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WW2 US aircraft crash given protected status

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An American fighter plane that crashed off the north Wales coast in World War Two is to be protected for its historic and archaeological importance.

Cadw, the historic monuments agency, said it was the first time a military aircraft crash site in the UK had been legally protected in this way.

The Lockheed P-38 Lightning is buried two metres under the sand at Harlech, Gwynedd.

Its pilot survived, but was reported missing in action months later.

The plane went down in September 1942 when 2nd Lt Robert F Elliott, 24, flew from Llanbedr on a practice mission but ran into difficulties and had to crash land.


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