Vickers Wellington Mk.IC T2707 / JM-Z of No.20 Operational Training Unit, crashed on the 13th February 1942 in Glen Affric, 20 miles ESE of Kyle of Lochalsh

Vickers Wellington Mk.X at the Royal Air Force Museum


Clifford Handley Sergeant Pilot Survived
Five other crew Unrecorded Unrecorded Survived


The crew were on a night cross country training flight from Lossiemouth when the starboard propeller came off, the aircraft could not maintain height on a single engine in icing conditions so the crew abandoned the aircraft, which then crashed in Glen Affric.

Sgt Clifford was killed on the 7th July 1942 while serving as a pilot with No.148 Squadron, he, and 4 other crew are buried at Fayid War Cemetery in Egypt. They were flying in Wellington Mk.IC DV603 and given that crews were formed at Operational Training Units, there is a possibility that they were also onboard T2707. The sixth man would have been a staff instructor from 20 OTU.

Smashed Bristol Pegasus engine at the crash site of Vickers Wellington T2707 in Glen Affric
A general view of where T2707 met its fate. The engine in the centre of the picture is probably the one that failed, as it is relatively intact where as the other was totally destroyed
Propeller at the crash site of Vickers Wellington T2707 in Glen Affric
One of the propellers from the aircraft, this was at one time stood up at the site and was more complete but is suffering from the effects of being exposed for 60 years.