70 Years on - Tredegar remembers Flight T2520
1940 - Britain was rocked by wave
after wave of German aircraft trying desperately to smash the
spirit of the people of Britain. But they didn't. Year 2010 marks
the 70th Anniversary of the Blitz, air strikes that tore across
Britain flattening many of its towns and cities. But Britain was
fighting back - paying a terrible price.
One night in December 1940 a Wellington Bomber - Flight T2520 -
successfully carried out a raid over Europe and without the benefit
of the modern equipment we have these days - crashed in the early
hours of the morning into the mountains above Trefil. All six brave
young men on board perished.
Those who lost their lives in that fateful crash were:
Pilot Officer Albert Tindall (21Years Old)
Sergeant David Mills: Pilot (21Years Old)
Sergeant Hylton Daniel Ellis: Observer/Nose Gunner (26 Years
Sergeant Stanley Gordon Howard: Air Gunner
Sergeant Reginald Brown: Air Gunner (22 Years Old)
Sergeant David Ernest Wallace: Air Gunner
Each year, we at Tredegar Town Council place a wreath on the
cairn that marks the site of the crash.
To mark the 70th Anniversary we held a Memorial Service at St.
George's Church in Tredegar on Thursday 9th December 2010 - 70
years to that fateful day. The Squadron which the plane belonged to
- No. 115 Squadron - still exists, and they sent a representative,
Flight Lieutenant Peter Batson, to the Service. He also climbed to
the Cairn the following day to lay a wreath. We were also joined by
Squadron Leader Phil Atkinson from RAF St. Athan who joined with
Peter in reading the Roll of Honour. Memories from the surviving
relatives were read by Cllr. Alyson Tippings, whose research had
led to the Service, it was a powerful and moving moment.
With the co-operation of local groups and organisations
including the local ATC and RBL divisions and with Fr. John Davis,
their Chaplain, taking the Service we hope that it was a fitting
tribute to those who died in this crash, and others around the
mountains of Tredegar. There were a number of crashes - not all of
them fatal. Some showed the incredible bravery of individuals -
Sgt. G Christie, Wireless Operator on board a flight from 10
Squadron, Leeming in Yorkshire (Whitley T4232) dragged the whole
crew from the burning wreckage of his plane at Brynbrith Farm Nr.
Tredegar on 13th November 1940. To view a copy of the Service
programme please click on Bomber
On Saturday 11th December 2010, Sqdn. Ldr. Atkinson was one of a
number of people including our local MP Mr. Nick Smith and Mr. Alun
Davies AM, who braved the freezing temperatures and snowy
conditions to mark the 70th Anniversary at the Cairn. Photographs
of the wreath laying ceremony can be viewed in the gallery.
In remembering the sacrifice of 70 years ago, it can only serve
to highlight the courage and resilience of our present members of
the Armed Forces.
Letters of thanks have been received from 115 Squadron
Association and can be view here:-
Lucas, 115 Squadron RAF Association; F. R.
Leatherdale DFC. Squadron Leader (Ret'd), 115 Squadron
"Tredegar Remembers T2520"
A very moving film tribute to the Crew of the Wellington Bomber
Flight T2520 has been released on You Tube. The film relives the
last flight of T2520 through the memories of the people of
Tredegar and includes the Memorial Services held to commemorate the
70th Anniversary of the crash.
Special thanks must be extended to Jane Wilcox, Spirit of Bevan;
Kevin Phillips, Green Valley Film Productions; Alyson Tippings; and
all those who offered their memories and time for this film.
Please view the film at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ivmj_MyQOus
As part of the Remembrance Day Service, members of Tredegar Town
Council and the public walk to the Cairn site to lay a
wreath. 2011 saw this ceremony take place following the Royal
British Legion's Service which was held in the Gwent Shopping
Photos of those attending the wreath laying at the Cairn can be
view in the gallery.
12th November 2016 - photos from the annual Memorial Service at
the Cairn are viewable on the Flickr