Miles Martinet T.T. Mk.I HN888 of No.595 Squadron crashed on Great Rhos, near Llandrindod Wells on the 21st December 1945


Morris Davies Flying Officer Pilot Killed
George Horace Hammond Flight Lieutenant Passenger Killed


The two officers had taken off from RAF Aberporth bound for Castle Bromwich in the West Midlands. When they failed to arrive a search was started with four Spitfires searching the planned route but they were hampered by low clouds, the next day another 3 aircraft continued the search but still nothing was spotted with many of the hilltops being reported as cloud covered. Searches were continued for several days but the weather was persistently bad and only older crash sites were spotted, with one pilot reporting the Lockheed F-5 Lightning on Plynlimon

By the end of the December most of the high ground of mid and South Wales had been covered by a layer of snow and while it was fairly certain that the aircraft had crashed in the Welsh mountains the search was stood down until the snow melted, the last recorded air search carried out by No.595 Sqn was on 2nd January 1946. It was a month later on the 2nd February when a farmer discovered the missing aircraft on the western side of Great Rhos very close to the head of Cwm Bwch, this location was just over 3 miles South of the direct track from Aberporth to Castle Bromwich.

Cwm Bwch, Great Rhos, crash site of Martinet HN888
The view up Cwm Bwch towards the area where HN888 crashed.
It is a reasonable walk just to reach this point as there is no direct route up the valley.
Exhaust collector ring from Martinet HN888
A short way above where the previous photo was taken from, and almost buried by stones is the exhaust collector ring from the aircraft.
Bristol Mercury engine from Martinet HN888 in Cwm Bwch
Part way up the steep gully below the crash site is the aircraft’s Bristol Mercury engine, still relatively intact.

Bristol Mercury engine from Martinet HN888 in Cwm Bwch

The engine from the aircraft lay close to the crash site until 1994 when it is reported that an attempt to recover it was made by No.2478 Sqn ATC from Abergavenny. It is said that having man handled the engine out of the deep gully with the help of ropes a decision was made to re-rig the ropes before the long drag to a waiting Land Rover in the pastures further down the hill. While re-rigging the ropes the engine began moving and those present were powerless to stop it was rolling back into the gully and travelling a few hundred feet down the hill to where it is today. The only damage that is apparent from this journey was the loss of a few valve springs as we found a couple of these in the gully.

The only large item recovered from the site, other than the initial clearance, was the target towing winch which was removed in 1982 by the Shropshire based Wartime Aircraft Recovery Group.

Miles Martinet HN888 engine fire wall
The last item before reaching where the aircraft impacted is part of the engine firewall.
This, along with many of the items scattered down the gully, was photographed in the 1970s just below the impact point.
Miles Martinet HN888 crash site at the head of Cwm Bwch, Great Rhos
The highest extent of wreckage is this small scar close to the top of the hill where the aircraft impacted.
The engine is in the gully in the centre of the photograph.


Grave of Flying Officer Morris Davies at Sale Cemetery, Greater Manchester
The two victims were buried in cemeteries in their home towns, F/O Morris Davies was buried at Sale Cemetery on the edge of Manchester.