Remembrance Sunday walk to honour crew of doomed Second World War bomber
AT THE going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them – even if it means trekking up a mountain.
An exposed hillside is to be the venue for a special service on Remembrance Sunday as the crew of a doomed Second World War bomber are remembered.
Nestled on the western rocky slopes of Carreg Coch, above Dan yr Ogof caves in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons, lies the wreckage of Wellington bomber, MF509, which on the night of November 20, 1944, hit the mountainside, killing all six crew members from the Royal Canadian Air Force. The crew, who were on a night flying exercise, radioed that there was problems with the starboard engine, minutes later, with iced up wings and swirling mists, the plane crashed into Carreg Coch.
To this day wreckage remains on the exposed mountainside and a memorial stone, dedicated to the crew, stands over the site.
On Sunday, November 10, Alwyn Williams, of the Llanelli Ramblers Association, will once again lead a walk to honour the fallen at the site.
Last year over 100 people joined in the service.
He said: “For the past six years we have conducted a wreath laying service on the site.
‘‘Last year we read out a letter written by a crew member before they died.
“He had posted it the day before the crash and it arrived in his parents’ home in Canada a week later.”
Mr Williams said that the three-mile pilgrimage is open to anyone who is capable of the climb.
He said: “We had over 100 people last year and as the weather forecast is supposed to be quite good we hope to see more this year. It’s a fairly gentle walk that takes around one and a half hours to get up there; as long as you have walking boots you will be fine.”
It is hoped to once again record the service via the internet.
“Hopefully we can conveyed it back to the families in Canada,” he said.
To join the walk meet at 8am at Llanelli Leisure Centre for a coach ride to the start or at 8.45am at Dan yr Ogof show caves car park.