Wellington BJ697


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Reference WMO257995

Address:

Fan Hir

Ystradfellte

Glyn-Neath

Wales

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Unknown
Description: Other
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Wellington bomber BJ697 (12 OTU) crashed on Fan Hir in the Brecon Beacons after flying off course while on a cross country navigation exercise from RAF Chipping Warden on the night of 25/26 September 1942. The aircraft caught fire and all that remains now are a few fragments of mostly molten metal, with a small cairn built beside the debris pool.
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The crew survived the impact but the pilot Flight Sergeant Kenneth Suckling Hardwick Bird died of his injuries a few days later on September 29th 1942. The other crew members survived but some were injured. They were Sergeants Barr, Fairweather, Head and Troughbridge.

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