Wellington Mk.X HE466 of No.30 OTU crashed on Foel Grach in the Carneddau above Llyn Dulyn reservoir 13th February 1943 while on a night cross country flight form Hixon

Vickers Wellington Mk.X at the Royal Air Force Museum


Edward Gerrard Frezell Sergeant RCAF Pilot Killed
Frederick Keith Thorogood Pilot Officer Navigator Killed
Cecil Gordon Bennett Sergeant Bomb Aimer Killed
George Newton Rafferty Sergeant Wireless Operator Killed
Edwin Towler Sergeant Air Gunner Killed


The crew of Wellington HE466 were on a cross country navigation training flight from RAF Hixon near Stafford when they flew into the north eastern side of Foel Grach in the Carneddau area of Snowdonia. When the aircraft failed to return a search operation was initiated, it was two days before wreckage believed to be that of the missing aircraft was spotted.

After wreckage had been reported in the Carneddau mountains a search party was organised by the RAF Mountain Rescue unit at No.9 (O)AFU, Llandwrog. They set out from Llandwrog at 09:00 on the 16th and met with a local policeman enroute, they then headed to the hut close to Melynllyn which they had used during other search operations. The search team set out onto the hill in two groups at around midday, after about 1 hour three airmen from the first party became lost in cloud on Foel Grach, two hours later the other search party assumed that these men had made their way off the hill and continued the search for HE466. The crash site was located and two of the crew were recovered to Melynllyn before further operations were suspended for the night at 20:00. The following morning another party was sent out to recover the three remaining bodies from the crash site, which they had done by 15:00. The airmen from the first search party who had gone missing eventually made their way off the mountains to Bethesda, like a number of aircrew who survived crashes on the Carneddau.

Sergeant George Newton Rafferty, Wireless Operator of Vickers Wellington HE466
Above is a photograph of Sergeant George Newton Rafferty, the aircraft’s wireless operator. Image: David Morrison
Crash site of Vickers Wellington HE466 on Foel Grach in the Carneddau area of Snowdonia
The crash site of HE466, the two areas of peat in this photo mark where HE466 flew into Foel Grach.
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Above is some of the wreckage at the crash site, there is more wreckage spread for some distance down hill.
Sergeant Edward Gerrard Frezell's grave at Caernarfon
The crew were buried at various cemeteries and churchyards throughout the British Isles, above is Sergeant Frezell’s grave at Caernarfon cemetery.
Pilot Officer Frederick Keith Thorogood's grave at Romford Cemetery, Essex
The aircraft’s navigator, P/O Thorogood was buried at Romford cemetery in Essex.
Image copyright: Paul Thorogood.
Sergeant Edwin Towler's grave at Bolton
The Air Gunner, Sergeant Edwin Towler was buried near his home in Bolton at the town’s Tongue Cemetery.