Crash site of Supermarine Spitfire K9888 on Great Dun Fell, Appleby, Cumbria

18th July 1939
Spitfire Mk.I K9888
No.41 Sqn, RAF
Great Dun Fell, Cumbria

Sergeant Mitchell was on a flight from Catterick in North Yorkshire to Dumfries, he had taken off at around 10:55 and had flown west via Bowes where he entered into a … Continue reading “1939-07-18|Spitfire Mk.I|K9888|No.41 Sqn, RAF|Great Dun Fell, Cumbria”

Crash site of Hawker Hurricane Mk.I V6987 on Birkhouse Moor near Glenridding, Ullswater

29th March 1941
Hurricane Mk.I V6987
No.601 Sqn, RAF
Birkhouse Moor, Glenridding

The pilot of V6987 was ferrying the aircraft, along with Flying Officer John Wilfred Seddon in V7539, from RAF Northolt in North London to RAF Crosby-on-Eden near Carlisle. They pair … Continue reading “1941-03-29|Hurricane Mk.I|V6987|No.601 Sqn, RAF|Birkhouse Moor, Glenridding”

Wreckage in the scree below the crash site of Hawker Hurricane V7539 on Scar Crags, Keswick

29th March 1941
Hurricane Mk.I V7539
No.601 Sqn, RAF
Scar Crags, Keswick

Flying Officer Seddon was ferrying the aircraft, along with Pilot Officer Smith in V6987, from RAF Northolt in North London to RAF Crosby-on-Eden near Carlisle. Around the Lake District were … Continue reading “1941-03-29|Hurricane Mk.I|V7539|No.601 Sqn, RAF|Scar Crags, Keswick”

Section of wing spar at the crash site of Hawker Hurricane V6565 on Slight Side, Sca Fell

12th August 1941
Hurricane Mk.I V6565 & V7742
No.55 OTU, RAF
Slight Side, Sca Fell

The two aircraft had taken off from Usworth, near Sunderland, for a two ship formation flying exercise over the north of England, with Sgt Karubin as the flight leader.  At … Continue reading “1941-08-12|Hurricane Mk.I|V6565 & V7742|No.55 OTU, RAF|Slight Side, Sca Fell”

Wreckage at the crash site of Armstrong Whitworth Whitley T4234 on Widdale Fell, Dent, Yorkshire

23rd August 1941
Whitley Mk.V T4234
No.10 Sqn, RAF
Widdale Fell, Cumbria

The crew were returning to RAF Leeming near Northallerton from a raid against Le Harve, which had been their first as a crew and first sortie for more than one … Continue reading “1941-08-23|Whitley Mk.V|T4234|No.10 Sqn, RAF|Widdale Fell, Cumbria”

Napier Dagger engine from Hawker Hector K8096 on Red Pike, Cumbria

8th September 1941
Hector K8096
Red Pike, Cumbria

Hector K8096 was being transferred from No.1 School of Army Co-operation at Old Sarum near to Salisbury to No.18 Maintenance Unit at Dumfries where it was likely to go into … Continue reading “1941-09-08|Hector|K8096|No.1 SAC, RAF|Red Pike, Cumbria”

Crash site of Airspeed Oxford Mk.I AT486 on Caw Fell, Ennerdale

2nd November 1941
Oxford Mk.I AT486
Caw Fell, Ennerdale

The aircraft was being used for a navigation exercise from RAF Millom on the coast to the south of the Lake District when it flew into Caw Fell.

