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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Wellington HF519 , Llanrwst

On the night of 15/05/44 Wellington HF519 took off from R.A.F. Waterbeach for a G.E.E exercise over Wales but when the aircraft having difficulty getting a fix the plane broke cloud at 2.000ft  over the Elwy valley the pilot tried to avoid the nearby hills but sadly the Wellington stalled into the valley and cashed  in the centre of the picture , the crew of 6 were all lost in this crash
After a quick look around the hedgerow all I turned up was this buckle ,there is probably more here but the plant growth  is very thick and spiky so I left further investigations for another day .
Crew lost were
Pilot A.A.Tilton  R.C.A.F
Navigator R.W.Bartlett R.C.A.F
Air bomber D.D.Bidwell R.C.A.F
Air gunner W.N.Ingleton R.C.A.F
Air gunner E.W.Hare R.C.A.F
W/op Sgt D.Sutcliffe R.A.F
Update the Buckle has been identified as coming from a 18th century shoe  not aircraft but still nice to find

Marl Farm Anson , N5130 memorial Llandudno

This is the memorial in the grounds of Llandudno Junction Community Centre is the only reminder of the crash of Anson N5130 which broke up and crashed nearby on the 15/02/1944 with the loss of the whole crew of 5 
The crash site is on the other side of the A470 in the area in the centre of the picture but  due to the works that have taken place over the years  and the proliferation of litter in the wood beyond it's is very doubtful that if anything remains it will ever be uncovered .

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Avro Anson LT184 , Mynydd Perfedd

On the rocky slopes  of  Mynydd Perfedd  the scattered remain of 2 Anson's exist and doubt has existed to which site is which  well last Friday I climbed up the trail of wreckage, the first piece of which I found  in the stream bed about 200 ft above Maes-Caradoc farm and followed the wreckage spread up one of the streams right up to the cliff face where these bits were the highest I found right next to a area of burnt battery, instrument ,electrics remains  in the scree amongst which  I found this Irish coin dated 1942!

  LT184 was on a flight from Bishops Court, Northern Ireland and should confirm this site to be  LT184 as the other Anson was LT116 on a local out of Llandwrog

LT184 crashed on the 5th, October , 1943
Crew =  Leading Aircraft man  J. T .Key
              Leading Aircraft man  J .Chrystal
              Sgt                           E .J. Keightley
              Sgt                           J.G. Shepherd [Pilot]

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Halifax BB275 final confirmation

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 =
        Sgt. J.W.F.Grant 
        Warrant Officer T.R.Renton
         PO  M.J.Byrne RAAF