4th December 1918
Avro Biplane
Nr Buxton, Derbyshire

The identity of the aircraft and its pilot are a mystery, and probably will now remain so for ever, the small amount that is known was reported in the Buxton … Continue reading “1918-12-04|Avro Biplane||RAF|Nr Buxton, Derbyshire”

15th January 1919
Sparrowpit, Derbyshire

17th October 1919
Torside, Derbyshire

For sometime there has been a report of a late 1st World War biplane crash near Torside Reservoir, this it would now seem possibly did not happen, though an aircraft … Continue reading “1919-10-17|DH.9||RAF|Torside, Derbyshire”

14th July 1922
Avro 504 E9431
Earl Sterndale, Derbyshire

The pilot of the aircraft had originally taken off from Shotwick Aerodrome (later re-named RAF Sealand) near Chester he was forced to land at Fairfield Common on the north eastern … Continue reading “1922-07-14|Avro 504|E9431|No.5 FTS, RAF|Earl Sterndale, Derbyshire”

Crash site of de Havilland DH60X Cirrus Moth on Burbage Edge near Buxton

11th October 1934
Burbage Edge, Buxton

For many years it had been thought that a much earlier aircraft had come to grief on Burbage Edge, this being a DH-10 but this has now been proved not … Continue reading “1934-10-11|DH60X Moth|G-EBWA|Civil|Burbage Edge, Buxton”

Wreckage at the crash site of Handley Page Heyford Mk.III K6875 on Broadlee Bank Tor, Edale

22nd July 1937
Heyford Mk.III K6875
No.166 Sqn, RAF
Broadlee Bank Tor, Edale

On the 22nd July 1937 the 6 man crew of Heyford K6875 were briefed to carry out a night cross country exercise from RAF Leconfield in east Yorkshire, the weather … Continue reading “1937-07-22|Heyford Mk.III|K6875|No.166 Sqn, RAF|Broadlee Bank Tor, Edale”

de Havilland DH60X Cirrus Moth

18th July 1938
DH60M Moth K1112
Buxton, Derbyshire

The pilot of the aircraft, a member of the RAF Volunteer Reserve, was on a cross country exercise from Barton aerodrome via Brough in East Yorkshire and Tollerton in Nottinghamshire. … Continue reading “1938-07-18|DH60M Moth|K1112|No.17 EFTS, RAF|Buxton, Derbyshire”

Crash site of Bristol Blenheim Mk.I L1476 on Sykes Moor, Bleaklow

30th January 1939
Blenheim Mk.I L1476
No.64 Sqn, RAF
Sykes Moor, Bleaklow

The crew had taken off from Church Fenton to carryout a local flying exercise, both of the crew where fairly new to the Squadron and Church Fenton so were familiarising … Continue reading “1939-01-30|Blenheim Mk.I|L1476|No.64 Sqn, RAF|Sykes Moor, Bleaklow”

The crash site of Fairey Swordfish P4223 at Heydon Head, Black Hill

25th January 1940
Swordfish Mk.I P4223
No.751 Sqn, RN
Heydon Head, Derbyshire

On the 25th January 1940 Sub Lt Williamson took off from RAF Silloth in Cumbria along with three other aircraft to ferry P4223 from No.22 Maintenance Unit to Royal Naval … Continue reading “1940-01-25|Swordfish Mk.I|P4223|No.751 Sqn, RN|Heydon Head, Derbyshire”

Avro Tutor

7th May 1940
Tutor K3308
Duxford Stn Flt, RAF
Edale, Derbyshire

While flying from Duxford to Kirkbride the pilot became lost and low on fuel, this is despite the fact that he had actually flown less than half way to Kirkbride, … Continue reading “1940-05-07|Tutor|K3308|Duxford Stn Flt, RAF|Edale, Derbyshire”

