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Friday, 17 November 2017

 Home from a very cold and snowy Wales after a look for the site of P-47D Thunderbolt 42-75101,495th FTG which stuck the top of Mynydd Copog , near Mallwyd on the 4th May 1944 the Pilot 1st Lt J.W. Beauchamp was flying from Atcham and conducting authorized aerobatics but strayed over high ground getting into difficulty's over the hills the pilot managed to recover from a spin but had no more height sadly the plane broke up on impact with the loss of the young pilot .
The site seem to have lost a few bits since my last visit in the 90.s and has been heavily tampered with the remains were in the gully with the engine but someone has dragged them to the side hmmmm

Miles Masters W8773 and DL570,Afon Gwesyn,Abergwesyn

 Long cold and very wet trip into the valley of the Afon Gwesyn above ,Abergwesyn,Powys to find the crash site of Miles Masters W8773 and DL570 the planes flying from High Ercall, Shropshire on a cross country formation flight on October 4th, 1942 and found themselves over unbroken cloud thinking they were 25miles further on so out of the mountains the planes let down sadly they broke cloud just over the peaks W8773 impacted the ridge line and broke up with the loss of both crew DL570 as the right hand aircraft broke cloud over the river but with no height left the pilot force landed on the flat boggy ground by the river thankfully both crew though bent and bruised survived today the ridge has a collection of skinning and undercarriage remains scattered down the slope of DL570 nothing remains as the plane was recovered intact .
Lost W8773 =
Sgt T.Hyndman
P/O J.Chinnery [instructor]
survived DL570=
Sgt R.Camsburn
Sgt H.B.Hubbard [instructor]

Armstrong Whitworth Whitley, Mk. 5, BD420 of No 81 OTU,Stiperstones

 A productive day out in Shropshire found the memorial and then by good eye sight the actual crash site of Armstrong Whitworth Whitley, Mk. 5, BD420 of No 81 OTU that crashed 15th February 1944 in Witton Dingle ,Stiperstones , Ministerley , Salop The plane on a Glider towing training flight with 81 Operational Training Unit, RAF Sleap, took off at about 1745 towing Horsa HA443 and while flying low near high ground in turbulent conditions disintegrated, crashing south of Minsterley, at 1825. All five crew of the Whitley died, the pilot being buried at Chester, Cheshire. The Horsa safely released and forced landed. at the site there is a small burn area with a few small remains but enough to confirm the site