Consolidated B-24J 42-99991 / ‘Bachelors Baby’ of the 8th Air Force, USAAF, crashed on Moelfre above Penmaenmawr on the 7th January 1944

Consolidated B-24 Liberator at the RAF Museum


Adrian J. Schultz 2nd Lieutenant Pilot Survived
Arthur W. Davis 2nd Lieutenant Co-pilot Died of Injuries
Julian S. Erts 2nd Lieutenant Navigator Survived
Norman P. Boyer 2nd Lieutenant Bomb Aimer Survived
Samuel Louis Offutt Staff Sergeant Engineer Killed
John E. Tymczak Staff Sergeant Radio Operator Survived
Harold Alexander Sergeant Gunner Survived
William M. Lorenz Sergeant Gunner Died of Injuries
William G. Nichols Sergeant Gunner Killed
Joseph Nieglos Sergeant Gunner Survived
Nicholas Cennemo Technical Sergeant Passenger Killed


The aircraft was being delivered from the United States to the UK, its crew had flown across the Atlantic via the Southern route, a route frequently used in the winter months. They had arrived at RAF Valley and were to fly the final leg of the flight to Watton in Norfolk. Poor weather delayed their departure for 24 hours, and during the afternoon of the 7th January they crew took off from RAF Valley, along with a second aircraft, a Boeing B-17G which was being flown by a ferry pilot on the same route, which was Valley – Rhyl – Chester – Kettering – Watton.

After take off the two aircraft initially flew below the low cloud which covered the area but shortly after both entered the overcast and the crew of ‘Bachelors Baby’ lost sight of the B-17, though they remained in radio contact. The pilot of the B-17 soon reported that he had cleared the top of the cloud and instructed the crew of the B-24 to remain on course. However they had not been following any specific course and so opted to begin a spiralling ascent to break clear of the cloud. It was while in a gentle climbing turn that the aircraft struck the summit of Clip yr Orsedd above the coastal town of Penmaenmawr. The initial impact tore away the bomb bay doors, causing the cargo of baggage being carried to spill out across the rough pasture land. The aircraft remained airborne for a few hundred yards before crashing on gently sloping ground beside Moelfre. The aircraft was badly damaged by the crash and was soon engulfed by fire which destroyed most of the fuselage and the inner wings.

The crash was quickly reported to the Police and the local ambulance service took to the injured crew members to the Caernarvon & Anglesey Hospital at Bangor. It was only after than that the crash was reported to the RAF Mountain Rescue unit at RAF Llandwrog, who attended the scene of the crash. When they arrived there were still three crew members unaccounted for, though the MRT soon found their bodies in the burning wreckage.

Memorial at the crash site of Consolidated B-24J 42-99991 on Moelfre, Penmaenmawr, Conwy
Those members of the crew who died in the crash, or of their injuries shortly after, were commemorated on a memorial which was erected at the crash site. Also commemorated is the crew’s mascot, a Fox Terrier called Booster who was also killed by the crash.
Crash site of Consolidated B-24J 42-99991 / Bachelors Baby on Moelfre, Penmaenmawr, Conwy
Around the memorial is a scar of exposed rock and soil, though virtually nothing of the aircraft remains today.
Crash site of Consolidated B-24J 42-99991 / Bachelors Baby on Moelfre, Penmaenmawr, Conwy
Looking west from the crash site towards Llanfairfechan.