The Scapa Flow Landscape Partnership Scheme


Lockheed Hudson crash site, Hoy


This remote hillside was the site of a crash in spring 1941. Squadron 220 RAF was based at Wick in Caithness for a few months, patrolling the North Sea for Norway-based German ships. Lockheed Hudson Mk I N7310 became lost in bad weather whilst flying over Hoy on 19 March. The aircraft was receiving directions when it crashed into a remote hillside at Withi Gill, killing all four crewmen. As a tragic post-script, the army sentry sent to guard the site died of exposure due to the freezing weather conditions.