V1 Flying Bomb fragment and crater, Howden Moor, Derbyshire

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V1 Flying Bomb fragment and crater and Parachute Mine fragments.

Of the V1 Doodlebugs directed at Manchester on Christmas Eve 1944, one fell on Howden Moor about 5 miles west of Stocksbridge. It was Christmas Day before anyone got to the site. Apparently those first at the scene found white deposits around a crater that still had fumes rising from it.

Above; A fragment of the V1 bomb found at the edge of the crater.

Below. For a long time this nearby and similar looking spot was thought to be the V1 site, and someone has recently left a sign there saying that’s what it is. In fact this is a different bomb site, it is where a parachute mine came down and these grey fragments are from the bomb’s fins.

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See this thread on Peak Wreck Hunters for more on how people can tell one rusting scrap of metal from another after 65 years.
peakwreckhunters.blogspot.com/2009/04/fi-103-v-1-cruise-m…

Photo on Terry Foote’s stream taken in Antwerp of a V1 about to impact. You have to admire the (American) photographer’s commitment to getting a great shot!
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See here for an overview of this attack;

http://aircrashsites.co.uk/air-raids-bomb-sites/luftwaffe-v1-attack-on-manchester-christmas-eve-1944/

19 comments on “V1 Flying Bomb fragment and crater, Howden Moor, Derbyshire
  1. Mark McKie says:

    I love looking at these shots mate!!!!

  2. Keartona says:

    Must have been some impact.
    That last shot is scary!

  3. Ian D B says:

    That last shot was taken by the father of the bloke who upoaded it onto Flickr! It’s worth clicking on the photo and reading the thread beneath.

  4. pasujoba says:

    Brilliant Ian!

  5. gastephen says:

    Interesting composition with that lovely shaped fragment!

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  6. nondesigner59 says:

    Well recorded..

  7. Pleasureprinciple2012 says:

    Great thing this flickr… did as you suggested Ian and had a look at the V1 photo site on flickr and ended going through a load of the chaps photo’s and then went onto the wreck hunters to read about the distinguishing of the mine crater and the V1 crater. Next thing I know I have lost an hour and a half just like that! Maybe I was abducted by aliens.
    Anyway, as usual, another good photo and read!

  8. mick cooke says:

    great Ian ,great reading as usual ian another piece of history

  9. Tech Owl says:

    Couldn’t tell from the thumb what it was. Good set again Ian. Love the extra detail

  10. SolarScot. says:

    as i walked back through the cemetry yesterday after my Mothers funeral i spotted some war graves of Canadian and Australian airmen so i will go back and take some pics Ian and hopefully be able to find out something about them,best wishes for a lovely Easter

  11. Terry Foote says:

    Unbelievable that fragments are still there after all this time!

  12. Hotpix [LRPS] Hanx for 1.5M Views says:

    Cool to relate the debris to the site. Good work.

    That info always interesting too. Have a super Easter.

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  13. C J Paul (chris) says:

    great work again ian….

  14. andyholmfirth says:

    Such a violent thing seems to have created a lovely little place to linger on the moors.

  15. mojo_black says:

    Great shot, looks very bleak and lonely, my sort of place! Was thinking how terrifying it must have been to hear one of them flying overhead, but then I suppose it’s worse to hear one stop. You seem to have very nicely manicured hands!

  16. IANLAYZELLUK says:

    Cool.

  17. Dr Phil Ward says:

    I remember well seeing these V1s passing over Stocksbridge on that Christmas eve, it was dark at the time so I could hear the doogle bug sound and see the flame from the pulse jet I think there were about seven of them. We lived halfway up the valley over Foxes steel works on a road called Albany Villas off Wholehouse Lane, If anybody wishes to contact me my e-mail is pwardheybridge@yahpp.co.uk

    • Ian D B says:

      Thanks Phil, fascinating memories. In the book ‘Seeing it through – Halifax and Calderdale during World War II’ there are similar accounts, lots of people across Yorkshire will have seen and heard these things passing overhead.

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