Date of Crash: September 5th 1943
Event and Historical Information:
On 5 September 1943, this Lancaster was undertaking a cross-country night flying exercise from Winthorpe when it crashed north of Fan Foel at around 620m. The crew comprised Sgt N T Duxbury, pilot; Pilot Officer V R Folkerson, navigator; Sgt R Wilson, bomb aimer; Sgt F W Pratt, wireless operator; Sgt L Holding , flight engineer; Sgt J G Curran, mid-upper gunner; Sgt J G Buckey, air gunner and Pilot Officer R F E Johnson, an extra bomb aimer. All 8 crewmembers were killed. The RAF Inquiry reported that the exact cause was unknown, but that the aircraft would appear to have been underpowered when it struck the ground. On 5 September 1993, family members were flown to the crash site from RAF Brawdy and a memorial stone was erected.