Thursday, 27 December 2007

Handley Page Hampden Mk.I L4055


Hampden:Holme
Originally uploaded by seansonofbig2

A wet and windy one today, so only got one wreck, this Hampden crash site near Holme. I'm holding a big chunk of iron, with some smaller bits of aluminium balanced on top, discovered by metal detection in the explosion crater.

Yes, I know it could be a dog turd from this small photo but ask yourself, would I be cupping a dog turd in my hands?

Location:SE 09965 05743

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Tuesday, 18 December 2007

McDonnell Douglas RF-4C Phantom 64-1018


Phantom
Originally uploaded by seansonofbig2

Wreckage from Phantom crashed near Millthorpe in 1970, found only by metal detector use.

Location:SK 31046 75718

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North American Harvard FX306


Harvard
Originally uploaded by seansonofbig2

Previously molten aluminium from this Harvard near Foolow

Location:SK 18679 76836

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Avro Shackleton M.R. Mk.3 (prototype) WR970


Shackleton
Originally uploaded by seansonofbig2

Site proving wreckage from the Shackleton wreck near Foolow. Left where we found it.

Location:SK 19324 76649

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Thursday, 13 December 2007

NOT a Fieseler Fi-103 (V-1)


V1:Howden Moor
Originally uploaded by seansonofbig2

This photo of the supposed V1 crater covers the same area shown in the previous visit photo. There is now however no debris to be seen anywhere around the crater. Has the site been looted by "souvenir hunters"?

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Airspeed Oxford Mk.I LX518


Oxford:Howden Moor
Originally uploaded by seansonofbig2

Visited the Oxford wreck on Howden Moor-couldn't tell if it had been interfered with, but there seems to be looters active in the area, judging by evidence at the V1 and Consul sites.

Of course, unlike the other two, this one is a War Grave, covered by by the Protection of Military Remains Act. That may cause them to think more carefully before looting..

Location: see previous post

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Airspeed Consul TF-RPM

We went back to the Consul at Crow Stones Edge. Someone (whoever was digging at our last visit?) seems to have partially dismantled the engine at the bottom of the pit shown on our previous visit post) and taken half of it away. They had re-covered the partially dismantled engine with sheets of aluminium, and wrapped the shaft and exposed casing with plastic bags to protect it from the elements. It seems they intend to remove the lot a bit at a time...You can see more pics of this on my Flickr site.

It isn't a war grave, but all the same, this seems out of order...

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Wednesday, 5 December 2007

Armstrong Vickers Wellington Mk.IC Z8980


Wellington:Rud Hill
Originally uploaded by seansonofbig2

Detail from the wreckage of this Wellington Bomber on Rud Hill near Hathersage.

Third of the day, prior to unsuccessful searches for minutiae at the nearby Blenheim and Miles Master sites.

Location: SK 26154 83825

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Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress 42-31322


B17:Sheffield
Originally uploaded by seansonofbig2

A Flying Fortress, nicknamed "Mi Amigo" crashed in Endcliffe Park, Sheffield in 1944. This memorial was erected at the crash site.

Second of the day for us yesterday.

Location: SK 32870 85919

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Gloster Meteor F. Mk.8 WE904


Meteor:Millthorpe
Originally uploaded by seansonofbig2

First of the day, this memorial to a mysteriously crashed Meteor in Millthorpe

Location: SK 31732 76318

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Thursday, 29 November 2007

North American F-86 Sabre F.Mk 4s XD707 + XD730


Sabres: Kinder
Originally uploaded by seansonofbig

This jet engine on Ashop Moor has been dropped onto its side by someone since our last visit. Or maybe it's the elusive second engine? We are investigating. See 24th Jan 2008 post for results of the investigation.

