14.01.1943 9 (Observers) Advanced Flying Unit Anson I EG110 P/O. Archer
Date: 14th January 1943 (Saturday)
Unit: No. 9 (Observers) Advanced Flying Unit - 25 Group
Type: Anson I
Base: RAF Penrohs, Caernarvonshire
Location: Foel Grach (1)
Pilot: P/O. Kenneth Archer NZ/412182 RNZAF Age ? Injured
Nav: Sgt. Francis Alexander Paterson NZ/421939 RNZAF Age ? Injured
Nav: Sgt. William Henry Barnett NZ/421927 RNZAF Age 22. Injured
W/Op/AirGnr: Sgt. Eric Thomas Brocklehurst 1076299 RAFVR Age 20. Injured
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off from RAF Llandwrog in the early evening for a night navigation exercise. During the return to base the pilot left the planned course.
Thinking he was over the sea the pilot descended through the clouds to 1500 ft but then hit the South side of Foel Grach at 21:00 hrs. All the crew survived the initial impact with various degrees of injuries.
The pilot left the wreckage to seek assistance, but it wasn't until two days later that rescue units finally located the crash site. By this time two of the crew had succumbed to their injuries. The remaining two crew members survived this and the war.
Further comprehensive details of this loss can be found on the Peak District Air Accident Research website
(1) Foel Grach 3,203 ft situated in the Carneddau range of Wales.
Sgt. William Henry Barnett. Llanbeblig Public Cemetery, Caernarfon. Grave 2187. From New Zealand, no further details - are you able to assist?
Sgt. Eric Thomas Brocklehurst. Hale Cemetery. Section Q. Grave 64. Son of Thomas and Marion Brocklehurst, of Bowdon, Altrincham, England.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to the research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Weekly News of New Zealand, Peak District Air Accident Research, other sources as quoted below: