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Monday, 24 April 2017

Hurricane Mk1 P3385 , Allt Fawr, Blaenau Ffestiniog

Nice day out high in the mountains By Blaenau Ffestiniog with Jackie and the trolls to see what we could find at 2 new refs [nowt hohum ] but during the climb by blind luck we stumbled on the pilots headrest Armour  from Hurricane MK1 P3385 from the MSFU ,Merchant service fighter unit  based at Speke Liverpool which hit Allt Fawr in poor weather on the 9th August 1942 on a flight to R.A.F .Valley for a weeks gunnery course  after take off the flight of 2 entered heavy  cloud a break in the cloud over the river at Conway allowed the second aircraft piloted by P/O Peter Riddoch to backtrack to safety  Riddoch tried desperately to raise his leader but his RT had failed and after attempts at visual signals had to break off and hope his efforts worked tragically they did not , pilot Officer Robert Bruce McIntyre RCAF died shortly after on the 2.000ft peak of Allt Fawr the crash  heard only by 17 year old Maelor Hughes who found the broken fighter shortly after .
 The plate showed signs of being undisturbed for many years most likely as it was a very long way from the actual crash site, it was returned to it's  hiding place to hopefully stay

Avenger FN821 revisit

Took a trip out with a friend Jarratt Mycoy to the crash site of F.A.A. Avenger FN821 which crashed on Trum-Y-Fawnog ,Llangynog  during a unit move flight from Gosport to HMS Robin in the Orkneys, north Scotland via Machrihanish on the 3 February 1944 with the loss of all on board,  the plane ran  into very poor weather over the mountains which led to a loss of control , during it's final dive the aircraft lost a wing.
On my last visit the trees were still up and the site well hidden but looked pretty much as it does today though I note the escape handle that was present looks to have gone hmmmm
On board were=
1st Pilot S/L William Seddon Appleby
2nd Pilot S/L Ernest Hartley Green
Observer S/L Joe Lupton
Some sources also list a 'Passenger' but as yet I have no info on this


Been a while due to other commitments but now have a bit more time to get out so will be updating and posting new site visits and finds thanks for popping past

Monday, 9 January 2017

On the 28th of August 1972 not far from Halfpenny green airfield , Wolverhampton Prince William of Gloucester and co-pilot Vyrell Mitchell lost there lives during the  Goodyear International Air Trophy race the plane a PA-28 Piper Cherokee veered to port just after take off and clipping tress came down on to this bank and exploded on impact .
During A Christmas visit home  I found the site by matching to photos taken at the time , the site has no other marks then the Holly growth it was said a stone was in the hedgerow as a memorial but I found nothing.
 This crash is one I have personnel memories of   as a 4 year old I was sat on the bonnet of my family car by the flight line this day .

Monday, 19 December 2016

Went out on a trip to a couple of old sites and came across some new finds
The Compass gyro from Halifax JD417on the lyn
And the memorial seen here with Jarratt Mccoy

Monday, 27 June 2016

A very lucky find today day part of P-51k 44-11577 Cymran beach

Hi all been a while as not been out to many wrecks but will update found a few very interesting parts but this one is truly lucky out yesterday with the better half and dogs by RAF Valley and  found an aircraft part uncovered by the shifting sands

After a bit of research I thought it may have been from Halifax JB916 which ditched about a mile away but it was actually part of a engine bearer from  Mustang P-51K 44-11577 'Ginny III' 356th fighter group , 360th fighter squadron Martlesham Heath which crashed just off the coast on the 20th June 1945  during a thunderstorm with the sad loss of  the pilot Lt Richard J.Rensch who had been visiting his brother whose B-17 was at Valley .
Rench an excellent pilot had 5 aircraft destroyed to his credit and was awarded the D.F.C  he was interned at the American Cemetery Madingley , Cambridge

 R Rensch Stood on right

 Ginny III with it's main pilot Captain Donald Carlson.

Update  this part has now a new home at it's home base of Martlesham heath in the Martlesham heath aviation museum