The Maid of Harlech

November 20, 2007 at 8:54 am Leave a comment

screenshot171.jpgAs a boy, I visited the small town of Harlech and the Harlech Castle in Wales.  I never thought I’d tie that visit to a story about a P-38 restoration.  However, in today’s P-38 Lightning newsletter (top right corner of page to subscribe), there is a story about the p-38 found off the coast of Wales and the efforts that are underway to recover the aircraft and begin restoration.  TIGHAR (logo above) is accepting donations to aid in the restoration.  The website has the story of the pilot and cause of the accident.  Below is the first paragraph (I cut and paste to notepad so I could read it – the HTML didn’t render properly for me):

The 14th Fighter Group arrived at Atcham in Shropshire, England in late August 1942, having ferried from Windsor Locks, Connecticut via Canada, Greenland, Iceland, and Scotland as part of Operation Bolero. Assigned to the Eighth Air Force, the group participated in fighter sweeps – code-named “Wildflower” – along the Dutch and Belgian coasts of occupied Europe in mid-September. Later in the month, the 49th Squadron was sent to an RAF airfield on the Welsh coast for gunnery practice.  [more]

I expect if they are successful, we will be reading about the ongoing restoration for some time.  Good luck TIGHAR!

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