Oxford Mk.I EB717 / XT of No.11 (P)AFU RAF crashed on Burbage Edge near Buxton on 12th May 1943 while on a cross country flight from Wheaton Aston around dawn
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 west of Stafford. His route was to have been Wheaton Aston – Shawbury – Condover – Wheaton Aston, this triangular route was a distance of just over 50 miles. At some point Sgt Wilson became disorientated, whether he missed one of his waypoints or saw one of the other airfields in the area is unknown, and ended up flying North East. As the sun was coming into view the aircraft was seen circling over Buxton, shortly afterwards the aircraft flew west into low cloud and struck a dry stone wall which runs the length of Burbage Edge. The stone wall destroyed the forward end of the aircraft killing the lone occupant, the aircraft broke up as it travelled across the moor land for another 30 to 40 yards.
The Investigating Officer from No.21 Group concluded that the pilot had set the wrong course on his final leg from Condover back to Wheaton Aston.