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Sunday, 25 February 2018

Mustang AP171 ,June 11, 1943 Canadian Flying Officer S.P.R. Brouillette ,

 From Todays trip out with Ade Wilkes to the Brown Clee Hill, Shropshire and the site of Mustang AP171 which crashed on the southern side of the hill on June 11, 1943 with the loss of Canadian Flying Officer S.P.R. Brouillette .
The plane was flying in poor weather on a training flight over the Shropshire borders when it hit the lower slopes of the Brown clee hill breaking up over the steep slope
After a zigzag on the slope and checking Rabbit holes 1 .50 Bullet was located then near the fence a piece of coolant tube was found by 2 posts showing signs of impact damage then further up the slope a second nearly complete .50 round was found confirming the site

Sunday, 4 February 2018

P-47 42-75090 Moel Bentyrch, Welshpool

 The other site visit was to  P-47  Moel Bentyrch by Welshpool where P-47 42-75090 crashed on the 20th march 1943 the pilot 1st Lt N.Tucker was on a B-17 escort mission but on returning became lost over due to bad weather on letting down through cloud the plane struck the top of Moel Bentyrch and broke up falling down the east slopes the engine stopped at the wall, Lt Tucker was lost.
After a good search I found nothing on the slope or at the impact site but much maybe hidden on the scee and in the long grass

P-47 42-7960 Pencroellyn farm .Llanfair

One  of my site visits in the borders near Welshpool was  P-47 42-7960 which crashed in a field near Pencroellyn farm .Llanfair the plane  part of a pair flying from Atcham entered low cloud on breaking out the pilot 2nd Lt Arthur. C.Jenkins was faced with the farm house pulling sharply right he had no room left and hit the field the plane broke up over 3 fields with the loss of Lt Jenkins .
After getting a bit lost the very friendly farmer led me to the site,in the field is still a very large impact scar  and the gap the plane made in the hedge row it still very visible in 2001 a memorial was dedicated outside the community hall  some of Lt Jenkins family were present  my thanks to the Farmer who i never got his name but was a great help