My trip to my local Corbett Ben Rinnes (The Headland Hill) last week in very bad weather with a good friend John Ritchie who is a very active aircraft historian visited the site of the Wellington Crash near the summit. The summit has the great name Scurran Of Lochterlandloch and the name Scurran (is applied to the other two tors on this magic wee hill. Many thanks for reminding me of this Donald Watt and Hamish Brown! Hamish Brown’s Mountain Walk and Climbing the Corbetts is a great book for information on the hills in Scotland. (My blog on the 12 May has a bit more information on the aircraft and mountain)
Ben Rinnes was the scene of a terrible plane crash on 14th November 1943.
A Wellington Bomber HF746 of No20 Operational Training Unit, based at Lossiemouth, crashed into Ben Rinnes whilst on a navigational exercise. Both crew were killed.
John works for a well known aircraft company has access to a Wellington frame and from this he has shown where these parts of the aircraft we found are in the structure.
From John “Bits we found probably originate within the red rectangles on these pictures. The nacelle (3rd picture, removed from the wing) – we probably saw skin sections from one of these as well.”
Fuel and oil tanks live on top of the nacelle.
More photos from the crash site.