A Round on Bleaklow

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A Round on Bleaklow

Re-visits to 3 crash sites close to each other on Bleaklow in the Peak District.

The one above is of a Defiant which crashed in 1941 with the loss of both crewmen. It is a story made more poignant by the detail that both airmen survived the crash but died waiting for help to arrive, their bodies being found sitting beside their wrecked aircraft some weeks later when the missing aircraft was finally discovered.


Above; 2 of the 5 crew on board a Wellington bomber survived when the aircraft hit the moor in low cloud in 1943.

Above; The pilot of a Blackburn Botha was killed when his aircraft crashed in low cloud in 1941.

18 comments on “A Round on Bleaklow
  1. pasujoba says:

    Great series Ian , somehow familiar 🙂
    Perfect skies .
    the poppies are very striking on the Wellie .

  2. rob of rochdale says:

    If I’ve said this once, I’ve said it a dozen times… You never cease to amaze me with your knowledge of these sites. I honestly didn’t know any of these existed till I saw yours (and Pasujoba’s) stream. Great stuff Ian, keep it up!

  3. **Hazel** says:

    Incredible series Ian! I do not know much about these things but I know when someone is passionate about their subject and put the information over through photos and cause thought provoking pictures. Fantastic!

  4. Gary Shield says:

    Another amazing set Ian

  5. C J Paul (chris) says:

    man just amazing the way you add the info to the image.keep doing it man fantastic…………………………………………

  6. andyholmfirth says:

    Must of been grim coming down up there,surviving but not long enough to be rescued.

  7. Tech Owl says:

    Wow – to the story and the shot Ian!! – wonderful sky

  8. Reflective Kiwi %-) says:

    Oh how sad. Terrible to hear such tragedies of war!

  9. sixty8panther says:

    Ian: Why didn’t they try to walk to find some civilization?

  10. Ian D B says:

    Hi mate, sorry I never replied to your question and I don’t really. I was up here with a pal a couple of days ago and we were saying the same. It was in August so won’t have been that cold. The only thing I can think is possibly they were too injured to walk any distance and maybe expected help to come sooner?

  11. Sylakk says:

    I tried to visit these 3 at the weekend but couldn’t find the Wellington site do you have the google earth coord . I like to visit these site as they become very emotional once your upon them I have made some videos of some of them on youtube check em out if you have time and leave any comments and like heres the vid for the Botha from Round Hill and the B-24 Liberator on Mill Hill I hope you like them 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPBZfyhqoGU and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhG07JIO9pM

  12. graham says:

    Amazing cheers, found a few crash sites the b29 being the best will try to find these others.

  13. James Wilson says:

    You have some great photos of the crash sites. I’ve been visiting these for the last 50 years and I’ve noticed both a huge increase in visitor numbers to the wrecks and a massive deterioration in their condition due to time and souvenir hunting.
    Could I make a plea for people not to leave plastic poppies etc at wreck sites as these gradually decay into litter;only biodegradable material should be left as a mark of respect.
    Keep up the good work.

    • Ian D B says:

      Thanks James, I agree. Wooden and paper poppy crosses are all I leave at crash sites. The plastic ones look ok when new but after a while…

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