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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Page 7 - Aircraft Incidents Southern Wales 1944 [Updated 17/02/2024]

Page 7 Aircraft Incidents in Southern Wales 1944
15/03/1944 MH453 Spitfire F.IX Operated by 132 Sqdn/Fairwood Common. Aircraft suffered engine failure and believed to have crashed into field near Fairwood Common.
29/03/1944 41-11591 "Pink Lady" B-24D Liberator Operated by U.S.A.F/450th Bomb Group.
Aircraft flew from Manduria/Italy en route to St Eval/Cornwall but had to divert due to poor weather. It crashed at R.A.F Fairwood Common whilst trying to land in similar bad weather and fog. Engines cut out due to lack of fuel and crash landed.
09/04/1944 W7927 Halifax Operated by 1658 H.C.U/R.A.F Riccall.
Aircraft suffered two engine failure and crash landed onto WAAF billets in Upper Killay/Swansea whilst trying to land at R.A.F Fairwood Common.
10/04/1944 JB471 Lancaster B.111 Aircraft crashed near Llanwrtyd Wells.
12/04/1944 42-67859 P-38J Lightning Operated by 402nd FS/370thFighter Group/R.A.F Andover.
Aircraft crashed on ridge of Black mountains above Olchon Valley.
22/05/1944 LK835 "MH-U" Halifax B.3 Operated by No.51 Sqdn/R.A.F Snaith.
Aircraft crashed at Waun Afon, Blaenavon, Torfaen following an engine fire whilst on an night training flight
28/05/1944 V8594 Beaufighter VIF Operated by No.68 Sqdn/Coltishall but temporary deployed to Fairwood Common..
Aircraft suffered accidentally shot down by V8742 Beaufighter VIF [also 68 Sqdn] and crashed near Fairwood Common.
02/08/1944 LP341 Wellington B.X Operated by 26 O.T.U.
Aircraft crashed into trees at R.A.F Fairwood Common after an engine fire.

11/08/1944 NR614   Martinet TT.1 Operated by No. 8 Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit RAF (AACU) R.A.F. Pengam Moors.
Whilst on cross country training flight aircraft crashed into hill-side at Drummau Mountain, Clydach.
23/08/1944 MN492 Typhoon Ib Operated by 257 Sqdn/Fairwood Common.
Aircraft developed oil leak and attempted force landing on Llangennith Beach but was submerged by incoming tide.

24/08/1944 38753 PB4Y-1 Operated by VB-110 U.S.N based at R.A.F Dunkeswell.
Aircraft hit top of hill in Black
Mountains whilst on night mission.

14/09/1944 JR384 Typhoon Ib Operated by 257 Sqdn/Fairwood Common.
Aircraft pilot overcome by carbon monoxide fumes and attempted force landing on Llangennith Beach but was submerged by incoming tide.

20/11/1944 MF509   Wellington B.10 Operated by No.22 OTU/R.A.F Wellesbourne Mountford.
Whilst on night training flight aircraft crashed into hill-side at Carrag Coch,2 miles from Abercrave
Black Mountains.
09/12/1944 ND707   Lancaster B.III Operated by 166 Sqdn/R.A.F Kirmington.
Whilst flying on a mission at 24,000 ft, control was lost, some crew abandoned aircraft. Pilot flew towards R.A.F Fairwood Common and made forced-landing.
15/12/1944 EG639   Anson Mk.1 Operated by 10th Radio School/R.A.F Carew Cheriton.
Aircraft crashed at Foel Cwm-Cerwyn mountain.
25/12/1944 42-50675 "Bold Adventure II" B-24J Operated by U.S.A.F.  788stBS/467thBG
Rackheath Base Suffolk.

Following a mission over Germany, damaged was sustained. Not all crew bailed out but eventually aircraft crashed near Vowchurch, Hereford. The story of this flight can be found in Warplane Wrecks of South Wales and the marches

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