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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
Crash site of Hurricane V6565