Wellington Mk.IC DV800 of No.27 OTU, RAF, crashed on Bwlch Cyfryw-drum in the Carneddau near Bethesda on the 19th July 1942.
|Eric Harvey Longbottom||Sergeant RAAF||Pilot||Killed|
|Lionel Denis Traylen||Sergeant||Observer||Killed|
|Richard Ivor Bowen||Sergeant||Observer||Killed|
|Samuel James Wilson||Sergeant||Wireless Operator / Air Gunner||Killed|
|Rupert Theodore Bannister||Sergeant RAAF||Air Gunner||Killed|
The crew were on a day-time cross county navigation exercise from RAF Lichfield, one leg of the flight took the aircraft from Holyhead to Rhyl. It was thought by the Court of Inquiry that it was during this leg that a possible error in navigation led to the crew flying up the valley from Bethesda in cloud and into the mountainside.
It was noted that there had been no radio contact with the crew for several hours, their last message being at 12:06, which pointed to possible failure un the wireless equipment.
It was ten days before the crash site located, following this a team from RAF Llandwrog was sent to the site to recover the bodies of the crew. The aircraft had flown into the ridge between Carnedd Dafydd and Carnedd Llewelyn on an area known as the Black Ladders.
The two Australian crewmembers were buried at Caernarfon, Llanbeblig, Cemetery.