Tail section of a crashed Gloster Meteor jet in the Peak District

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Meteors WA791 and VZ518 on Black Hill

Crash site of RAF Gloster Meteors WA791 and VZ518 on Sliddens Moss, Black Hill, Peak District

12th April 1951 a flight of four Meteors from RAF Linton-on-Ouse near York were on a training exercise. The lead pair were Flight Lieutenant David Merryweather Leach and Flying Officer Tony Hauxwell.

The exercise was called off due to dense cloud and all four turned back to base. Flt Lt Leach reported he could see what he thought was Leeds through a break in the cloud and began to descend with his wingman following close, while the other pair, led by Flying Officer Leslie Hayward, maintained their height.

Hearing nothing from the lead pair after a few minutes, F/O Hayward radioed Flt Lt Leach but received no reply. Alas the town Flt Lt Leech thought was Leeds was probably Stockport, and instead of the low plain of North Yorkshire, the two jet fighters descended at speed and still in formation into the southern slopes of Black Hill.

The trails of wreckage are still there, this being the biggest and most recognisable bit.

14 comments on “Tail section of a crashed Gloster Meteor jet in the Peak District
  1. Tech Owl says:

    That is a large piece of wreckage – you can even make out the flaps on the wing

  2. Pleasureprinciple2012 says:

    That’a a fair old sizeable chunk of wreckage in "good" condition, if you know what I mean!

  3. pasujoba says:

    Quite exciting to find , mixed emotions , of course because of the deaths of the pilots /crews , but its still good to find what you set out to look for .
    Its not until stood amidst mile upon square mile of featureless moor that the enormity of finding something so reletively small dawns upon ya.

  4. Ian D B says:

    Thanks all. It is an impressive piece, unusual for the district.


    Know what you mean. Sometimes when you’ve walked for miles, covering the same bit of ground and investigating every other grey rock, you’re just delighted to find the site. At other times it sinks in, particularly on chill winter afternoons in low cloud. Usually most sombre for me is when it’s at a site where the airman died alone and a long way from home on some god forsaken hillside.

  5. jerseyimage says:

    Still find it amazing how much of this stuff still exists.

    [Many thanks for your comments – much appreciated].

  6. redrocker_9 says:

    I am amazed that this is still there.

  7. tinkicker says:

    Wow I onlly found these pics following a thread for pics taken by felllow D40 users.

    Have visited that wreck site mysellf in the late 80s and have in fact held up that very same taillplane. In those days you could still see the red training livery with the red white and blue RAF tail fin bars.

    A very poignent place and the wreckage stretches for going on a good quarter mile or more. The heavier bits of engine and undercart are in a marsh just to the east of the main debris field.

    Nice photos that take me back to when I was a teenager.

  8. Ian D B says:


    Thanks for dropping by.
    Pleased to have helped rekindle some memories!

  9. pasujoba says:

    Seen in Military Airplane Crash Sites

    Thank you for sharing

    Thanks for sorting the codes out.
    and a final Merry xmas .G,Night,

  10. C J Paul (chris) says:

    Ian you always get me thinking when I read your information to the images you upload.
    Don’t know what emotion it is I’m feeling.
    And reading some of the other comment to all adds to the mystery .
    Your work here is done my friend……

  11. bandman12 says:

    🙂 Nicely chronicled.

  12. CMP says:

    Visited in thigh deep powder snow & revisiting tomorrow as a short navigation exercise.

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