Location: SK 07348 90256

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North American F-86 Sabre F.Mk 4s XD707 + XD730


Sabres: Kinder
Originally uploaded by seansonofbig

A detail from a collection on Ashop Moor with many electrical components at SK 07327 90072

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North American F-86 Sabre F.Mk 4s XD707 + XD730


Sabres: Kinder
Originally uploaded by seansonofbig

Other than scraps, this was the only collection of fragments we found on the descent to Ashop Moor.

Location: SK 07015 89912

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North American F-86 Sabre F.Mk 4s XD707 + XD730


Sabres: Kinder
Originally uploaded by seansonofbig

The start of the wreckage trail at SK 06920 89649

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North American F-86 Sabre F.Mk 4s XD707 + XD730


Sabres: Kinder
Originally uploaded by seansonofbig

The vicinity of the impact site at : SK 06925 89678

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North American F-86 Sabre F.Mk 4s XD707 + XD730


Sabres: Kinder
Originally uploaded by seansonofbig

RAF Roundel on this wing fragment from a collection at SK 06977 89721

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North American F-86 Sabre F.Mk 4s XD707 + XD730


Sabres: Kinder
Originally uploaded by seansonofbig

Third collection on top at : SK 06955 89698

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North American F-86 Sabre F.Mk 4s XD707 + XD730


Sabres: Kinder
Originally uploaded by seansonofbig

Still on top of Kinder Scout, this was at SK 06959 89767

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North American F-86 Sabre F.Mk 4s XD707 + XD730


Sabres: Kinder
Originally uploaded by seansonofbig

We went up on top of Kinder Scout, and then down onto Ashop Moor today to find the impact site and other bits from this mid-air collision of two Sabre jet fighters which we missed on our previous visit.

This collection of bits was the first we found on Kinder Scout at: SK 07012 89795

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Friday, 23 November 2007

Handley Page Hampden Mk.I L4189

Handley Page Hampden Mk.I L4189
Handley Page Hampden Bomber
Originally uploaded by seansonofbig
This once-molten aluminium comes from a Hampden which crashed on Black Edge above Dove Holes, (once voted the ugliest village in Britain).

That boot bottom right is my size 11, for scale.

Location:SK 06393 76845

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Thursday, 22 November 2007

Douglas C-47 Dakota 42-108982-Fragment


C47:Ashton Clough
Originally uploaded by seansonofbig2

The highest fragment found on the slope below the impact point was this part-buried bit at SK 08111 94719. Above this, only the impact site(or sites if you prefer), shown in this previous post as "Dakota Wing".

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Douglas C-47 Dakota 42-108982-Landing Gear


C47:Ashton Clough
Originally uploaded by seansonofbig2

Another undercarriage member was at SK 08140 94628.

Yes, I know I previously said SK 08144 94596. What do you think this is, NASA? Take an average if you are going to be picky.

Douglas C-47 Dakota 42-108982-Fuselage


C47:Ashton Clough
Originally uploaded by seansonofbig2

Fuselage at SK 08157 94584

Douglas C-47 Dakota 42-108982-Fragments


C47:Ashton Clough
Originally uploaded by seansonofbig2

Fragments at SK 08141 94600

Douglas C-47 Dakota 42-108982-Panel


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Originally uploaded by seansonofbig2

Panel at SK 08121 94545

Douglas C-47 Dakota 42-108982-Landing Gear


C47:Ashton Clough
Originally uploaded by seansonofbig2

Undercarriage at SK 08101 94474.

Douglas C-47 Dakota 42-108982-Fragments


C47:Ashton Clough
Originally uploaded by seansonofbig2

Fragments at SK 08085 94459.

There are reports of a reduction gear near this location, but we would not describe this in that way.

Douglas C-47 Dakota 42-108982-Engine.


C47:Ashton Clough
Originally uploaded by seansonofbig2

The Twin Wasp engine at SK 08052 94333.

