4th December 1918
Avro Biplane
Nr Buxton, Derbyshire

The identity of the aircraft and its pilot are a mystery, and probably will now remain so for ever, the small amount that is known was reported in the Buxton … Continue reading “1918-12-04|Avro Biplane||RAF|Nr Buxton, Derbyshire”

15th January 1919
Sparrowpit, Derbyshire

18th January 1919
Mottram, Greater Manchester

17th October 1919
Torside, Derbyshire

For sometime there has been a report of a late 1st World War biplane crash near Torside Reservoir, this it would now seem possibly did not happen, though an aircraft … Continue reading “1919-10-17|DH.9||RAF|Torside, Derbyshire”

14th July 1922
Avro 504 E9431
Earl Sterndale, Derbyshire

The pilot of the aircraft had originally taken off from Shotwick Aerodrome (later re-named RAF Sealand) near Chester he was forced to land at Fairfield Common on the north eastern … Continue reading “1922-07-14|Avro 504|E9431|No.5 FTS, RAF|Earl Sterndale, Derbyshire”

1st May 1927
Standedge, Oldham

Avro Avian G-EBVZ Crash Site Map

25th March 1928
Avian G-EBVZ
Stalybridge, Greater Manchester

Arrangements had been made for an aircraft from the Lancashire Aero Club, which at that time was at Woodford aerodrome, to fly Mr Browning (a member of the Club) and … Continue reading “1928-03-25|Avian|G-EBVZ|Civil|Stalybridge, Greater Manchester”

Crash site of Bristol Fighter J8432 on Matlock Moor, Derbyshire the day the aircraft crashed

16th July 1928
Bristol Fighter Mk.III J8432
No.8 AC Flt, RAF
Matlock, Derbyshire

The aircraft was one of the last 30 Bristol Fighters to be built, all 30 being the dual control trainer version, on this occasion the pilot was flying the aircraft … Continue reading “1928-07-16|Bristol Fighter Mk.III|J8432|No.8 AC Flt, RAF|Matlock, Derbyshire”

de Havilland DH60X Cirrus Moth

14th May 1931
DH-60M Moth
National Flying Services Ltd
Matley, Hyde

Crash site of Desoutter G-AAPZ near Meerbrook, Leek, Staffordshire

30th November 1933
Desoutter G-AAPZ
National Flying Services
Meerbrook, Leek

The pilot had attempted to land the aircraft in a long field running uphill, though possibly touched down late, the aircraft had not slowed much by the time it came … Continue reading “1933-11-30|Desoutter|G-AAPZ|National Flying Services|Meerbrook, Leek”

Crash site of de Havilland DH60X Cirrus Moth on Burbage Edge near Buxton

11th October 1934
Burbage Edge, Buxton

For many years it had been thought that a much earlier aircraft had come to grief on Burbage Edge, this being a DH-10 but this has now been proved not … Continue reading “1934-10-11|DH60X Moth|G-EBWA|Civil|Burbage Edge, Buxton”

23rd November 1934
DH80A Puss Moth G-AAZN
Bradnop, Leek

The 24 year old owner, and pilot, of the aircraft was flying from Southampton to Barton Aerodrome near Manchester when he encountered thick fog. While flying in these low visibility … Continue reading “1934-11-23|DH80A Puss Moth|G-AAZN|Civil|Bradnop, Leek”

Crash site of Bristol Bulldog K3939 at Onecote near Leek, Staffordshire

27th November 1934
Bulldog T.M. K3939
Onecote, Leek

The aircraft dived into the ground shortly after being abandoned by its pilot who had become lost in cloud. He had been part of a formation of Bulldog aircraft from … Continue reading “1934-11-27|Bulldog T.M.|K3939|No.3 FTS, RAF|Onecote, Leek”

Bristol Bulldog at the Royal Air Force Museum, Hendon

4th January 1936
Bulldog T.M. K3936
Butterton, Leek

The pilot of the aircraft was on a solo training flight from RAF Grantham when the aircraft’s Jupiter engine failed. LAC Maurice-Gwillyn attempted to force land in a field on … Continue reading “1936-01-04|Bulldog T.M.|K3936|No.3 FTS, RAF|Butterton, Leek”

Wreckage at the crash site of Handley Page Heyford Mk.III K6875 on Broadlee Bank Tor, Edale

22nd July 1937
Heyford Mk.III K6875
No.166 Sqn, RAF
Broadlee Bank Tor, Edale

On the 22nd July 1937 the 6 man crew of Heyford K6875 were briefed to carry out a night cross country exercise from RAF Leconfield in east Yorkshire, the weather … Continue reading “1937-07-22|Heyford Mk.III|K6875|No.166 Sqn, RAF|Broadlee Bank Tor, Edale”

de Havilland DH60X Cirrus Moth

18th July 1938
DH60M Moth K1112
Buxton, Derbyshire

The pilot of the aircraft, a member of the RAF Volunteer Reserve, was on a cross country exercise from Barton aerodrome via Brough in East Yorkshire and Tollerton in Nottinghamshire. … Continue reading “1938-07-18|DH60M Moth|K1112|No.17 EFTS, RAF|Buxton, Derbyshire”

Crash site of Bristol Blenheim Mk.I L1476 on Sykes Moor, Bleaklow

30th January 1939
Blenheim Mk.I L1476
No.64 Sqn, RAF
Sykes Moor, Bleaklow

The crew had taken off from Church Fenton to carryout a local flying exercise, both of the crew where fairly new to the Squadron and Church Fenton so were familiarising … Continue reading “1939-01-30|Blenheim Mk.I|L1476|No.64 Sqn, RAF|Sykes Moor, Bleaklow”

Crash site of Hawker Hart K3864 near Rushton Spencer

23rd May 1939
Hart Mk.I K3864
Nr Ruston Spencer

No.28 EFTS was one of several in the UK prior to the Second World War which was tasked with maintaining the proficiency of the RAF Volunteer Reserve, they were largely … Continue reading “1939-05-23|Hart Mk.I|K3864|No.28 EFTS, RAF|Nr Ruston Spencer”

The crash site of Fairey Swordfish P4223 at Heydon Head, Black Hill

25th January 1940
Swordfish Mk.I P4223
No.751 Sqn, RN
Heydon Head, Derbyshire

Sub Lt Williamson took of from Silloth near Carlisle along with three other Swordfish bi-plane torpedo bombers for a ferry flight to RNAS Ford near Little Hampton in West Sussex, … Continue reading “1940-01-25|Swordfish Mk.I|P4223|No.751 Sqn, RN|Heydon Head, Derbyshire”

Avro Tutor

7th May 1940
Tutor K3308
Duxford Stn Flt, RAF
Edale, Derbyshire

While flying from Duxford to Kirkbride the pilot became lost and low on fuel, this is despite the fact that he had actually flown less than half way to Kirkbride, … Continue reading “1940-05-07|Tutor|K3308|Duxford Stn Flt, RAF|Edale, Derbyshire”

Crash site of Handley Page Hampden Mk.I L4055 near Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

23rd May 1940
Hampden Mk.I L4055
No.83 Sqn, RAF
Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

The crew of L4055 had taken off from RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire on at 21:00 on the 22nd May to carry out an attack on Munchen Gladbach. They had been … Continue reading “1940-05-23|Hampden Mk.I|L4055|No.83 Sqn, RAF|Holmfirth, West Yorkshire”

Miles Magister at the Shuttleworth Collection

31st July 1940
Magister Mk.I N3811
Darley Dale, Derbyshire

The pilot was on an afternoon training flight from RAF Burnaston on the edge of Derby. He became disorientated in poor weather and realising that he was in the vicinity … Continue reading “1940-07-31|Magister Mk.I|N3811|No.16 EFTS, RAF|Darley Dale, Derbyshire”

Miles Magister at the Shuttleworth Collection

4th September 1940
Magister Mk.I
Cheddleton, Leek

Field in which Supermarine Spitfire P9563 crashed at Hartington, Derbyshire

5th September 1940
Spitfire Mk.I P9563
No.64 Sqn, RAF
Hartington, Derbyshire

The pilot, Flight Sergeant Lloyd was on combat air patrol, from Ringway, his unit was normally stationed at Boscombe Down but there was a detached flight at Ringway for the … Continue reading “1940-09-05|Spitfire Mk.I|P9563|No.64 Sqn, RAF|Hartington, Derbyshire”

The small pieces of Wreckage at the crash site of Handley Page Hampden L4189 on Black Edge, Buxton

30th September 1940
Hampden Mk.I L4189
No.106 Sqn, RAF
Black Edge, Buxton

At close to 20:30 on the 30th September 1940 Hampden L4189 left RAF Finningley near Doncaster for a night navigation exercise, the weather that night consisted of 10/10ths low cloud.  … Continue reading “1940-09-30|Hampden Mk.I|L4189|No.106 Sqn, RAF|Black Edge, Buxton”

Crash site of Avro Anson Mk.I N9858 at Wildboarclough, Cheshire

14th November 1940
Anson Mk.I N9858
No.10 FTS, RAF
Wildboarclough, Macclesfield

The pilot of the aircraft was on a solo cross country navigation exercise from RAF Ternhill near Market Drayton in Shropshire when he became lost in low cloud and flew … Continue reading “1940-11-14|Anson Mk.I|N9858|No.10 FTS, RAF|Wildboarclough, Macclesfield”

Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV

17th November 1940
Blenheim Mk.I L6800
No.2 SoAC, RAF
Monyash, Derbyshire

The pilot was on a cross country navigation flight from Andover to Desford near Leicester and back to Andover when he became lost in poor visibility, he had wandered some … Continue reading “1940-11-17|Blenheim Mk.I|L6800|No.2 SoAC, RAF|Monyash, Derbyshire”

Wreckage at the crash site of Supermarine Spitfire P7593 at Upper Hulme, Leek, Staffordshire

17th November 1940
Spitfire Mk.IIA P7593
Upper Hulme, Leek

The aircraft was being ferried from No.12 MU at RAF Kirkbride near Carlisle, an aircraft storage depot at the time, to RAF West Malling in Kent by an RAF pilot … Continue reading “1940-11-17|Spitfire Mk.IIA|P7593|No.4 FPP, ATA|Upper Hulme, Leek”

Miles Magister at the Shuttleworth Collection

26th November 1940
Magister Mk.I
Nr Leek, Staffordshire

View towards the crash site of Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV T1884 on Harrop Edge, Matley

27th November 1940
Blenheim Mk.IV T1884
No.105 Sqn, RAF
Harrop Edge, Matley

While returning from operations against Koln, the crew flew into extensive low cloud which prevented them from landing at their home station of Swanton Morley in Norfolk. The crew flew … Continue reading “1940-11-27|Blenheim Mk.IV|T1884|No.105 Sqn, RAF|Harrop Edge, Matley”

Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV

3rd December 1940
Blenheim Mk.I
No.29 Sqn, RAF
Wooley Bridge, Glossop

Crash site of Handley Page Hampden Mk.I X3154 on Rushup Edge near Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire

21st December 1940
Hampden Mk.I X3154
No.106 Sqn, RAF
Rushup Edge, Derbyshire

The crew of the aircraft were on a night cross country navigation exercise from RAF Finningley near Doncaster.

Miles Magister at the Shuttleworth Collection

5th January 1941
Magister Mk.I
Nr Bottom House, Leek

Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV

26th January 1941
Blenheim Mk.IV Z5746
Ox Stones, Ringinglow

The crew were on a night cross country navigation flight from Catfoss in Yorkshire when the aircraft flew into Burbage Moor near Ringinglow. The aircraft was recorded as having strayed … Continue reading “1941-01-26|Blenheim Mk.IV|Z5746|No.2 OTU, RAF|Ox Stones, Ringinglow”

Crash site of Vickers Wellington L7811 at Concksbury Bridge, Lathkill Dale near Bakewell

12th February 1941
Wellington Mk.IC L7811
No.149 Sqn, RAF
Conksbury Bridge, Bakewell

The aircraft from 149 Squadron, piloted by Sgt Turner, had taken part in a raid against the German city of Breman, home of Mercedes Benz, during the night of the … Continue reading “1941-02-12|Wellington Mk.IC|L7811|No.149 Sqn, RAF|Conksbury Bridge, Bakewell”

Crash site of Avro Anson Mk.I K6283 at Bradnop near Leek, Staffordshire

17th February 1941
Anson Mk.I K6283
No.2 SoAN, RAF
Bradnop, Leek

While on a navigation training flight from Cranage near Holmes Chapel the pilot encountered cloud, he attempted to fly out of the cloud but the weather conditions were rapidly decreasing, … Continue reading “1941-02-17|Anson Mk.I|K6283|No.2 SoAN, RAF|Bradnop, Leek”

LAC Atherton's grave at Horwich Ridgmont Cemetery.

25th March 1941
Master Mk.I T8324
Nr Hathersage, Derbyshire

The pilot was on a cross country training flight from Ternhill in Shropshire when the aircraft struck high ground in the Outseats area above Hathersage while flying in low cloud. … Continue reading “1941-03-25|Master Mk.I|T8324|No.5 FTS, RAF|Nr Hathersage, Derbyshire”

26th March 1941
Master Mk.I N7870
Youlgreave, Bakewell

The pilot was on Local Flying Practice from RAF Ternhill when he became lost after carrying out a series of steep turns and entered poor weather. He carried out a … Continue reading “1941-03-26|Master Mk.I|N7870|No.5 FTS, RAF|Youlgreave, Bakewell”

Crash site of Avro Anson Mk.I N9912 on Whitwell Moor, Stocksbridge, South Yorkshire

31st March 1941
Anson Mk.I N9912
No.25 OTU, RAF
Whitwell Moor, Stocksbridge

Pilot Officer Fournier was killed during operational flying on the 29th August 1941 while flying with No.49 Sqn. The aircraft he was flying, Hampden Mk.I AE126 was shot down by … Continue reading “1941-03-31|Anson Mk.I|N9912|No.25 OTU, RAF|Whitwell Moor, Stocksbridge”

A second photograph taken ofthe engine from N1766 on display at Doncaster in 2016.

12th April 1941
Defiant Mk.I N1766
No.96 Sqn, RAF
Rowlee Pasture, Derwent Valley

The two crew were carrying out a night air test from Cranage near Middlewich in Cheshire. The radio receiver suffered a partial failure which prevented the two crew from communicating … Continue reading “1941-04-12|Defiant Mk.I|N1766|No.96 Sqn, RAF|Rowlee Pasture, Derwent Valley”

15th April 1941
Reliant Mk.I
No.1 CU, RAF
Brassington, Ashbourne

Miles Magister at the Shuttleworth Collection

20th April 1941
Magister Mk.I
Meerbrook, Leek

Miles Magister at the Shuttleworth Collection

27th April 1941
Magister Mk.I
Nr Cheddleton, Leek

Crash site of Heinkel He111 G1+LH / 2871 at Hazel Grove near Stockport

7th May 1941
He111 2871 / G1+LH
KG55, Luftwaffe
Hazel Grove, Stockport

The aircraft had been taking part in a raid against the Trafford Park area. It had been flying at an altitude of 14000 feet also at that height was an … Continue reading “1941-05-07|He111|2871 / G1+LH|KG55, Luftwaffe|Hazel Grove, Stockport”

Crash site of Junkers Ju88 6312 / F1+AD at Black Brook bear the Roaches, in the Peak District

7th May 1941
Ju88A-5 6213 / F1+AD
3/KG76, Luftwaffe
Roach End, Leek

The aircraft, from KG 76, was one of a number of aircraft tasked with bombing Liverpool on the night of the 7th / 8th May 1941. The aircraft was being flown by … Continue reading “1941-05-07|Ju88A-5|6213 / F1+AD|3/KG76, Luftwaffe|Roach End, Leek”

Airspeed Oxford

22nd May 1941
Oxford Mk.I N4641
No.11 FTS, RAF
Nr Tissington, Derbyshire

Cpl Branton was on a solo cross-country training flight from RAF Shawbury near Shrewsbury, he had been briefed to fly a tri-angular course and then carry out some single-engine flying … Continue reading “1941-05-22|Oxford Mk.I|N4641|No.11 FTS, RAF|Nr Tissington, Derbyshire”

Miles Magister at the Shuttleworth Collection

24th May 1941
Magister Mk.I L6909
Calton, Ashbourne

The pilot was carrying out dual instruction from RAF Meir on the edge of Stoke on Trent with an un-named pupil when they encountered poor weather and decided to force … Continue reading “1941-05-24|Magister Mk.I|L6909|No.5 EFTS, RAF|Calton, Ashbourne”

Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV

3rd July 1941
Blenheim Mk.IV Z5870
No.12 Group AAC Flt, RAF
Crowden Tower, Edale

Sgt Plotek was flying to aircraft from RAF Digby in Lincolnshire to Ringway, he was accompanied by three personnel from Digby who were visiting Manchester on leave, and flew into … Continue reading “1941-07-03|Blenheim Mk.IV|Z5870|No.12 Group AAC Flt, RAF|Crowden Tower, Edale”

View of the crash site of Vickers Wellington W5719 on Far Upper Tor, Kinder Scout, Edale

31st July 1941
Wellington Mk.IC W5719
No.150 Sqn, RAF
Upper Tor, Edale

No.150 Squadron, which in the summer of 1941 had recently moved to RAF Snaith in Yorkshire, was ordered to provide 8 Wellington aircraft for a planned raid against the German … Continue reading “1941-07-31|Wellington Mk.IC|W5719|No.150 Sqn, RAF|Upper Tor, Edale”

Wreckage at the crash site of Westland Lysander V9403 at Featherbed Moss, Chew Reservoir, Peak District

18th August 1941
Lysander Mk.IIIA V9403
Slate Pit Moss, Oldham

LAC Chadwick died of his injuries on the 24th August 1941. The aircraft was on an anti-aircraft co-operation exercise from Ringway (Manchester) to Rhyl in North Wales, the aircraft’s gyro-compass … Continue reading “1941-08-18|Lysander Mk.IIIA|V9403|No.6 AACU, RAF|Slate Pit Moss, Oldham”

Fairey Battle Mk.I at the Royal Air Force Museum

24th August 1941
Battle Mk.I
No.16 FTS, RAF
Dore, Sheffield

Miles Magister at the Shuttleworth Collection

27th August 1941
Magister Mk.I L6908
Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire

