Wellington R1646 - Glen Clunie

Profiles of the crew onboard
Crash Site in the Hills

Crash Site of Wellington R1646 from 20 OTU

Quite why Wellington R1646 crashed in Corrie-dhub, Glen Clunie is not certain. Initial searches for the aircraft and crew when first reported missing were carried out at sea, the thought being that they had been lost somewhere off the Scottish coast. An estimated position of 57 55N 01 50W was even noted in the 20 OTU Operations Record Book. The actual location that the aircraft crashed is a good 60 miles (96 km) south from Lossiemouth, well inland. It's believed that at the time of the crash the Wellington may have been attempting to return to Lossiemouth as it was travelling in a northerly direction.

Images from 1975:

Engine engine

Images from 1999:

scattered wreckage engine in the burn wreckage

Images from 2003:

wreckage in snow October 2003 area of impact still clearly visible wreckage lower down hillside

Images from 2004:

Wreckage found lying some distance below crash site

Thanks to Colin Mackenzie for images taken in 1975 and Andy Brown for images taken in 1999.
2003 & 2004 images taken by Linzee Druce
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