Vickers Wellington R1164

Box Law, Largs, N. Ayrshire

 
     
 
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Aircraft Type Photo

 

BELOW: An RAF Vickers Wellington bomber.

 

An RAF Vickers Wellington bomber in flight

 

Photo: Source unknown

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Type and Background

 

RAF Vickers Wellington IC / R1164

 


 

(Click here for RAF history of this type)

 

Aircraft Type Nickname: Wimpy (or Wimpey).

 

 

The Wellington was a medium bomber, of which there were 16 variants, the first Wellington bombers were powered by two 1,050 hp Bristol Pegasus Mk. I radial engines. It had a maximum speed of 235 mph (410 km/h)

 

Like the Vickers Wellesley, the Wellington was constructed using a geodetic (lattice) framework to provide additional strength and durability for the fuselage. As a result of this design by Barnes Wallis, Wellington bombers were able to survive and return safely to base even after sustaining considerable damage.

 

The first Wellingtons entered service with No. 99 Squadron RAF. Later, an improved version entered service with RAF Bomber Command. The aircraft carried a crew of six.

 


 

BELOW: A Vickers Wellington Mk 1A (N2980) on display at Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, Surrey, UK.

 

Note the geodetic structure which strengthened this aircraft very considerably, and enabled it to continue flying after sustaining heavy damage.

 

Vickers Wellington Mk 1A (N2980) on display at Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, Surrey

 

Photo: 2006 Tony Tipton

 

(CC-BY-2.5. Released by the author under GNU Free Documentation License.)

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Accident Details

 

This aircraft was on a ferry flight from RAF Kirkbride in Cumbria (RAF 41 Group Maintenance) to RAF Lossiemouth in Morayshire, when it crashed into Box Law; a hill just E of Largs, North Ayrshire.

The circumstances surrounding the crash are unknown.

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Pilot Casualty

 

The ferry pilot who died in this accident was:

Contrary to the date given on the CWGC website, F/O Millar died on 25 January 1941 when his aircraft crashed. However his body was not found until the 28 January. [Many thanks to Alan Leishman for these details.]

 

 

(Please click on the hyperlinked name above for further details at the Commonwealth War Grave Commission's website.)

 

 

Details of other crew members are unknown.

 


 

Pilot Memorial Plaque

 

BELOW: This memorial, located at the crash site, shows the aircraft and final resting place of the pilot from Wellington R1164 that crashed on Box Law near Largs, North Ayrshire.

 

Memorial showing aircraft and final resting place of pilot from Wellington R1164 that crashed on Box Law near Largs

 

Photo: © 2015 Ian Tulloch and Eddie Haley

 

 

 

 

 

Crash Site Photos

 

 

Remembrance Photos

 

 

BELOW: To commemorate those who died when this aircraft crashed, a wreath and cross were placed here by Ian Tulloch (left) and Eddie Haley (right), accompanied by Lucy (Collie).

 

Ian Tulloch and Eddie Haley, accompanied by Lucy (Collie).

 

Photo: © 2014 Ian Tulloch

 


 

BELOW: Ian and Eddie re-visited the area to place a more recent memorial wreath and cross at the site.

 

This wreath and cross replaces the earlier one in the photos shown below.

 

Ian and Eddie visited the site to place a more recent memorial wreath and cross at the site.

 

Photo: © 2014 Ian Tulloch and Eddie Haley

 


 

Earlier Photos

 

BELOW: Approaching the remaining debris of Wellington R1164 at Box Law.

 

approaching the debris from the wellington at box law, largs.

 

Photo: © 2014 David McRonald

 


 

Forever Remembered: Note the poppy wreath placed among the wreckage

 

a poppy wreath lies among this collection of wreckage.

 

Photo: © 2014 David McRonald

 


 

BELOW: Another view of the wreckage and the poppy wreath.

 

another view of the wreckage and poppy wreath.

 

Photo: © 2014 David McRonald

 


 

BELOW: The small memorial cross can be seen in the ground below the wreath.

 

a small memorial cross below the wreath.