The pilot was on a training flight from RAF Burnaston near Derby when he became lost and force landed the aircraft near to Chapel-en-le-Frith. However the aircraft struck a tree … Continue reading “1941-08-27|Magister Mk.I|L6908|No.16 EFTS, RAF|Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire”

Crash site of Boulton Paul Defiant N3378 at Near Bleaklow Stones, Derbyshire

29th August 1941
Defiant Mk.I N3378
No.255 Sqn, RAF
Bleaklow Stones, Bleaklow

The exact reason for the flight is uncertain, N3378 was assigned to No.255 Squadron at RAF Hibaldstow in Lincolnshire but it had been to RAF Turnhouse at Edinburgh. Onboard were … Continue reading “1941-08-29|Defiant Mk.I|N3378|No.255 Sqn, RAF|Bleaklow Stones, Bleaklow”

30th August 1941
Leopard Moth
No.14 FPP, ATA
Rushup Edge, Derbyshire

Airspeed Oxford

2nd September 1941
Oxford Mk.I V3210
Nr Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire

The pilot was carrying out a solo cross country navigation flight from the Royal Air Force College at Cranwell, he had flown above cloud cover and while descending back down … Continue reading “1941-09-02|Oxford Mk.I|V3210|RAFC, RAF|Nr Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire”

9th October 1941
No.16 FPP, ATA
Nr Buxton, Derbyshire

Boulton Paul Defiant Mk.I at the Royal Air Force Museum, Hendon

16th October 1941
Defiant Mk.I T3921
No.96 Sqn, RAF
Nr Buxton, Derbyshire

Until the spring of 2005 we had thought that the crash site had been located on the eastern side of Shining Tor, this however was wrong. We were able to … Continue reading “1941-10-16|Defiant Mk.I|T3921|No.96 Sqn, RAF|Nr Buxton, Derbyshire”

View towards the crash site of Airspeed Oxford Mk.II V3626 on Fawside Edge near Longnor, Staffordshire

16th November 1941
Oxford Mk.II V3626
Fawside Edge, Longnor

The pilot had become disorientated in poor weather and had probably descended to determine his position when the aircraft crashed and was destroyed by fire.

View from Axe Edge to the crash site of Supermarine Spitfire P7560 near Buxton, Derbyshire

17th November 1941
Spitfire Mk.IIA P7560
No.131 Sqn, RAF
Nr Buxton, Derbyshire

The pilot had wandered into the high ground around Buxton after becoming disorientated in poor weather.  He pulled up sharply to avoid striking a hill and lost control of the … Continue reading “1941-11-17|Spitfire Mk.IIA|P7560|No.131 Sqn, RAF|Nr Buxton, Derbyshire”

Miles Magister at the Shuttleworth Collection

5th December 1941
Magister Mk.I
Atlow, Ashbourne

Section of wing at the crash site of Blackburn Botha W5103 on Round Hill, Bleaklow, Longdendale

10th December 1941
Botha Mk.I W5103
Round Hill, Bleaklow

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 … Continue reading “1941-12-10|Botha Mk.I|W5103|No.7 FPP, RAF|Round Hill, Bleaklow”

de Havilland Tiger Moth

17th December 1941
Tiger Moth
Nr Matlock, Derbyshire

Wreckage at the crash site of Handley Page Hampden Mk.I AE381 at Cluther Rocks, Kinder Scout, Hayfield

21st January 1942
Hampden Mk.I AE381
No.50 Sqn, RAF
Cluther Rocks, Kinder

The crew of AE381 were on a training flight from Skellingthorpe near Lincoln in weather not fit for flying, with high winds and blinding snow.  After becoming lost on a … Continue reading “1942-01-21|Hampden Mk.I|AE381|No.50 Sqn, RAF|Cluther Rocks, Kinder”

Area of White Edge Moor near Sheffield where Vickers Wellington Z8491 crashed

6th February 1942
Wellington Mk.II Z8491
No.12 Sqn, RAF
White Edge Moor, Totley

On the 6th February crews from No.12 Squadron at RAF Binbrook in Lincolnshire were tasked with bombing the French port of Brest, among them was the crew of Z8491, a … Continue reading “1942-02-06|Wellington Mk.II|Z8491|No.12 Sqn, RAF|White Edge Moor, Totley”

14th May 1942
Master Mk.III W8455
Lyme Green, Macclesfield

The aircraft was being used for delivering spares to an unrecorded destination, No.3 A.D. Flt being based at Hawarden, when the pilot became lost in bad weather and decided to … Continue reading “1942-05-14|Master Mk.III|W8455|No.3 ADF, RAF|Lyme Green, Macclesfield”

Crash site of Vickers Wellington Z1566 at Grindon, Staffordshire, in September 2004

22nd May 1942
Wellington Mk.III Z1566
No.75 Sqn, RNZAF
Grindon, Leek

The crew where on a night cross country flight from Feltwell when according the accident card they had flown into un-forecast bad weather and while trying to descend through the … Continue reading “1942-05-22|Wellington Mk.III|Z1566|No.75 Sqn, RNZAF|Grindon, Leek”

Westland Lysander at the Royal Air Force Museum

30th May 1942
Lysander Mk.IIIA V9729
Cronkstone, Buxton

The aircraft was being used to provide night anti-aircraft co-operation with ground units at Rhyl and had taken off from Sealand near Chester. While returning from the Rhyl area to … Continue reading “1942-05-30|Lysander Mk.IIIA|V9729|No.6 AACU, RAF|Cronkstone, Buxton”

Small amount of wreckage at the crash site of Short Stirling N6075 on Merryton Low near Leek, Staffordshire

13th July 1942
Stirling Mk.I N6075
No.101 Sqn Con. Flt, RAF
Merryton Low, Leek

It while on a cross country navigation flight from RAF Oakington in Cambridgeshire that the aircraft flew into high ground at Merrytown Low to the east of Leek a short … Continue reading “1942-07-13|Stirling Mk.I|N6075|No.101 Sqn Con. Flt, RAF|Merryton Low, Leek”

Wreckage at the crash site of Vickers Wellington Mk.IC Z8980 on Rud Hill near Sheffield, South Yorkshire

17th July 1942
Wellington Mk.IC Z8980
No.27 OTU, RAF
Rud Hill, Sheffield

Some members of the crew were to lose there lives in latter service. They were: Sergeant Thomas Frank Thompson (First Officer at time of death) was killed on the 17th … Continue reading “1942-07-17|Wellington Mk.IC|Z8980|No.27 OTU, RAF|Rud Hill, Sheffield”

Crash site of Miles Master Mk.III W8474 at Mottram-in-Longdendale

19th July 1942
Master Mk.III W8474
No.16 FTS, RAF
Mottram, Hyde

LAC Gowkowski was on a cross country flight from RAF Newton near Nottingham. His aircraft was seen circling around the Mottram area before the aircraft struck a high tension cable … Continue reading “1942-07-19|Master Mk.III|W8474|No.16 FTS, RAF|Mottram, Hyde”

12th October 1942
Master Mk.III
King Sterndale, Buxton

The view towards the crash site of Avro Anson Mk.I L7968 near Buxton, Derbyshire

15th October 1942
Anson Mk.I L7968
Moss Ridge, Buxton

The crew had been returning to Cranage but had mistaken one of the navigation beacons so instead of flying towards the airfield flew away from it towards the high ground … Continue reading “1942-10-15|Anson Mk.I|L7968|CNS, RAF|Moss Ridge, Buxton”

17th October 1942
Master Mk.III W8560
Bollington, Cheshire

The pilot was on a training flight with the purpose of practicing forced landing approaches, however while conducting this he became lost on bad weather and found himself having to … Continue reading “1942-10-17|Master Mk.III|W8560|No.5 FTS, RAF|Bollington, Cheshire”

The crash site of Vickers Wellington Mk.III Z1744 at Upper Hulme near Leek, Staffordshire

20th November 1942
Wellington Mk.III Z1744
No.27 OTU, RAF
Upper Hulme, Leek

At about 16:50 on the 20th November 1942 Wellington Mk.III Z1744 flew into the ground above Upper Hulme.  It is reported that prior to this the aircraft had be the … Continue reading “1942-11-20|Wellington Mk.III|Z1744|No.27 OTU, RAF|Upper Hulme, Leek”

Wreckage at the crash site of Vickers Wellington Mk.IC DV810 on Broomhead Moor near Langsett, South Yorkshire

9th December 1942
Wellington Mk.IC DV810
No.21 OTU, RAF
Broomhead Moor, Bradfield

The weather on the 9th December 1942 was typical for that time of year, low cloud, strong winds and rain, it was into this inhospitable climate that the crew of … Continue reading “1942-12-09|Wellington Mk.IC|DV810|No.21 OTU, RAF|Broomhead Moor, Bradfield”

15th January 1943
Master Mk.III W8840
Bottom House, Leek

The aircraft was being ferried from Sherburn in Elmet, between Leeds and Selby, to No.5 (Pilot) Advanced Flying Unit at RAF Ternhill near Market Drayton in Shropshire. The pilot encountered … Continue reading “1943-01-15|Master Mk.III|W8840|No.7 FPP, ATA|Bottom House, Leek”

Airspeed Oxford

15th January 1943
Oxford Mk.I
No.1531 BAT Flt, RAF
Sutton, Macclesfield

Wreckage at the crash site of Vickers Wellington Mk.III X3348 on Blackden Edge, Kinder Scout, Edale

26th January 1943
Wellington Mk.III X3348
No.427 Sqn, RCAF
Blackden Edge, Kinder

The crew were detailed to attack the French port of Lorient, taking off at 16:51 with a bomb load of 3,240lb of indendiary bombs in nine 360lb clusters. While returning … Continue reading “1943-01-26|Wellington Mk.III|X3348|No.427 Sqn, RCAF|Blackden Edge, Kinder”

The crash site of R1011 during late summer 2012 (that is if we'd had a summer in 2012).

