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Blenheim L1476 on Sykes Moor, Bleaklow
South African airmen Pilot Officer Stanley John Daly Robinson and Acting Pilot Officer Jack Elliott Thomas were both killed when their Blenheim crashed during a training exercise 30 January 1939. Cunningham (2006) 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.
Photo taken last May after a chilly night out on Bleaklow. I had taken a bearing from my bivi site and tramped across the moor in the darkness, planning on catching the first of the sunlight.
However I hadn’t reckoned on how long it would take the sun to get high enough in the sky for its rays to touch these engines, which are in a bit of a hollow.
As I lay in the heather beside the crash site waiting for the spin of the earth to do its stuff (it was an hour before the shadows disappeared) I noticed someone coming up the moor towards me.
It would have been a surprise to see another person anywhere on Bleaklow at 5 o’clock in the morning but to be at that particular spot, which is well off the beaten track, was very unusual.
But sure enough Flickrer symbianos07 (Jason) was out on an early morning walk, planning on photographing this particular crash site. I wondered what he must have thought, seeing me lying there in the heather, watching his progress; he said it would have been funny if he’d been dressed as an RAF airman…!
See Jason’s stuff on Flickr here;