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Dark Peak Wrecks Tour

Postby Ray C » Sun Aug 12, 2012 7:51 pm

Last sunday i embarked on a seven mile walk/tour "Phew", it was literally up hill & down dale as they say around here.

With good weather and my close friend Ashton we set off full of excitment. The route entailed two aircraft wreck sites: the first was a Liberator - it belly landed in bad weather with the two delivery crew surviving. during world war two, very little of the aircraft survives, in fact one of the four engines has vanished, recently, [how do you get one of these brutes off the moors]?

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After another hour or so it was time for lunch [most welcome] in the warm sunshine. Perched on our hillside we could make out in the distance the second site, two Sabres. Apparently in yet again bad weather they ducked below
cloud and collided with each other, hitting the kinder hill top leaving wreckage on hilltop and vally floor beyond.

Yet again wreck thieves have been doing their evil deeds, with hacksaw marks and knife slashes on the nose wheel tyres evident, our guide reckoned in another ten years there will be litlle left.

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This engine shot shows the amazeing condition it's still in with shiny turbines in place,

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This shot shows part of the hilltop impact position,

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I found the walk and wreck site visits very humbling imagining the death and destruction that happend all those years ago in such a beautifull area. What a shame some thoughtless thieves don't respect the brave men and women who have died in the service of their countries. Ashton has asked me to post his picture so does that make him Iconic ?











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Re: Dark Peak Wercks Tour

Postby Xplumberlives » Sun Aug 12, 2012 7:54 pm

Nice report Ray, Ashton looks like good company! :ymapplause:
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Re: Dark Peak Wercks Tour

Postby Jigsaw » Sun Aug 12, 2012 8:50 pm

That was a great read with great shots mate :ymapplause: . Ashton is a lovely beast as well ;)
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Re: Dark Peak Wrecks Tour

Postby Mayfly » Sun Aug 12, 2012 8:55 pm

Such a shame these sites can't be protected - it's disgraceful to steal from them.

Thanks for allowing Ray to post them Ashton :ymapplause:
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Re: Dark Peak Wrecks Tour

Postby Hydealfred » Tue Aug 21, 2012 9:07 am

Very interesting report Ashton and as you say very humbling. I have walked many hills in the UK but have only seen one crash site which we stumbled on by accident. This was on Ben More in Scotland. We started seeing bits of twisted metal but we had no idea what the remains where. We found out it was Vickers Viscount G-AOHI which had hit the mountain just below the summit. It was on an engineering flight from Glasgow with just the crew on board.

The link below makes for interesting but sad reading -

http://www.aaib.gov.uk/sites/aaib/publi ... g_aohi.cfm
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Re: Dark Peak Wrecks Tour

Postby Aceyone » Tue Aug 21, 2012 11:23 am

Fascinating read ,thanks for posting :ymapplause:
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