Botha Mk.I W5103 of No.7 FPP RAF crashed on Round Hill, Bleaklow 10th December 1941

 

 Thomas William Rogers First Officer Pilot Killed

 

The aircraft was lost whilst on a ferry flight from Blackburn’s factory at Sherburn-in-Elmet near Leeds to Harwarden near Chester.  The pilot was attempting to fly above the cloud which covered the hills and it is thought he was descending thinking that he had cleared the hills but a head wind may have slowed his progress and therefore meant he was still over the hills as he descended.  The aircraft struck the moorland and the aircraft was destroyed.

Pile of wreckage at the crash site of Blackburn Botha W5103 on Round Hill, Bleaklow, Longdendale
A large section of wing and tubular aluminium lie on the summit of Round Hill, seen here in April 2000.
Section of wing at the crash site of Blackburn Botha W5103 on Round Hill, Bleaklow, Longdendale
The same section of wing photographed in 2006.
Wing spar at the crash site of Blackburn Botha W5103 on Round Hill, Bleaklow, Longdendale
A large section of wing root and spar lies near to the other wreckage, around this is where much of the aircraft was buried following the crash.
Wing spar at the crash site of Blackburn Botha W5103 on Round Hill, Bleaklow, Longdendale
A more recent photograph of the section of wing spar and scar where the aircraft crashed.
Crash site of Blackburn Botha W5103 on Round Hill, Bleaklow, Longdendale
A view of the same area of the crash site looking east.