Hurricane V7742

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Hurricane V7742

12 August 1941.

70 years ago, 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 the wreck site of Pilot Officer Zygmunt Höhne’s aircraft which struck the mountainside slightly lower and to the south of his instructor’s aircraft.

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

Fragments of debris in the rocks


Photo of P/O Höhne from Aircrew Remembered

Crash site of Hurricane V6565

13 comments on “Hurricane V7742
  1. pasujoba says:

    Some terrific colour Ian , the fill in flash has worked very well . Very emotive shots of one of the most interesting crash sites in The Lake District .

  2. Pleasureprinciple2012 says:

    Fill in flash!
    Is that with a dedicated flash gun or do you just rely on the camera’s built in flash?

    Nice view in the first but obviously cloud base came down at some point going by your second shot.

  3. gastephen says:

    Very nicely composed Ian.

  4. Ian D B says:

    Thanks chaps.


    just the built in flash, but I am looking at getting a seperate flash gun, Jessops do a basic one that will meet my needs. Nowt flash, you know…

    You are right about the cloud, and Richard also mentioned it. These were the conditions in which the aircraft crashed, and I thought the weather was in for the day, but suddenly it all lifted for exactly the period we need to photograph this site and walk to and photograph the next one further up on Scafell. Soon as we were done it all clouded over again!

  5. C J Paul (chris) says:

    very nice ian some great work and a brilliant set of images.

  6. cgullz says:

    love that the weather worked with you on this, great series of shots and history Ian.

  7. AceFlyboy1 says:

    young gentlemen pilots from Poland

    to you we give thanks for pluck and precedent set by you

    we are free to think of you

    because of you


    Stunning Capture. Fantastic and Informative notes to match.

  9. mick cooke says:

    great set of photos ian

  10. EwaHenry says:

    This is amazing, Zygmunt Hohne was my my mother’s uncle. I am speechless. Thank you.

  11. Ian D B says:


    Hi EwaHenry, apologies for the late reply and thank you very much for your comment. Good to hear from you and glad you found this page.


  12. Ian D B says:

    Great additional info, thanks Robin.

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