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Avro Lincoln B. Mk.2 RF511 of No.230 Operational Conversion Unit, crashed on Carnedd Llewelyn near Bethesda on the 15th March 1950
John Talbot Lovell Shore MC AFC
Cyril Alfred Lindsey
Ronald Albert Forsdyke DFC
Harold Henry Charman
Godfrey Leo Cundy
Robert Henry Hutchings Wood
During the night of the 14th / 15th March 1950 a number of Lincolns took off on cross country exercise from RAF Hemswell and RAF Scampton, one of these aircraft was RF511 from No.230 Operational Conversion Unit, stationed at RAF Scampton. In the early hours of the 15th three of the aircraft were diverted by the Preston Area controller to land at RAF Valley on Anglesey as the weather had deteriorated at Scampton, two landed safely just before 03:00.
At 02:55 RAF Valley received a call from Bethesda Police Station stating that an aircraft had crashed nearby, 30 minutes later the RAF Mountain Rescue Team from Valley left for Bethesda. They travelled up to the waterworks in the lower reaches of Cwm Llafar where the team left their vehicles before continuing on foot. The first members of the rescue team reached to site at 05:20, they quickly confirmed that the crashed aircraft was RF511 and discovered four bodies as the fires reduced in size they located the remaining two airmen in the wreckage. All six bodies were recovered to Bethesda with help from staff at RAF Llanberis (a munitions storage depot) by 19:00.
The subsequent Court of Inquiry determined that the likely cause was the crew had turned onto a South-easterly course over Anglesey instead of the reciprocal out to sea.
Two of the crew were buried at Holyhead Cemetery, they were Engineer II Forsdyke and Signaller III Charman.
It is interesting to note that Engineer II Forsdyke was a holder of the Distinguished Flying Cross, an award given to officers. During World War Two he had served in the RAF becoming a Flying Officer before leaving the service only to subsequently re-enlist. He had received his DFC during May 1945 while with No.405 Squadron, RCAF, a Pathfinder unit operating Avro Lancasters. His citation recorded that he had completed 50 operational sorties from mid 1944 as a Flight Engineer.