Miles Magister at the Shuttleworth Collection

31st July 1940
Magister Mk.I N3811
Darley Dale, Derbyshire

The pilot was on an afternoon training flight from RAF Burnaston on the edge of Derby. He became disorientated in poor weather and realising that he was in the vicinity … Continue reading “1940-07-31|Magister Mk.I|N3811|No.16 EFTS, RAF|Darley Dale, Derbyshire”

Field in which Supermarine Spitfire P9563 crashed at Hartington, Derbyshire

5th September 1940
Spitfire Mk.I P9563
No.64 Sqn, RAF
Hartington, Derbyshire

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 … Continue reading “1940-09-05|Spitfire Mk.I|P9563|No.64 Sqn, RAF|Hartington, Derbyshire”

The small pieces of Wreckage at the crash site of Handley Page Hampden L4189 on Black Edge, Buxton

30th September 1940
Hampden Mk.I L4189
No.106 Sqn, RAF
Black Edge, Buxton

At close to 20:30 on the 30th September 1940 Hampden L4189 left RAF Finningley near Doncaster for a night navigation exercise, the weather that night consisted of 10/10ths low cloud.  … Continue reading “1940-09-30|Hampden Mk.I|L4189|No.106 Sqn, RAF|Black Edge, Buxton”

Westland Lysander at the Royal Air Force Museum

15th November 1940
Lysander Mk.II P1693
No.613 Sqn, RAF
Ashgate, Chesterfield

The pilot took off from Sywell near Northampton in good weather conditions bound for Firbeck in South Yorkshire between Worksop and Rotherham where No.613 Squadron were based at the time … Continue reading “1940-11-15|Lysander Mk.II|P1693|No.613 Sqn, RAF|Ashgate, Chesterfield”

Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV

17th November 1940
Blenheim Mk.I L6800
No.2 SoAC, RAF
Monyash, Derbyshire

The pilot was on a cross country navigation flight from Andover to Desford near Leicester and back to Andover when he became lost in poor visibility, he had wandered some … Continue reading “1940-11-17|Blenheim Mk.I|L6800|No.2 SoAC, RAF|Monyash, Derbyshire”

Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV

3rd December 1940
Blenheim Mk.I K7172
No.29 Sqn, RAF
Wooley Bridge, Glossop

Crash site of Handley Page Hampden Mk.I X3154 on Rushup Edge near Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire

21st December 1940
Hampden Mk.I X3154
No.106 Sqn, RAF
Rushup Edge, Derbyshire

The crew of the aircraft were on a night cross country navigation exercise from RAF Finningley near Doncaster when the aircraft flew into the southern side of Rushup Edge above … Continue reading “1940-12-21|Hampden Mk.I|X3154|No.106 Sqn, RAF|Rushup Edge, Derbyshire”

Crash site of Vickers Wellington L7811 at Concksbury Bridge, Lathkill Dale near Bakewell

12th February 1941
Wellington Mk.IC L7811
No.149 Sqn, RAF
Conksbury Bridge, Bakewell

The aircraft from 149 Squadron, piloted by Sgt Turner, had taken part in a raid against the German city of Breman, home of Mercedes Benz, during the night of the … Continue reading “1941-02-12|Wellington Mk.IC|L7811|No.149 Sqn, RAF|Conksbury Bridge, Bakewell”

LAC Atherton's grave at Horwich Ridgmont Cemetery.

25th March 1941
Master Mk.I T8324
Nr Hathersage, Derbyshire

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. … Continue reading “1941-03-25|Master Mk.I|T8324|No.5 FTS, RAF|Nr Hathersage, Derbyshire”

26th March 1941
Master Mk.I N7870
Youlgreave, Bakewell

The pilot was on Local Flying Practice from RAF Ternhill when he became lost after carrying out a series of steep turns and entered poor weather. He carried out a … Continue reading “1941-03-26|Master Mk.I|N7870|No.5 FTS, RAF|Youlgreave, Bakewell”

