|Aircraft Mk & Type||Mk VIII Liberator|
|Details:||Engine broke up on take-off; swung and crashed, St. Davids, 8.7.45; DBF|
The aircraft was being used for night circuit training in the early hours of the morning.
after take off, the studs; securing a cylinder of the starboard outer engine, sheared and
the cylinder detached causing engine failure. It is thought that the pilots did not
immediately realise that the engine had failed and were in the process of reducing
power which caused a swing to develop and led to loss of control.
The aircraft crashed near Emlych Farm on White Sands Road and was destroyed
by fire. This site is now marked with a slate memorial, which was unveiled in
July 1995 on the 50th Anniversary of the crash, the commemoration organised
by the Pembrokeshire Aviation Group
(The above with thanks to the Aircrew Remembrance Society)
F/L Charles Grayson Died 8th July 1945 Aged 32
RAF 46769 Son of Charles Frederick and Ellen Grayson, of Lewes; husband of
Emily Olive Grayson, of Pembroke.
Sec J Grave 3a Lewes Cemetery
F/L Thomas Hugh Topping Died 8th July 1945 Age u/k
RAFVR 77664 No other detail
Uncons. Row 2. Grave 4.Haverfordwest (City Road) Cemetery
F/O William George Luigi Mills Died 8th July 1945 Aged 29
RAF 56090 Son of William Charles and Emma Mills; husband of Rhoda Mills,
Cons. Row 2. Grave 2. Haverfordwest (City Road) Cemetery
F/S Peter Newton Scott Died 8th July 1945 Aged 22
RAFVR 591873 Son of Reginald and Alice Scott, of North Rauceby. His brother
Donald Keith Newton Scott also died on service.
Sec. A.A. Grave 139.Sleaford Cemetery
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