 

Photo: © 2014 David McRonald

 


 

BELOW: A closer view of the memorial wreath and cross placed here by Ian Tulloch and Eddie Haley, with Lucy.

 

a closer view of the memorial cross and wreath.

 

Photo: © 2014 David McRonald

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

General Crash Site Photos

 

 

BELOW: The main debris field from RAF Vickers Wellington R1164, which crashed at Box Law near Largs, North Ayrshire.

 

Because of the highly fragmented nature of the wreckage, very few parts remain that can be positively identified.

 

main debris field from vickers wellington bomber at box law, largs

 

Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW: Aluminium skinning, spars, and other assorted wreckage from the Wellington.

 

aluminium skinning, spars, and other assorted wreckage from the Wellington

 

Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW: Another pile of wreckage from the bomber.

 

wreckage pile from the bomber

 

Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel

 

 



 

 

BELOW: Another view of the boggy ground on Box Law near Largs where the remaining fragmented wreckage of the Wellington bomber lies.

 

boggy ground where fragmented wreckage lies

 

Photo: © 2013 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: One of the Wellington's bevel gear assemblies.

 

one of the bevel gear assemblies

 

Photo: © 2013 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Fragmented airframe and skinning.

 

fragmented framework and skinning

 

Photo: © 2013 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Close-up view of fragmented airframe.

 

close-up view of fragmented framework

 

Photo: © 2013 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: View of crash site in relation to surrounding moorland at Box Law.

 

A body of water lies straight ahead of this photo, just below the horizon.

 

view of crash site in relation to surrounding moorland at box law

 

Photo: © 2013 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: The crash site in relation to Box Law (background).

 

the crash site in relation to box law

 

Photo: © 2013 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Sheathed and braided cables.

 

sheathed and braided cables

 

Photo: © 2013 Gary Nelson

 

 

MORE PHOTOS BELOW

 

 


 

 

 

 

 


 

BELOW: The debris field, with the body of water at the left of the photo.

 

another view of the debris field

 

Photo: © 2013 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: A closer view of this part of the debris field.

 

closer view of this part of the debris field

 

Photo: © 2013 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Oxygen bottle (?)

 

possibly, oxygen bottle

 

Photo: © 2013 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Molten metalwork.

 

molten metalwork

 

Photo: © 2013 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: A general view of the debris field.

 

general view of the debris field, with knockside hills in the distance.

 

Photo: © 2013 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Tubular wreckage sections.

 

Parts of these sections appear to show signs of exposure to fire at high temperatures.

 

tubular wreckage sections

 

Photo: © 2013 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: The wreckage can be found at various points along the length of this boggy ditch.

 

wreckage spread along length of boggy ditch

 

Photo: © 2013 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Another section of wreckage from Wellington R1164.

 

another section of wreckage

 

Photo: © 2013 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: The bevel gear and tubular sections close up.

 

bevel gear and tubular sections close up

 

Photo: © 2013 Gary Nelson

 

 



 

 

Earlier Photos

 

BELOW: The very highly fragmented debris field at Box Law. This is almost all that remains of the Wellington bomber.

 

The Wellington's very fragmented debris field at box law

 

Photo: ©  2007 Giovanni Metra

 


 

BELOW: One of the few larger pieces of remaining wreckage.

 

a few larger pieces of the remaining wreckage

 

Photo: ©  2007 Giovanni Metra

 


 

BELOW: Remains of bevel gear  from one of the engines.

 

remains of reduction gear

 

Photo: ©  2007 Giovanni Metra

 


 

BELOW: More fragmented parts from the Wellington.

 

more fragmented parts from the Wellington

 

Photo: ©  2007 Giovanni Metra

 


 

BELOW: The small body of water at the top left of this picture lies just below Box Law and close to the crash site.

 

debris field not far from small body of water

 

Photo: ©  2007 Giovanni Metra

 


 

BELOW: Some of the wreckage lies in muddy or boggy ground.