12th April 1941
Defiant Mk.I N1766
No.96 Sqn, RAF
Rowlee Pasture, Derwent Valley

The two crew were carrying out a night air test from Cranage near Middlewich in Cheshire. The radio receiver suffered a partial failure which prevented the two crew from communicating … Continue reading “1941-04-12|Defiant Mk.I|N1766|No.96 Sqn, RAF|Rowlee Pasture, Derwent Valley”

15th April 1941
Reliant Mk.I W7982
No.1 CU, RAF
Brassington, Ashbourne

Sergeant Verney-Cave had left RAF Hendon in North London at 10:25am and flew to Baginton near Coventry, where he landed at 11:10. He was joined by Drees, a professional photographer … Continue reading “1941-04-15|Reliant Mk.I|W7982|No.1 CU, RAF|Brassington, Ashbourne”

Airspeed Oxford

22nd May 1941
Oxford Mk.I N4641
No.11 FTS, RAF
Nr Tissington, Derbyshire

Cpl Branton was on a solo cross-country training flight from RAF Shawbury near Shrewsbury, he had been briefed to fly a tri-angular course and then carry out some single-engine flying … Continue reading “1941-05-22|Oxford Mk.I|N4641|No.11 FTS, RAF|Nr Tissington, Derbyshire”

Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV

3rd July 1941
Blenheim Mk.IV Z5870
No.12 Group AAC Flt, RAF
Crowden Tower, Edale

Sgt Plotek was flying to aircraft from RAF Digby in Lincolnshire to Ringway, he was accompanied by three personnel from Digby who were visiting Manchester on leave, and flew into … Continue reading “1941-07-03|Blenheim Mk.IV|Z5870|No.12 Group AAC Flt, RAF|Crowden Tower, Edale”

View of the crash site of Vickers Wellington W5719 on Far Upper Tor, Kinder Scout, Edale

31st July 1941
Wellington Mk.IC W5719
No.150 Sqn, RAF
Upper Tor, Edale

No.150 Squadron, which in the summer of 1941 had recently moved to RAF Snaith in Yorkshire, was ordered to provide 8 Wellington aircraft for a planned raid against the German … Continue reading “1941-07-31|Wellington Mk.IC|W5719|No.150 Sqn, RAF|Upper Tor, Edale”

Miles Magister at the Shuttleworth Collection

27th August 1941
Magister Mk.I L6908
Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire

The pilot was on a training flight from RAF Burnaston near Derby when he became lost and force landed the aircraft near to Chapel-en-le-Frith. However the aircraft struck a tree … Continue reading “1941-08-27|Magister Mk.I|L6908|No.16 EFTS, RAF|Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire”

Crash site of Boulton Paul Defiant N3378 at Near Bleaklow Stones, Derbyshire

29th August 1941
Defiant Mk.I N3378
No.255 Sqn, RAF
Bleaklow Stones, Bleaklow

The exact reason for the flight is uncertain, N3378 was assigned to No.255 Squadron at RAF Hibaldstow in Lincolnshire but it had been to RAF Turnhouse at Edinburgh. Onboard were … Continue reading “1941-08-29|Defiant Mk.I|N3378|No.255 Sqn, RAF|Bleaklow Stones, Bleaklow”

30th August 1941
Leopard Moth AV986
No.14 FPP, ATA
Rushup Edge, Derbyshire

Airspeed Oxford

2nd September 1941
Oxford Mk.I V3210
Nr Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire

The pilot was carrying out a solo cross country navigation flight from the Royal Air Force College at Cranwell, he had flown above cloud cover and while descending back down … Continue reading “1941-09-02|Oxford Mk.I|V3210|RAFC, RAF|Nr Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire”

9th October 1941
Proctor R7491
No.16 FPP, ATA
Nr Buxton, Derbyshire

Boulton Paul Defiant Mk.I at the Royal Air Force Museum, Hendon

16th October 1941
Defiant Mk.I T3921
No.96 Sqn, RAF
Nr Buxton, Derbyshire

Until the spring of 2005 we had thought that the crash site had been located on the eastern side of Shining Tor, this however was wrong. We were able to … Continue reading “1941-10-16|Defiant Mk.I|T3921|No.96 Sqn, RAF|Nr Buxton, Derbyshire”

