Friday, 24 April 2015

De Havilland Mosquito NF36 RL197 and Handley Page Halifax MkII DT578 Coded ZB? Great Whernside

Don't get many outings nowadays, but a comment on the post about Handley Page Halifax MkII DT578 by "MTSkull" implied that we had a couple of sites mixed up, and suggested a location for the impact site of the Halifax.

Me and Pat went and had a look, and here is what we found:

1. The site we thought might be the Halifax seems to be all Mosquito parts now, as evidenced by this stamp on one of the components. As any anorak knows, -98- is the prefix on all Mosquito components. Download and zoom in to see.

2. The site which we identified as De Havilland Mosquito NF36 RL197 has attracted the Halifax part which was some distance away at out our last visit. We know that this is a Halifax part because the stamp has a -57- prefix. Download and zoom in to see.

There were lots of unmarked bits of aircraft scattered all over the hillside around between these locations, which are themselves not far from the location of a Flying Fortress crash site. People clearly move the bits forming mixed wreckage pools.

We are happy that we have definitely found bits of all three 'planes. As far as the location of impact site is concerned, we looked fruitlessly  in the area indicated by our correspondent. That'll teach us to take advice from someone calling himself "empty skull"