Blackburn Botha Mk.I L6318 of No.3 School of General Reconnaissance crashed on Tal-y-Fan in the Carneddau on the 23rd August 1942
|Herford Linton Pendal||Warrant Officer (*)||Pilot||Killed|
|Robert Wilmore Patrick RNZAF||Sergeant||Navigator / Bomb Aimer||Killed|
|John Bernard Wood RNZAF||Sergeant||Navigator / Bomb Aimer||Killed|
|Ronald Ibbetson||Aircraftman 1st Class||Wireless Operator||Killed|
|Andrew Smyth||Aircraftman 1st Class||Wireless Operator||Killed|
(*) Contemporary records show Pendal as a Flight Sergeant, it is probable that he was due to be promoted to the rank of Warrant Officer and this was applied after his death and is indicated by the CWGC. This was a common occurrence with RCAF & RAAF personnel.
On the 23rd August 1942 Botha L6318 took off from RAF Squires Gate near Blackpool in Lancashire for a navigation exercise, at some point in the flight the aircraft entered low cloud and while flying over the coastal area of North Wales struck the north eastern slopes of Tal-y-Fan above the Conwy valley. All five of the crew were killed in the crash, it was the following day before the crash site was located and the bodies of the crew were recovered by a search party from No.9 AOS at RAF Penrhos.
Three of the aircraft’s crew were buried at Caernarfon (Llanbeblig) Cemetery, they were:
The two other members of the crew were buried in cemeteries elsewhere in the UK, Pendal at New Southgate Cemetery in London and Ibbetson at Colne Cemetery in Lancashire.