Wrecked Second World War fighter plane will become the first military aircraft in the UK whose crash site is protected
It's one of the more haunting stories of the Welsh coast. In 1942 a Lockheed P-38 Lightning plane crash landed on the broad beach at Harlech on the west coast of Gwynedd.
The pilot survived, but the plane has remained there ever since, sitting a few feet below the sand. Occasionally, the wreck reappears when tides and the movement of the sand allow – as happened most recently in 2014 – but otherwise it remains hidden.
And the Welsh Government have now given it scheduled status – protection normally given to buildings and prehistoric sites – based on its historic and archaeological importance. They regard the Maid of Harlech, as the wreck is known, as internationally significant.
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