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B-17 Flying Fortress 41-9098, Berwyn, Llangollen.
B-17 41-9098 has the unfortunate distinction of being the first American bomber to crash in the UK’s hills. On August 11th 1942 the crew were preparing for the USAAF’s first raid 6 days hence, which was on railway marshalling yards at Rouen. Probably lost in the low cloud, the bomber was flying too low for the region and crashed on Cadair Berwyn near Llangollen. All on board were killed.
Crew and passengers
2nd Lt. H. Gilbert (pilot)
2nd Lt. R. Beers (co-pilot)
2nd Lt. L. Schmitt (navigator)
2nd Lt. L Phillips (bombardier)
S/Sgt. R. Kemp (radio operator)
M/Sgt S. Lepa (gunner)
Sgt. K. Branom (gunner)
Sgt. V Sidders (gunner)
Cpl. M Keopke (crew chief)
Cpl. S Aldridge (aerial engineer)
Pvt. F Villareal (assistant crew chief)
The image above isn’t quite the crash site which we had difficulty finding (there’s no visible wreckage on the ground). It’s to the right of this spot.