Crash site of Miles Master W8479, Arant Haw Fell, Sedburgh, Cumbria

19th December 1941
Master Mk.III W8479
Arant Haw Fell, Cumbria

Master W8479 was being ferried by the Air Transport Auxiliary from Woodley in Berkshire to RAF Lossiemouth via Shawbury and Kirkbride. The aircraft was collected on the 17th December at … Continue reading “1941-12-19|Master Mk.III|W8479|TFPP, ATA|Arant Haw Fell, Cumbria”

No.83 MU Personnel at the crash site of Wellington T2714

8th February 1942
Wellington Mk.IC T2714
No.22 OTU, RAF
Burn Tod, Uldale

The crew were on a cross country navigation training flight from RAF Wellesbourne Mountford near Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire when their aircraft crashed near the summit of Burn Tod in the … Continue reading “1942-02-08|Wellington Mk.IC|T2714|No.22 OTU, RAF|Burn Tod, Uldale”

Wreckage at the crash site of Vickers Wellington T2715 on Dufton Fell, Appleby, Cumbria

20th August 1942
Wellington Mk.IC T2715
No.25 OTU, RAF
Dufton Fell, Cumbria

From all of the available records only the pilot’s name has ever been found. Sgt Crew was latter commissioned and became a Squadron Leader before being killed on the 5th … Continue reading “1942-08-20|Wellington Mk.IC|T2715|No.25 OTU, RAF|Dufton Fell, Cumbria”

Crash site of Vickers Wellington Mk.IC DV600

4th September 1942
Wellington Mk.IC DV600
No.25 OTU, RAF
High Doat, Seatoller

The crew of DV600 were tasked with a night cross county flight, they departed RAF Finningley near Doncaster at about 21:00. At around 22:30 the aircraft flew into the wooded … Continue reading “1942-09-04|Wellington Mk.IC|DV600|No.25 OTU, RAF|High Doat, Seatoller”

View from the crash site of Lockheed Hudson N7325 on Cross Fell

6th September 1942
Hudson Mk.I N7325
No.1 (C)OTU, RAF
Cross Fell, Cumbria

The crew had taken off from RAF Silloth late on the 5th September for a night navigation exercise. The planned route was from Silloth to South Rock light off Northern … Continue reading “1942-09-06|Hudson Mk.I|N7325|No.1 (C)OTU, RAF|Cross Fell, Cumbria”

Wreckage at the crash site of Beech AT-7 on the Old Man of Coniston

14th October 1942
Beech AT-7 Unknown
Old Man of Coniston, Coniston

The number of Beech Model 18 aircraft in the UK was always low, and this aircraft would have been either the first or one of the first of the type … Continue reading “1942-10-14|Beech AT-7|Unknown|USAAF|Old Man of Coniston, Coniston”

Crash site of Lockheed Hudson Mk.V AM680 at Beda Head near Ullswater

10th November 1942
Hudson Mk.V AM680
Beda Head, Martindale

The aircraft, coded B-68, took off from RAF Silloth on the Solway Firth west of Carlisle at 00:50 on the 10th November for a night navigation exercise. At 01:14 the … Continue reading “1942-11-10|Hudson Mk.V|AM680|No.1 OTU, RAF|Beda Head, Martindale”

Wreckage at the crash site of Bristol Beaufighter JM223 on Croglin Fell, Penrith, Cumbria

4th July 1943
Beaufighter T.F. Mk.X JM223
No.9 (C)OTU, RAF
Croglin Fell, Cumbria

Bristol Beaufighter T. F. Mk.X JM223 of No.9 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit, dived into the ground on Croglin Fell in the North Pennines to the east of Carlisle on the 4th July 1943 while on a training flight from Crosby on Eden near Carlisle   Herman Joe Carver Flying Officer RCAF Pilot Killed Roderick Alfred … Continue reading “1943-07-04|Beaufighter T.F. Mk.X|JM223|No.9 (C)OTU, RAF|Croglin Fell, Cumbria”

Crash site of Avro Anson Mk.I DJ222 on Green Gable, Cumbria

9th August 1943
Anson Mk.I DJ222
No.10 (O)AFU, RAF
Green Gable, Cumbria

Late in the evening of the 8th August 1943 a number of crews were detailed to fly cross country navigation training flights from RAF Dumfries, for a number of these … Continue reading “1943-08-09|Anson Mk.I|DJ222|No.10 (O)AFU, RAF|Green Gable, Cumbria”

View from the crash site of Avro Anson Mk.I DJ275 on Sca Fell

9th August 1943
Anson Mk.I DJ275
No.10 (O)AFU, RAF
Cam Spout, Sca Fell

The crew were on a navigation exercise from Dumfries when they flew into the southern side of Sca Fell above Cam Spout killing all on board.

