Cold War Warrior

Cold War Warrior

Posted on 06/19/2015


Photo taken on June 19, 2015



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WW2
RAF
Bomber
Tredegar
Bomber Command
Armstron Whitworh Whitley
Whitley ZA VT4232


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Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Crash Memorial, Parc Bryn Bach, Tredegar 19 June 2015

Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Crash Memorial, Parc Bryn Bach, Tredegar 19 June 2015
This memorial has just been unveiled at Parc Bryn Bach, once Pen Bryn Oer Farm, to mark the crash of an Armstrong Whitworth Whitley ZA VT4232 of 10 Squadron RAF. Returning from a 77 aircraft raid on U Boot pens at Lorient, in Northern France. Returning in atrocious weather, the crew became disorientated and, as the wings iced up, they mistook Bryn Bach pond for the English Channel, crashing near Pen Bryn Oer farm. Although all five crew were injured, they survived the impact, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner Sergeant George Christie pulling all his comrades from the stricken plane, amidst exploding ammunition. After being "arrested" at shotgun point by the farmer and his son, they were quickly identified as British, not German airmen. The pilot, Sergeant Dickens Goldsmith was taken to Rhymney Cottage Hospital by the farmer's son, but sadly succumbed to his injuries a few days later.

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Cold War Warrior
Cold War Warrior
I haven't found out if Sgt Christie was decorated for his actions that night, but he deserved to be.
2 years ago.
Cold War Warrior
Cold War Warrior
Thanks. Looks like he didn't get anything. I know from experience that often those who deserve something don't get anything while some who don't, do. Not always the case though.
2 years ago.