Vickers Wellington Bomber JA453 of 83OTU, RAF Peplow

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Reference WMO268771

Address:

St LLawddog's Church

A484

Cenarth, Carmarthenshire

Wales

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Attached to a building/structure
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Materials:
  • Metal Brass
Lettering: Incised
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: At 23.50 hrs on 23 August 1944, a Vickers Wellington Bomber, Serial JA453 of 83 Operational Training Unit, RAF Peplow crashed into the River Teifi at Cenarth. The aircraft had been on a night training flight over the North Sea when it lost power, and was attempting to reach RAF Aberporth. On 4 September 1994, a service was held at Cenarth to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the crash of the Wellington, which had killed four of its crew, and injured two others. To commemorate the men, a brass plaque was manufactured by the Apprentices of RAE Aberporth, and affixed to the Cenarth War Memorial.
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IN MEMORY OF THE AIRCREW OF WELLINGTON/ JA 453 OF 83 O.T.U. R.A.F. PEPLOW WHICH/ CRASHED IN CENARTH ON 23RD AUGUST 1944/ WHILST MAKING FOR ABERPORTH AIRFIELD/ KILLED/ (NAMES)/ INJURED/ (NAMES)/ PRESENTED BY APPRENTICES OF T.E.E. ABERPORTH/ 4TH SEPTEMBER 1994/ MEWN ANGOF NI CHANTFOD/ LEST WE FORGET

Pilot Officer Emmanual Hartstein, 184006, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. (Killed) Sergeant (Navigator) Rolf Lindahl, Royal Norwegian Air Force (Killed) Sergeant (Air Bomber) Frederick Edward Simons, 1435840, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (Killed) Sergeant John Robertson, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (Injured) Sergeant Thomas McKenna, 1348689, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (Killed) Sergeant Howard Hawkins, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (Injured) The two survivors, John Robertson, of Shropshire, and Howard Hawkins, of Hampshire, were treated at Cardigan Hospital, and attended the 50th Anniversary event.

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