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Sabre Mk2 19234 on Black Hill with the Holme Moss transmitter tower beyond
Grid ref SE 09106 05071. There are other caches of debris nearby though on a visit in January 2019 it appears some of the debris from the smaller collections has been moved to the main site. This may be because of conservation efforts to reseed the heather on the moor. The lead photo above was taken October 2008 when the site was partially under a pool of water.
Sabre jet 19234 crashed 14th December 1954 killing the pilot Flying Officer Patrick Vernon Robinson RCAF while on a test flight from Ringway (Manchester Airport) where the aircraft was being re-conditioned before being transferred to the Greek air force. The Sabre was seen flying low over the Holme valley in low cloud. The cause of the crash was attributed to pilot error in not taking the high ground into account. Cunningham (2014; see bibliography) says the aircraft flew "...directly into the moor and skidded on, shedding wings and other components as it went. It had also torn Flying Officer Robinson from his ejection-seat harness, thrown him through the canopy, and tumbled him a full eighty yards further on along the line of flight."
In 2008 the fuel filler had a red ring around it, but this has since been prised off and stolen (compare photos below) though god knows why anyone would want to do that. Another decade of being exposed to sun and weather has further faded the stencilling. It reads FIRST FILL FWD FUS. AND CENTRE WING CELL. SECOND FILL OUTER WING CELL. LAST FILL AFT FUEL CELL. CAUTION DO NOT OVERFLOW.