The simple memorial of slate and part
of a propeller was relocated
from the mountainous North Stack, where the plane crashed,
a mile to sea level in the Holyhead
Breakwater Country Park. The US
B24 Liberator bomber
was based at Valley ten miles away.
Returning from a radar jamming raid
over Northern France in very bad weather
the B24 overflew and, making
a re-approaching circuit, ran out of fuel.
Believing the aircraft was over land
the pilot ordered the eight non-commissioned
crew members to bail out. At the last minute
he and the co-pilot jumped to safety.
The plane hit the North Stack cliffs and burned.
Later it was learned the eight had drowned.
In the country park’s visitors’ centre
there is a colour photo of the crew:
smiling, modest young men in front of the nose
of The Jig’s Up – behind them its bullish,
innocent, fateful name.
Holyhead Breakwater Country ParkNorth StackNorthern FranceRAF Valli/Valleythe jig's upUS B24 Liberator