Wreckage at the crash site Airspeed Oxford Mk.I DF471 on Great Coum, Cumbria

29th August 1943
Oxford Mk.I DF471
No.427 Sqn, RCAF
Great Coum, Cumbria

On the 27th August 1943 a number of Halifax aircraft from No.427 Squadron took part in a raid against Nurnberg. Among them was Halifax Mk.V DK234, about 5 minutes after … Continue reading “1943-08-29|Oxford Mk.I|DF471|No.427 Sqn, RCAF|Great Coum, Cumbria”

The view from the crash site of B-17 41-9051 on Skiddaw towards Keswick

14th September 1943
B-17E 41-9051
482nd BG, USAAF
Skiddaw, Keswick

The crew were on a cross country navigation flight from Alconbury, near Huntingdon, to RAF Turnhouse on the edge of Edinburgh (currently the city’s airport). The accident investigators suggested that … Continue reading “1943-09-14|B-17E|41-9051|482nd BG, USAAF|Skiddaw, Keswick”

Wreckage in a sheepfold below the crash site of Handley Page Halifax JP182 on Eel Crag, Keswick

24th January 1944
Halifax Mk.II JP182
No.14 FPP, ATA
Eel Crag, Keswick

The aircraft was ferried by two crew from No.14 FPP, stationed at Ringway, from RAF Kinloss in Scotland to No.5 Maintenance Unit at RAF Kemble in Gloucestershire. While on the … Continue reading “1944-01-24|Halifax Mk.II|JP182|No.14 FPP, ATA|Eel Crag, Keswick”

Memorial at the crash site of Halifax Mk.II BB310 on Great Dun Fell, Cumbria

12th April 1944
Halifax Mk.II BB310
No.1674 HCU, RAF
Great Dun Fell, Cumbria

Sergeant Johnson was awarded the D.F.M. while serving with 502 Sqn though it was not Gazetted until the 14th April 1944, two days after his death. Five of the crew … Continue reading “1944-04-12|Halifax Mk.II|BB310|No.1674 HCU, RAF|Great Dun Fell, Cumbria”

Wreckage at the crash site of Avro Anson Mk.I MG464 on Grisedale Pike, Keswick

17th November 1944
Anson Mk.I MG464
Grisedale Pike, Keswick

The crew of MG464 were on a night cross country flight from RAF Jurby on the Isle of Man and were probably returning to there when they flew into the … Continue reading “1944-11-17|Anson Mk.I|MG464|AN&BS, RAF|Grisedale Pike, Keswick”

2nd January 1945
Anson Mk.I LT741
No.10 AGS, RAF
Black Combe, Millom

The aircraft took off from Walney Island near Barrow-in-Furness on what is currently Runway 35 and climbed on the runway heading into cloud. Less than 10 miles after take off … Continue reading “1945-01-02|Anson Mk.I|LT741|No.10 AGS, RAF|Black Combe, Millom”

Wreckage at the crash site of Avro Anson EF935 on Corney Fell, Bootle, Cumbria

8th January 1945
Anson Mk.I EF935
No.1 (O)AFU, RAF
Corney Fell, Bootle

The aircraft was on a night navigation exercise from RAF Wigtown in Southern Scotland when it crashed on Corney Fell above the village of Bootle in the south western Lake … Continue reading “1945-01-08|Anson Mk.I|EF935|No.1 (O)AFU, RAF|Corney Fell, Bootle”

