Arenig Fawr – Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, 42-3124, 303rd Bomb Group (Heavy), USAAF, 4 Aug 1943

Arenig Fawr summit trig point and Flying Fortress memorial

Site visited 11 August 2012 Location Arenig Fawr, Snowdonia
SH 82643 36949
52.91708°N, 3.74685°W
Aircraft
Manufacturer Boeing Registration 42-3124
Model B-17 Flying Fortress Unit 303rd Bomb Group (Heavy), USAAF
Crash date 4 August 1943
Memorial Plaque

In memory of the crew of the Flying Fortress
which crashed on the Arenig 4th August 1943
1st Lt James N Pratt, Boise, Idaho
2nd Lt Allan M Boner, Tinley Park, Illinois
2nd Lt William A Bowling, Covington, Kentucky
T/Sgt Frederic J Royar, Queens Village, New York
S/Sgt Walter J Johnston, Fayette, Ohio
Sgt Walter B Robinson, Sacramento, California
Sgt Phillip Simonte, Highland Park, Michigan
Pfc Alfred B van Dyke, Brookville, Pennsylvania

Slate memorial plaque

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress 42-3124

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress 42-3124

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress 42-3124

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress 42-3124

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress 42-3124

22 thoughts on “Arenig Fawr – Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, 42-3124, 303rd Bomb Group (Heavy), USAAF, 4 Aug 1943

  1. Fabulous photos, especially of the concertina’d aluminium and the contrast with the granite. I was just reading about this while researching the Arenig painters and wondered if you’d documented it. Should have known!

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  3. its a shame that the slate has been damaged and the stone circle falling down.i was the one with my son craig aged 10 at the time who spent most week ends build and clearing the stone getting them ready to put in place on the finished project,a small chap named mr williams carried the slate slab up arrenig fawr tied on his back with ropes an amazing man he was only 5ft 2ins and it took three of us to lift it off his back and into place,i am now 70yrs young and hope to return to arrenig fawr this year,it will be nice to see it for its 35yrs since i started working on it just in time for the 11th november and the arrival of some of the relatives of the USAF bombers crew who had flown into the uk from america.

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  4. As mentioned above i am making arrangements with my grandson,a couple of his friends and my son craig to revisit arenig fawr in mid october 2015 with a view to if possible repair some of the stone work and tidy the area up in the short time that we will have, three days two nights.

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  5. I was up on Arenig Fawr yesterday and saw the rememberance plaque. So I googled it this morning as I was interested in the story. I have notice that some of you are thinking of doing some work in the next months or so. I would like to help in anyway I can. I notice that it is possible to get a quad bike up from the Trwasfynydd side to around 300 meter from the summit. As a farmers from Cerrig if you would like my help please get in touch.

    07885702877

    Llŷr

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  6. April 2018. Having seen the appalling vandalism last year I am hoping, in conjunction with Dilwyn in replacing this plaque with one made of a substantial piece of stainless steel which will be professionally engraved and hopefully l be proof against vandalism, theft and corrosion for a long time to come. It may well be that some assistance will be required to physically erect it and I would be pleased to hear of anyone who might be in a position to help. It’s early days as yet as there are a few obstacles to overcome.

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  7. Richard, I’m keen to get involved with this, and could probably rustle up some USAF volunteers to help. If you reply to this, I can supply you with my contact details.

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  8. I posted a comment on the AF site “Photo Gallery by Rory …” following a visit last October but have not really had a response. I would be happy to support efforts to renew this memorial either in slate (which seems more appropriate to me) or in Bronze if those already involved. My offer to be involved could be labouring and/or financial. Whoever is in charge/ leading this campaign please get back to me. Thanks, Neil Midgley

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    • It has semi stalled at the moment but Dilwyn Morgan is still optimistic about it and is pretty confident that the funding will come through

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  9. Update. 1.8.19 – almost there
    A new plaque in Silicon Bronze has now been made and it is intended to erect it on or about 31 st August 2019 followed by a short service on 4th September 2019.

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  10. I would be interested to know who the Mr Williams is that Craig Charnley remembers carrying the original plaque to the top on his back..
    Any able bodied volunteers to help with getting the plaque to the top on the 31st August 2019 I wonder. Neither the RAF or the USAF are able to assist with a helicopter.

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  11. The new bronze plaque was erected on the 31st August 2019 in atrocious weather by a team comprising of Any Thiompson, Edwyn Evans, Andrew Roberts, Rory Trapp, Gwynant Roberts and his son Wil, Gethyn Ap John, Glyn Williams, Bryn Lloyd Jones, Ted McAvoy and Richard Evans. Dilwyn Morgan was not able to be present. A dedication was conducted on the 4th September 2019 attended by about 45 people, including USAF and RAF personnel and local people and a brief service was conducted by Capt. Hans Decker USAF, again in atrocious conditions, followed by two minutes silence and a lone bugle rhidden in the mist.

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      • It was a great team work and enthusiasm by all concerned. The Dedication on the 4th September was again in low cloud, high winds and pouring rain, although it was fortunately clear earlier on which permitted the USAF personnel to appreciate their surroundings. Well supported by USAF, RAF and local people including Glyn Williams who farms the land and who was so helpful throughout both days. A culmination of three years in the planning and execution.

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