WW2 bomber on Campsies True or False?

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WW2 bomber on Campsies True or False?

Postby e2wufos1 » Tue Aug 29, 2006 6:39 am

I've heard this story numerous times that a 2nd world war bomber crashed on the Campsies and it's shell remains there to this day.

Can anyone here confirm if this is true or not as it's been bugging me for years and after reading the Bombings in Glasgow thread thought this would be a good place to ask.

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Postby ronan » Tue Aug 29, 2006 8:12 am

The rumour was that a German plane crashed there, but there is also an account that is was a "firefly" plane that crashed in the 50s.

There are photos of the wreckage somewhere on the web

Along with the war story is that two German pilots were buried in the nearby cemetery in the Clachan, and that the tombstone had a swastika on it.

Again, I stress that these were rumours.
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Postby bankie73 » Tue Aug 29, 2006 8:42 am

There is indeed a piece of wreckage from a Fairey Firefly near the summit of Meikle Bin in the Campsies, but I read that it crashed in January 1950, killing two airmen from the Glasgow area.

I took a photo of the wreckage when I walked up meikle bin a few years ago, I'll try to dig it out.
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Postby cheesylion » Tue Aug 29, 2006 9:10 am

bankie73 wrote:There is indeed a piece of wreckage from a Fairey Firefly near the summit of Meikle Bin in the Campsies, but I read that it crashed in January 1950, killing two airmen from the Glasgow area.

I took a photo of the wreckage when I walked up meikle bin a few years ago, I'll try to dig it out.


http://www.scotcrash.homecall.co.uk/site19.htm
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Postby gap74 » Tue Aug 29, 2006 9:55 am

Fascinating site, I'd known there were a couple of wrecks on Scottish hills, but hadn't realised there were so many! Pity there aren't location maps, though...

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Postby Pgcc93 » Tue Aug 29, 2006 10:48 am

I've came accross a few out hill walking but never found a Messerschmitt or a Hienkle. I think they would all have been removed down to the last nut and bolt shortly after they crashed.

Theres some info here about Renfrewshire Crashsites


Took these pics in Torridon lastyear of the remains of a Lancaster and a USAAF B24 Liberator at the Fairy Lochs up in Gairloch.

B24 crashsite


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Engine Island

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Propeller rising like Excallibur from the loch

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Pratt & Whitnney Radial engine 1 of 4

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Wheel Strut. note the condition of the stainless steel on the damper!

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Fuselage remains below the outcrop it crashed into.

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Postby Pgcc93 » Tue Aug 29, 2006 11:05 am

Lancaster Crashsite in the stunning Coire MhicFearchair in Torridon which crashed during a blizzard on March 14th 1951

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The Triple Buttress that the aircraft crashed into.
Army engineers had to use explosives to dislodge the aircraft months after the actual crash due to the amount of snowcover hence the strewn wreckage down the scree slope.

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Looking west from the top of the Buttress showing the wilderness of Torridon.

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Postby cheesemonster » Tue Aug 29, 2006 11:46 am

Great pics Pgcc93!

http://www.scotcrash.homecall.co.uk


nice find too
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Postby Pripyat » Tue Aug 29, 2006 2:54 pm

Nice photos and research Pgcc93. Yip Torridon has awesome
scenery :)
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Postby e2wufos1 » Tue Aug 29, 2006 3:24 pm

Thanks guys

This is beginning to be an interesting thread to read. Please keep the info coming.

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Postby peter » Tue Aug 29, 2006 3:46 pm

Don't know about Campsies but am sure there is one in a reservoir on the Kipatricks I remember something a few years ago about wreckage appearing from water when water was very low. I often saw the rows of bomb craters on these hills and have a large piece of bomb we found up there it is still in my garden shed. it weighed about 48 lbs and was a bastart to hump off the hill. Nearly tore ass out of a good rucksac.
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Postby Pgcc93 » Tue Aug 29, 2006 11:50 pm

A Heinkel 111 over Kelvindale.
Cleveden Crescent & Hughenden sports ground in the lower righthand side corner.

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