View from Axe Edge to the crash site of Supermarine Spitfire P7560 near Buxton, Derbyshire

17th November 1941
Spitfire Mk.IIA P7560
No.131 Sqn, RAF
Nr Buxton, Derbyshire

The pilot had wandered into the high ground around Buxton after becoming disorientated in poor weather.  He pulled up sharply to avoid striking a hill and lost control of the … Continue reading “1941-11-17|Spitfire Mk.IIA|P7560|No.131 Sqn, RAF|Nr Buxton, Derbyshire”

Miles Magister at the Shuttleworth Collection

5th December 1941
Magister Mk.I T9823
Atlow, Ashbourne

Pilot Officer Saunders was carrying out a flight test of T9823 from Burnaston near Derby, additionally he was to fly a to Wolverhampton to collect spare parts for the aircraft … Continue reading “1941-12-05|Magister Mk.I|T9823|No.16 EFTS, RAF|Atlow, Ashbourne”

Section of wing at the crash site of Blackburn Botha W5103 on Round Hill, Bleaklow, Longdendale

10th December 1941
Botha Mk.I W5103
Round Hill, Bleaklow

The aircraft was lost whilst on a ferry flight from Blackburn’s factory at Sherburn-in-Elmet near Leeds to Harwarden near Chester.  The pilot was attempting to fly above the cloud which … Continue reading “1941-12-10|Botha Mk.I|W5103|No.7 FPP, RAF|Round Hill, Bleaklow”

de Havilland Tiger Moth

17th December 1941
Tiger Moth BB811
Nr Matlock, Derbyshire

Westland Lysander at the Royal Air Force Museum

30th May 1942
Lysander Mk.IIIA V9729
Cronkstone, Buxton

The aircraft was being used to provide night anti-aircraft co-operation with ground units at Rhyl and had taken off from Sealand near Chester. While returning from the Rhyl area to … Continue reading “1942-05-30|Lysander Mk.IIIA|V9729|No.6 AACU, RAF|Cronkstone, Buxton”

12th October 1942
Master Mk.III W8455
King Sterndale, Buxton

The view towards the crash site of Avro Anson Mk.I L7968 near Buxton, Derbyshire

15th October 1942
Anson Mk.I L7968
Moss Ridge, Buxton

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 … Continue reading “1942-10-15|Anson Mk.I|L7968|CNS, RAF|Moss Ridge, Buxton”

Crash site of Bristol Blenheim N3567 close to Ashbourne Airfield, Derbyshire

7th November 1942
Blenheim Mk.IV N3567
No.42 OTU, RAF
Ashbourne, Derbyshire

At 23:40 on the 7th November 1942 N3567 took off from Ashbourne on a local training flight, the aircraft was barely airborne when it suffered an engine failure and stalled. … Continue reading “1942-11-07|Blenheim Mk.IV|N3567|No.42 OTU, RAF|Ashbourne, Derbyshire”

Small fragments of wreckage at the crash site of Vickers Wellington Mk.III BK405 at Boylestone, Derbyshire

11th January 1943
Wellington Mk.III BK405
No.27 OTU, RAF
Boylestone, Derbyshire

It would appear that aircraft being airborne from Church Broughton for some 15 minutes on a Circuits and Landings exercise that the aircraft’s port engine failed, the pupil pilot inadvertently … Continue reading “1943-01-11|Wellington Mk.III|BK405|No.27 OTU, RAF|Boylestone, Derbyshire”

Wreckage at the crash site of Vickers Wellington Mk.III X3348 on Blackden Edge, Kinder Scout, Edale

26th January 1943
Wellington Mk.III X3348
No.427 Sqn, RCAF
Blackden Edge, Kinder

The crew were detailed to attack the French port of Lorient, taking off at 16:51 with a bomb load of 3,240lb of indendiary bombs in nine 360lb clusters. While returning … Continue reading “1943-01-26|Wellington Mk.III|X3348|No.427 Sqn, RCAF|Blackden Edge, Kinder”

The crash site of R1011 during late summer 2012 (that is if we'd had a summer in 2012).

