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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Halifax BB275 final cofirmation

Just back from a revisit to four mile bridge with Rocky , I wasn't 100% happy the remains I found were as I though parts of Halifax BB275 so choosing one piece and after about 1 hours cleaning the part gave up it's manufactures inspection stamp from the London aircraft production group, confirming finally this is BB275 ! amazed that even after 70 +years in salt water the part still has much of it's original night bomber paint !
 These remains were also found nearby the last trips finds, one is part of the aircraft's cooling  system and some bit's of  battery casing .
Parts were placed back on site where I hope they remain as a small testament to the young men who died here!

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Halifax BB275, Four mile bridge, Valley,Anglesey ,site located


On a wet day I Jackie and Rocky made our way to the shore of the inland sea near  Four mile bridge,Valley, Anglesey around where I believed  Halifax BB275 crashed on the  1/2/1943 and was very surprised  to find remains from the bomber in a small pool just  to the side of where I had plotted the crash , the large brass part in the centre  showed signs of a high speed impact and the aluminium remains  are very corroded  , but these few bits  defiantly  puts the crash on this area of muddy flats !
The parts were carefully replaced in the pool and a  further visit planned .


Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Avro Anson LT433 Lyn Cowlyd

This picture taken  high on Lyn Cowlyd show the impact point and some of the few bits left of Anson LT433 which crashed during a snowstorm on the 20/2/44  while on a navigation flight from Cark ,Cumbria with the loss of one of the crew of 5, the flat nature of the terrain explains how so many survived this crash
This is one of the engine mounts still on site

Further down the mountain and well off to one side in a boggy area I found a large collection of panel and engine cowl parts buried in the soft ground  this is about 300ft away from the impact point and was the work of the recovery crews,  nothing seemed to have been touched for years and I have never seen or heard of other part existing on the Mountains except at the crash site  so a new rediscovery ?

Crew LT433 =
Lost
        Sgt. J.W.F.Grant 
Injured
        Sgt.R.Birch
        Warrant Officer T.R.Renton
         PO  M.J.Byrne RAAF

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Revisit Bristol Blenheim V6099, Elidir Fawr

One I have been to before  but went back with Rocky and Jackie in January for a winter walk and found a load of interesting items in the scree to one side of the crash site these are the best bits we found , a plate with 'select down ' painted on it the clamp from the Graviner  fire extinguisher  a complete unbroken fuse  a radio part marked 'station down ' and part of one of the oil gauges front covers !
They were hidden back on the hill and I hope that's were they stay !

Monday, 20 April 2015

Revisit to Wellington DV455

A revisit to a local crash site with new info has found  the impact point of Wellington DV455 the Bomber on a training flight from  RAF Castle Donington crashed on the 19th of July 1943 near Bodedern, Anglesey after a double engine failure, the crew  abandoned the stricken plane sadly with the loss of one crew member and even more tragically  killing 3 civilians travelling in a car on the lane !
In my previous post I put the crash much further down the lane  but it has been found by the entrance to the  Farm of Tyddyn Watcyn that the bomber crashed through the hedge ,the area is quite easy to see as a much thinner patch of growth marks the site !
The field also saw the crash  of vampire XK584 T.11 on the 24th of April 1961 after the pilot lost control in a spin during a flight from R.A.F.Valley but this incident ended well with  both crew bailing successfully  and only the plane was lost !
DV455 Crew lost =
Sgt .R.A.B.Jepson  RAFVR
Civilians =
Dr Mark.Chill
Mr's Marjorie Chill
Mr's Chill 73 year old Mother*
[*name as yet unknown to me ! ]

A Sort of aviation related post

 This building on Carmel head ,Anglesey I originally thought was some communications structure but actually thanks to the new  book 'defending Anglesey ' by Mark Dalton I now know its the signals building for a air to ground gunnery range, the planes [most likely hurricane and Typhoons] came in over the trees from behind the building firing at targets on the cliff edge the 3 surviving  blocks [there was 4 originally]  were used for protecting  the range markers which were operated by cable from inside the building  ,still in good condition the structures which still shows signs of hits from errant rounds one of which a .303 machine gun bullet is still embedded in the wall are a few meters from a public foot path but note  the farmer has been putting up electric fencing so be wary of shocks  !

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Halifax LL541 , Elan Valley


This small pile of remains High above the Elan Valley is all that can be seen at the final resting place of Halifax B Mk V LL541 which fell here on the 12th December 1944, the plane of 1664 HCU flying from Dishforth ,York got into difficulty and dived on to high ground near Pen-y-bwlch with the loss of all the crew !
On the hill there is a well defined scar with few fragments in it  and a small collection of parts to one side some other bits can be found in the heather all around  but nothing big remains due to  so called 'recovery ' activity at this site! luckily some parts can be found on display in Rhayaders museum as some small tribute to the lost men   but much else has disappeared !
 Crew of LL541 =
Plt Off  G.L.Lister , RCAF
Flt Off  E.H. Brautigan , RCAF
Sgt D.Levine , RCAF
Sgt J.H.Preece , RCAF
Sgt F.Willmek , RCAF
Sgt J.S.Overland , RCAF
Sgt G.G.Goehring , RCAF
Sgt A.F.McMurtry , RCAF