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V1 Flying Bomb site, Edgworth, Lancashire
Another of the V1 flying bombs launched in the attack on Manchester on Christmas Eve 1944 fortunately failed to find its target and landed here at Red Earth Farm near Edgworth, 6 miles north west of Bury, Lancashire. The V1 fell at 5.44, causing damage to buildings within a mile radius. There were no casualties.
I reckon the impact point is where the horse is grazing, going off a small B&W photo of the impact crater taken 28 years ago. The present owner told me they moved there in 1983, the year the old photo was taken, and one of the first things they did was drain the moorland (where the V1 fell) and turn it over to pasture.
The Farm is now an equestrian centre, but the owner’s description of where she believed the missile came down matched that of author Peter J C Smith, and she kindly gave me permission to scout about the paddocks looking for the most likely spot. A few sweeps with the metal detector revealed nothing more than one might expect to find on farmland, and the signals I got – given the land had been completely turned over – were as likely to be horseshoes as chunks of V1 bomb.
See here for an overview of this attack;
Please see this photo for an overview of the attack.
Details from Flying Bombs Over the Pennines by Peter J C Smith, 1988.