Avro Lancaster TX264

Beinn Eighe, Wester Ross, Highland

 
     
 
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PAGE 1-B:   Wreckage Among Boulders Below Triple Buttress

 

 

 

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Aircraft: Avro Lancaster TX264 on Beinn Eighe

 

 

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Wreckage Among Boulders Below Triple Buttress

 

(Various pieces and first three Merlin engines.)

 

 

BELOW: Wreckage area.

 

From the impact point on the summit, wreckage is scattered down 'Fuselage Gully' (broken yellow line *) to the lower slopes and almost to the edge of the loch (solid yellow line). The photos on these pages start at the lower slopes and work upward toward the summit.

 

( * The broken yellow line indicates the approximate location of the gully. However, from the present camera angle, the gully is obscured by the right hand buttress.)

 

Wreckage area

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

 

NOTE: The photos on the next two pages were taken of parts which have found their way down onto the boulder field below the Triple Buttress. It is these parts which are most encountered by walkers as they are relatively easy to access. The stuff in 'Fuselage Gully' and at the impact point is much more innaccessible.

 

 

 

BELOW: The first piece of wreckage I came across, lying in the burn not far from the loch [Gary Nelson].

 

The first piece of wreckage I came across, lying in the burn not far from the loch [Gary Nelson].

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Large fuel tank lying in a pool.

 

Large fuel tank lying in a pool.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: There are hundreds of pieces like this scattered aroung the boulders.

 

There are hundreds of pieces like this scattered aroung the boulders.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Another piece lying a long way down near to Loch Coire Mhic Fearchair.

 

Another piece lying a long way down near to Loch Coire Mhic Fearchair.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: There is a lot of wreckage lying amongst these boulders leading up to 'Fuselage Gully', which is the gully to the left of centre.

 

There is a lot of wreckage lying amongst these boulders leading up to 'Fuselage Gully'.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW (Next 3 photos): Mainwheel (hub) and tyre. The undercarriage struts associated with this wheel are at the top of 'Fuselage Gully'.

 

(Next 3 photos): Mainwheel (hub) and tyre.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

 

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

 

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 

 

 

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BELOW: The most intact of the four Rolls Royce Merlin engines, curiously the furthest away from the impact point.

 

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: The manufacturer's stamp appears on this part of the engine casing.

 

The manufacturer's stamp appears on this part of the engine casing.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Internal mechanism partially exposed by this break in the casing.

 

Internal engine mechanism exposed by this break in the casing.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: The engine sitting in the burn, shown in relation to the loch.

 

The engine shown in relation to the burn flowing into the loch.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Radiator.

 

radiator.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: The Red Chute (left of centre), the most common route to the summit from Coire Mhic Fearchair.

 

The Red Chute (left of centre), the most common route to the summit from Coire Mhic Fearchair.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Triple Buttress (background). The lowest and most intact Merlin can be seen front centre (red arrow).

 

Triple Buttress. The lowest and most intact merlin can be seen front centre.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Heading uphill toward the gully. Wreckage in the foreground and further up the slope.

 

Heading uphill toward the gully.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: The above wreckage viewed from the side.

 

The above wreckage viewed from the side.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Unidentified part.

 

Unidentified part.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Part of an aileron from the trailing edge of the Lancaster's wing.

 

Part of an aileron from the trailing edge of the Lancaster's wing.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Another section of wing shown in relation to the Triple Buttress ahead.

 

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: More wreckage found further up the slope.

 

More wreckage found further up the slope.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: One of several large pieces of wing.

 

(Looking back down toward the loch.)

 

Looking back down toward the loch.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Although hard to spot on this photo this area is littered with wreckage.

 

Although hard to spot on this photo this area is littered with wreckage.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Unidentified section.

 

Unidentified section.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Large section of wing. On my two previous visits this piece was way higher up the boulder field just below the cliffs [Gary Nelson].

 

Large section of wing.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Another large piece of wing. This is the underside.

 

Another large piece of wing. This is the underside.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: A closer view of this part of the wing showing hillwalkers / climbers' names and other graffiti covering most of the surface.

 

A closer view of this part of the wing showing hillwalkers' names and other graffiti etched on the surface.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: The wing showing its position on the slope leading down to the loch.

 

The wing showing its position on the slope leading down to the loch.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: This is the topside of the wing with remains of the roundel.

 

This is the topside of the wing with remains of the roundel.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: The other mainwheel with the struts still attached (red arrow).

 

 The other mainwheel with the struts still attached (red arrow).

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: A closer view of the other mainwheel.

 

A closer view of the other mainwheel.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: The second Merlin engine. The nearer the impact point the more damaged the engine.

 

The second Merlin engine. The nearer the impact point the more damaged the engine.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Parts of the internal mechanism.

 

Parts of the internal mechanism.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: View showing extensive damage and corrosion.

 

View showing extensive damage and corrosion.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: This looked like a piece of a seat.

 

This looked like a piece of a seat.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: One of the many wreckage pieces that lie almost concealed or camouflaged among the boulders (red arrow).

 

Many wreckage fragments lie almost concealed among the boulders (red arrow).

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Although wreckage is scattered over the area in the foreground, only the large piece of wing can be seen (red arrow). The Red Chute is right of centre on this photo (yellow arrow).

 

Although wreckage is scattered over the area in the foreground, only the large piece of wing can be seen (red arrow).

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: A large piece of spar (nearest camera). There is a similar piece to this at the impact point.

 

One of the Lancaster's main wheels can be seen in the background (red arrow).

 

A large piece of spar.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: The third Merlin engine.

 

The third Merlin engine.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Side view of this engine.

 

Side view of this engine.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: View showing more of the damage sustained.

 

View showing more of the damage sustained.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: A piece of spar. A propeller with the plaque attached lies nearby.

 

A piece of spar; the propeller with the plaque attached, and pieces lying nearby.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: One of the Lancaster's propellers. A memorial plaque is affixed to a propeller blade (red arrow).

 

A second propellor is just below the entrance to 'Fuselage Gully'. The third is near the top of 'Fuselage Gully', and the fourth is at RAF Kinloss (now, Kinloss Barracks).

 

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: A closer view of the memorial plaque.

 

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 

 


 

BELOW: Part of connection to propeller hub.

 

Part of connection to propeller hub.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 

 

 

 


 

 

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