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Hurricane PG472 near Bolton
Grid reference SD 68832 14134
The weather wasn’t looking too promising this morning, so a spur of the moment attempt at finding a local crash site. The debris – aluminium panels with red and green paint, armour plating and rusted components, lies in a small impact crater.
February 2nd, 1945. Two 21 year old Hurricane pilots with orders to undertake flying exercises within the vicinity of their base at RAF Calverley in Cheshire, immediately flew North in formation. 20 minutes later, Flight Sergeant Thomas Stanley Taylor and Warrant Officer Norman Thomas Huckle crashed into each other at about 6,000 feet in cloud and dived to the ground north of Bolton in Lancashire. Both men were killed. Warrant Officer Huckle’s Hurricane came down close by, at Horrocks Fold Farm.
A factory worker later responded to a newspaper appeal for information, and said that a colleague of hers had been engaged to one of the pilots, and they were going to give the factory girls an unauthorised air display, but alas the aircraft never arrived.
Relatives of Flight Sergeant Taylor please see comment and photo here by Norman Hodgson