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Thursday, 22 November 2018

Miles Master DL961 No 5 glider school, RAF Shobdon, West Smethwick park, 31st, july, 1944

 A local one for me , a trip over to Smethwick west park near Birmingham to find a small memorial to the crew of Miles Master DL961 No 5 glider school RAF Shobdon which crashed on the 31st of July 1944 with the loss of both crew the plane was seen to be low flying and during one pass reared up over some trees sadly it stalled and dived into the old Tennis courts and burned out , the inquiry put the crash down to 'unofficial aerobatics ' but locals have for years felt the crew sacrificed their lives to save hitting any of the nearby houses or people in the park the pilots presence in the area is doubly tragic in that from the crash site only a few tens of yards is the pilots family home where on this day his mother saw the crash from her kitchen window later his father visited the wreckage only then finding out the pilot was their son.

Near the crash site an unmarked stone was erected near a memorial bench but sadly the bench has now long gone but the stone now forms part of a very fitting new memorial which lies in the park grounds
Pilot F/Sgt A C Cox
F/Sgt C Preston

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Wellington X3348 , 427 Sqn RAF Croft , Blackden edge on January 26th,1943

 From the Edale trip this is the site of the crash of Wellington X3348 from 427 Sqn RAF Croft which crashed on Blackden edge on January 26th , 1943 after a raid on Lorient U-boat pens on the bombers return to England the weather deteriorated , as the plane headed home dropping lower to stay below the clouds the crew didn't see the flat moor of Blackden until they were gathered outside their broken plane luckily all 6 crew survived the accident

On the moor a few small parts remain in the shallow gully also a couple of very small bits of glazing are still present nearby but the bomber was intact and did not suffer any fire so not surprised so little was left by the recovery crew
Flt C,A.Taylor
Sgt L.G.Southwood
P/o D.Mortimer
P/o G.A.Martin
Sgt W.Lumsden
Sgt A.D.Deane

Sunday, 4 November 2018

B17-G 43-37667,Meltham Moor April 6th 1945 RAF Rattlesden , Suffolk

 Just back from a very interesting trip up north to find B17-G 43-37667 which crashed on Meltham Moor April 6th 1945 the bomber flying an engine test from RAF Rattlesden , Suffolk should have just been on a local flight but one of the crew said about flying up to Manchester and back but with no flight plan or route and weather knowledge a very poor call on this day, the bomber arrived over Meltham in poor weather and failing light desperately trying to get a fix the pilot left his seat to use the glazed nose to get a better view leaving his co pilot in control, the Navigator using GEE realizing at the last moment the closeness of the ground called for a climb the co-pilot pulled up , striking the moors at a shallow angle the bomber tore up the moor and burnt out, but by miracle all the crew of 5 survived the crash though sadly 2 crew had life changing injuries and the pilot passed away in 1961 due to injury inflicted in the crash.

 At the site today both massive main undercarriage forgings remain with a collection of skinning and armour plate near by an area of burnt remains and small parts litter the gully among the rocks.
looking at other pictures from past years nature has really put in a effort to repair the moor just wish those who have been digging up here recently could have back filled the holes

2nd Lt R.Parks [co-pilot]
2nd Lt W.Vukelic [Navigator]
Sgt R.Schnug
Sgt R.Woodbeck
2nd Lt W.Johnson [passed away 1961 ]

Sunday, 28 October 2018

Avro Anson N9853 ,Edale moor ,11th December 1944 ,RAF. Newton

 Third site of my trip was Avro Anson N9853 which crashed a short walk away from the Dragon site this plane flying from RAF. Newton ,Nottingham to take 3 instructors to RAF. Millom, Cumbria on the 11th December 1944 But the fickle Pennine's weather led to the pilot loosing contact with the ground letting down to find a fix the plane impacted Edale moor injuring to varying degrees the 6 personnel on board all survived this crash .

On the moor in the gully i found scattered remains and both engines still resident walking up hill there is a area of small remains of wood, screws ,glass and perspex plus near by some battery parts and this Bakelite Knob lying in the wall of the scar [any ideas ?]
Flt A. Chelstowski, pilot                                                                                                                         Flt sgt S. Pasinski, wireless operator
Flt M, passenger
Flt W. Siuda, passenger F/o J LKlimczak, passenger
another passenger on the plane is as far as I know still unidentified

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Dragon Rapide G-ALBC , Solair flying services, Kinder Scout, 30th December 1963,

 Second site visited on the weekend is the crash scene of Dragon Rapide G-ALBC belonging to Solair flying services which crashed on Kinder Scout on the 30th December 1963, the plane returning from a photographic survey over Middleton St George, Darlington diverted to Manchester to refuel on its way back to Birmingham but got caught by strong downdrafts over the hills and impacted the moors injuring both crew the plane was found by a helicopter and Mountain rescue brought the crew down for treatment

 At the site there is still one of the engine blocks and a small gathering of skinning and other remains near by is an area littered with small parts from the plane
Pilot D.Holmes
Co-pilot J.Mc whirter

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Heyford K6875 Broadlee Bank Top , Edale Valley

 Just back from another epic peaks trip  with Sean Moran and the terrible two some  10 miles and 6 sites in fantastic weather first up Heyford K6875 which crashed on Broadlee Bank Top , Edale Valley during a night navigation exercise from 166 Sqn Leconfield, Yorkshire July 22nd ,1937 the plane flying in poor weather was about 13 miles off course when it stuck the ridge exploded in flames with the loss off all six souls onboard many locals rushed to the scene but could do nothing to help the unfortunate crew .

 At the crash site a small burn area littered with fragments remains as the only reminder of the terrible events but after a short look about I brought up a few bits which stood out two buckles and remains of a zip being the best
Crew =
Sgt N.W.Baker [pilot]
Sgt P.D.Mcmillian
Aircraftman E.J.Musker
Sgt J.W.Barker
Aircraftman W.H.Grey
Aircraftman E.J.Mcdonald

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Lancaster KB879 Sandon,Stafford 30th of April 1945

 While trying to shake one hell of a viral infection i will drop up my second site from the weekend is a small almost hidden memorial by the side of the A51,Sandon,Stafford this is to the crew of Lancaster KB879 which crashed on the 30th of April 1945 with the loss of all 7 crew .
The plane took off from RAF Middleton St George in the company of another Lancaster for a cross country training flight later at 18.000ft KB879 was noticed to be flying erratically this continued for about 25mins until it fell in to a dive which quickly became unrecoverable the plane breaking up crashed across the A51 and burned out in the field behind the memorial the second Lancaster who had frantically tried to communicate to his lead but no radio communication was heard from KB879 returned to base ,
a later investigation found 2 different issues with the plane and flight that together may have been overwhelming for the crew, the plane had show previous problems with its auto pilot control also for unknown reasons the Oxygen control was not fully activated either were a worry but both at night over blacked out country side with another Lancaster nearby proved far more dangerous.

 Crew =
Pilot Fl/Lt W.G.Campbell
Sgt W.G.Ward
Sgt J.H.Kay
Sgt S.Berryman RCAF
Sgt J.L.Tweedy
Sgt E.J.Wright
W/o T.D.Lawley