Loch Ness Wellington 2020

This December 31st will be the 80th Anniversary of the 1940 ditching of N2980, R for Robert Wellington into Loch Ness. It is also thirty-five years since the wreckage of the Wellington was recovered for the bottom of Loch Ness, and began it’s remarkable renovation at Brooklands Museum where it now resides.

The Loch Ness Wellington 2020 Project seeks to celebrate this anniversary by involving anyone connected with those past events, including the families of the RAF airmen who flew in Wellington N2980 and the people of the Inverness and area which by fate became the host venue for its lifting and embraced the whole activity with such enthusiasm. 


2020 LNW2020 LOGO

There is a core group of people organising this event, but in this process we summarise here all the people –  many of the originals – who have been involved with Wellingtons  and in particular R for Robert. This includes those who were  involved in the raising of the Wellington for example Drumsmittal Primary School.

What and When

LockNess Wellington silouette
Images Courtesy of Martin Klein and the MIT Museum

Events to celebrate this 80th Anniversary at Loch Ness and Brooklands, December 31st 2020 and October 2021. This includes the potential restoration and replacing of the original plaques along Loch Ness, and the background to the 1988 play ‘R – Robert the Wimpy Finally Goes Home’ put on by Drumsmittal Primary School

Why and How

1939 Wellington Brooklands

Why we are doing this and how you can get involved or contribute. Including links to  books and films about Wellingtons and memorabilia. This includes specially designed Loch Ness Stones.

Get in Touch

You can contact Jack here – Jack Waterfall
Web site administered by Rachel Kellett




May – meetings
June – meetings
July – meetings
Aug – Launch of LNW2020 Fund launch. £20K target
Sept – Fundraising
Oct – Clean original bronze / Replace or restore Sonar plaque
Nov –  Inverness Museum Wellington Exhibition prepared. Dress rehearsal
Dec – Anniversary / Inverness exhibition

October 2021 – Celebrations in full