / A949) or Tain (SE) (A9)

 

Nearest large town (to Gordonbush or Lothbeg): Brora (S) (A9)

 

Crash Site OS Grid Ref. 17 / 889 139

 

Crash Site GPS Ref: N/A

 

Present Condition: Some larger sections remain at the crash site, but most of the wreckage is fragmented.

 

 

 

Aircraft Details

 

Registration or Serial: R1093

 

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 Air Station.

 

Current Station Name: RAF Lossiemouth (EGQS)

 


 

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

 

 

 

 

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