Vickers Wellington HX735

NW Scotland (lost at sea)

 
     
 
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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 VIII / HX735

 


 

(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

 

“Wellington aircraft HX735 of No 2 Squadron was detailed to carry out operational flight exercise No.3 on the 18 May, 1943. Aircraft was airborne at 1815hrs. The last position report from HX735 was at 2038hrs in position 56° 35’N, 10°00’W, and from that position he would set course for Barra Head. At 2252hrs Long Kesh heard HX735 but signals were very weak. No more was heard of the aircraft.

 

It would appear that the Navigator failed to make a landfall on Barra Head and continued on the course until over the north of Scotland. This is supported by the weak signals heard by Long Kesh. The aircraft was overdue at base when these signals were heard.

 

3 Wellingtons and 5 Ansons took off the next day on an extensive Search and the following day one Wellington searched the West Coast of Scotland for 5 hours. Nothing was seen.”

 

 

[Accident details kindly provided by Phil Hand.]

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Crew Fatalities

 

BELOW: Sgt Frank Ronald Bradbury (aka Ron Bradbury) (21), 1212185, RAFVR.


Wireless Operator/Air Gunner on Wellington Bomber HX735.

 

(Memorial: Panel 143, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.)

 

photo of frank ronald bradbury.

 

Photo: Courtesy, Phil Hand

 


 

Details of the rest of the crew are as follows:

  • F/O Donald Castleman Stone (23), 127880, Pilot, RAFVR.
    (Memorial: Panel 129, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.)

  • F/O (Temp) Peter Bryson Code (20), J.14853, Pilot, RCAF.
    (Memorial: Panel 173, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.)

  • Sgt John Burns, 1029148, W/Op. / Air Gnr., RAFVR.
    (Buried, Row E.E., Grave 5, Monk Hesleden (Blackhall) Cemetery, Durham.)

  • F/O (Temp) William Lawrence (30), Ausr408771, W/Op. / Air Gnr., RAAF.
    (Memorial: Panel 188, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.)

  • Sgt William Mycock (29), 1477933, Navigator / Bomber, RAFVR.
    (Buried, Row 4, Grave 9, Silksworth (St. Matthew) Churchyard, Durham.)

 

The body of Sgt Mycock was found off Benbecula on 30 May, and the body of Sgt Burns was found on the shore at Evie on 30 June. The remaining crew have never been found.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accident Report Form AM.1180

 

 

BELOW: First side of AM Form 1180.

 

form 1180 - first side.

 

Document: Courtesy, Phil Hand

 


 

BELOW: Second side of AM Form 1180.

 

form 1180 - second side.

 

Document: Courtesy, Phil Hand

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Crash Date / Site

 

 

Accident Date: 18 May 1943

 

Accident Site:

North-West Scotland. (Lost at sea.) Precise location unknown.

 

Area: Somewhere between Benbecula and Orkney (from Outer Hebrides to Orkney)

 

(Bodies recovered at Benbecula and Evie (Orkney).

 

Nearest town or village:

Unknown.

 

OS Grid Ref: N/A

 

GPS Refs: N/A.

 

Present Condition: Unknown.

 

 

 

Aircraft Details

 

 

Registration or Serial: HX735

 

Operator: RAF (2 Squadron; No.7 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit (7 OTU); No.17 Group.

 

Operating Station: RAF Limavady.

 

Station Location: Limavady, Co. Londonderry, N.Ireland.

 

Current Station Status: Closed and sold off in 1958.

 

 

 

Related Links

 

 

RAF and Related Links

2 Squadron

7 OTU

RAF Limavady

RAF Museum (London and Cosford)

RAF Vickers Wellington (History)

Vickers Wellington at RAF Brampton Wyton Henlow (The Pathfinder Museum

 

Other Vickers Wellington Links

Vickers Wellington at u.boat.net

Vickers Wellington at World War 2 Warbirds

 

 

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