Peak District Air Crashes says there is a second one of these just below the fuselage, but we did not see it, and they are hard to miss. Alan Clark from the site comments as follows:" I see the other engine hasn't re-appeared at the C-47, it vanished in the flash flooding in 2002 (when Glossop was drowned), the engine that is now out in the gully was previously buried and quite a bit higher up before the flooding."

Douglas C-47 Dakota 42-108982-Fragments


C47:Ashton Clough
Originally uploaded by seansonofbig2

These were the lowest fragments we found, each maybe a metre long, at SK 08054 94272

Ashton Clough: C-47 Dakota 42-108982

Today's main effort was to climb Ashton Clough, and see how much of the Douglas C47 which crashed at the top of the hill had found its way into the clough. The posts above this one represent the wreckage found in order, with the highest bit at the top of the page, and the lowest just above this.

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Avro Lancaster Mk.X KB993


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Originally uploaded by seansonofbig2

We also verified that we had correct location and identification for wreckage local to Memorial to the Lancaster on James Thorn.

This wreckage pile gets moved about a lot, it looks different and usually smaller each time it is photographed..

Location: SK 07921 94775

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Friday, 16 November 2007

Armstrong Vickers Wellington Mk.III X3348 coded ZL-Z


Wellington Crash Site:Kinder
Originally uploaded by seansonofbig2

We thought we had found the site of this RCAF Wellington X3348 quite a while back, but we had just found three piles of wreckage from the nearby Halifax wreck. Got it this time, though.

Location:SK 12807 87554

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Avro Anson Mk.XI NL185


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Originally uploaded by seansonofbig2

We missed this engine at the last visit. Mick was trying out some arty settings on his camera..

Location: SK 08874 86578

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Thursday, 8 November 2007

Airspeed Oxford Mk.I EB717


Oxford
Originally uploaded by seansonofbig2

Wreckage at the site of the crash of this Oxford. Mostly plywood, which is unusual in our limited experience, but it was apparently quite a major component of the Oxford. Presumably preserved in this case by the humic acids of the peaty water. Last of the day today.

Location:SK 02555 71720

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DeHavilland DH-60X Moth G-EBWA or DH-10 F357?


DH60X/DH10
Originally uploaded by seansonofbig2

Another contentious site, these flakes of paint or dope come from the wreck of either a DH-60 or DH10 on Burbage Edge near Buxton. No trace of digging (as previously reported at the site) was seen.

Location:SK 02358 71584

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Sunday, 4 November 2007

Armstrong Vickers Wellington Mk. VI W5795


Wellington Crash Memorial: Stanley, Derby
Originally uploaded by seansonofbig2

This memorial is at SK 41952 40412, in St Andrew's Churchyard, Stanley, near Derby. The debris field was however widespread, and therefore less well defined.

Quarry Farm could be a number of local places..

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Thursday, 1 November 2007

DeHavilland Vampire F.B.Mk.5 WA400


Vampire Crash Site
Originally uploaded by seansonofbig2

The congealed remains of DeHavilland Vampire F.B.Mk.5 WA400 on Strines Moor. Last of the day.

Location: SK 21842 89802

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Hawker Hunter T. Mk.7 G-BTYL (formerly XL595)


Hawker Hunter Crash Site
Originally uploaded by seansonofbig2

Impact crater and wreckage at the site of the 1993 crash of an ex-RAF Hunter on its way to an airshow.

This one is at SK 20855 94342 on Broomhead Moor.

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Armstrong Vickers Wellington Mk.IC DV810


Wellington Crash Site
Originally uploaded by seansonofbig2

First of the day last Thursday was this Wellington Mk.IC which crashed on Broomhead Moor. This wreckage pile consolidates the two which previously existed.

Location:SK 23481 95417

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Saturday, 27 October 2007

Airspeed Oxford Mk.I HN429


Axe Edge Oxford
Originally uploaded by seansonofbig2

This Oxford wreck on Axe Edge was the first we found last Thursday. These undercarriage brackets seem to predominate at most Oxford wreck sites.