Wreckage from the aircraft on the Wastwater Screes below Great Gully

16th January 1945
Avenger Mk.II JZ390
No.763 Sqn, RN
Great Gully, Wastwater

The crew were on a night training flight from RNAS Inskip on the Fylde between Preston and Blackpool and while flying south along the west coast of the Lake District … Continue reading “1945-01-16|Avenger Mk.II|JZ390|No.763 Sqn, RN|Great Gully, Wastwater”

Wreckage at the crash site of Douglas Dakota KG502 on Cold Fell, Castle Carrock, Cumbria

3rd February 1946
Dakota Mk.III KG502
No.1383 TCU, RAF
Cold Fell, Cumbria

The crew of the aircraft, who were stationed at RAF Crosby-on-Eden, were undertaking a night cross country navigation exercise. They had taken off in the evening of the 2nd February. … Continue reading “1946-02-03|Dakota Mk.III|KG502|No.1383 TCU, RAF|Cold Fell, Cumbria”

Engines at the crash site of de Havilland Dominie X7394 on Broad Crag, Scafell Pike

30th August 1946
Dominie X7394
No.782 Sqn, RN
Broad Crag, Wasdale

The aircraft and air ambulance variant of the Dominie (military Dragon Rapide), based at RNAS Donibristle (HMS Merlin), was being used to fly a seriously ill patient from Abbottsinch, the … Continue reading “1946-08-30|Dominie|X7394|No.782 Sqn, RN|Broad Crag, Wasdale”

Wreckage at the crash site of Beechcraft C-45 44-47194 on Black Combe, Millom, Cumbria

12th March 1947
C-45 44-47194
371st ASG, USAF
Black Combe, Millom

At around 14:00 on the 12th March Capt Daner & 1st Lt Garner left Prestwick in Ayrshire for RAF Bovingdon in Hertfordshire where they would then fly onwards to Germany. … Continue reading “1947-03-12|C-45|44-47194|371st ASG, USAF|Black Combe, Millom”

Memorial plaque on the rockface near where Supermarine Spitfire SL611 crashed

20th November 1947
Spitfire Mk.XVI SL611
No.603 Sqn, RAuxAF
Ill Crag, Eskdale

Flt Lt Loudon an instructor for No.603 Sqn had taken off from RAF Hullavington for a cross-country flight to Turnhouse, now Edinburgh Airport.  He had landed at RAF Hawarden near … Continue reading “1947-11-20|Spitfire Mk.XVI|SL611|No.603 Sqn, RAuxAF|Ill Crag, Eskdale”

Wreckage at the crash site of Miles Hawk G-ALGJ on Lank Rigg in the Lake District

22nd July 1952
Hawk Trainer Mk.3 G-ALGJ
Lank Rigg, Cleator Moor

The pilot, and owner of the aircraft since it was first registered after release from RAF surplus in 1949, was flying the aircraft from Blackpool to Carlisle when he entered … Continue reading “1952-07-22|Hawk Trainer Mk.3|G-ALGJ|Civil|Lank Rigg, Cleator Moor”

Wreckage scattered about the crash site of Gloster Meteor WD778 on Knock Fell, Dufton, Cumbria

24th March 1954
Meteor N.F. Mk.11 WD778
No.228 OCU, RAF
Dufton Fell, Cumbria

Gloster Meteor N.F. Mk.11 WD778 of No.228 OCU RAF, crashed on the 24th March 1954 on Dufton Fell near Appleby in the North Pennines after becoming lost in bad weather and running out of fuel   John David Briggs Pilot Officer Pilot Killed Derrick Walker Flying Officer Navigator / Radar operator Killed  

Area English Electric Canberra WT505 crashed on Ponsonby Fell

21st January 1956
Canberra P.R. Mk.7 WT505
No.58 Sqn, RAF
Ponsonby Fell, Gosforth

Canberra P.R. Mk.7 WT505 of No.58 Squadron, RAF, crashed on Ponsonby Fell near Gosforth on the western side of the Lake District on the 21st January 1956   William Falconer Wilfred Ninian Gough Flying Officer Pilot Killed Douglas Cornforth Flying Officer Navigator Killed  

