Beaufighter Mk X RD210

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Beaufighter Mk X RD210

Grid reference SH 86686 22763

Beaufighter Mk X RD210 crashed on Aran Fawddwy in Snowdonia, Wales, on February 2nd 1945, with the loss of both crewmen – Australian pilot Flying Officer Alan R Roe and navigator Warrant Officer Derrick R Newbury.

The aircraft crashed in vile weather while on a flight to test the engines’ fuel consumption. Wreckage tumbled into this gloomy gulley to the north of the summit of the mountain and is scattered all the way down as far as the lake, Creiglyn Dyfi.

Photo of a Beaufighter Mk X in action in 1945

RD210 crashed the same day as this Hurricane near Bolton.

13 comments on “Beaufighter Mk X RD210
  1. andyholmfirth says:

    Some big chunks or wreckage again.Grim looking place to come down too.

  2. Tech Owl says:

    Good to see a relative size from the ice pick.
    Looks like a piece of floor? Well captured Ian

  3. mickb6265 says:

    great shot again,ian…good to see some of the wreckage left in situ as a mark of respect..about to upload one ive been checking out for an hour odd..think ive hit the details,now..!

  4. pasujoba says:

    Excellent work Ian .Great old shot of the Beaufighter doing a rocket attack.

  5. *Psycho Delia* says:

    great work..

  6. redrocker_9 says:

    Always good work from you~

  7. mick cooke says:

    nice one ian

  8. Neal. says:

    I suppose in a lot of these cases the wreckage is all we have that remains of some of these aircraft types.

  9. robert amatt says:

    I first came across this site way back in the late seventies. both engines were lying by the lake, and debris scattered up the gully. I revisited the site in 2008, the engines had been removed as had a lot of the debris, why absolutely beats me.
    This aircraft originated from R.A.F Pershore, the navigator is thought to have survived the crash, but due to the remote location died before help arrived.

    • Ian D B says:

      Thanks Robert. Sad detail about Warrant Officer Newbury.
      As for why people remove debris from these places, even when dislayed in museums it just looks like scrap metal dumped in a corner and is generally pointless. Mostly though it is on display in people’s garden sheds. Beats me too why they would want to remove it other than to have something no-one else has. Or to sell it on e-bay.

    • Jon Owen says:

      In 1972(‘ish) I came across the wreckage high up in the gulley on a climbing expedition. It included a virtually undamaged 3-blade prop and bits of armour plate. One of the engines was lying in the lake but it had all gone when I revisited many years later. An isolated but beautiful spot (in the summer anyway). I wonder where that prop is now?- it’s a bit too big for a bedroom wall.

  10. Colin Thompson says:

    I climbed up that gully a couple of times around 1967 and 1968 when camped down by the lake below. I recall being amazed by the size of the prop that I had to climb over that was jammed and partly buried in the very steep gully. Surely that must be still there, it would be a mammoth job to remove it!

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