Aircraft Type Photo
BELOW: An Armstrong Whitworth A.W.38 Whitley bomber.
Photo: [pre 1940 / Public Domain]
Photo published in Aircraft of the Fighting Powers Vol. 1. Editors: H J Cooper, O G Thetford and D A Russell. Harborough Publishing Co., Leicester, England, 1940. [Wikipedia.]
Aircraft Type and Background
RAF Armstrong Whitworth AW.38 Whitley Mk.V / LA877, ZV-W
Aircraft Type Designation: Front line medium bomber.
The Whitley was an all-metal monoplane and medium-heavy bomber, fitted with two engines. Initially, these were Armstrong Siddeley Tiger IX (later reverting to VIII) engines. However, from the Whitley Mk IV, these were superseded by the more powerful Rolls Royce Merlin X piston engines.
The Whitley bomber entered service with the RAF in 1937 and was withdrawn in 1945. The aircraft carried a crew of four (six on the Mark VII).
Improvements to the Whitley Mark V (the variant featured here) included a Nash and Thomson powered tail turret with four 7.7mm (0.303in) machine guns, an extended rear fuselage to improve the tail gunner's view, and de-icing equipment.
The Whitley Mark V could carry up to 3,178kg (7,000lbs) of bombs distributed between the bomb bay and wing racks. It had a range of 2,654km (1,650 miles) and could fly at 357km/h (222mph).
Due to heavy losses and the introduction of more powerful 4-engine bombers, the Whitley was withdrawn from front-line service and allocated to Coastal Command. The Mark VII variant of the Whitley was equipped with ASV (Air to Surface Vessel) Mk II radar and proved effective in its role as a reconnaissance aircraft.
Some Whitley Mark V bombers were converted to freight-carrying aircraft operated by BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation). Flying at night, they ferried essential supplies between Gibraltar and Malta, until replaced by the more fuel-efficient Lockheed Hudsons.
Aircraft Crew Casualties
Those who died in this accident were:
Please click on the hyperlinked names above for further details at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's website.)
Crash Date / Site
Accident Date: 3 Jul 1943
Nearest main road: A889.
Region: Highland (Cairngorms).
Nearest town or village:
Nearest larger towns:
Fort William (W), Kingussie (NE) or Pitlochry (SE).
OS Grid Ref. N/A
GPS Ref: N/A
Present Condition: Some wreckage and individual parts remain at the crash site.
Registration or Serial: LA877, ZV-W
Operator: RAF (19 OTU (Operational Training Unit))
Operating Station: RAF Kinloss / satellite of RAF Lossiemouth.
Station Location: (RAF Kinloss) Kinloss, Moray.
Current Airport Status:
RAF operations ceased in 2012. Now, Kinloss (Army) Barracks.
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A.W. Whitley LA877 ZV-W
Meallan Odhar, Laggan, Dalwhinnie