30th January 1943
Wellington Mk.IC R1011
No.28 OTU, RAF
Birchen Bank Moss, Bleaklow

The crew were one of seven from No.28 OTU taking part in a Bullseye exercise from Wymeswold and the unit’s satellite airfield of Castle Donington (which is now in use … Continue reading “1943-01-30|Wellington Mk.IC|R1011|No.28 OTU, RAF|Birchen Bank Moss, Bleaklow”

Crash site of Vickers Wellington X3941 near Darley Dale, Matlock, Derbyshire

30th January 1943
Wellington Mk.III X3941
No.27 OTU, RAF
Nr Darley Dale, Matlock

The crew were taking part in Bullseye exercise from RAF Church Broughton, near Derby. The exercise involved aircraft from both No.27 and No.28 Operational Training Units, with all the aircraft … Continue reading “1943-01-30|Wellington Mk.III|X3941|No.27 OTU, RAF|Nr Darley Dale, Matlock”

Crash site of Vickers Wellington Mk.III HF613 at Peakshole Water between Hope and Castleton, Derbyshire

15th February 1943
Wellington Mk.III HF613
No.22 OTU, RAF
Nr Hope, Derbyshire

The aircraft took off during the mid-morning of the 15th February 1943 from Wellesbourne Mountford near Stratford upon Avon for a cross country flight.  At just after 13:00 the aircraft … Continue reading “1943-02-15|Wellington Mk.III|HF613|No.22 OTU, RAF|Nr Hope, Derbyshire”

Airspeed Oxford

19th February 1943
Oxford Mk.I DF485
No.42 OTU, RAF
Hope, Derbyshire

At about 14:40 on the 19th February 1943 F/O Bray took off from Ashbourne for a local training flight, with him were an unknown number of aircrew / passengers (possibly … Continue reading “1943-02-19|Oxford Mk.I|DF485|No.42 OTU, RAF|Hope, Derbyshire”

Crash site of Airspeed Oxford BG197 near Matlock, Derbyshire

3rd March 1943
Oxford Mk.I BG197
No.14 (P)AFU, RAF
Nr Matlock, Derbyshire

On the 3rd March 1943 Sgt George McIlraith of the Royal New Zealand Air Force took off on a night cross country flight from Ossington near Newark on Trent. At … Continue reading “1943-03-03|Oxford Mk.I|BG197|No.14 (P)AFU, RAF|Nr Matlock, Derbyshire”

21st March 1943
Master Mk.III W8761
No.16 FTS, RAF
Camp Hill, Tideswell

The aircraft was being use for formation flying practice from RAF Newton near Nottingham with the pupil leading the formation. They encountered poor visibility and became separated from the rest … Continue reading “1943-03-21|Master Mk.III|W8761|No.16 FTS, RAF|Camp Hill, Tideswell”

Crash site of Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV V6078 of No.42 OTU at Spitewinter near Matlock

7th April 1943
Blenheim Mk.IV V6078
No.42 OTU, RAF
Spitewinter, Matlock

The crew was on a night navigation exercise from Ashbourne, having completed most of the exercise they were heading in a southerly direction at low level when the aircraft struck … Continue reading “1943-04-07|Blenheim Mk.IV|V6078|No.42 OTU, RAF|Spitewinter, Matlock”

Crash site of Vickers Wellington Mk.III DF611 at Newhaven between Buxton and AShbourne, Derbyshire

10th April 1943
Wellington Mk.III DF611
No.30 OTU, RAF
Newhaven, Derbyshire

The crew of DF611 took off from Seighford for an infrared bombing exercise at 04:50, a hour into the flight the aircraft’s engines lost power.  The pilot, Sergeant Ronald Jones … Continue reading “1943-04-10|Wellington Mk.III|DF611|No.30 OTU, RAF|Newhaven, Derbyshire”

View down into the Vale of Edale from the crash site of the aircraft

25th April 1943
P-47C 41-6227
56th FG, USAAF
Horsehill Tor, Edale

John Coenen was injured when he landed heavily on what is now the Pennine Way at Upper Booth after bailing out on realising that he was not going to get … Continue reading “1943-04-25|P-47C|41-6227|56th FG, USAAF|Horsehill Tor, Edale”

Crash site of Airspeed Oxford Mk.I EB717 on Burbage Edge near Buxton, Derbyshire

12th May 1943
Oxford Mk.I EB717
No.11 (P)AFU, RAF
Burbage Edge, Buxton

During the early hours the 12th May 1943 Sergeant John H. L. Wilson took off in Oxford EB717 for a night cross country flight from Wheaton Aston to the south … Continue reading “1943-05-12|Oxford Mk.I|EB717|No.11 (P)AFU, RAF|Burbage Edge, Buxton”

Crash site of Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk.V EB338 at Alsop-en-le-Dale near Ashbourne, Derbyshire

13th May 1943
Whitley Mk.V EB338
No.81 OTU, RAF
Alsop-en-le-Dale, Ashbourne

Only half an hour in the flight, which was routed as Base – Lincoln – Peterborough – Base, the port engine failed, it was successfully re-started and it ran at … Continue reading “1943-05-13|Whitley Mk.V|EB338|No.81 OTU, RAF|Alsop-en-le-Dale, Ashbourne”

Crash site of Airspeed Oxford R6271, Waterhosues, Staffordshire

21st May 1943
Oxford Mk.I R6271
No.42 OTU, RAF
Waterhouses, Staffordshire

The aircraft had taken off for a short air test from Ashbourne.  Along with the pilot, Flying Officer Archibald Forsyth of the RNZAF, were two passengers, both of whom were … Continue reading “1943-05-21|Oxford Mk.I|R6271|No.42 OTU, RAF|Waterhouses, Staffordshire”

Vickers Wellington Mk.X at the Royal Air Force Museum

2nd June 1943
Wellington Mk.IC
No.11 OTU, RAF
Nr Eyam, Derbyshire

Crash site of Vickers Wellington Mk.III DV678 at Chatsworth Park near Bakewell, Derbyshire

11th June 1943
Wellington Mk.IC DV678
No.14 OTU, RAF
Chatsworth, Bakewell

While flying at 6700ft on a day cross country flight from RAF Cottesmore both engines began to mis-fire, though the main failure was in the Port engine,and the pilot could … Continue reading “1943-06-11|Wellington Mk.IC|DV678|No.14 OTU, RAF|Chatsworth, Bakewell”

1st July 1943
Master Mk.II DK912
No.17 (P)AFU, RAF
Thorncliffe, Leek

The pilot had taken off on a training flight from RAF Calveley near Nantwich when he became disorientated in the summer haze and could not find land marks that he … Continue reading “1943-07-01|Master Mk.II|DK912|No.17 (P)AFU, RAF|Thorncliffe, Leek”

de Havilland Mosquito

16th August 1943
Mosquito N.F. Mk.II
No.410 Sqn, RCAF
Nr Matlock, Derbyshire

Crash site of Republic P-47s 42-7872 and 42-7898 on Cats Tor, Bollington, Cheshire

30th September 1943
P-47D 42-7872 & 42-7898
2906th Ob Grp, USAAF
Cats Tor, Bollington

The two aircraft belonged to a unit which together with the 6th Fighter Wing were responsible for Operational Training at Atcham. They were combined and became the 495th Fighter Training … Continue reading “1943-09-30|P-47D|42-7872 & 42-7898|2906th Ob Grp, USAAF|Cats Tor, Bollington”

Wreckage at the Crash site of Handley Page Halifax Mk.II HR727 on Blackden Edge, Kinder, Edale

5th October 1943
Halifax Mk.II HR727
No.51 Sqn, RAF
Blackden Edge, Kinder

The crew, stationed at Snaith in Yorkshire were taking part in a raid against the German city of Frankfurt. The outward leg proceeded normally until shortly after they had released … Continue reading “1943-10-05|Halifax Mk.II|HR727|No.51 Sqn, RAF|Blackden Edge, Kinder”

Wreckage at the crash site of Airspeed Oxford Mk.I LX518 on Featherbed Moss, Outer Edge, Margary Hill

18th October 1943
Oxford Mk.I LX518
No.21 (P)AFU, RAF
Margary Hill, Derwent Valley

At 20:45pm on the 18th October 1943 P/O Denis Kyne took off from Wheaton Aston, which is between Stafford and Telford, for a solo night cross country navigation flight along … Continue reading “1943-10-18|Oxford Mk.I|LX518|No.21 (P)AFU, RAF|Margary Hill, Derwent Valley”

