Wellington Bomber and Loch Ness
|On New Years Eve in 1940 a training flight went
horribly wrong when a Wellington N2980 Bomber suffered engine
Most of the crew was ordered to bail out, leaving the Captain
and a second pilot to deal with the failing aircraft.
Luckily, the pilots spotted a nearby body of water and managed
to make a perfect landing on Loch Ness - bailing from the bomber
before it vanished beneath the water. Aside from one fatality
when a parachute failed to open the crew survived the ordeal.
The plane, unfortunately, was lost beneath the waters of the Loch.
| The wreck had lain beneath the water
for almost 40 years before divers stumbled across the wreckage
in almost perfect condition.
It was finally recovered from its watery bed in September, 1985.
The aircraft is now in Brooklands Museum, Weybridge and is one
of two Wellington Bombers still intact.
Information from the World
War 2 in the Highlands online resource.