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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

Capt J.P.Perrin DFC ,Cresswell , Stafford ,Mustang P-51D 44-13635

 On a trip up north diverted to find 2 memorials around Stafford , UK the first is at the prime point Ind estate Cresswell just outside Stafford is to Capt J.P.Perrin DFC who lost his life on July 4th,1944 a 5 victory ace Perrin was delivering a brand new Mustang P-51D 44-13635 from Warton to the 355th fighter wing at Steeple Morton Cambridge but due to some failure Perrin had turned of route but near Stafford the plane began to smoke from a fire Perrin stayed with his aircraft untill it crashed in a wheat field on Cresswell Home Farm avoiding the nearby houses and a school the memorial was dedicated next to the site which is marked by the trees to the left on the 4th July 2007