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8 April 1940. All 4 crew on board Blenheim L9039 were killed when their light bomber crashed into crags to the south-east of Carnedd Llewellyn.
Regarding the crash, Chorley says;
“T/o Bicester for a formation cross country; base – Ronaldsway – Hartland Point – base. Left the formation, in cloud, banking gently and crashed circa 1120 on Carnedd Llewellyn some 6 miles SSE of Bethesda, Caernarvon. All rest in cemeteries within the United Kingdom. It is thought Sgt Hall may have been dazzled by the sun as he emerged from the overcast.”
W R Chorley, 2002,
Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses, Volume 7, Operational Training Units 1940-1947
Sgt Alfred Ernest Hall (pilot)
Sgt Fred Graham (observer)
Sgt Anthony Charles Catton* (observer)
LAC Geoffrey Halstead James (wireless operator / air gunner).
*not listed in Chorley
Grid refs from Peakwreckhunters;
SH 69624 63897
SH 69244 64090
SH 69247 64078
SH 69293 64101
The Blenheim crashed high on the mountain, but the debris fell down the mountainside. The lead photo was taken on the edge of the marshes at the foot of the crags. The photos below, which show a bit of the undercarriage and reduction gear, were taken much higher up.