Vickers Wellington Mk.III HF816 of No.20 OTU crashed on An Lurg in the Cairngorms on the 14th August 1944
|Philip Lionel Bennett Paterson||Pilot Officer||Pilot||Killed|
|James Michael Downey||Sergeant||Navigator||Killed|
|Harold Todhunter||Sergeant||2nd Navigator||Killed|
|Stephen Fraser||Sergeant||Bomb Aimer||Killed|
|Denis Henderson Rankin||Pilot Officer||Wireless Operator||Killed|
|Robert Arthur George Bailey||Sergeant||Air Gunner||Killed|
On the night of the 14th August 1944 Pilot Officer Paterson and his crew were briefed to carry out a cross country navigation training flight from RAF Lossiemouth. Having taken off from there the aircraft was not heard from again and once it’s expected time of return had passed overdue action was taken. At around 06:20 on the 15th RAF Lossiemouth received reports that and aircraft had ‘exploded’ in the air somewhere near Nethy Bridge on the edge of the Cairngorms. It took some time to locate the crash site and confirm which aircraft it was, as a consequence it was not until 22:30 on the 15th that the aircraft which had crashed on An Lurg, a hill covered by moorland to the NE of Bynack More, was identified as HF815.
Other than the report that the aircraft had exploded in flight there is little additional detail about what happened to the aircraft. The crater at the crash site and spread of wreckage suggests that it dived into the moorland after control of the aircraft had been lost.
The crew of the aircraft were buried at various locations, with two in Moray, one each in Cumbria, Northern Ireland, Suffolk and London.