Plaques

There are two plaques adjacent to Loch Ness close to where the Wellington crashed. On the A82, usefully both are in a long extended lay-by 1 mile south of Lochend, between Lochend and Drumnadrochit, offering fine views of Loch Ness. Details of both are clearly described on the web pages of the Imperial War Museum site

LochNess Plaque 1989

1989 The original ‘One of our Aircraft’ Memorial
Commissioned by the Loch Ness Wellington Association it was unveiled 16 December 1989 on the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Heligoland Blight and attended by Pupils from Drumsmittal Primary School.

 

LochNess Plaque 2002 Inscription

2002 Academy of Applied Sciences
A stone pillar with a plaque about how the wreck was found and two information panels.

 

 

 

Background images to the 1989 Original.

1988 Richard Kellett Plaque2
Original Art work for plaque position
1988 Richard Kellett Plaque1
Original art work for plaque placement

Our plans – Ideally we’d like to replace the sonar plaque with linking information,linking the story and all the people who enabled, together: the finding, recovering and restoring. Here’s our proposed words: Loch Ness Plaque3PDF

LOCH NESS WELLINGTON R for Robert REMEMBERED

After Wellington N2980 ‘R for Robert’ ditched into Loch Ness in a snow storm on 31 December 1940, it remained hidden in the dark water.

Until the 1970s when Academy of Applied Science led by Robert Rines began investigating the Loch with new technology scanners. In 1976 Martin Klein using a Klein Side Scan Sonar noticed what looked like a twin-engine aircraft on the sonar traces. In 1978 Robin Holmes from Herriot Watt University, from the research vessel, Seol Mara, using an underwater camera, found what they could see was clearly the geodesic structure of a Wellington Bomber.

From the time Wellington N2980 was first discovered in Loch to the day when she was lifted on to dry land took over 9 years. The Loch Ness Wellington Association, formed by Robin Holmes, masterminded the fundraising and organised for the Wellingtons eventual successful raise, spearheaded by Oceaneering International, in 1985. The Front Gun Turret was recovered a year later by the Royal Navy Fleet Diving Group. Despite nearly forty-five years underwater, the aeroplane was remarkably well preserved.

Delivered to Brooklands Museum by British Aerospace, over 100,000 man hours were spent restoring the Wellington. Out of the 11,461 built, N2980 is now one of only two surviving Wellingtons and is the only one which saw action as an operational bomber, and was originally made in Brooklands to Barns Wallis geodetic framework design.

Unveiled on the 31st December 2020 to mark the 80th Anniversary of the ditching. Commissioned by the Loch Ness Wellington 2020 Project. Funded by Corporate & Private Donations.