Wellington Bomber T2520 remembered
In 1940 Britain was bombarded by wave after wave of German aircraft trying to smash the country's infrastructure and spirit. Air strikes flattened many towns and cities. Britain fought back, but paid a terrible price. Among the dead were the six-strong crew of a Wellington Bomber, Flight T2520, which crashed on the southern fringe of the Brecon Beacons.
On 9 December 1940, Flight T2520 successfully carried out a bombing attack on German targets at Bordeaux without the benefit of the modern equipment pilots fly with today. On its return, it flew into bad weather and crashed into the mountains above Trefil in the early hours of the morning, killing all six of the crew on board.
Those who lost their lives in that fateful crash were:
- Pilot Officer Albert Tindall (21 years)
- Sergeant David Mills: Pilot (21 years)
- Sergeant Hylton Daniel Ellis: Observer/Nose Gunner (26 years)
- Sergeant Stanley Gordon Howard: Air Gunner
- Sergeant Reginald Brown: Air Gunner (22 years)
- Sergeant David Ernest Wallace: Air Gunner
115 Squadron which the plane belonged to still exists today.
You can visit the cairn that marks the site of the crash (grid ref: SO 090137) on Cefn yr Ystrad, at an altitude of about 600m.
Each year Tredegar Town Council place a wreath on the cairn in memory of those who sacrificed their lives. The next memorial service will be held on Saturday 9th November 2013 - a bus will leave from the Top House at 10am.
A very moving film tribute to the crew of the Wellington Bomber Flight T2520 has been released on You Tube.
For further information please visit the Tredegar Town Council website.
A booklet of 40 aircraft crash sites in and around the Brecon Beacons has been published by the Royal Air Forces Association. If you would like purchase a copy, please visit the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority online shop or one of our visitor information centres.Above: Memorial cairn at Wellington Bomber T2520 crash site, © Nigel Davies (www.geograph.org.uk)