Sunday, 30 September 2018

Handley Page Halifax MkII DT578 Coded ZB?

A foggy day out on Great Whernside last week with Pat and MT Skull (in the fog behind me) resulted in bagging that elusive Halifax site, (after several previous failed attempts) and confirming the Mosquito and Fortress sites once more. Thanks MT!

As usual, evidence of scrap collection by sad anoraks since our last visits


SE 00089 72955

Monday, 17 September 2018

Blackburn Botha W5103

Blackburn Botha W5103

A grand day out with MatZX and GF last Saturday, as well as my "two nutter dogs"- one pictured.

Mat has a gift for spotting wreckage which means you always get some new stuff if you take him along, as proved to be the case at the weekend.

I haven't bothered showing pics of the main sites, other than this one, though they were all much as they were more than ten years ago, instead focussing on the extras details Mat is good at finding, I used his pics too...

This is the first one of the day, the Botha crash site on Bleaklow.

SK 11077 97532

Boulton Paul Defiant Mk.I N3378

Boulton Paul Defiant Mk.I N3378

The Defiant crash site at Near Bleaklow Stones was more or less as it was last time, though we found wreckage scattered downhill up to 300m away we hadn't noticed before, and the main wreckage pile had acquired these boots.

SK 10618 96937.

Bristol Blenheim Mk.I L1476

Bristol Blenheim Mk.I L1476

Mat found this wreckage pool and sign close to the Sykes Moor Blenheim site. We'd never seen it before. The main site and memorial were as they were last time I came


Main site SK 08303 97004
Site pictured SK 0822 9694 (estimated)

De Havilland L-20A Beaver 52-6145

Recognizable bits from the Beaver site on the edge of Bleaklow overlooking Devil's Elbow, which is much as it was last time, except the rough wooden cross from our last visit has been replaced by a rough stainless steel one.


SK 05533 97588

Thursday, 6 September 2018

UK Air Crash Sites Photos

Here's my flickr site, with my archive of crash site photos. You can see grid refs/coordinates for all of the pictured sites on here.

Monday, 3 September 2018

Republic P-47D-1-RE Thunderbolts, 42-7872 and 42-7898

Air crash sites cats tor

I had a great day out with Ian DB last Saturday on and around Shining Tor, near Macclesfield. All of the pics for these four sites are c/o Ian, who is a lot better at photography than I am. You can see more examples of this at his site here.

This pic shows the leading plane's impact crater. All of the wreckage seen last time is gone, though a bit of skinning and a new cross have replaced it. The nearby crater of the following plane no longer has any visible wreckage t all.

These two sites are a bit awkward to get to, well away from the path, over a fence and down some steepish roughish ground. There is no reason to suspect they are there is you don't know that they are. This is not the work of "curious walkers". It smells of anorak to me.


SJ 99502 75395 (leading)
SJ 99502 75410 (following)

Airspeed Oxford Mk.I LX745

Shining Tor Air Crash Site Airspeed Oxford Mk.I LX745

Looking much as it did back in 2007, despite being very easily accessible from the nearby well-trafficked path, the Oxford site was the third of the four sites visited last Saturday. The pic shows the main wreckage pool. There is also a fuel tank partially buried nor far away.


Wreckage pictured is at SJ 99800 74629.
Fuel tank at SJ 99813 74648.

Noorduyn UC-64A Norseman 43-35439

Air Crash Site Shining Tor Noorduyn UC-64A Norseman 43-35439

The disputed Norseman site looks much the same as last time we visited, and established that it was a US 'plane rather than Defiant Mk.I T3921, as some had claimed.


SJ 99831 73579

North American Harvard Mk.IIB FT442

North American Harvard Mk.IIB FT442

This Harvard site on Shining Tor is considerably more overgrown than when last visited, but it has acquired another one of those new crosses.


SJ 99748 73741.