There often seems to be clay pigeon and target shooting going on at the nearby farm. Look out for red flags!

Location:SK 03156 69217.

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Noorduyn UC-64A Norseman 43-35439 or Defiant Mk.I T3921?


Norseman/Defiant
Originally uploaded by seansonofbig2

This scatter of mostly previously molten bits of aluminium on Shining Tor has provoked considerable controversy.

The author of "Peakland Air Crashes" considers the testimony of a local shepherd that the site was in existence in 1943 to prove that it cannot be the Norseman, which crashed in '44. He also reports a metal detector search as revealing nothing at the crash site the Norseman's pilot logged.

The owner of the "Peak District Air Accident Research" website insists that inspection stamps on some recovered parts prove it to be the Norseman.

We dunno.

Location: SJ 99831 73579

North American Harvard Mk.IIB FT442


Harvard
Originally uploaded by seansonofbig2

The minutest of minutiae at the Harvard site on Shining Tor.

Location: SJ 99748 73741.

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Airspeed Oxford Mk.I LX745


Oxford
Originally uploaded by seansonofbig2

Oxford wreckage on Shining Tor. Last of four wrecks found last Thursday.

This wreckage is at SJ 99800 74629.

There is also a half-buried fuel tank at SJ 99813 74648.

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Consolidated Liberator B-24J 42-52003


Liberator: Mill Hill
Originally uploaded by seansonofbig2

Monday's visit to the Liberator on Mill Hill prompted by viewing the area in Google Earth yielded some new (to us) significant groups of wreckage at SK 05748 90650 and SK 05774 90651.

This photo is of the larger of the two clusters.

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Friday, 12 October 2007

Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk.V BD230


Whitley: Muggington
Originally uploaded by seansonofbig

Failing to find anything at the Canberra site near Monyash, we went for an easy win with this monument erected over the crater of the crash site (and grave for three of the crew) of a Whitley near Muggington(SK 29516 43973). More information about the crash is here.

Previous reports suggested that any scraps of wreckage ploughed up were laid on the foot of the monument. Any such scraps seem to have gone, and to have been replaced by accident or design with half a dead rabbit.

We'll get back to the Canberra under more favourable circumstances...

Tuesday, 9 October 2007

Avro Lancaster Mk.I NF908


Roaches:Lancaster Wreckage
Originally uploaded by seansonofbig

A big scar on the moor, but no really big chunks of wreckage at this wreck site centred around SK 00155 63607 on the Roaches.

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Junkers Ju88-A5 Werk No. 6213 F1+AD


Junkers 88 Wreck
Originally uploaded by seansonofbig

This looks to be much more material than previous visitors had seen.

Location: SK 00401 64709. Our first German 'plane wreck.

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Supermarine Seafire F.Mk.17s SP325 and SX314


Seafire Wreck 2
Originally uploaded by seansonofbig

Second wreckage location: Closest location at SJ 99068 67394 to that previously given for for SX314 wreckage, but probably still SP325.

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Supermarine Seafire F.Mk.17s SP325 and SX314


Seafire Wreckage
Originally uploaded by seansonofbig

Found in between the two wreckage locations at SJ 99116 67348. Not seen this bit photographed elsewhere. It is probably from SP325. The larger component is perhaps 9" along its longer axis.

Both components have a fastener detail which might prove useful in deciding where they came from.

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Supermarine Seafire F.Mk.17s SP325 and SX314


Seafire Wreck 1
Originally uploaded by seansonofbig

First "Seafire" crash site: SJ 99180 67337.

This wing component is probably from SP325.

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Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress 43-38944


B17 Wreck Site
Originally uploaded by seansonofbig

First of five today around the Roaches: B17 Flying Fortress wreck at SJ 99546 67796

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Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress 43-38944


B17 Memorial
Originally uploaded by seansonofbig

Memorial to the B17 wreck at SJ 99442 67762.

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