Additions and Updates
(Most recent at top)
Update (24 October 2014)
Crash at Little Hill of Donald Young , Grampians, Angus, in 1944.
(More wreckage photos added Photos kindly provided by Neil Daniel.)
NEW (23 October 2014)
Crash at Hill of Arisdale , Yell, Shetland Islands, in 1942.
(With photos and data kindly provided by Richard Hobby.)
NEW (14 October 2014)
Crash at Hill of Fingray , Tarfside, Angus / Aberdeenshire boundary, in 1940.
(With photos and data kindly provided by Jerry Drury.)
Update (7 October 2014)
Crash at Ben Lui , near Tyndrum, Stirling, in 1941.
(More wreckage photos added (5 pages: Pages 1-B, 1-C, 1-D, 1-E and 1-F). Photos kindly provided by Gary Nelson.)
NEW (20 September 2014)
Crash at Prestwick Airport, Prestwick, South Ayrshire, in 1992.
(With accident details and other data kindly provided by Gordon Macadie)
NEW (17 September 2014)
Crash at Goldscleugh, The Cheviot, Northumberland, England, in 1939.
(With pilot details, other data and crash site photos kindly provided by Gary Nelson)
NEW (10 September 2014)
Crash in vicinity of Aviemore / Boat of Garten (near slopes of Beinn Ghuilbin), Aviemore, Cairngorms, Highland, in 1943.
(With crew details, other data and crash site photos kindly provided by Gary Nelson)
Update (8 September 2014)
Crash at Cuidhe Crom , Lochnagar, Cairngorms, Aberdeenshire, in 1949.
(More wreckage photos added (3 pages: Pages 1-B, 1-C, and 1-D). Photos kindly provided by Gary Nelson.)
NEW (21 August 2014)
Crash at Maodal, Northton, South Harris, Outer Hebrides / Western Isles in 1990.
(With accident information kindly provided by Donald McLean
NEW (18 August 2014)
Crash at Hillhead Farm, Slamannan, Falkirk, in 1941.
(With accident details, recovered item photos, and memorial service photos kindly provided by Alan Leishman
Update (11 August 2014)
Crash at Carn an t-Sagairt Mòr , Grampians, Aberdeenshire, in 1956.
(More wreckage photos added (4 pages: Pages 1-B, 1-C, 1-D, and 1-E). Photos kindly provided by Gary Nelson.)
NEW (25 July 2014)
Crash at Balmavicar, Mull of Kintyre, Argyll, in 1941.
(With crew details, other information and crash site photos kindly provided by Alan Thomson
Update (22 July 2014)
Crash at Glenouther Moor , by Stewarton, East Ayrshire / East Renfrewshire boundary, in 1941.
(Wreckage photos added. Items recovered from crash site and now on display at Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum. Photos kindly provided by Alan Leishman of that Museum.)
NEW (19 July 2014)
Crash at RAF Ayr (Heathfield), Prestwick, South Ayrshire, in 1941.
(With Accident Report and other information kindly provided by Gordon Macadie, and full crew / passenger list kindly provided by Alan Leishman.)
Update (16 July 2014)
Crash at Mullach Buidhe , Isle of Arran, North Ayrshire, in 1941.
(Document added: "Re-Examination of Accident Causes" (Page 3). Document kindly provided by Gordon Macadie.
NEW (15 July 2014)
Crash at Mel Fea, Rackwick, Isle of Hoy, Orkney, in 1942.
(With photos and information kindly provided by Steven Mckee.)
NEW (11 July 2014)
Crash at Braeriach— Sròn na Lairige, Cairngorm Mountains, Aberdeenshire, in 1943.
(With photos and information kindly provided by Gary Nelson and Neil Daniel.)
NEW (3 July 2014)
Crash near Cumnock, East Ayrshire, in 1941.
(With accident details kindly provided by Chris Morgan.)
NEW (1 July 2014)
Crash at Little Hill of Donald Young, Glen Lethnot, Angus (Grampian Mountains) in 1944.
(With information and crash site photos kindly provided by Jerry Drury.)
See Additions Pending list below.
Request for Photos
Crash site and / or memorial photos would be very much appreciated for those aircraft below marked as 'Photos Requested'.
Photo categories sought:
1) Air crash sites (locations) in Scotland, with or without wreckage photos.
2) Related memorial / monument photos taken onsite; or related monument photos taken elsewhere at gravesides, etc.
3) Individual air crew photos (with consent of relatives).
See under Additions Pending below for some of the crash sites for which photos are being requested.
If you have photos of a crash site in Scotland that is not on the Additions Pending list, these would be very welcome. This crash site will be added to the list.
The following aircraft and / or crash sites will be added later.
The additions, however, will not necessarily appear in the order shown below.
USAAF Consolidated B-24D Liberator 42-72851
Crash at Lochmaddy, North Uist, in 1943.
[Wreckage photos requested]
RAF Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IIa P8187
Ditched and sank in Lake of Menteith, Aberfoyle, in 1943.
RAF Bristol Beaufighter LZ294
crash on take-off at Strath Farm, Watten, Wick, Caithness, in 1943.
