Vickers Wellington N2758

Morehead Hill, MacDuff, Aberdeen

 
     
 
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Aircraft Photo

 

BELOW: RAF Vickers Wellington bombers.

 

wellington bombers in flight

 

Photo: Source unknown

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Type and Background

 

RAF Vickers 290 Wellington Mk IA / ICN2758

 

(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). The Wellington featured on this page was fitted with two Bristol Pegasus Mk. XVIII engines.

 

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

 

[The following details are based on information kindly provided by Steven Spink]

 

Vickers Wellington ICN2758 took off from RAF Lossiemouth for a night exercise at around 00.15.

 

Some time later, the aircraft ploughed into the side of Morehead Hill, which is 146m / 480 feet above sea level and was obscured by cloud. Morehead Hill lies 3 miles east of MacDuff, Aberdeenshire.


 

 

 

 

Aircraft Crew Casualty / Survivors

 

Four crew members lost their lives in the incident involving Wellington ICN2980, and one survived. Those who died were:

(Please click on hyperlinked names above for further details)

 

 

The airman who survived with severe injuries was:

 

Sgt W G Banham

 

Sgt Banham was very seriously injured and following initial treatment at Banff hospital was transferred to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

 


 

Footnote:

 

Three members of the above crew had been badly hurt in another crash on the 5th August:- Crawford, Monger-Godfrey and Crane. This was in Wellington ICT2966 C and it was training. This aircraft overshot the airfield and came down at Quarry Wood on the Western edge of the town of Elgin.

 

Other crew members of this incident were Sgt J F Haymen who died of his burns, and Sgt N Wood RCAF, who survived with injuries.

 

 

 

 

 

Crash Site Photos

 

At the moment, there are no photos of this crash site.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Crash Date / Site

 

Accident Date: 29 Sep 1942

 

Accident Site:

More Head

(coastal cliffs)

 

Region: Aberdeenshire (Banffshire)

 

Nearest town or village:

MacDuff or Gardenstown

 

Nearest large town:

Banff (S) (A95/A97)

 

OS Grid Ref. N/A

 

GPS Ref: N/A

 

Present Condition: Unknown.

 

 

 

Aircraft Details

 

Registration or Serial: ICN2758

 

Squadron Code: ZT-J (Training)

 

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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