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Peak District Air Accident Research

Peak District Air Accident Research

Peak District Air Accident Research

Fairey Firefly F.R. Mk.I DT977 / 4A of No.1770 Sqn, Royal Navy, crashed on Blaeloch Hill on the 26th October 1944

 

Crew / Passengers Rank - If Applicable Position e.g. Pilot Status
James Henry Fairclough Sub-Lieutenant Pilot Killed
Anthony John King Sub-Lieutenant Observer Killed

 

The crew were on a radio navigation training exercise from RNAS Ayr (HMS Wagtail) when their aircraft struck the eastern side of 1,300ft high Blaeloch Hill, which is to the east of Fairlie in North Ayrshire, a short way below the summit and completely disintegrated.

 

Rolls Royce Griffon engine from Fairey Firefly DT977 on Blaeloch Hill near Largs

Lying in a ditch to the west of the main site is the aircraft Rolls Royce Griffon engine.

 

Wreckage at the crash site of Fairey Firefly DT977 on Blaeloch Hill, Largs, Ayrshire

The main site is marked by a crater on the side of the hill, this contains many very badly damaged parts from the aircraft.

 

Section of wing structure from Fairey Firefly DT977 on Blaeloch Hill, Largs, Ayrshire

One of the largest parts is the remains of one of the wings, the other is also present but is broken into several pieces.

 

Undercarriage from Fairey Firefly DT977

Close by is one of the main undercarriage legs.

 

Propeller hub from Fairey Firefly DT977 on Blaeloch Hill

This photograph shows the propeller hub, this aircraft had a three bladed wooden propeller rather than the later four bladed type.

The piece to the right is part of the mechanism from within the wings for lowering and raising the flaps.

 

Panel at the crash site bearing the serial number DT977

In the main crater is one panel which still carries the aircraft's serial umber stencilled on it.

 

Overview of the crash site of Fairey Firefly DT977 on Blaeloch Hill near Largs

Looking SW across the site from the opposite hilltop, with the crater clearly visible, the engine lies to the right and is only just visible as two dots.

In the background are some of the hills on the Isle of Arran.

 

Sub Lieutenant James Henry Fairclough's grave at Ringley St Saviour churchyard, Greater Manchester

Sub Lieutenant Fairclough was buried at Ringley St Saviour churchyard near Bolton, his Observer is buried in Cambridgeshire.

 

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