RAF Short Sunderland ML858,
crash at Gleann Mor, St. Kilda, in 1944.
RAF Boeing-Vertol CH-47 Chinook ZD576 (helicopter)
crash at Beinn na Lice, Mull of Kintyre, in 1994.
[Memorial / site photos requested]
RAF (RCAF) Hawker Typhoon IB JR439
Crash at Loch Skerrow, New Galloway, in 1944.
RAF Avro Anson Mk.I EG693
Crash at Craigronald Hill, Cairnsmore of Fleet, in 1944.
RAF Avro Anson Mk.I DJ575
Crash at Brownhill Farm, Carsphairn, Kirkcudbrightshire, in 1942.
North American Mustang III P-51C HB882 PK-M (315 Polish Squadron.)
Crash near Maud, Aberdeenshire, in 1944.
[Wreckage photos requested]
BOAC Lockheed 14-WF62 Super Electra G-AFKD
Crash at Beinn Uird, E of Loch Lomond, in 1940.
RAF Sepecat Jaguar T2 XX144
Crash landing after failure of undercarriage at RAF Lossiemouth, in 1974. (w/o)
RAF A.W. Whitley Mk.V P5041.
Crash near Balmavicar, Mull of Kintyre, in 1941.
P.L.M. Helicopters Bell 206 (Jet Ranger) G-BAYA.
Crash at Loch Avon, Inverness-shire, in 1977.
Dan Air Hawker Siddeley HS 748-2 G-AZSU.
Crash at Sumburgh Airport, Shetland, in 1977.
Dan Air Hawker Siddeley HS 748 G-BEKF
Crash at Sumburgh Airport, Shetland, in 1979.
RAF Vickers Wellington HF746.
Crash at Ben Rinnes, Moray, in 1943.
[Wreckage photos requested]
RAF AEW.2 Avro Shackleton WR965.
Crash at Maodal, South Harris, Outer Hebrides, in 1990.
RAF Hawker Hurricane Mk.I Z4180 56 OTU.
Crash at Culteuchar Hill, Glenearn Estate by Forgandenny, Perth and Kinross, in 1942.
RAF Avro Lancaster SW326.
Crash at Tain Bombing Range, Ross and Cromarty, in 1948.
(With information kindly provided by Larry Wright (Canada)).
[Site (location) and / or wreckage photos requested]
RAF Avro Lancaster SW361.
Crash at Kinloss, Moray, in 1948.
(With information kindly provided by Larry Wright (Canada))
RAF Bristol Beaufighter T3428 (RAAF crew).
Crash at Kyles Hill, Polwarth, Scottish Borders, in 1943.
[Site (location) photos requested]
RAF Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR. Mk 1, XV799.
Crash near Kyle of Lochalsh in 1972.
[Site (location) photos requested]
More to follow.
Occasionally, other aircraft may be added which are not shown in the above list.
RAF Memorial on Isle of Hirta, St Kilda, in the Outer Hebrides. (With photos kindly provided by Iain.)
RAF 58 OTU Memorial unveiling ceremony at Grangemouth in 2008.
Service of Dedication Ceremony and the Unveiling of Spitfire X4859 that took place at (the former) RAF Grangemouth in Stirlingshire, on Thursday 9 May 2013.
Wing Commander D. B. C. Walker (war grave, Pamplona, Spain). (Awareness project by Steve Mullis)
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BELOW: A winter view of the path to Glen Esk / Glen Lee.
Crashes at Glen Esk / Glen Lee include Wellington, Whitley, and Mosquito aircraft.
This photo was taken looking directly toward the Mosquito wreck. The wreckage lies about 3km on the other side of the hill as the crow flies, or about 7km on foot. The point from which this photo was taken is about 5km from the car park.
Photo: © 2013 Gary Nelson
Two of these aircraft crashed at Ben Macdui in Scotland in 2001.
Photo: 2010 Jerry Gunner from Lincoln, UK.
BELOW: Bf 110 E-1, Deblin-Irena (Poland 1942).
Rudolf Hess is believed to have used a Messerschmitt similar to this on his flight from Augsburg in Bavaria to Eaglesham in Scotland.
Photo: B. Huber
BELOW: An RN Fairey Firefly.
One of this type crashed at Cuidhe Crom, Lochnagar, Braemar in 1949.
BELOW: An RAF Liberator LB-30
One of this type crashed at Drigmorn Hill near Newton Stewart.
Photo [pre-1957] Taken by an employee of the UK government. Photo now in the public domain.
BELOW: RAF Hercules C-130 transport.
One of this type crashed near Loch Loch and is featured on this website. However, new photos of the crash site and memorials were added in August 2011.
Photo: 2006 Adrian Pingstone ('Arpingstone')
Released by the author to the public domain under Wikimedia Commons licensing arrangement.
BELOW: A Lockheed Hudson Mk V light bomber.
A Mark I variant of this aircraft crashed while taking off at Wick (old) airfield in 1941.
