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GRUMMAN AVENGER I FN821
Primary Reference Number (PRN) : 113538 Trust : Clwyd Powys Community : Llangynog Unitary authority : Powys NGR : SJ0139025602 Site Type (preferred type first) : MODERN AIRCRAFT / MODERN AIR CRASH SITE Status :
Description : Site of the crash of Grumman Avenger FN821 on 3rd February 1944 (CPAT, 2009).
Visited by CPAT and GAT staff, Matt Rimmer (aviation enthusiast) and Tilhill Forestry staff on 10/09/09 ahead of harvesting and replanting of forestry (PRN 113539) (CPAT, 2009).
Visit by Matt Rimmer in November 2011 identified that several pieces of wreckage had been illegally removed from the site and that a channel draining the crater had been deepened (CPAT, 2011).
Entry 2: Temp Sub Lt (A) W S Appleby. Wing/Squadron/flight: 848. Ship/Station: HMS LANDRAIL. A/C Type: Avenger. Ac Number: ?. Date of Death: 3/2/1944. Place of Death: Wales. Notes: Killed, aircraft believed crashed in bad weather. From Wellington, NZ, buried Oswestry cemetery. (Royal Fleet Air Arm Museum Database, RNAS Yeovilton, RCAHMW Digital Collections [faaroh.wales.htm])
The aircraft flew into Trum y Fawnog in cloud while carrying a torpedo. The crew of three were killed. (Doylerush 1993, 91)
Some parts from the wreck recorded at Fort Perch Rock air museum on the Wirral by M Walters.
Originally named Tarpon I (Robertson 1971, p243)
Site visit 26/2/2014 The crash site is in a mature coniferous forestry plantation on the north-east facing slope of Cerrig Trwsgl, which lies at the head of Nant Trefechan, a stream that debouches into Cwm Pennant about 400m south-east of the church at Pennant Melangell. What survives is a disturbed oval crater, measuring about 13m east/west by 6m wide and perhaps 1m deep, which is partially water-filled despite an attempt to drain it by the cutting of a narrow gully at its north-east corner. The crater has a number of piles of wreckage which have been pulled out on its north and south sides, one of which includes the remains of an undercarriage leg and a tyre. Some recent digging has clearly taken place at the eastern end of the crater, which has revealed further material; a small wooden cross has been placed there. Information from M Walters is that the eastern end of the crater was probably the place where the cockpit came to rest.
The visit was carried out with Mark Walters and accompanied by John Ferguson of UPM Tilhill Forestry. It is proposed that the area will be harvested in the near future so discussions took place on the most suitable methods to ensure the site was left undisturbed, including the marking of an exclusion zone into which machines will not be allowed. It is proposed that the area be fenced and left unplanted once the trees are removed. (Hankinson & Spencer, 2014)