BBC Homepage World Service Education
BBC Homepagelow graphics version | feedback | help
BBC News Online
 You are in: UK: Wales
Front Page 
World 
UK 
England 
Northern Ireland 
Scotland 
Wales 
UK Politics 
Business 
Sci/Tech 
Health 
Education 
Entertainment 
Talking Point 
In Depth 
AudioVideo 

Tuesday, 3 October, 2000, 09:50 GMT 10:50 UK
World War II bomber mystery solved
Skomer Island
Part of the bomber was found near Skomer Island
The mystery of the whereabouts of a Wellington bomber that disappeared during World War II off the west Wales coast has been solved by a fisherman.

The Wellington, based at an airfield in the Midlands, was taking part in a low-level flying exercise off the Pembrokeshire coast in September 1943 when it disappeared without trace.

The bodies of two of the six man crew, including three from Canada, were later recovered by local boatmen in St Bride's Bay.

But it was only recently that part of the wheel fuselage was identified by military historians as being recovered from the seabed by a fisherman.

It is now hoped that divers will explore the area near Skomer island to recover the remainder of the parts of the bomber from 40 feet of water.

The fisherman who recovered the wreckage of the aeroplane Bobby Cairns said that he would like to join the divers in trying to establish the whereabouts of the bomber.

Search BBC News Online

Advanced search options
Launch console
BBC RADIO NEWS
BBC ONE TV NEWS
WORLD NEWS SUMMARY
PROGRAMMES GUIDE
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more Wales stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Wales stories