Photo: Crown Copyright (expired)
Aircraft Crash Sites in Scotland
Scotland is already a fascinating part of the UK to visit, with a rich and interesting history. However, another part of the nation`s heritage is its involvement in the allied war effort, and it retains a broad catalogue of aircraft crash sites, as well as civil crash sites. Some of these are mentioned below. Many of Scotland`s World War II crash sites still hold remnants of the aircraft, while others have memorials in place. While some are on hills, islands and mountains inaccessible or far from any town, others are reasonably accessible to moderately experienced walkers.
Some Crash Site Examples
Beinn a` Bhuird near Allanaquoich and Braemar, Aberdeenshire. Airspeed Oxford Mk II, 10 January 1945. Crew: Sqn/Ldr Karel Kvapil (26),Pilot; F/O Leo Linhart (32), Pilot; F/O Jan Vella DFC (39), Pilot; F/O Valter Kauders (26), Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; W/O Rudolph Jelen (22), Pilot.
Gallow Hill near Tealing and Milton of Ogilvie, Angus. Avro Anson, 23 June 1945. Flt Sgt Kenneth George Mayne (28), RAFVR, Pilot.
Succoth Glen, Corrow near Lochgoilhead, Argyll. B-29A Superfortress, 17 January 1949. At least 20 deceased: Pilot, 1/Lt. Sheldon C. Craigmyle; Co-pilot, 1/Lt. Myrton Patrick Barry; Navigator, 1/Lt. Richard D. Klingenberg; Bombardier 1/Lt Robert A Fritsche; T/Sgt Delbert E Cole; M/Sgt Wayne W Baker; T/Sgt John B Lapicca; S/Sgt Malcolm W Bovard; Sgt Anthony V Chrisides; Sgt Rufus W Mangum; PFC Jack L Heacock; M/Sgt Henry P Prestoch; T/Sgt Frank M Dobbs Jr; Sgt Cecil G Jones; Sgt Charles W Hess; PFC Robert Brown Jr; T/Sgt Rufus G Taylor; Sgt Paul W Knight; PFC Frederick N Cook; PFC Bruce J Krumhols.
Blaeloch Hill, near Largs and Fairlie, Ayrshire. Fairey Firefly, 26 October 1944. Sub/Lt. James Henry Fairclough, pilot; Sub/Lt. Anthony John King, navigation.
Bowbeat Hill, near Innerleithen and Peebles, Borders / Midlothian. Gloster Javelin FAW.6, 21 November 1960. Pilot Flight Lt Victor Leslie Hill; Flight Lt John Michael Knight, navigation.
Bennanbrack, near Glentrool Village, Dumfries and Galloway. Avro Anson, 21 July 1944. Crew unknown, believed four people perished.
Maol Odhar, near Kilmaliue, Strontian and Inversanda, Highland. McDonnell F-101C Voodoo, 5 May 1964. Capt. Morris H Reed, Pilot, 28. Substantial aircraft remains but spread over wide area, inaccessible to all but very experienced climbers.
Corryfoyness, near Achmony, Drumnadrochit and Loch Ness, Highland. De Havilland Mosquito, 25 November 1943. F/Lt Burfield, F/O Barron (both survived).
Cauldron Hill, near Greenock and Inverkip, Inverclyde. Avro Anson, 26 July 1939. Pilot Sgt Robson, L/ac Ball; Ac Ward; Mr. Harold John Reynolds (believed all survived, some serious injuries).
Hare Hill, near Balerno and Edinburgh, Lothian. Ju 88A-14, 25 March 1943. Oberleutnant Fritz Forster, pilot. Obergefreiter Heinz Kristall, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Unteroffizier Horst Bluhm, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Gefreiter Willi Euler, Air Gunner.
Cuilags, Isle of Hoy, Orkney. Consolidated GR V Liberator (B-24D-DT), 1 January 1945. W/O Oldrich Bures (35); F/Sgt Milos Bodlak (22); F/Sgt Otto Mandler (age unknown); F/Sgt Zdenek Launer (age unknown); F/Sgt Ivo Karel Englander (20); F/Sgt Antonin Bednar (31); F/Sgt Jaroslav Zapletal (33); Sgt Martin Dorniak (29).
Queenside Muir, near Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire. Hawker Typhoon, 24 January 1943. F/O Steven A. N. Gould.
Vaasetter, Fair Isle, Shetland. Heinkel He 111 H-2, 17 January 1941. Lieutenant Karl Heinz Thurz (20), Pilot (survived); Wetterdienst Insp. A. Kr Leo Gburek, meteorologist; Feldwebel Josef Wohlfahrt, 1st Wireless Operator (survived); Gefreiter Georg Nentwig, 2nd Wireless Operator; Unteroffizier Bernard Luking, engineer/air gunner (survived).
Visiting these sites can make an interesting twist on an already enjoyable walking excursion. It allows visitors to experience the natural beauty of Scotland, while still not being completely cut off from any human influences - witnessing an isolated crash site from over 60 years ago can be a very humbling experience. Visiting a Scottish crash site can also provide a focus for an exploration tour, giving your trip a greater sense of purpose and achievement. By using online discount codes, you may even be able to get to towns near to the sites cheaply, or find somewhere to stay, and other things to do, for less.
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