Bristol Blenheim L1476 on Bleaklow, Peak District

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Blenheim L1476

South African airmen Pilot Officer Stanley John Daly Robinson and Acting Pilot Officer Jack Elliott Thomas were both killed in the crash on 30 January 1939.

In Peakland Air Crashes – The North (2006), Pat Cunningham says the bodies of the airmen were found some distance back along the line of flight of the Blenheim, suggesting the men had baled out, but alas were too close to the ground to have chance to deploy their parachutes.

This was my first attempt at finding this site. Having arrived at these fragments, I was unable to locate the rest. The sign is blank save for where someone has scratched “main wreckage thataway” with an arrow to the left. But the sign could easily spin about on the pole, and after half an hour of fruitless casting about I gave up. Returned in better conditions and found it straight away.

9 comments on “Bristol Blenheim L1476 on Bleaklow, Peak District
  1. Tony-H says:

    I’m amazed all this stuff is still here after all these years. Aviation Heritage groups are usually keen on collecting and preserving crash wreckage.

  2. Ian D B says:

    Hi Tony, there’s still plenty up there, but it’s slowly being carted off, hence my desire to photograph some of these places while there’s still chance. Thanks for your interest!

  3. Tech Owl says:

    Interesting casing – I guess from the elements but it makes a great shot

  4. Gary Shield says:

    amazing shot, glad you got up there

  5. Lazenby43 says:

    Carted off by someone authorised, a museum or something? Or are they just being taken by souvenir hunters?

  6. Ian D B says:

    Some larger bits do end up on display for all to see and remember. But mostly it’s souvenir hunters, who don’t know what to do with these scraps of metal when they get them home anyway.

  7. martyboy2 of Britain says:

    lts a lovely photo but isnt it sad that their was such a young loss of life.Archeaology of crashed aircraft especially from world war 2 l would think would be a very interesting thing to do.Locate an aircraft identify what you have found,With records stored in vaults try to find out what the casaualties were if any and what was the purpose of the aircraft doing in its location.and finally why did it crash,Souvenir hunters must really get in the way

  8. Highy says:

    Neat shot (as usual), another sad tale though. Worth a second visit.

  9. Ian D B says:

    Thanks Al, it’ll be a fourth visit for me I think…. But I like being at these places for some reason.

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