10th December 1943
Spitfire Mk.IIA
No.53 OTU, RAF
Rushup Edge, Edale

Accident report photograph of the crash site of Lockheed P-38J 62-67480 at Cronkstone Grange, Buxton, Derbyshire

11th December 1943
P-38J 42-67480
Cronkstone, Buxton

On the 11th December 1943 2nd Lt Guy Senesac was tasked with ferrying a P-38J Lightning from Warton near Preston to Kingscliffe in Northamptonshire. Part way into the flight the … Continue reading “1943-12-11|P-38J|42-67480|27th ATG, USAAF|Cronkstone, Buxton”

Undercarriage oleo at the crash site of Consolidated PB4Y-1 63949 on Broken Ground, Mossley

18th December 1943
PB4Y-1 Liberator 63934
VB110, USN
Broken Ground, Mossley

The crew had been carrying out an anti U-Boat patrol over the Bay of Biscay from their home station at Dunkeswell in Devon. On returning they found that the station … Continue reading “1943-12-18|PB4Y-1 Liberator|63934|VB110, USN|Broken Ground, Mossley”

Small piece of wreckage at the crash site of Lockheed P-38J 42-67670 on Strines Moor near Leek, Staffordshire

22nd December 1943
P-38J 42-67670
Strines Moor, Leek

On the 22nd December 1943 2nd Lt Senesac of the 310th Ferry Squadron, 27th Air Transport Group, was tasked to fly a Lockheed P-38J from Warton near Preston to King’s … Continue reading “1943-12-22|P-38J|42-67670|27th ATG, USAAF|Strines Moor, Leek”

C-47 Dakota

13th January 1944
C-53D 42-68728
435th TCG, USAAF
Ossoms Hill, Grindon

The aircraft, a C-53D Skytrooper (dedicated paratroop variant of the Dakota), was flying from Langar, near Nottingham, to Burtonwood, near Warrington, during the early afternoon of the 13th January 1944 … Continue reading “1944-01-13|C-53D|42-68728|435th TCG, USAAF|Ossoms Hill, Grindon”

Memorial Plaque in memory of the crew of Wellington BJ652 in Middleton by Youlgreave, Derbyshire

21st January 1944
Wellington Mk.III BJ652
No.27 OTU, RAF
Smerrill, Youlgreave

The crew of 6 Australians were flying a 3.5 hour night cross country flight from RAF Church Broughton near Derby, a satellite to No.27 OTU’s main base at Lichfield. Their … Continue reading “1944-01-21|Wellington Mk.III|BJ652|No.27 OTU, RAF|Smerrill, Youlgreave”

Wreckage at the crash site of Airspeed Oxford Mk.I LX745 on Shining Tor, Derbyshire

12th March 1944
Oxford Mk.I LX745
No.11 (P)AFU, RAF
Shining Tor, Buxton

The aircraft was being used for a night cross country exercise from RAF Calveley near Nantwich. The briefed route was to have been Calveley – Wrexham – Lichfield – Calveley … Continue reading “1944-03-12|Oxford Mk.I|LX745|No.11 (P)AFU, RAF|Shining Tor, Buxton”

20th March 1944
Anson Mk.I DJ680
No.2 (O)AFU, RAF
Hobson Moor, Hollingworth

The flight was recorded as being a Navigation Training exercise from RAF Millom in south west Cumbria, while flying in low cloud at 07:15 the aircraft struck Hollingworth Moor. The … Continue reading “1944-03-20|Anson Mk.I|DJ680|No.2 (O)AFU, RAF|Hobson Moor, Hollingworth”

21st March 1944
Spitfire Mk.Vb W3569
No.316 Sqn, RAF
Bosley Cloud, Cheshire

The pilot was on a training flight from RAF Woodvale near Southport when he suffered from engines trouble and attempted to force land but the aircraft crashed during the attempt … Continue reading “1944-03-21|Spitfire Mk.Vb|W3569|No.316 Sqn, RAF|Bosley Cloud, Cheshire”

Crash site of Armstrong Whitworth Albemarle P1463 at Bradbourne near Ashbourne, Derbyshire

30th March 1944
Albemarle G.T. Mk.I P1463
No.42 OTU, RAF
Bradbourne, Ashbourne

P/O Revitt was tasked with providing dual night training to the two trainee pilots, being what was termed a “screened pilot” with the pupils actually flying the aircraft. They had … Continue reading “1944-03-30|Albemarle G.T. Mk.I|P1463|No.42 OTU, RAF|Bradbourne, Ashbourne”

Wreckage of Lockheed P-38J Lightning 42-67207 on Tintwhistle Knarr, Derbyshire

10th May 1944
P-38J 42-67207
496th FTG, USAAF
Tintwhistle Knarr, Longdendale

During the morning of the 10th May 1944 Flt Off Hugh Jones took off from Goxhill near Grimsby to take part in a cine gun / single engine flying exercise … Continue reading “1944-05-10|P-38J|42-67207|496th FTG, USAAF|Tintwhistle Knarr, Longdendale”

Crash site of Short Stirling LK502 at Cliffe Park, Rudyard, Leek

27th May 1944
Stirling Mk.III LK502
No.1654 HCU, RAF
Cliffe Park, Leek

The crew were on a night cross country exercise from RAF Wigsley, with one of the objectives being to take a night photogaph of the Menai Bridge between Bangor and … Continue reading “1944-05-27|Stirling Mk.III|LK502|No.1654 HCU, RAF|Cliffe Park, Leek”

Recovery of the main undercarriage oleo from the crash site of Short Stirling LJ628 on Upper Commons, Langsett

21st June 1944
Stirling Mk.III LJ628
No.1654 HCU, RAF
Upper Commons, Howden Moors

On the 24th January 2005 the aircraft was recovered for the Stirling Project by Chinook. The aircraft involved was Chinook H.C. Mk.2A ZH893 of No.27 Sqn. Below are some images … Continue reading “1944-06-21|Stirling Mk.III|LJ628|No.1654 HCU, RAF|Upper Commons, Howden Moors”

crash site of Hawker Hurricane V6793 on Fleet Green, Merryton Low, near Leek, Staffordshire

27th July 1944
Hurricane Mk.I V6793
No.5 (P)AFU, RAF
Merryton Low, Leek

Hawker Hurricane Mk.I V6793 of No.5 (P)AFU dived into the ground at Merryton near Leek, on the 27th July 1944 while flying from Tern Hill on an aerobatics and sector reconnaissance exercise   Roswell Howard Tourle Martin Flight Sergeant RNZAF Pilot Killed  

Wrecked aircraft in a photograph from the accident report, Consolidated B-24 42-52625, Brown Edge, Staffordshire

15th August 1944
B-24H 42-52625
406th BS, USAAF
Brown Edge, Endon

After take off from Warton the crew could not raise the aircraft’s undercarriage, while attempting to resolve this problem the aircraft stated to bank to the left and lose height, … Continue reading “1944-08-15|B-24H|42-52625|406th BS, USAAF|Brown Edge, Endon”

Crash site of Noorduyn UC-64A Norseman 43-35439 on Shining Tor, Derbyshire

24th September 1944
UC-64A 43-35439
10th AD Group, USAAF
Shining Tor, Buxton

On the 29th September 1944 2nd Lt Fredrickson was tasked with a liaison flight from Burtonwood near Warrington to RAF Winthorpe near Newark on Trent in Nottinghamshire and back.  He … Continue reading “1944-09-24|UC-64A|43-35439|10th AD Group, USAAF|Shining Tor, Buxton”

Crash site of Republic P-47C Thunderbolt 41-6628 at Thorncliffe near Leek, Staffordshire

3rd October 1944
P-47C 41-6628
495th FTG, USAAF
Thorncliffe, Leek

The photograph above shows Quentin J. Sella shortly after receiving his commission in February 1944, this appeared with his obituary in the Grand Rapids Press (one of the newspapers from … Continue reading “1944-10-03|P-47C|41-6628|495th FTG, USAAF|Thorncliffe, Leek”

Crash site of Consolidated B-24H 42-94841 on Twizle Head Moss, Holmfirth

9th October 1944
B-24H 42-94841
492nd BG, USAAF
Twizle Head Moss, Holmfirth

The crew were on a cross country training flight from their home station at Harrington, near Kettering. The route was to have been Base – Goole – Huddersfield – Stafford … Continue reading “1944-10-09|B-24H|42-94841|492nd BG, USAAF|Twizle Head Moss, Holmfirth”

Remains of a Pratt & Whitney Twin Wasp engine at the crash site of Consolidated B-24 Liberator 42-52003, Mill Hill, Hayfield, Derbyshire

11th October 1944
B-24J 42-52003
Mill Hill, Glossop

The aircraft was being ferried from Burtonwood to Hardwick by a two man ferry crew on the 11th October 1944, the two men took off in the aircraft from Burtonwood … Continue reading “1944-10-11|B-24J|42-52003|27th ATG, USAAF|Mill Hill, Glossop”

Wreckage at the crash site of de Havilland Mosquito PF395 at Dean Rocks near Dovestones Reservoir, Greenfield

22nd October 1944
Mosquito Mk.XVI PF395
No.571 Sqn, RAF
Dean Rocks, Dovestones

The crew of the aircraft had successfully completed their raid on Hamburg and were returning to RAF Oakington near Cambridge when the port engine failed due to a cylinder head … Continue reading “1944-10-22|Mosquito Mk.XVI|PF395|No.571 Sqn, RAF|Dean Rocks, Dovestones”