30th January 1943
Wellington Mk.IC R1011
No.28 OTU, RAF
Birchen Bank Moss, Bleaklow

The crew were one of seven from No.28 OTU taking part in a Bullseye exercise from Wymeswold and the unit’s satellite airfield of Castle Donington (which is now in use … Continue reading “1943-01-30|Wellington Mk.IC|R1011|No.28 OTU, RAF|Birchen Bank Moss, Bleaklow”

Crash site of Vickers Wellington X3941 near Darley Dale, Matlock, Derbyshire

30th January 1943
Wellington Mk.III X3941
No.27 OTU, RAF
Nr Darley Dale, Matlock

The crew were taking part in Bullseye exercise from RAF Church Broughton, near Derby. The exercise involved aircraft from both No.27 and No.28 Operational Training Units, with all the aircraft … Continue reading “1943-01-30|Wellington Mk.III|X3941|No.27 OTU, RAF|Nr Darley Dale, Matlock”

Crash Site of Vickers Wellington Mk.III BK241 near Church Broughton, Derbyshire

3rd February 1943
Wellington Mk.III BK241
No.27 OTU, RAF
Nr Derby, Derbyshire

The crew were on a cross country exercise from Church Broughton near Derby, while close to the airfield control of the aircraft was lost and it spun into the ground … Continue reading “1943-02-03|Wellington Mk.III|BK241|No.27 OTU, RAF|Nr Derby, Derbyshire”

Crash site of Vickers Wellington Mk.III HF613 at Peakshole Water between Hope and Castleton, Derbyshire

15th February 1943
Wellington Mk.III HF613
No.22 OTU, RAF
Nr Hope, Derbyshire

The aircraft took off during the mid-morning of the 15th February 1943 from Wellesbourne Mountford near Stratford upon Avon for a cross country flight.  At just after 13:00 the aircraft … Continue reading “1943-02-15|Wellington Mk.III|HF613|No.22 OTU, RAF|Nr Hope, Derbyshire”

Airspeed Oxford

19th February 1943
Oxford Mk.I DF485
No.42 OTU, RAF
Hope, Derbyshire

At about 14:40 on the 19th February 1943 F/O Bray took off from Ashbourne for a local training flight, with him were an unknown number of aircrew / passengers (possibly … Continue reading “1943-02-19|Oxford Mk.I|DF485|No.42 OTU, RAF|Hope, Derbyshire”

Crash site of Airspeed Oxford BG197 near Matlock, Derbyshire

3rd March 1943
Oxford Mk.I BG197
No.14 (P)AFU, RAF
Nr Matlock, Derbyshire

On the 3rd March 1943 Sgt George McIlraith of the Royal New Zealand Air Force took off on a night cross country flight from Ossington near Newark on Trent. At … Continue reading “1943-03-03|Oxford Mk.I|BG197|No.14 (P)AFU, RAF|Nr Matlock, Derbyshire”

21st March 1943
Master Mk.III W8761
No.16 FTS, RAF
Camp Hill, Tideswell

The aircraft was being use for formation flying practice from RAF Newton near Nottingham with the pupil leading the formation. They encountered poor visibility and became separated from the rest … Continue reading “1943-03-21|Master Mk.III|W8761|No.16 FTS, RAF|Camp Hill, Tideswell”

Crash site of Vickers Wellington Mk.III BK508 near Church Broughton, Derbyshire

4th April 1943
Wellington Mk.III BK508
No.27 OTU, RAF
Radbourne, Derbyshire

The aircraft which had been on a test flight from Church Broughton was on the down wind leg of its approach with the under carriage down for landing when the … Continue reading “1943-04-04|Wellington Mk.III|BK508|No.27 OTU, RAF|Radbourne, Derbyshire”