 

Some wreckage lies in muddy or boggy ground

 

Photo: ©  2007 Giovanni Metra

 


 

BELOW: Some of the remaining wreckage parts from the Vickers Wellington bomber. The parts appear to have been collected and piled by hand.

 

pile of wreckage from wellington bomber

 

Photo: ©  2007 Steve White

 


 

BELOW: Highly fragmented remains of the Wellington bomber. The gear assembly can just be seen on the left of the photo.

 

fragmented remains of vickers wellington R1164

 

Photo: ©  2007 Steve White

 


 

BELOW: Close-up of a bevel gear assembly from one of the Wellington's four Bristol Pegasus engines.

 

close-up of wellington reduction gear assembly

 

Photo: ©  2007 Steve White

 


 

BELOW: Another view of the many fragments remaining onsite.

 

another view of debris field

 

Photo: ©  2007 Steve White

 


 

BELOW: More fragmented parts lying in the boggy ground around Box Law.

 

more fragmented parts lying in the boggy ground

 

Photo: ©  2007 Steve White

 


 

BELOW: A few larger parts of the wreckage. At this crash site, most of the remaining parts are too fragmented to identify positively.

 

a few larger pieces of wreckage

 

Photo: ©  2007 Steve White

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Crash Date / Site

 

 

Page last updated: 21 Sep 2015

 


 

Accident Date: 25 Jan 1941

 

Accident Site:

Box Law (474m)

 

(Lying on the hillside SW of Box Law summit.)

 

Region: North Ayrshire (Clyde-Muirshiel Regional Park)

 

Nearest town or village:

Largs

 

Nearest large towns: Largs (W) or Kilbirnie (E)

 

OS Grid Ref. N/A

 

GPS Ref: NS 25626 60970 (collected debris)

 

GPS Ref: NS 25661 60929 (majority of remains)

 

Present Condition: The wreckage was removed from the site by an RAF recovery team. Fragments remaining onsite consist mostly of small bits of tubing and panels.

 


 

 

Air crashes in this vicinity:

 

 

South side of A760:

 

1) RN Fairey Firefly DT977, Blaeloch Hill.

(Now within the grounds of a publicly-accessible wind farm at Kelburn Estate.)
Some parts, including engine, remain at the crash site, and are described on information boards by the wind farm operators (RES). RES have created a visitor's car park off the A760, and walking routes for the area. [Map and route details here.]

 

 

North side of A760:

 

2) RAF de Havilland Devon VP969, Slaty Law / Box Law.

Wings, engines and under-carriage, etc., remain at the site.

 

3) RAF Vickers Wellington R1164, Box Law.

(The aircraft on this page.)

Fragmented wreckage only remains at the crash site.

 

4) BEA Vickers Viking G-AIVE, Irish Law.

Wings, engines and under-carriage, etc., remain at the site.

 

5) RN Supermarine Sea Spitfire ('Seafire'). Hill of Stake.

All remaining wreckage now removed from the site.

 

6) Northern Scottish Airways Spartan Cruiser, Hill of Stake.

Remaining fuselage shell was recovered from the site in 1973. Now at the National Museum of Flight, East Fortune.

 

7) RAF Bristol Beaufort L9817, Knockside Hills, S of Irish Law.
Wreckage removed by RAF recovery team. Fragments only remain at the crash site.

 

8) Starways Douglas C-47B Dakota G-AMRB, Greenside Hill, SE of Irish Law.

Fragments only remain at the crash site.

 

 

 

Aircraft Details

 

 

Registration or Serial: R1164

 

Operator: RAF (20 Operational Training Unit (OTU); (later transferred to No. 91 Group))

 

Operating Base: RAF Lossiemouth (ferry flight to); RAF No. 91 Group Bomber OTU. Operating base also for No. 46 Maintenance Unit (MU), and RN HMS Fulmar.

 

Base Location: Lossiemouth, Morayshire, 5 miles N of Elgin.

 

Current Airport Status: Operational Military Airport.

 

Current Airport Name: RAF Lossiemouth (EGQS)

 

 

 

 

 

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