Hurricane V6565

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Hurricane V6565

12 August 1941. Two Hurricanes flying in formation on a training exercise crashed into the rocks near the summit of Slight Side in the Lake District. The leader of the pair, Sgt. Stanislaw Karubin, had probably descended through cloud hoping to get a visual fix and thinking they were still over the Irish Sea, which can just be made out in the distance in the photo above.

This is debris from formation leader Sgt Karubin’s Hurricane. You can just pick out the stub remaining from the Hurricane’s propeller.

The men were of the Polish Air Force under the command of the RAF and were flying out of RAF Usworth near Sunderland.

Sgt Karubin was a Battle of Britain veteran, having 7 kills to his name and was posthumously awarded the D.F.M.

Me holding up part of a wing


Photo of Sgt Karubin from Aircrew Remembered

A Hawker Hurricane

Crash site of Hurricane V7742

Clip from the movie Battle of Britain where Polish pilots flying Hurricanes under the cautious tuition of the RAF spot a formation of approaching Luftwaffe bombers and decide to attack….
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31 comments on “Hurricane V6565
  1. SolarScot. says:

    a beautiful view and a sad story

    best wishes for tomorrow Ian

  2. Ian D B says:

    Thanks for your kind thoughts John.

  3. Mark McKie says:

    Another cracker mate.

  4. nondesigner59 says:

    Grim story.!! Great photos.

  5. amyrey says:


    Interesting to see and read about, even if it is a sad story. History that is worth remembering.

    And that view is amazing. Great reward for what must have been quite a treck.

  6. redrocker_9 says:

    Brilliant image as always Ian and your history facts are wonderful.

  7. Richard Tierney says:

    Great stuff from you and Paul again Ian…. this could stand on its merit as a great Landscape photo on it own…. Lovely weather but the other one shows just how quick the weather can close in, in the Lakes….. In some corner of a foreign field, is a part that is forever Poland.

    Well researched and presented as per…..

  8. pasujoba says:

    There is nothing more emotive than the remnants of the prop hub , regardless of the exsistance of the props themselves , everyone can tell what that piece of wreckage is , and it brings home the tragedy of the crash all the more for it .
    A beautifully framed shot with you in it too …I might add 🙂

    Its also nice to see the Aircrew rememberance society website making good use of some shots .

  9. Ian D B says:

    Thanks all.


    Oh aye. Photo by Paul, Clothes by T K Maxx, Hair by me and some clippers.

    "In some corner of a foreign field, is a part that is forever Poland."

  10. rob of rochdale says:

    Cracking stuff Ian. Great documentary and a belting set of pics

  11. Pleasureprinciple2012 says:

    Good bit of wing that you have there, I agree with Paul on his thoughts of the remains of prop hubs of aircraft, very emotive.

    Liking the T shirt, is the pattern stuck on with Velcro like the old fashioned weather maps, by any chance?

  12. Stezzer says:

    incredible that these relics remain amongst England’s green and pleasant land. Great shot of them amongst the landscape with you.

  13. gastephen says:

    Another top job!

  14. cgullz says:

    gosh, tragic tale andd so wonderfully portrayed with the landscape shot. such a feeling of isolation with the brooding shadows below in the valley and lonely hills. true tragedy in that they look so close to the top of the range – and but for a few more feet could have missed hitting it altogether.

    i can only guess, but that portion of the wing you hold must be wingtip down, with the open holes part of where the fuel tanks must have been? i will have to find a ‘cutaway’ to check …

    [] love yr quote Richard.

  15. Ian D B says:

    Thanks guys


    Fuzzy felt T-Shirts?? No not really. Bought it online from a place where you design your own
    : D


    I thought it was the other way around Ang, the bit at the bottom is the wing root end of the spar? Let me know if I’m wrong though, I like to get these things right. See here;

    And here’s a cutaway from Flight Global;

    Hurricanes were tough in this regard, shells would often harmlessly tear through the fabric stretched over the framework and out the other side. It also made them easier to produce on assembly lines, unlike Spitfires. I prefer Hurricanes to Spits, though for pilots they were dangerous; there were fuel tanks in the wings, as you say, but also one positioned above the pedals, right in front of the pilot. Consequently Hurricane pilots could suffer dreadful burns even if they managed to get out.

  16. Tech Owl says:

    Another good info piece Ian – that is also one of the rustiest pieces I have seen from your shots

  17. C J Paul (chris) says:

    brilliant ian.
    nice to see you back doing what you do best.
    like the 2nd shot of yourself mate.but the 1st shot is topps.
    love that backdrop what a view.

  18. Nate Parker Photography says:

    another great exposition Ian- it always amazes me how much tangible history you have in the surrounding country. extremely interesting yet at the same time unfortunately tragic. the hurricane was a wicked fighter too, of course i would rather a spitfire any day, nonetheless!

  19. *Psycho Delia* says:

    Wonderful set of shots Ian.

  20. Anonymous says:

    love it 🙂

  21. cgullz says:

    [] ah the more i look the more confused i get. stumped, sorry .. my reckoning was based on the thickness and strength of the top section in that shot. however i’m no engineer… could be the rear spar as there are no holes for guns? i found this hard to judge from the cutaway.

  22. AceFlyboy1 says:

    hurricane haunting hill

    dear Poland thank you for your bravery and skill

    my deepest sadness for the death of your sons who slighted this lakeside hill.

  23. IANLAYZELLUK says:

    Beautiful Shot. Wonderful Composition and landscape.

  24. Billy Currie says:

    I honestly can’t believe how many crash sites there are, I always assumed they would have been tidied up and hard to find

  25. mick cooke says:

    sad story ian , brilliant photos

  26. Through the Jewel says:

    excellent capture!

  27. DollyArt says:

    A fabulous photo and quite amazing that the parts still remain, a very sad tale though, my Grandfather trained the polish pilots how to fly spitefires and hurricanes during the war and it makes mre wonder if these could have been the men who perished.

  28. Nick J Stone says:

    "repeat please" *peels off*

    Fabulous stuff.

  29. TomikoPL says:

    That’s very interesting, both pictures and the story. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and pics.

  30. Ian D B says:

    Thank you too!

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