Registration Details For N2980 (Royal Air Force) Wellington-Mk.1a

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Line Number
First Flight16.11.39
ModelWellington-Mk.1a
StatusPreserved
Commentson 31.12.40, while on a training flight over Scotland with 20 Operational Training Unit at RAF Lossiemouth, N2980 developed engine trouble and ditched in Loch Ness. All eight men on board escaped, but the rear gunner unfortunately died when his parachute failed to deploy. In 1976 the Wellington was located in the Loch by a team of American Loch Ness Monster hunters and was successfully salvaged on 21.09.85 by the Loch Ness Wellington Association assisted by the National Heritage Memorial Fund. Despite nearly forty-five years underwater, the aeroplane was remarkably well preserved. The tail lights still worked when connected to a modern battery and many of the crew’s personal effects remained in the fuselage. Delivered to Brooklands Museum by British Aerospace on 27.09.85, N2980 is now one of only two surviving Wellingtons but is the only one which saw action as a bomber in operational service. (source: https://www.brooklandsmuseum.com/explore/our-collection/aircraft/vickers-290-wellington-mk1a)
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