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Maid of Harlech Investigation - 2014

Brief History:

The Maid of Harlech is a Lockheed P38 Lightening that was on a training exercise in 1942 towing a target when both engines ran out of fuel.  The failure was due to a mistake by the pilot who was running the engines on their reserve tanks instead of their main tanks.  The P38 ditched just short of the beach near Harlech, and for much of the interim period the aircraft has remained buried and preserved by the sands of the beach.

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Following storms that ravaged the United Kingdom during the first couple of months of 2014, numerous sightings of emerging wreckage were reported around the coast of the United Kingdom including various sites off the Welsh coast. 

In February it was reported that the Maid of Harlech had once again become almost completely exposed, and MADU were asked if they could visit the site to inspect, record and carry out a survey of the remains prior to possible recovery, or before the wreck again became covered by sand. The work culminated with a report on the site: 

Survey and Recording of the Lockheed P-38F Lightning "Maid of Harlech"

Inspecting the P38 (Maid of Harlech) Inspecting the P38 (Maid of Harlech)
Inspecting the P38 (Maid of Harlech) Inspecting the P38 (Maid of Harlech)
Inspecting the P38 (Maid of Harlech)

Inspecting the P38 (Maid of Harlech)

Matt Rimmer inspecting the P38's starboard tail Setting up the Total Station

Matt Rimmer inspecting the P38's starboard tail

Setting up the Total Station

Surveying using the Total Station Surveying using the Total Station

Surveying using the Total Station

Offset Surveying

Offset Surveying

During the site visit, representatives from Skyonix turned up to record the site from the air using a pair of drones. 

Skyonix using their drones to record the site from the air Skyonix using their drones to record the site from the air
Skyonix using their drones to record the site from the air
Skyonix using their drones to record the site from the air Skyonix using their drones to record the site from the air

Skyonix using their drones to record the site from the air

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For further information see the following video footage:

Skyonix video footage of the WWII Lockheed P-38 Lightning Discovered on Welsh Beach.

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