Our next meeting is at the usual time of 7:30 pm on the 10th March
Strut member Robert Ross will tell us about recovering Wellington bomber “R for Richard” from Loch Ness.
On 31/12/1940, while on a training flight over Scotland with 20 Operational Training Unit at RAF Lossiemouth, N2980 developed engine trouble and ditched in Loch Ness. All eight men on board
escaped, but the rear gunner unfortunately died when his parachute failed to deploy.
In 1976 the Wellington was located in the Loch by a team of American Loch Ness Monster hunters and was successfully salvaged on 21/9/85 by the Loch Ness Wellington Association assisted by the National Heritage Memorial Fund. Despite nearly forty-five years underwater, the aeroplane was remarkably well
preserved. The tail lights still worked when connected to a modern battery and many of the crew’s personal effects remained in the fuselage.