Miles Master Mk.I T8324 of No.5 Flying Training School, RAF, crashed near Hathersage on the 25th March 1941


Edward John Marsland Atherton Leading Aircraftman Pilot Killed


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.

LAC Atherton's grave at Horwich Ridgmont Cemetery.
Grave of Leading Aircraftman Edward John Marsland Atherton at Horwich Ridgmont Cemetery, Lancashire

The location has been recorded in a number of areas, No.16 Balloon Centre at Sheffield recorded the location in their Operations Record Book as Bamford Edge while more recently a possible location of Burbage Moor has been suggested. However both of these locations have proven to be incorrect as the pilots death was registered in the Outseats parish, withing the Bakewell district. The parish of Bamford, which includes all of Bamford Edge, is in the Chapel en le Frith district and Burbage Moor is in the Sheffield registration district. The present Derbyshire / Yorkshire boundary in the Hathersage area was defined before the outbreak of World War 2.

So far the crash site has not been positively determined by anyone since WW2.