Crash site of Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV V6078 of No.42 OTU at Spitewinter near Matlock

7th April 1943
Blenheim Mk.IV V6078
No.42 OTU, RAF
Spitewinter, Matlock

The crew was on a night navigation exercise from Ashbourne, having completed most of the exercise they were heading in a southerly direction at low level when the aircraft struck … Continue reading “1943-04-07|Blenheim Mk.IV|V6078|No.42 OTU, RAF|Spitewinter, Matlock”

Crash site of Vickers Wellington Mk.III DF611 at Newhaven between Buxton and AShbourne, Derbyshire

10th April 1943
Wellington Mk.III DF611
No.30 OTU, RAF
Newhaven, Derbyshire

The crew of DF611 took off from Seighford for an infrared bombing exercise at 04:50, a hour into the flight the aircraft’s engines lost power.  The pilot, Sergeant Ronald Jones … Continue reading “1943-04-10|Wellington Mk.III|DF611|No.30 OTU, RAF|Newhaven, Derbyshire”

View down into the Vale of Edale from the crash site of the aircraft

25th April 1943
P-47C 41-6227
56th FG, USAAF
Horsehill Tor, Edale

John Coenen was injured when he landed heavily on what is now the Pennine Way at Upper Booth after bailing out on realising that he was not going to get … Continue reading “1943-04-25|P-47C|41-6227|56th FG, USAAF|Horsehill Tor, Edale”

Crash site of Airspeed Oxford Mk.I EB717 on Burbage Edge near Buxton, Derbyshire

12th May 1943
Oxford Mk.I EB717
No.11 (P)AFU, RAF
Burbage Edge, Buxton

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 … Continue reading “1943-05-12|Oxford Mk.I|EB717|No.11 (P)AFU, RAF|Burbage Edge, Buxton”

Crash site of Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk.V EB338 at Alsop-en-le-Dale near Ashbourne, Derbyshire

13th May 1943
Whitley Mk.V EB338
No.81 OTU, RAF
Alsop-en-le-Dale, Ashbourne

Only half an hour in the flight, which was routed as Base – Lincoln – Peterborough – Base, the port engine failed, it was successfully re-started and it ran at … Continue reading “1943-05-13|Whitley Mk.V|EB338|No.81 OTU, RAF|Alsop-en-le-Dale, Ashbourne”

Vickers Wellington Mk.X at the Royal Air Force Museum

2nd June 1943
Wellington Mk.IC DV732
No.11 OTU, RAF
Nr Eyam, Derbyshire

Crash site of Vickers Wellington Mk.III DV678 at Chatsworth Park near Bakewell, Derbyshire

11th June 1943
Wellington Mk.IC DV678
No.14 OTU, RAF
Chatsworth, Bakewell

While flying at 6700ft on a day cross country flight from RAF Cottesmore both engines began to mis-fire, though the main failure was in the Port engine,and the pilot could … Continue reading “1943-06-11|Wellington Mk.IC|DV678|No.14 OTU, RAF|Chatsworth, Bakewell”

Crash site of Bristol Blenheim Mk.V AZ876 near Belper. Derbyshire

9th July 1943
Blenheim Mk.V AZ876
No.42 OTU, RAF
Belper, Derbyshire

The aircraft had taken off from Ashbourne at 01:30 for a practise bombing exercise at the range then in use between Carsington and Brassington, some twenty minutes later while flying … Continue reading “1943-07-09|Blenheim Mk.V|AZ876|No.42 OTU, RAF|Belper, Derbyshire”

Crash site of Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk.V Z9189 in a field near Darley Moor Airfield, Ashbourne

