A nice Wellington Bomber from WWII makes for a great diving site just ourside St Brides Bay.
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To the east of Hen & Chicks, buried in the sand, are the remains of a Wellington Bomber. It was coming into land near Talbenny during WWII when it hit the side of the cliffs and sank just away from them. The Wellington Bomber hit the cliffs on the 7th / 8th September 1943, and it was based at RAF Bruntingthorpe Leicestershire. All six crewmembers named Bilke, Baxter, Scott, Semark, Widdowson and Hopkins were lost. In May 1999 a local fisherman called Bobby Cairns, brought up part of the undercarriage in the area. After a storm, you can see remains sticking up out of the sands.
There are five reports of missing aircraft in the area, they are as follows. On the 5th of Oct, a Wellington HF204 ditched into St Brides Bay on a navex operation. December 1943 a Wellington W5678 ditched into St Brides Bay and the crew of 6 were rescued. July 1944 a Halifax HX338 crashed into St Brides Bay all crew were killed. In May 1945 a Beaufort ML620 ditched near Stack Rocks in St Brides Bay the pilot was killed. Information supplied by Wojciech Gadowski who is researching the missing aircrafts. If anyone has more information on any of the above, please contact Len Bateman or Wojciech Gadowski.
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