" Wellington Bomber MF509 "

Author Wiffsmiff23 - Last updated: 23.11.2012

2nd time here for me and was joined by Neil did not get lost today but took some detours , the landscape here is awesome !!! You could spend a whole day just taking images of the landscape ! We did Sunrise at the Lone tree & Kiln then headed up hill for rock formations and heather lit up as the sun rose above the mountains AWESOME !!!

We also found an amazing hidden dried up river bed that we will return to in Winter

The MF-509 was a Vickers Wellington bomber which crashed into the southwest slope of Carreg Goch (OS grid ref: SN 817 168) in the Brecon Beacons, Wales during a night-training mission on November 20, 1944. Although the subsequent RAF report attributed the crash to crew error, it is thought more likely to have been caused by carburetor icing in the Wellington’s starboard engine.[1]. The entire Canadian crew on board the bomber was killed: Pilot Sgt Charles Hamel, Navigator Sgt Jules Robert Rene Villeneuve, Bomb Aimer F/Off William Joseph Allison, W/Op/Air Gunner Sgt Joseph Paul Ernest Burke, Air Gunner Sgt Arthur Grouix, and Air Gunner Sgt Gerard Dusablon. They were interred with full military honours in Blacon Cemetery, Chester, England.
The crew, assigned to the No. 22 Operational Training Unit, were on their penultimate training flight before moving on to the RCAF "Alouette" squadron. After the crash, a memorial plaque was affixed to the nose wheel strut of the bomber. This, however, was later removed by treasure hunters, so a more permanent stone memorial was built on the site. Since then, services have taken place there and hikers have left flowers, notes and other mementos. The site lies near Ynyswen, within the Brecon Beacons National Park, at an altitude of 520 meters on Carreg Goch’s southwest slope.
During the 1990s, efforts were made to remove the plane wreckage from the mountain, but were abandoned in the face of public outcry.
The Canadian families of the crew lost in the crash were never aware of its circumstances or location, nor of the existence of the memorial on Carreg Goch. Until 2005, when, in an effort to identify him, a photo of an airman retrieved from the crash site in November 1944 was circulated on the Internet, the families believed that the plane had been lost in England. As a result of this search and cooperation between the people of Swansea Valley and McGill University in Montreal, the families were made aware of the memorial and the plane’s specific fate for the first time.


" MEMORIAL LIGHT " by Wiffsmiff23, on Flickr


" MEMORIAL SCULPTURE " by Wiffsmiff23, on Flickr


" Wellington Bomber MF509 " by Wiffsmiff23, on Flickr


" WARM HEATHER " by Wiffsmiff23, on Flickr


" LIME KILN NOT FIRED UP IN MANY YEARS " by Wiffsmiff23, on Flickr


" NO FEAR OF HEIGHTS " by Wiffsmiff23, on Flickr


" Wellington Bomber MF509 " by Wiffsmiff23, on Flickr


" CARREG GOCH LANDSCAPE " by Wiffsmiff23, on Flickr


" LIME KILN & TREE " by Wiffsmiff23, on Flickr


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