Featured on a recent edition of the Shropshire Star website is a news item by Toby Neal about the 'hunt' for the families of an ill-fated 1950s RAF Bomber training fight
The background to the story is that on the 5th of December 1950 a Wellington bomber from RAF Shawbury took off and started an 8,000-mile training flight to Khartoum, Sudan with planned stops at Gibraltar and Cyprus. Unfortunately whilst in a storm over the Costa Blanca region of Spain the Wellington bomber crashed into Mount Montgo, killing all the seven aircrew.
One of the aircrew was Flight Sergeant Ernest Hansom of Penrhynside, Llandudno
The Shropshire Star news article tells of a groups plan to build a memorial to honour the memory of the bomber's crew, and informs how the group has had success in tracing relatives of the seven victims included Flight Sergeant Ernest Hansom.
In the article Colin McNae, from Moraira, Costa Blanca also comments on the memorial "We have now had the memorial designed and approved by park authorities and are starting the build. It is to take the form of a pyramid with a stainless steel frame filled with hand-made bricks. A suitable inscription will be attached. As yet we have no date for its completion. I am hoping to include as many family members as possible to a dedication service later this year."
The full article can be read via The Shropshire Star Website (link below)
Success in hunt to find families of tragic Shropshire bomber crew By Toby Neal
An informative page dedicated to the memory of Ernest Hansom can be viewed via the link after the following clip
Ernest was born in Penrhynside. The family lived at Garreg Lythenig. Young Ernest attended Bodafon School and was later employed in the building trade by Frank Tyldesley.During the Second World War, Ernie, as he was known locally, enlisted in the RAF and was a wireless operator/air gunner with 107 Squadron, serving on Boston bombers. He later served with 88 Squadron, flying on 20 missions over enemy territory in north-west Europe and bombing targets including airfields, railway depots and the V1 “flying bomb” bases in northern France.