Wings Over Wick
1939 - 1945
Airfield And Aircraft Defence
Mr J Cowan, Dalkeith, Midlothian
I was not in the RAF but the Royal Artillery, stationed at Reiss
just along the coast. I remember coming back from Wick sometime in 1942
and walking past the airport when a Whitley Bomber came in to land, it
seemed to overshoot the runway and try to take off again, I heard the
engines rev up and then stall. The plane was only about 200ft above my
head when this happened, it then just fell sideways and crashed in the
field on the left hand side of the road. The tailpiece broke off the
plane and the bodies of some of the crew were lying about the field. I
don't think there were any survivors.
This incident still sticks in my mind as it was the
first time during the war that I had encountered war casualties.