Wreckage at the crash site of Airspeed Oxford Mk.I HN429 on Axe Edge near Buxton

3rd November 1944
Oxford Mk.I HN429
No.11 (P)AFU, RAF
Axe Edge, Buxton

On the 3rd November 1944 the crew of three boarded (including an instructor) HN429 for a Beam Approach training exercise from RAF Cranage in Cheshire where No.1531 Beam Approach Training … Continue reading “1944-11-03|Oxford Mk.I|HN429|No.11 (P)AFU, RAF|Axe Edge, Buxton”

Crash site of North American Harvard Mk.IIB FT442 on Shining Tor, Buxton, Derbyshire

30th November 1944
Harvard Mk.IIB FT442
No.5 (P)AFU, RAF
Shining Tor, Buxton

On the 30th November 1944, Sergeant Julius Sofranko, a Czechoslovakian who had joined the RAF Volunteer Reserve, took off from RAF Ternhill piloting Harvard FT442 on a solo cross country … Continue reading “1944-11-30|Harvard Mk.IIB|FT442|No.5 (P)AFU, RAF|Shining Tor, Buxton”

Armstrong Siddeley engine at the crash site of Avro Anson Mk.I N9853 on Edale Moor, Kinder Scout

11th December 1944
Anson Mk.I N9853
No.16 FTS, RAF
Edale Moor, Kinder

The pilot was flying a number of the staff from the No.16 (Polish) Flying Training School base at Newton in Nottinghamshire to RAF Millom on the Cumbrian coast. While in … Continue reading “1944-12-11|Anson Mk.I|N9853|No.16 FTS, RAF|Edale Moor, Kinder”

Crash site of Douglas C-47A 41-38608 at Dawson Farm, Bosley, Cheshire in 1944

22nd December 1944
C-47A 41-38608
363rd TRG, USAAF
Bosley, Macclesfield

The aircraft was being used to ferry supplies from Burtonwood to Le Culot (Y-10) in France via Grove near Wantage in Oxfordshire, along with a small number of passengers. The … Continue reading “1944-12-22|C-47A|41-38608|363rd TRG, USAAF|Bosley, Macclesfield”

Memorial at the crash site of Boeing B-17G 43-38944 on Birchenough Hill, Wildboarclough, Cheshire

2nd January 1945
B-17G 43-38944
398th BG, USAAF
Birchenough Hill, Wildboarclough

1st Lt De Cleene and the crew flying with him were all from the 398th and had flown over to Burtonwood to collect a new replacement aircraft for one which … Continue reading “1945-01-02|B-17G|43-38944|398th BG, USAAF|Birchenough Hill, Wildboarclough”

Crash site of Douglas A-20G Havoc 43-9958 at Flash near Leek, Staffordshire

3rd January 1945
A-20G 43-9958
Flash, Leek

The aircraft was being ferried by a pilot from the 310th Ferry Squadron, 27th Air Transport Group from Stanstead to Burtonwood. His route was meant to have been Stanstead – … Continue reading “1945-01-03|A-20G|43-9958|27th ATG, USAAF|Flash, Leek”

Crash site of Avro Lancaster NF908 on the Roaches near Leek, Staffordshire

3rd January 1945
Lancaster Mk.I NF908
No.467 Sqn, RAAF
The Roaches, Leek

The crew of NF908 had not been at No.467 Sqn for long, being posted in from No.5 Lancaster Finishing School in at the beginning of December 1944. Though from available … Continue reading “1945-01-03|Lancaster Mk.I|NF908|No.467 Sqn, RAAF|The Roaches, Leek”

Accident report photograph of Douglas C-47 42-93683

21st January 1945
C-47A 42-93683
Nr Buxton, Derbyshire

The crew were on a daytime training flight from Chalgrove in Oxfordshire, described as Contact Round Robin Flight, with 4 other aircraft.  Their route took them from Chalgrove to Bury … Continue reading “1945-01-21|C-47A|42-93683|9th TCG, USAAF|Nr Buxton, Derbyshire”

Wreckage of Hawker Hurricane PZ765, PZ851 and PZ854, at the crash site on Tintwhistle Knarr, Longdendale

22nd February 1945
Hurricane Mk.IIC PZ851, PZ765 & PZ854
No.11 (P)AFU, RAF
Tintwhistle Knarr, Longdendale

The flight of three aircraft had taken off  at 10:00 from RAF Calveley near Nantwich with F/Sgt Marien leading the flight. They had been tasked with practicing formation flying and … Continue reading “1945-02-22|Hurricane Mk.IIC|PZ851, PZ765 & PZ854|No.11 (P)AFU, RAF|Tintwhistle Knarr, Longdendale”

de Havilland Mosquito

2nd March 1945
Mosquito Mk.XX KB206
Cheddleton, Leek

de Havilland Mosquito Mk.XX KB206 of the Pathfinder Navigation Training Unit, crashed near Cheddleton, Staffordshire, on the 2nd March 1945 The two crew were undergoing training to be posted to … Continue reading “1945-03-02|Mosquito Mk.XX|KB206|PFFNTU, RAF|Cheddleton, Leek”

The crash site of Airspeed Oxford Mk.I NM683 on Rushup Edge, Edale, Derbyshire

4th March 1945
Oxford Mk.I NM683
Rushup Edge, Edale

As is shown above all four aircrew were holders of Distinguished Flying Crosses, and were experienced in their individual trades. The crew were briefed for a day time cross country … Continue reading “1945-03-04|Oxford Mk.I|NM683|PFFNTU, RAF|Rushup Edge, Edale”

Crash site of Percival Proctor HM324 near Hargatewall, Buxton, Derbyshire

5th March 1945
Proctor Mk.III HM324
Hargatehill, Buxton

The crash occurred while the aircraft was flying in low cloud, records state that the pilot may have been attempting to break through the cloud trying to pinpoint his position … Continue reading “1945-03-05|Proctor Mk.III|HM324|MCS, RAF|Hargatehill, Buxton”

Tiny fragments of wreckage found at the crash site of Airspeed Oxford L4601 on Shutlingsloe, Wildboarclough, Cheshire

4th April 1945
Oxford Mk.I L4601
Shutlingsloe, Wildboarclough

The aircraft was being used for a day cross country flight from RAF Cranwell in Lincolnshire. The aircraft had taken off from Cranwell at about 09:30 and had flown for … Continue reading “1945-04-04|Oxford Mk.I|L4601|No.17 SFTS, RAF|Shutlingsloe, Wildboarclough”

Crash site of Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress 43-37667 on Meltham Moor, West Yorkshire

6th April 1945
B-17G 43-37667
447th BG, USAAF
Meltham Moor, Marsden

The aircraft was on a test flight to put hours onto new engines which had been fitted to the aircraft. The flight was from Rattlesden near Stowmarket in Suffolk.  The … Continue reading “1945-04-06|B-17G|43-37667|447th BG, USAAF|Meltham Moor, Marsden”

Wreckage at the crash site of de Havilland Tiger Moth T6464 on Blindstones Moss, Chew Brook, Oldham

12th April 1945
Tiger Moth Mk.II T6464
Blindstones Moss, Dovestones

The pilot had taken off from Sealand at 09:50 for a cross-country flight, just over 1.5 hours into the flight the pilot lost control of the aircraft in cloud and … Continue reading “1945-04-12|Tiger Moth Mk.II|T6464|No.24 EFTS, RAF|Blindstones Moss, Dovestones”

Wreckage at the crash site of Avro Lancaster KB993 on James Thorn, Bleaklow, Derbyshire

18th May 1945
Lancaster Mk.X KB993
No.408 Sqn, RCAF
James Thorn, Bleaklow

The aircraft was flying from RAF Linton-on-Ouse and had earlier been carrying out bumps and circuits but the crew became tired of this and decided to fly around the local … Continue reading “1945-05-18|Lancaster Mk.X|KB993|No.408 Sqn, RCAF|James Thorn, Bleaklow”

The crash site of North American P-51D Mustang 44-64084 near Glossop, Derbyshire

29th May 1945
P-51D 44-64084
Nr Glossop, Derbyshire

The aircraft flew into rising ground at high speed while the pilot was attempting to get below low cloud to ascertain his position. Witnesses saw the aircraft perform a sharp … Continue reading “1945-05-29|P-51D|44-64084|4th FG, USAAF|Nr Glossop, Derbyshire”

Wreckage at the crash site of North American P-51D Mustang 44-72181 on Castleshaw Moor, Oldham

29th May 1945
P-51D 44-72181
Castleshaw Moor, Oldham

North American P-51D Mustang 44-72181 / VF-S ‘Sunny VIII’ of the 366th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group, crashed on Castleshaw Moor 29th May 1945 while being ferried from Debden to Speke   Harold H. Fredericks 1st Lieutenant Pilot Killed  

de Havilland Tiger Moth

9th July 1945
Tiger Moth Mk.II
Bradfield, Sheffield

Wreckage at the crash site of Douglas C-47 42-108982 on Shelf Moor, Bleaklow

24th July 1945
C-47A 42-108982
314th TCG, USAAF
Shelf Moor, Bleaklow

The aircraft was being flown on a transport flight from airfield B.44 at Poix, to the SW of Amiens, in France to Renfrew. It had stopped at Leicester East and … Continue reading “1945-07-24|C-47A|42-108982|314th TCG, USAAF|Shelf Moor, Bleaklow”

