Friends of MF-509

MF509, a Wellington MK10 took off on Nov.20th 1944 for a training exercise. The plane experienced engine troubles and as they descended over the mountains of the Brecon Beacons their aircraft flew into the south west slope of Carreg Goch. Six RCAF crewmembers perished. A memorial was erected by the Welsh people and has since assumed a place of honour within the Brecon Beacons.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Remembrance 2016 at Carreg Goch

2016 Remembrance Ceremony

An annual Remembrance ceremony is held at the MF509 site every year. An impressive number of people hike to the site, in all weather conditions, and this year's ceremony was attended by Dana, a great-niece of crew member Bill Allison.

Arwel and Dana

Sunday, November 20, 2016

MF509 on McGill University Website

In addition to the material on the McGill Remembers website, you can find additional material on the McGill University archives pages which detail the Bill Allison story as well as the 2006 commemoration at the University. As well, the Bill Allison file maintained by McGill during WW2 can be seen in the War Records segment of the site.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

New Website Features MF-509

The McGill University Archives has launced a new website to incorporate the McGill Remembers project started in April 2005. The new website features the story of Bill Allison and MF509.

Remembrance Day 2006 and MF509

On both sides of the Atlantic the crew of MF509 were remembered on November 11th. At the crash site in Wales a ceremony was held at 11am. In Canada the crew's story was displayed by McGill University (see below) and the story was featured in a talk given by Chris Milligan and Wes Cross to the Quebec Family History Society in Lachine on the same day. The photo shows part of the ceremony at Carreg Goch and was suppied by Arvel Michael.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

McGill University Honours MF509

As part of the 2006 Remembrance activities on the campus of McGill University, a display honouring the memories will be available to the public documenting the story of MF509. A display window on one of Montreal's main streets will provide images and material for approximately one month.

MF509 Dusablon Family Contacted

In October Caroline Davies received an email from the Dusablon family who live in Montreal. Wes Cross visited with the sister of Gerald Dusablon, Helene Duval and provided her with all of the background information. Helene has some photos of her brother, who was the tail gunner in MF509, and those will available here soon. Helene expressed her appreciation to all of the paeople who have gathered the information and images relating to MF509.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Climb to MF509 Completed

The climb to the MF509 Memorial took place on May 6, 2006 in good weather conditions, and excellent company. The hike culminated in a discussion of the crew lost in November 1944 at that spot, and the leaving of articles on behalf of the Villeneuve and Allison families. Prayers were read, and many photos were taken. Upon returning to the base of the valley, a dinner was held at the Abercrave Inn in Abercraf.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Climb to MF509 Memorial

The long planned climb to the MF509 Memorial is planned for Saturday May 6th, weather permitting. The day will be ended with a dinner to honour the airew lost on Carreg Goch on November 20th, 1944.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Photo of Jules Villeneuve

We have just received a photo of Jules Villeneuve, who was the navigator on MF509. The aircrew photo (see below) shows the original navigator Gaston Caron who was replaced by Jules not long before the fatal crash. This photo was provided by Eric Schofield, a nephew of Jules Villeneuve.