Avro Anson Mk.I L7968 of the Central Navigation School crashed near Buxton, on the 15th October 1942 while on a night navigation exercise from RAF Cranage


Paul Joseph Woodcock Sergeant RAFVR Pilot Killed
James Munro Matheson Sergeant RCAF Navigator (Pilot) Killed
Richard James Reay Sergeant RCAF Navigator (Pilot) Killed
William Gordon Dale Sergeant RAFVR Wireless Op. / Air gunner Killed


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 around Buxton.  Before they were able to correct this error the aircraft struck the hillside killing all those on board.

The two Canadians onboard were qualiied pilots, but were onboard as navigators.

The view towards the crash site of Avro Anson Mk.I L7968 near Buxton, Derbyshire
Above is the view looking towards where the aircraft crashed, very little was found when we visited the crash site, if the aircraft had been a little higher it would have cleared the hill.
Grave of Sergeant William Gordon Dale at Worsley St Mark Church
Sergeant William Dale was buried at Worsley St Mark churchyard, above is his grave.