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CONSOLIDATED B-24 LIBERATOR EV881
Primary Reference Number (PRN) : 105185 Trust : Dyfed Community : Mynachlog-ddu Unitary authority : Pembrokeshire NGR : SN12683174 Site Type (preferred type first) : Modern Air Crash Site Status :
Summary : This is the crash site of CONSOLIDATED B-24 LIBERATOR EV881. A site visit in December 2012 revealed that there is a large patch of bare earth about 7m in diameter from north-south of site by 8m diameter on the west facing slope (this is thought to be where unsalvaged remains were collected together to burn â€“ the exact site of impact is unconfirmed. M Cullen, Pembrokeshire Aviation Group pers comm). Small scraps of twisted and fused metal remain on the ground, along with rivets and other small fixings. A memorial was erected at the top of the site in 1985, and a geocache site has since been placed to the east of the memorial a few feet away. A.Pyper 2013
Description : The Liberator belonged to GR (general reconnaissance) VI of 547 Squadron based at St Eval, Cornwall. The aircraft flew into Carn Bica, Preseli Hills at night on 19 September 1944. Six crewmen were killed, 3 survived. In 1984 (50th anniversary), a memorial was placed at the crash site by the Pembrokeshire Aviation Group which was visited by relatives on the 60th and 70th anniversaries. The crew were tasked with anti-submarine duties from St Eval and were deployed to rendezvous with a RN submarine to practice radar and Leigh Light skills. Instead of skirting Wales and using the Smalls lighthouse as the navigational fix, the crew cut across the tip of south-west Wales to make sure that they made the rendezvous. The Squadron Operational Record Book notes at 'approximately 22:50 hours on September 19th, during the hours of darkness, aircraft EV881, flew into the crest of a hill 4 miles northeast of Maenclochog, South Wales. The aircraft caught fire and W/O two of the crew were killed; another died in hospital and the remaining three were injured and detained in hospital. The cause of the accident is believed to be an error of navigation as the crew were briefed to proceed to an 'Oasthouse' exercise via the Smalls light'. The court of inquiry heard that the altimeter had been set wrongly and was reading too high. (F.Sage, 2013 based on Evans, 2005 and Doylerush 2008).
Maritime Officer, RCAHMW 2011
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Western Telegraph reporter , 2014 , Relatives of wartime casualties visit site to mark anniversary