Wreckage at the crash site of de Havilland Venom WR557 at Farlam Currick, Croglin Fell

4th March 1957
Venom F.B. Mk.4 WR557
No.22 MU, RAF
Farlam Currick, Northumberland

Flight Lieutenant Marshall had taken off from RAF Silloth in Cumbria for a test flight in WR557. Just over fifteen minutes into the flight Flt Lt Marshall reported that the … Continue reading “1957-03-04|Venom F.B. Mk.4|WR557|No.22 MU, RAF|Farlam Currick, Northumberland”

Wreckage at the impact point of Sabre 23380 on Iron Crag, Ennerdale

26th June 1959
Sabre 6 23380
No.421 Sqn, RCAF
Iron Crag, Ennerdale

Canadair Sabre 6 23380 / BB-380 of No.421 Squadron RCAF, crashed on Iron Crag near Ennerdale Water on the 26th June 1959 while being ferried from Prestwick to France   Robert Gordon Starling Flying Officer Pilot Killed  

Wreckage at the crash site of Daktoa G-AMVC on Croglin Fell, Penrith, Cumbria

17th October 1961
Dakota G-AMVC
BKS Air Transport Ltd
Croglin Fell, Cumbria

The aircraft and crew were all based at Yeadon, Captin Mose was BKS Air Transport’s senior pilot at the airfield. The aircraft had been chartered to fly a party of … Continue reading “1961-10-17|Dakota|G-AMVC|BKS Air Transport Ltd|Croglin Fell, Cumbria”

Pieces of wreckage near Esk Hause, Esk Dale, at the crash site of Piper Cherokee G-ASEK

17th September 1966
Cherokee G-ASEK
Esk Hause, Eskdale

The pilot and passenger were on a pleasure flight from Milfield in Northumberland, having taken off at 09:55 on the 17th September 1966.  They had flown out over Carlisle and … Continue reading “1966-09-17|Cherokee|G-ASEK|Civil|Esk Hause, Eskdale”

Wreckage close to the crash site of Piper Cherokee G-AZYP on Illgill Head above Wastwater, Wasdale

25th March 1973
Cherokee G-AZYP
Illgill Head, Wasdale

On the 24th March 1973 a party of 20 set out from Blackpool in six aircraft to Kirkbride on the Solway coast of Cumbria to attend a social gathering at … Continue reading “1973-03-25|Cherokee|G-AZYP|Civil|Illgill Head, Wasdale”

Crater at the crash site of General Dynamics F-111E 68-0081 near Shap, Cumbria

5th March 1975
F-111E 68-0081
20th TFW, USAF
Saddle Crags, Shap

The two crew were on a low level exercise from RAF Upper Heyford in Oxfordshire when the aircraft struck a bird, this shattered a section of the windshield and caused … Continue reading “1975-03-05|F-111E|68-0081|20th TFW, USAF|Saddle Crags, Shap”

Small fragments of wreckage at the crash site from Jet Provost T. Mk.5 XW417 near Thirlmere

9th December 1982
Jet Provost T. Mk.5A XW417
Thirlmere, Keswick

The pilot was a Waddington based Vulcan Co-pilot who was on a “Co-pilot Enrichment Scheme” flying training course at RAF Church Fenton based No.7 FTS. This course was designed to … Continue reading “1982-12-09|Jet Provost T. Mk.5A|XW417|No.7 FTS, RAF|Thirlmere, Keswick”

Crash site of Panavia Tornado ZE858 on Stainmore Common

21st October 1993
Tornado F. Mk.3 ZE858
No.43 Sqn, RAF
Stainmore, Cumbria

The aircraft, which was stationed at RAF Leuchars in Fife, was flying with 3 other Tornado F. Mk.3s. Together they were taking part in a low level training flight which … Continue reading “1993-10-21|Tornado F. Mk.3|ZE858|No.43 Sqn, RAF|Stainmore, Cumbria”