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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
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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