Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV L4873 of No.90 Squadron RAF, flew into Foel Wen in the Berwyn Mountains after breaking formation from two other aircraft after entering cloud on the 23rd March 1940

Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV



Maurice Charles Cotterell Sergeant Pilot Killed
Ronald Jesse Harbour Sergeant Observer Killed
Kenneth Charles Winterton Aircraftman 2nd Class Wireless operator / Air gunner Killed
Wreckage at the crash site on Foel Wen of Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV L4873
Quite a large amount of wreckage from L4873 still lies high up on Foel Wen. This is part of the main spar, it was once complete but over the past few years has broken into four sections.
Alan at the crash site of Blenheim L4873
A photo of Alan stood at the crash site.

The bodies of the three crew of the aircraft were removed from the crash site by medical personnel from No.11 FTS at RAF Shawbury. They were all buried at St Mary’s churchyard in Shawbury on the 28th March.

Grave of Sergeant Maurice Charles Cotterell at Shawbury (St Mary) Churchyard, Shropshire
Pilot – Sergeant Maurice Charles Cotterell
Grave of Sergeant Ronald Jesse Harbour at Shawbury (St Mary) Churchyard, Shropshire
Observer – Sergeant Ronald Jesse Harbour
Grave of Aircraftman 2nd Class Kenneth Charles Winterton at Shawbury (St Mary) Churchyard, Shropshire
Wireless Operator – AC2 Kenneth Charles Winterton