Halifax bomber LL505, Great Carrs, Cumbria.

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Halifax bomber LL505

Memorial to the crew of Halifax Bomber LL505 FD-S which crashed October 22 1944 on Great Carrs in the Lake District, England, killing all 8 on board.

The Halifax was on a night navigation exercise from Topcliffe in Yorkshire when they ran into thick cloud. The pilot descended so that the navigator could get a visual fix on the ground but the bomber crashed on the ridge between Great Carrs and Swirl How.

16 years after the crash, A Wainwright in his guide to the Southern Fells, wrote;
“The aeroplane, travelling from west to east, failed to clear the ridge by a few feet only; at the place of impact the undercarriage was ripped off (and still lies there in a rough grave of stones) but the crippled machine went on over the edge to crash far down the precipice…”

F/O J A Johnston RCAF
P/O R N Whitley RCAF
Sgt H E Pyche RCAF
Sgt C G Whittingstall RCAF
Sgt D F Titt RCAF
Sgt G Riddoch RCAF
Sgt W B Ferguson RAF

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29 comments on “Halifax bomber LL505, Great Carrs, Cumbria.
  1. Ian D B says:

    This Halifax bomber crashed on the same day as this Mosquito, October 22 1944


  2. Tech Owl says:

    Stunning shot. beautiful memorial. Terriffic Ian!!

  3. pasujoba says:

    Very good Ian ,, emotive use of the sky and sun suggesting that a light will always burn for these men . To me any how .
    Again the shot is so crisp and sharp .
    Superbly composed too.

  4. andyholmfirth says:

    This is a stunner ! What a location.Beautiful mists & light.

  5. GaryJS â„¢ says:

    Stunning shot Ian!

  6. SolarScot. says:

    Ian this is the One a really Heartfelt Shot,You Have Brought These Guys Back To Life For All Of Us ,What More Could They Ask?

  7. Corwin's Trumps says:

    With the snow and the low level of the sun adds to the poignancy of the scene.

    Seen in Canadian History (?)

  8. Rotondo Imagery says:

    Very nice work, Ian!

  9. brooke.tabitha@yahoo.com {thanks, farewell} says:

    You captured the snow well, and the light is beautiful. Lovely memorial. Sad story… Well done 🙂

  10. ​favourite waste of time​ says:

    love this with the snow and the light and the cross..

  11. Paul M. Robinson says:

    Wonderful shot. Poignant. The light is great.

  12. het broertje van.. says:

    Absolutely brilliant Ian…………….my compliments man!!!


  13. Anonymous says:

    amazing composition

  14. Anonymous says:

    amazing composition

  15. Tony-H says:

    A fine record Ian, very moving .

  16. Billy Currie says:

    Beautiful sad image

  17. Simon Bolton UK says:

    Great pic.. I’ve been to the site some years ago in the 1970’s I was a Venture scout , no snow then as it was spring but it’s a bad ridge to hit in the dark and a long slope down, well done

  18. redrocker_9 says:

    Lovely shot of a very touching scene.
    I love the twinkles on the snow.

  19. sidewinder54 (Closed For Business) says:

    Beautifully composed shot Ian… The work you put into these projects keeps the memories of these brave men alive.

    Superb Work!!

  20. skittzitilby says:

    beautiful capture…;-)

  21. Pleasureprinciple2012 says:

    A beautiful shot Ian, makes me kinda sad looking at it.

  22. Gary Shield says:

    You keep getting these amazing and mood filled shots Ian, well taken

  23. bev1945 says:

    powerful capture!!


    Hi, I’m an admin for a group called ~THE SECRET GARDEN GALLERY OF EXCELLENCE~ (ADMIN INVITE) P1/C2, and we’d love to have this added to the group!

  25. gimletsandfilm says:

    Wow. Conveys remembrance and a sense of loss. Colors, light and clouds/mist are very nice.

  26. Highy says:

    Stunning shot Ian, wonderful composure. How did I miss this?

    Didn’t realise they were from the same batch, I’m giving a talk on "our" crashes this week to start the memorial fund, I’ll mention this, thanks for the timely comment.

  27. Ian D B says:


    No prob, thanks for looking! Paul has some decent photos from this visit (to be honest, with a sunset on snow covered mountains we couldn’t go wrong)

    One of Paul’s

    Handley Page Halifax MkV LL505

  28. cumbrianriders (M6EPW & 2E0XSD) says:

    A stunning photo Ian and wonderful tribute to those poor souls lost that day.
    It’s nice to see the names of those lost honoured alongside your photos too.

  29. cumbrianriders (M6EPW & 2E0XSD) says:

    A stunning photo Ian and wonderful tribute to those poor souls lost that day.
    It’s nice to see the names of those lost honoured alongside your photos too.

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