Supermarine Spitfire Mk.I P9563 from No.64 Squadron, overran in a forced landing at Hartington to the south east of Buxton on the 5th September 1940


David Edward Lloyd Flight Sergeant Pilot Uninjured


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 defence of Manchester and Liverpool. The pilot became disoriented in poor weather and ran low on fuel, he attempted to land the aircraft in a field near Hartington.  However the aircraft failed to stop in the length of the field and struck a stone wall at the far end, it did not receive major damage and was soon repaired and flew again.

The pilot, F/Sgt David Edward Lloyd was promoted to the rank of Pilot Officer in January 1942 but shortly after, while still only aged 22, on the 17th March 1942 he was killed while serving as an instructor with No.61 OTU. At the time they were stationed in the south of England, later moving to Shropshire, on that day he was flying Spitfire P7307 when it collided with a Spitfire of No.315 Sqn, BM140, over Hayes in Middlesex.

Field in which Supermarine Spitfire P9563 crashed at Hartington, Derbyshire
Above is a photograph taken in the field that the aircraft attempted to land in. Evidence from two different sources points to the aircraft striking the far wall (in front of the dairy) about a third of the way along from the right. I have been informed that when the dairy expanded the wall was moved meaning that the site is now underneath the yard next to the dairy.
Closer view of the wall which Supermarine Spitfire P9563 crashed into at Hartington, Derbyshire
The above photo has the approximate distance along the present line of the wall the aircraft would have been.