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Blenheim L1476 on Sykes Moor, Bleaklow
South African airmen Pilot Officer Stanley John Daly Robinson and Acting Pilot Officer Jack Elliott Thomas were both killed when their Blenheim crashed during a training exercise 30 January 1939. Cunningham (2006) says the bodies of the airmen were found some distance back along the line of flight of the Blenheim, suggesting the men had baled out but alas were too close to the ground to have chance to deploy their parachutes.
Grid ref SK 08303 97004 from UK Air Crash Site Coordinates
Photo taken last May after a chilly night out on Bleaklow. I had taken a bearing from my bivi site and tramped across the moor in the darkness, planning on catching the first of the sunlight.
However I hadn’t reckoned on how long it would take the sun to get high enough in the sky for its rays to touch these engines, which are in a bit of a hollow.
As I lay in the heather beside the crash site waiting for the spin of the earth to do its stuff (it was an hour before the shadows disappeared) I noticed someone coming up the moor towards me.
It would have been a surprise to see another person anywhere on Bleaklow at 5 o’clock in the morning but to be at that particular spot, which is well off the beaten track, was very unusual.
But sure enough Flickrer symbianos07 (Jason) was out on an early morning walk, planning on photographing this particular crash site. I wondered what he must have thought, seeing me lying there in the heather, watching his progress; he said it would have been funny if he’d been dressed as an RAF airman…!
Below, visit July 2020
This was my first attempt at finding this site in 2008. Having arrived at these fragments, I was unable to locate the rest. The sign is blank save for where someone has scratched “main wreckage thataway” with an arrow to the left. But the sign could easily spin about on the pole, and after half an hour of fruitless casting about I gave up. Returned in better conditions and found it straight away.
Below, heading south west away from the crash site in July 2020, Sean spotted the sign. All this time I thought I’d been well east of the site when I stumbled across it in 2008. The fragments had all gone, hopefully moved to the main debris pool.