Percival Proctor Mk.III HM324 of the Metropolitan Communication Squadron, Transport Command, R.A.F. Crashed near Hargatewall, Buxton on the 5th March 1945
|Raouil Eugene Clements Serruys||Pilot Officer (Belgian)||Pilot||Killed|
|Gerard Arthur Lewin Sinclair-Hill OBE||Wing Commander||Passenger||Killed|
|George James Barnes||Flight Lieutenant||Passenger||Killed|
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 when the aircraft struck the top of a hill, the wreck was not discovered for 24 hours due to the poor weather. The aircraft was based at Hendon in north London, though its destination on the day the crash is unknown.
Wing Commander Sinclair-Hill was buried at Oxford (Botley) Cemetery, below is a photograph of his grave. The other passenger F/Lt Barnes was buried near Birmingham while P/O Serruys was repatriated to Belgium after the end of the war.