Soldiers from 721 Squadron, 11 EOD Regiment, Royal Logistics Corps, were at RAF Valley recently after being tasked by North Wales Police to safely dispose of a piece of WW2 ordnance, found on ex-RAF land near the station.
The 60Ib Semi-Armour Piercing rocket head was used on RAF and Royal Australian Air Force Beaufighter aircraft, based at RAF Valley and tasked with anti U-Boat patrols in the Irish Sea. The rockets combine an armour piercing head with high explosive, to destroy or damage any U-Boat or enemy ship that they located.
It is not known how the rocket head came to be "left behind" after WW2, nor how much explosive remained in the munition, but nothing was left to chance and it was disposed of safely near Traeth Cymyran.
Squadron Leader Dave Williams said: “RAF personnel from Valley assisted North Wales Police in locating the munition, helping with security and providing imagery to assist the RLC team. Our thanks go to our friends and colleagues from North Wales Police, RLC Bomb Disposal and the landowner and tenant of the land where the warhead was found for a job well done”.
Editor: Sqn Ldr Dave Williams
Images: Cpl Pete Devine, SAC Chris Thompson-Watts, RAF Valley Media & Comms Flight
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