Aircraft Wrecks The Walker's Guide - Historic Crash Sites on the Moors and Mountains of the British Islands, Nick Wotherspoon, Alan Clark & Mark Sheldon

Aircraft Wrecks The Walker's Guide - Historic Crash Sites on the Moors and Mountains of the British Islands, Nick Wotherspoon, Alan Clark & Mark Sheldon

Sadly the upland regions of Britain are covered with aircraft crash sites, the majority of them from the Second World War when the skies over Britain were crowded with training flights, transport aircraft and combat aircraft of all types. In many cases the remains have long since disappeared, but this book includes the details of nearly 500 sites where there are still visible signs of the crash, varying from large fragments of aircraft down to scorch marks or craters in the peat.

The book covers the upland areas of Britain, from the moors of the south west to the Highlands of Scotland, as well as the mountains of Ireland (both north and south). In each case we get a description of the accident, a grid reference, an account of the fate of the crew and any passengers, a description of the remains and in the majority of cases instructions on how to find them.

Those sites that I have been able to visit (mainly in the Lake District) are described accurately, although of course the actual remains are subject to changes, both natural and at the hands of looters and more legitimate recovery teams (please avoid the temptation to take bits home yourself!).

This is a useful guide to this subject, and has helped me answer a number of queries about the fate of aircraft as well as providing interesting targets for days out on the hills.

Chapters
1 - South-West Moors
2 - Wales
3 - Peak District
4 - Pennines
5 - Lake District
6 - North Yorkshire Moors
7 - Isle of Man
8 - Scotland: Lowlands
9 - Scotland: Highlands and Islands
10 - Ireland

Appendices
A - Passenger Lists
B - Manufacturers' Stamps
C - Part Number Prefixes
D - Air Crew Positions
E - Aircraft Type Designations

Author: Nick Wotherspoon, Alan Clark & Mark Sheldon
Edition: Paperback
Pages: 352
Publisher: Pen & Sword Aviation
Year: 2013 edition of 2009 original


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