Visit to Hampden Bomber Crash Site Windy Gyle in the Borders

Had a grand walk with Seymour Leader of the Borders SAR team, he took me to a aircraft crash site in the Borders. The weather was grand and the back held up. We had a grand walk with some great company and some incredible subjects discussed from Poetry  to Politics, I learned so much, many thanks Seymour.

The Hampden Bomber Crashed in 17 March 1940 killing all the crew.  This Hampden bomber had left its base at RAF Waddington for an anti-shipping patrol to Heligoland on its return flight, however, the aircraft apparently strayed off-course, ultimately crashing into high ground between Cock Law and Windy Gyle.



The aircraft’s bomb load exploded on impact, killing the four crew on board.

Malfunctioning direction finding equipment producing an inaccurate QDM (magnetic drift factor) is reported to have contributed to the accident. It was a grand day out in the beautiful Borders and tomorrow I will be speaking at the 50 th Anniversary Dinner of the Borders Team it will be a great night.

About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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2 Responses to Visit to Hampden Bomber Crash Site Windy Gyle in the Borders

  1. nwwalks says:

    You got a grid reference for that site Heavy? must have walk past it a hundred times and never seen it. Lots of crash sites on Cheviot, to many in a short time?


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