BELOW: RAF Vickers Wellington bombers.
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Aircraft Type and Background
RAF Vickers 290 Wellington Mk IA / IC T2966-C
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 Alan Leishman and Steven Spink.]
Vickers Wellington IC T2966-C of 20 OTU was on a training exercise. However, the aircraft crashed into trees on overshoot after the port engine failed.
Aircraft Crew Casualty / Survivors
One crew member lost his life in the incident involving Wellington IC T2966-C. Four survived with injuries. The airman who died was:
(Sgt Heyman was buried at Ashford (Bybrook) Cemetery, Kent.)
(Please click on the hyperlinked name above for further details at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's website.)
The airmen who survived with injuries were:
Sgt (Obs.) William Dunlop Cram Crawford, RAF.
Sgt (Obs.) Stanley Edward Monger-Godfrey (22), RAFVR
Flt /Sgt Beverly Dwight Crane (21), RCAF.
Sgt N Wood RCAF
Crash Date / Site
Accident Date: 5 Aug 1942
Nearest town or village:
Nearest large town: Elgin
OS Grid Ref. N/A
GPS Ref: N/A
Present Condition: Until a few years ago, wreckage parts remained buried under the north cliff of the quarry. However, since then, the site has been excavated and the wreckage recovered.
Registration or Serial: IC T2966-C
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.)
Current Station Status: Operational Military Air Station (RAF).
Current Station Name: RAF Lossiemouth (EGQS)
Satellite Station Location: Elgin, Moray
Current Satellite Station Status: Closed 1947. Now derelict.
RAF Elgin (Bogs O''Mayne)
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Vickers Wellington T2966
Oakwood, Quarry Wood, Elgin, Moray