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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

EVENTS for 7th January

On 7th January 1940 Hurricane I L2074 of 11 Group Pool, RAF St.Athan, flew into Mynydd Maendy, near Nant-y-Moel, Glamorgan at about 12:45 whilst descending in cloud. The pilot, P/O A.H.Maguire was killed.
Also on 7th January 1940 Hudson I N7256/ZS-L of 233 Sqn, RAF Leuchars, took off from St Athan for a flight test after installation of ASV radar. It strayed off course and crashed at about 14:30 into the same cloud covered Mynydd Maendy, near Nant-y-Moel, Glamorgan. All five on board were killed, Sergeant (Pilot) Francis F. Bousfield, Sergeant (Pilot) Frank F. Hallam, Leading Aircraftman (W. Op.) Arthur W. Smith, Mr R.K. Beattie (civilian contractor) and another unnamed civilian contractor.

On 7th January 1954 Vampire FB.5 WA277 of 233 OCU made a forced landing 1 mile northeast of its base at RAF Pembrey after its engine ran down during take-off.
During the night 7th January 2005 a severe gale struck South Wales causing damage to trees and buildings. Also damaged were a number of aircraft at the Rhoose Flying Club. One of the aircraft damaged was PA-38 Tomahawk G-BPPD and this was blown completely upside down behind the club building. This aircraft c/n 38-79A0457 is now stored by Nalson Aviation at Caterham-Willy Park Farm, Surrey.

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