History group Cofio Cwmorthin Remembered are searching for relatives of aircrew killed in the mountains around the town of Blaenau Ffestiniog in North Wales during the Second World War - including one from Doncaster.
They have been planning to erect a monument to the eight airmen killed in four crashes during 1941 and 1942 and their effort is about to bear fruit.
A slate block will soon be in place onto which four plaques will be attached in memory of those killed. The stone will be unveiled at a ceremony sometime in May and the group are now seeking contact with relatives to invite them to the service and hopefully to find photos of the young men.
The greatest loss of life occurred on the night of March 21 1941 when a Vickers Wellington MK1c serial number R3288 of 150 Squadron RAF was returning from a raid on Lorient in Brittany.
Damaged and lost, the plane hit the upper slopes of Moel Farlwyd killing five of the six-man crew namely - Flying Officer (Pilot) Charles Hamerton Elliot – aged 21 – of Bedford; Pilot Officer Roland Clive Parkhurst – aged 24 – of Andover; Observer/Navigator Sergeant Harold Beddall – aged 27 of Doncaster/Nottingham; Wireless Operator/Air Gunner Sergeant Lewis John Kirk – aged 27 – of Reading; Air Gunner Sergeant John Killen – aged 20 – of Hartlepool; Air Gunner Sergeant Peter Martlew survived when the rear turret detached on impact
Contact Mel Thomas on email@example.com or by phone to 01766 830805 (evenings and weekends) or 01766 833712 during workdays.