Havoc/Boston:Pen yr Oleu wen
Originally uploaded by seansonofbig2
We had a visit to Snowdonia yesterday, not to the best wreck sites there, but to satisfy Mick's desire to climb some bigger hills. These are from the third biggest hill in Wales, so he was reasonably satisfied.
This first wreck site matches descriptions of that of an A20 Havoc/Boston which was reportedly cleared by the National Park Authority, but this reasonably sizeable component remaining on Pen yr Oleu wen does not look like the engine mounting from a Havoc that our source led us to expect.
The item photographed is marked with three numbers: 538488;2 and 8-31-61, if that helps anyone to know what it is. Comments by Alan Clark below support my suspicion that this is a flat-6 engine crank case, rather than an engine mounting. Such a crank case would be similar to that in the Continental IO-470-D engines to be found in a Cessna 310 F. All of the crash sites we have recorded in the area are for radial engined craft. Cessna 310 F G-ARMK did reportedly crash "near Bethesda" in 1968.
Snow hampered our search, but we visited four sites reportedly previously marked by substantial wreckage from this Havoc, with no finds other than this, and an odd bit of plastic, which I will post later..