Alan with the remains of Fariey Barracuda MD963 above Redbrook Clough, Marsden, West Yorkshire

29th July 1945
Barracuda Mk.III MD963
RNAS Dunino Stn Flt, RN
Redbrook Clough, Marsden

Fairey Barracuda MD963 of the RNAS Dunino Station Flight, crashed at Close Moss, Redbrook Clough on Sunday 29th July 1945. The aircraft was flying from Donibristle near Dunfermline   George Henry Ambler Sub-Lieutenant Pilot Killed  

Armstrong Siddeley engine at the crash site of Avro Anson NL185, The Cloughs, Kinder Scout, Edale

23rd November 1945
Anson Mk.XI NL185
Halton HQ Flt, RAF
The Cloughs, Edale

On the 23rd November 1945 Wing Commander Speare was on a ferry flight from RAF Halton near High Wycombe to Feltwell near Thetford. For an unknown reason he had flown … Continue reading “1945-11-23|Anson Mk.XI|NL185|Halton HQ Flt, RAF|The Cloughs, Edale”

Crash site of Airspeed Oxford Mk.I HN594 on Brown Knoll between Chinley and Edale, Derbyshire

28th December 1945
Oxford Mk.I HN594
No.21 (P)AFU, RAF
Brown Knoll, Edale

One of the two pilots, Ted Croker, went on in life to play football for Charlton Athletic, who he was already playing for in 1945, and be Chief Executive of … Continue reading “1945-12-28|Oxford Mk.I|HN594|No.21 (P)AFU, RAF|Brown Knoll, Edale”

Crash site of Airspeed Oxford Mk.I LX673 in Wildboarclough near Macclesfield, Cheshire

11th January 1946
Oxford Mk.I LX673
No.21 (P)AFU, RAF
Wildboarclough, Macclesfield

The pupil pilot was receiving training in the use of Standard Beam Approach equipment and had been airborne from Wheaton Aston for some 37 minutes when, at 09:45 the aircraft … Continue reading “1946-01-11|Oxford Mk.I|LX673|No.21 (P)AFU, RAF|Wildboarclough, Macclesfield”

Memorial at the crash site of Handley Page Halifax RT922 at Grindon, Staffordshire

13th February 1947
Halifax A. Mk.9 RT922
No.47 Sqn, RAF
Grindon Moor, Leek

The winter of 1946 / 1947 saw some of the heaviest snowfall recorded in England, it was particularly bad in the areas of high ground with many villages in the … Continue reading “1947-02-13|Halifax A. Mk.9|RT922|No.47 Sqn, RAF|Grindon Moor, Leek”

North American Harvard Mk.2B

7th August 1947
Harvard Mk.2B KF954
Nr Buxton, Derbyshire

AC2 Wright had taken off for a cross country flight at 11:15 and at some point became disorientated, unable to locate his position he decided to make a forced landing. … Continue reading “1947-08-07|Harvard Mk.2B|KF954|No.6 FTS, RAF|Nr Buxton, Derbyshire”

Wright Cyclone engines at the crash site of RB-29A 44-61999 close to Higher Shelf Stones, Bleaklow

3rd November 1948
RB-29A 44-61999
91st RG, USAF
Higher Shelf Stones, Bleaklow

On the 3rd November 1948 RB-29A 44-61999 was being used for a flight from Scampton near Lincoln to Burtonwood near Warrington, a flight of less than a hour.  Low cloud … Continue reading “1948-11-03|RB-29A|44-61999|91st RG, USAF|Higher Shelf Stones, Bleaklow”

Wreckage at the crash site of Avro Lancaster PA411 on Tintwhistle Knarr, Longdendale, Derbyshire

21st December 1948
Lancaster Mk.1 PA411
No.230 OCU, RAF
Tintwhistle Knarr, Longdendale

The crew had taken off from RAF Lindholme near Doncaster during the night of the 20th December for a Night Familiarisation exercise, this was to have been largely local flying. … Continue reading “1948-12-21|Lancaster Mk.1|PA411|No.230 OCU, RAF|Tintwhistle Knarr, Longdendale”

Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XVIII

25th June 1949
Spitfire F. Mk.22 PK488
No.502 Sqn, RAuxAF
Parwich, Ashbourne

The parent unit of the aircraft, No. 502 Sqn, was stationed at RAF Aldergrove in Northern Ireland. Each summer the whole Squadron would attend a practice camp where they could … Continue reading “1949-06-25|Spitfire F. Mk.22|PK488|No.502 Sqn, RAuxAF|Parwich, Ashbourne”

Wreckage at the crash site of Supermarine Seafire Sp325 and SX314 on Tagsclough Hill, Wildboarclough, Cheshire

16th July 1949
Seafire F. Mk.17 SP325 & SX314
No.1831 Sqn, RN
Wildboarclough, Macclesfield

Supermarine Seafire F.Mk.17s SP325 and SX314 of No.1831 Sqn, RN, crashed after mid-air collision near Wildboarclough 16th July 1949 while flying from RNAS Stretton near Warrington   Edward Hugh Ramsden Eccles Lieutenant Pilot (SX314) Killed Frank James Dyke Lieutenant Pilot (SP325) Killed  

Crash site of Douglas Dakota G-AHCY at Wimberry Stones, Greenfield

19th August 1949
Dakota G-AHCY
British European Airways
Wimberry Stones, Greenfield

The aircraft had been built for the RAF and carried the serial number KG348, it had also been issued with a USAAF serial when it was built, this was 42-92543. … Continue reading “1949-08-19|Dakota|G-AHCY|British European Airways|Wimberry Stones, Greenfield”

Crash site of Gloster Meteor RA487 on Hagg Side in the Derwent Valley, Derbyshire

8th December 1950
Meteor F. Mk.4 RA487
No.66 Sqn, RAF
Hagg Side, Derwent Valley

The pilot was on a night cross country navigation exercise from RAF Linton-on-Ouse near York when he became lost. As his fuel supply ran low Sgt Harrington attempted to force … Continue reading “1950-12-08|Meteor F. Mk.4|RA487|No.66 Sqn, RAF|Hagg Side, Derwent Valley”

Armstrong Siddeley Cheetah engine at the crash site of Airspeed Consul (Oxford) TF-RPM on Crow Stone Edge, Howden Moors

12th April 1951
Consul TF-RPM
Icelandic Airline
Crow Stone Edge, Howden Moors

The aircraft was being ferried from Croydon to Iceland via Liverpool and Prestwick.  The crew became disorientated in cloud and flew into high ground. The aircraft was built as an … Continue reading “1951-04-12|Consul|TF-RPM|Icelandic Airline|Crow Stone Edge, Howden Moors”

Tail section at the crash site of Gloster Meteor VZ518 & WA791 on Slidden Moss, Longdendale

12th April 1951
Meteor F. Mk.8 WA791 & VZ518
No.66 Sqn, RAF
Sliddens Moss, Black Hill

At 9:15am on Thursday 12th April 1951 a flight of four Meteor jet aircraft took off from RAF Linton-on-Ouse near York for a training flight.  Flying the lead pair were … Continue reading “1951-04-12|Meteor F. Mk.8|WA791 & VZ518|No.66 Sqn, RAF|Sliddens Moss, Black Hill”

de Havilland Canada Chipmunk WB579 the day after it crashed on Arnfield Moor, Tintwhistle

3rd July 1951
Chipmunk T. Mk.10 WB579
Arnfield Moor, Tintwhistle

The events leading up to the accident and the aftermath are described below by Harry Wright, as recalled in December 2004. “The weather on the day was rather cloudy with … Continue reading “1951-07-03|Chipmunk T. Mk.10|WB579|No.2 RFS, RAF|Arnfield Moor, Tintwhistle”

Wreckage at the crash site of de Havilland Vampire WA400 on Strines Moor near Sheffield in 2004

25th July 1951
Vampire F.B. Mk.5 WA400
No.102 FTS, RAF
Strines Moor, Bradfield

The pilot was on a training flight from RAF Finningly near Doncaster when he became disorientated.  As he had been airborne for some time the aircraft had used up almost … Continue reading “1951-07-25|Vampire F.B. Mk.5|WA400|No.102 FTS, RAF|Strines Moor, Bradfield”

Wreckage near the crash site of North American Harvard Mk.2b FT415 on the Wool Packs, Kinder

14th January 1952
Harvard Mk.2B FT415
No.22 FTS, RAF
Wool Packs, Kinder

The pilot of the aircraft was a trainee Fleet Air Arm pilot who was carrying out flying training with the RAF. This was fairly common in the 1950s, No.22 FTS … Continue reading “1952-01-14|Harvard Mk.2B|FT415|No.22 FTS, RAF|Wool Packs, Kinder”

Auster Mk.III

20th September 1952
Auster J1 Autocrat G-ALUE
Axe Edge Moor, Buxton

The two men, both from the Stockport area had flown the aircraft from Barton (where the aircraft was registered to Light Planes (Lancashire) Ltd) to Lympne in Kent. They were … Continue reading “1952-09-20|Auster J1 Autocrat|G-ALUE|Civil|Axe Edge Moor, Buxton”

