Blackburn Botha L6202

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Blackburn Botha L6202

Botha L6202 was on a training flight when it flew into the Caneddau mountains in Wales, August 28 1943. Sgt Heppinstall was the pilot. The rest of the crew were learning the art of Wireless Operation. All on board were killed in the crash.

One of two engines from the Botha (the other is beside the stream in the valley below), this one is wedged tight in the rocks, blasted here by the explosion as the Botha struck the side of the mountain.

Sgt. George M. Heppinstall
Sgt. William Fearson
Sgt. Douglas Hargreaves
Sgt. Wendlin Bettin (RCAF)

12 comments on “Blackburn Botha L6202
  1. andyholmfirth says:

    This just looks so big and heavy.Like some kind of rocket engine.

  2. pasujoba says:

    The flash has really brought out the detail Ian .
    I dont think I even noticed the cogs and gearing on this engine whilst there.
    Its a view I will never tire of , a stunning location on a beautiful day .

  3. Vidler xf799 says:

    What a great shot. Your wreck shots fascinate me Ian. I’ll have to get a book of local wrecks and take a walk out to see some!

  4. Pleasureprinciple2012 says:

    Fill in flash on the close up shot? Certainly works well and gets out all that detail. Great scenery as well.

  5. **Hazel** says:

    Amazing detail on the engine and the landscape spreads for miles, wonderful photo!

  6. C J Paul (chris) says:

    more great work ian

  7. mick cooke says:

    brilliant detail ,

  8. erwlas says:

    Great shot Ian. I must have a search for that next time I’m up there. I found the other engine in the valley below about 20 years ago.
    Here’s some images of the rest of the wreckage

  9. cgullz says:

    o aye, summer! very nice scene, with the blue sky and green rolling hills. not like some of those serious hills i’ve seen of yours and Paul’s from Wales … massive looking engine, serious looking nature to the accident given the precarious location of it – and that the other one is waaaay below!!! you guys find some amazing stuff, a very cool pasttime for sure Ian.

  10. Have you any information of the Blackburn Botha which crashed in the sea near Colwyn Bay pier in 1941/2. My father, home on leave from the RAF, at the time, took me, an eight or nine year old to sea it. The wreckage of the fuselage was rolling about in the waves. I know nothing of the crew or their fate.

    • Ian D B says:

      Hi Geoff,
      I have been looking at the books I have, can see nothing quite matching your description. The nearest was at Penmaenbach but that was an Anson and was in 1937. I shall keep looking and let you know if I come across any information.

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