Posted by & filed under Military/Aircraft, Mountains & hills, November 24 2011.

Wreckage of the Beaufort in a small crater near the summit of Hill of Wirren

Wreckage of the Beaufort in a small crater near the summit of Hill of Wirren

Last week I went for a short walk in Glen Lethnot, one of the Angus glens north of Brechin, with my friend Katy. We walked from the farm at Auchowrie, up the west slope of Hill of Wirren, to look for two air wreck sites on the hill. However the weather was not as good as we had hoped and the light was very poor in the low cloudbase (not very good for photos), so we only investigated one of these sites, that of a Bristol Beaufort bomber that crashed on the hill in 1942.

The site of the wreck lies near the 678m summit of Hill of Wirren, about 750m west of the summit trig point. A small crater lies on the western slopes of Hill of Wirren at an altitude of about 610m, which contains wreckage parts from the Beaufort, including some undercarriage pieces. A trail of wreckage parts continues down the hill from the crater for about 20m.

About 1km south-east of this wreck site lies the remains of the other wartime crash, a RAF Consolidated Liberator that also crashed near the summit of Hill of Wirren, in 1944. I will wait for a better day to return and visit this site.

About 500m south-west of the Beaufort wreck site, lower down the hill, there is a cairn with a piece of what appears to be aircraft wreckage embedded in it. This may come from the Beaufort or the Liberator.

It was quite interesting to hear Katy’s perspective on the site, for despite her being a very experienced mountaineer and walker, she had never seen a wreck site like this in the Scottish mountains and I think she appreciated the oddness of it!

You can see my page about this wreck site on my website here.

One Response to “Wreck of a wartime Bristol Beaufort bomber in the Angus glens”

  1. Jennifer Noble

    I am the great niece of the pilot who flew the Liberator Bomber and crashed into the Hill of Wirren in 1944. I am traveling to Ireland in May 2016 and I am trying to make my way to Scotland to see this wreckage site, as well as visit the cemetery in Montrose. I am trying to locate a contact person from this estate that could/would help me see this, no one in my family has ever been before. I am writing from Canada and have many questions on how to get there, where to stay, and the best way to get back to London for my departure back to Canada. I hope that maybe you will have some information that could assist me in finding the right contact person. Thank you so very much!!

    Jennifer Noble

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