P38 Maid of Harlech

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 a Lockheed P38 Lightning known as the Maid of Harlech had become almost completely exposed off of a beach in North Wales and MADU were asked if they could visit the site to inspect, record and carry out a Total Station survey of the remains prior to possible recovery.

The work culminated with a report on the site: Survey and Recording of the Lockheed P-38F Lightning "Maid of Harlech"   

Surveying the P38 using a Total Station Recording the P38 using a Total Station

Surveying the P38 using a Total Station

Inspecting the P38 Inspecting the P38

Inspecting the P38 (Maid of Harlech)

 Aerial Photography using a drone

Matt inspecting the P38's starboard tail  

Aerial Photography using a drone

Matt Rimmer inspecting the P38's starboard tail

  P38's starboard engine

 P38's starboard engine

The P38's Starboard Engine

During the site visit, representatives from Skyonix also turned up to record the site from the air using a pair of drones.  A copy of some of their footage can be viewed at Skyonix video footage of the WWII Lockheed P-38 Lightning Discovered on Welsh Beach.

Footnote:                                                                                                                    The Maid of Harlech 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 and for much of the interim period the aircraft has remained burried and preserved by the sands of the beach.