Caernarfon airfield, Dinas Dinlle, Caernarfon
This airfield was created in 1941 as RAF Llandwrog. It was initially used to train crews for bombing raids over Nazi-occupied Europe.
There were numerous air crashes in the mountains of North Wales during the war, and RAF Llandwrog was poorly equipped to respond. Flight Lieutenant George Graham organised an informal mountain rescue service, using RAF personnel who volunteered their services (as well as doing their normal work). One of the sites they attended was near Penmaenmawr, where an American Liberator bomber - named Bachelor Baby by its crew - crashed in 1944.
Similar mountain rescue services were subsequently implemented at other RAF stations, and in 1944 the Air Ministry agreed to the creation of the RAF Mountain Rescue Service. Today this service is based at RAF Valley, Anglesey, and has rescued many walkers and climbers from inaccessible parts of Snowdonia.
The RAF stopped using Llandwrog airfield in 1953. Today, as Caernarfon Airport, it provides facilities for pilot training, pleasure flights and private aircraft. Since July 2003 the North Wales helicopter of the Wales Air Ambulance charity has been based here. It takes casualties from road crashes and other accidents rapidly to hospital.
Alongside the airfield is Airworld Aviation Museum, which explains the history of the RAF Mountain Rescue Service. It also contains records of air crashes in Snowdonia, with engines and other salvaged equipment on display.
Postcode: LL54 5TP View Location Map