Small pieces of wreckage found at the crash site of Vickers Wellington Mk.10 MF627 on Rod Moor, Sheffield

22nd October 1952
Wellington T. Mk.10 MF627
Rod Moor, Sheffield

Vickers Wellington T. Mk.10 MF627 of No. 6 Air Navigation School RAF, crashed on Rod Moor near Sheffield on the 22nd October 1952 whilst on a night navigation exercise from RAF Lichfield   Reginald Keith Sergeant Pilot OK David Edward Ward Pilot Officer Navigator (u/t) Injured John Brian Sunley Thirkell Pilot Officer Navigator (u/t) OK … Continue reading “1952-10-22|Wellington T. Mk.10|MF627|No.6 ANS, RAF|Rod Moor, Sheffield”

Crash site of North American Harvard FX306 at Foolow, Derbyshire

10th December 1952
Harvard Mk.2B FX306
Foolow, Tideswell

The pilot was on a “Circuits, Landings and Local Map Reading” exercise from RAF Ternhill. He had taken off at 09:40 and remained out of contact until 10:45 when he … Continue reading “1952-12-10|Harvard Mk.2B|FX306|No.6 FTS, RAF|Foolow, Tideswell”

Crash site of de Havilland Vampire VV602, Wildboarclough, Macclesfield, Cheshire

1st May 1954
Vampire F.B. Mk.5 VV602
No.613 Sqn, RAuxAF
Wildboarclough, Macclesfield

The aircraft was an English Electric built example of the Vampire F.B. Mk.5 and was equipped with the de Havilland Goblin Mk.2 centrifugal flow turbojet. It had been built at … Continue reading “1954-05-01|Vampire F.B. Mk.5|VV602|No.613 Sqn, RAuxAF|Wildboarclough, Macclesfield”

Wing from Canadair Sabre XD730 near the crash site on Ashop Moor, Derbyshire

22nd July 1954
Sabre F. Mk.6 XD707 & XD730
No.66 Sqn, RAF
Ashop Moor, Kinder

The aircraft were returning to RAF Linton-on-Ouse near York form an unsuccessful interception exercise during Exercise Dividend when they appear to have either collided in cloud or flown into the … Continue reading “1954-07-22|Sabre F. Mk.6|XD707 & XD730|No.66 Sqn, RAF|Ashop Moor, Kinder”

Crash site of Sabre 19234 on Black Hill, Holmefirth in October 2007

14th December 1954
Sabre 2 19234
No.137 (T) Flt, RCAF
Black Hill, Holmfirth

During the mid-1950s a large number of RCAF Sabres were re-conditioned at Ringway before they were transferred to other NATO air forces. At the time of this crash the larger … Continue reading “1954-12-14|Sabre 2|19234|No.137 (T) Flt, RCAF|Black Hill, Holmfirth”

Memorial unveiling close to the crash site of Gloster Meteor WE904 at Millthorpe near Chesterfield, Derbyshire

12th May 1955
Meteor F. Mk.8 WE904
No.211 FTS, RAF
Millthorpe, Chesterfield

On the 12th May 2005 a memorial was unveiled by the sister of the pilot in the village of Millthorpe commemorating his death. The pilot had taken off to carry … Continue reading “1955-05-12|Meteor F. Mk.8|WE904|No.211 FTS, RAF|Millthorpe, Chesterfield”

Wreckage at the crash site of de Havilland Canada L-20A Beaver 52-6145

5th December 1956
L-20A 52-6145
81st FBW, USAF
Bramah Edge, Bleaklow

The aircraft was flying from Sculthorpe near Fakenham in Norfolk to Burtonwood so the passenger, also a pilot, could pick up an F-84 which had been at Burtonwood for maintenance … Continue reading “1956-12-05|L-20A|52-6145|81st FBW, USAF|Bramah Edge, Bleaklow”

Crash site of Avro Shackleton M.R. Mk.3 WR970 at Foolow, Tideswell, Derbyshire

7th December 1956
Shackleton M.R. Mk.3 WR970
Foolow, Tideswell

At 10:42 on the 7th December 1956 WR970 took off from Woodford airfield and flew one and half circuits of the airfield before flying in an easterly direction and climbing … Continue reading “1956-12-07|Shackleton M.R. Mk.3|WR970|Avro|Foolow, Tideswell”

Miles Hawk G-AJSF before it crashed

29th July 1957
Hawk Trainer Mk.3 G-AJSF
Blackpool & Fylde Aero Club
Kinder Low End

Miles Hawk Trainer Mk.3 G-AJSF, flew into Kinder Low End on the 29th July 1957 whilst flying from Squires Gate, Blackpool, to Barton aerodrome in west Manchester, the flight should have lasted only 15 minutes but a 30 knot tail wind caused the aircraft to overshoot its destination in cloud   William Warburton Hall Mr … Continue reading “1957-07-29|Hawk Trainer Mk.3|G-AJSF|Blackpool & Fylde Aero Club|Kinder Low End”

Crash site of de Havilland Vampire T. Mk.11 XE866 on Stanage Edge near Hathersage, Derbyshire

7th August 1957
Vampire T. Mk.11 XE866
Stanage Edge, Hathersage

At 07:50 on the 8th August 1957 Flying Officers Jones and Brett took off in Vampire XE866 for a training flight from RAF Worksop. F/O Brett, under the instruction of … Continue reading “1957-08-07|Vampire T. Mk.11|XE866|No.4 FTS, RAF|Stanage Edge, Hathersage”

Site where the port wing of Canberra WT207 landed in Lathkill Dale, Derbyshire

9th April 1958
Canberra B. Mk.6 WT207
No.76 Sqn, RAF
Monyash, Derbyshire

The aircraft was being used by Napier on secondment from No.76 Squadron for high altitude testing of the Double Scorpion rocket motor, it was normally flown from Cranfield near Milton … Continue reading “1958-04-09|Canberra B. Mk.6|WT207|No.76 Sqn, RAF|Monyash, Derbyshire”

Crash site of de Havilland Dragon Rapide G-ALBC on Kinder Scout near Edale, Derbyshire

30th December 1963
Dragon Rapide G-ALBC
Solair Flying Services
Edale Moor, Kinder

de Havilland Dragon Rapide G-ALBC, Crashed near the summit of Kinder Scout on the 30th December 1963 when the aircraft was caught by a down draught while flying from Middle St George (now Teeside airport) to Ringway   Dennis Holmes Captain Pilot Injured John McWhirter Mr Co-pilot Injured  

McDonnell RF-4C Phantom 64-1018 at RAF Alconbury

6th May 1970
RF-4C 64-1018
10th TRW, USAF
Unthank Plantation, Millthorpe

RF-4C Phantom 64-1018 of the 1st Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron / 10th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing USAFE based at RAF Alconbury near Huntingdon, crashed at Unthank Plantation near Millthorpe, Dronfield on the 6th May 1970 after suffering engine problems, both crew ejected from the aircraft   Donald Tokar Major Pilot Injured Peter Dunn Major Navigator OK  

Crash site of Cessna G-BFRP on Broadlee Bank Tor above Edale

25th October 1983
Cessna 150 G-BFRP
Broadlee Bank Tor, Edale

The aircraft was being used for a night training flight from Manchester Airport with a student pilot and an instructor onboard. Most of the planned flight had been accomplished and … Continue reading “1983-10-25|Cessna 150|G-BFRP|Civil|Broadlee Bank Tor, Edale”

13th May 1984
Bell 206B Jetranger
Norman Bailey Helicopters
Nr. Parwich, Ashbourne

Crash site of Hawker Hunter T. Mk.7 G-BTYL (XL595) on Broomhead Moor, South Yorkshire

11th June 1993
Hunter T. Mk.7 G-BTYL
Cubitt Aviation
Broomhead Moor, Bradfield

The owner of the aircraft, a commercial pilot with over 5,500 hours of experience, normally flew from Foulsham, in Norfolk, but kept G-BTYL at RAF Coltishall as there were better … Continue reading “1993-06-11|Hunter T. Mk.7|G-BTYL|Cubitt Aviation|Broomhead Moor, Bradfield”

Crash site of Pierre Robin R1180TD G-CRAN at Staden Industrial Estate, Buxton

14th June 1996
R1180TD Aiglon G-CRAN
Staden, Buxton

Mr Smith was flying two of his daughters and one of their friends around the Buxton area, the occasion was the 11th birthday of his daughter Mary.  The aircraft was … Continue reading “1996-06-14|R1180TD Aiglon|G-CRAN|Civil|Staden, Buxton”

24th October 1997
Bell 206B Jetranger
Yorkshire Helicopter Centre
William Clough, Kinder

Crash site of Flight Design CTSW G-CFAZ on Saddleworth Moor, Oldham

9th October 2008
Flight Design CTSW G-CFAZ
Saddleworth Moor, Oldham

The aircraft, which was registered as a microlight and owned by a consortium, was being flown from Barton to Shacklewell Lodge in Rutland when it dived into the moorland after … Continue reading “2008-10-09|Flight Design CTSW|G-CFAZ|Civil|Saddleworth Moor, Oldham”