This crash site was visited during an HML Assessment on Wednesday 7th October.
Event and Historical Information:
On 17 January 1939, Avro Anson L9149 was being used for navigation and observers training flying by the Southampton Training Aviation Company based at Hamble. The plan had been to fly to Coventry via Cardiff, but the aircraft ran into thick cloud and rain and lost radio contact. Consequently, lost and disorientated, it flew into the ground to the south of Fan Brycheiniog at 770m. The crew comprised pilot Flt Off R N Coombes; aircraftsmen M Mabbot and two civilians, John MacDonald and L A Prescott. The pilot and aircraftsmen were badly injured and trapped inside the plane. Prescott went for help and raised the alarm at Tir y Cwm farm. The rescue party searched all night, but did not locate the plane until 6am the next day, by which time Mabbot had died from his injuries and exposure. MacDonald was able to walk down after receiving first aid. Combes was carried down in a parachute and transported to Swansea hospital, but died soon after. A plaque was erected in Callwen Churchyard by the Company to commemorate the crewmen who lost their lives and the local people who undertook the rescue in appalling weather conditions.