27th July 1943
Whitley Mk.V Z9189
No.42 OTU, RAF
Ashbourne, Derbyshire

At just after 00:20 on the 27th July 1943 Z9189 took off from Darley Moor airfield, a satellite of the larger airfield at Ashbourne. The aircraft was barely airborne when … Continue reading “1943-07-27|Whitley Mk.V|Z9189|No.42 OTU, RAF|Ashbourne, Derbyshire”

de Havilland Mosquito

16th August 1943
Mosquito N.F. Mk.II HJ929
No.410 Sqn, RCAF
Nr Matlock, Derbyshire

Wreckage at the Crash site of Handley Page Halifax Mk.II HR727 on Blackden Edge, Kinder, Edale

5th October 1943
Halifax Mk.II HR727
No.51 Sqn, RAF
Blackden Edge, Kinder

The crew, stationed at Snaith in Yorkshire were taking part in a raid against the German city of Frankfurt. The outward leg proceeded normally until shortly after they had released … Continue reading “1943-10-05|Halifax Mk.II|HR727|No.51 Sqn, RAF|Blackden Edge, Kinder”

Crash site of Vickers Wellington Mk.IC DV435 near Belper, Derbyshire

24th November 1943
Wellington Mk.IC DV435
No.14 OTU, RAF
Belper, Derbyshire

The aircraft had taken off at 16:50 for a Bullseye exercise, just short of 4.5 hours later the aircraft was abandoned by its crew due to severe icing conditions causing … Continue reading “1943-11-24|Wellington Mk.IC|DV435|No.14 OTU, RAF|Belper, Derbyshire”

10th December 1943
Spitfire Mk.IIA P7883
No.53 OTU, RAF
Rushup Edge, Edale

Accident report photograph of the crash site of Lockheed P-38J 62-67480 at Cronkstone Grange, Buxton, Derbyshire

11th December 1943
P-38J 42-67480
Cronkstone, Buxton

On the 11th December 1943 2nd Lt Guy Senesac was tasked with ferrying a P-38J Lightning from Warton near Preston to Kingscliffe in Northamptonshire. Part way into the flight the … Continue reading “1943-12-11|P-38J|42-67480|27th ATG, USAAF|Cronkstone, Buxton”

Crash site of Republic P-47C Thunderbolt 41-6259 near Ashbourne, Derbyshire

19th January 1944
P-47C 41-6259
Sudbury, Derbyshire

The aircraft was being ferried, along with a second P-47, from Halesworth in southern England to Maghaberry in Northern Ireland for an overhaul. The weather en-route was poor, with 10/10ths … Continue reading “1944-01-19|P-47C|41-6259|27th ATG, USAAF|Sudbury, Derbyshire”

Memorial Plaque in memory of the crew of Wellington BJ652 in Middleton by Youlgreave, Derbyshire

21st January 1944
Wellington Mk.III BJ652
No.27 OTU, RAF
Smerrill, Youlgreave

The crew of 6 Australians were flying a 3.5 hour night cross country flight from RAF Church Broughton near Derby, a satellite to No.27 OTU’s main base at Lichfield. Their … Continue reading “1944-01-21|Wellington Mk.III|BJ652|No.27 OTU, RAF|Smerrill, Youlgreave”

Lifting the propeller from the crash site of Armstrong Whitworth Albemarle V1604

11th March 1944
Albemarle Mk.II V1604
No.42 OTU, RAF
Ashbourne, Derbyshire

The aircraft, Albemarle Mk.II V1604 of No.42 Operational Training Unit had taken off from Ashbourne at 23:42 on the 11th March 1944 on a cross country flight.  After some 3 … Continue reading “1944-03-11|Albemarle Mk.II|V1604|No.42 OTU, RAF|Ashbourne, Derbyshire”

Wreckage at the crash site of Airspeed Oxford Mk.I LX745 on Shining Tor, Derbyshire

12th March 1944
Oxford Mk.I LX745
No.11 (P)AFU, RAF
Shining Tor, Buxton

The aircraft was being used for a night cross country exercise from RAF Calveley near Nantwich. The briefed route was to have been Calveley – Wrexham – Lichfield – Calveley … Continue reading “1944-03-12|Oxford Mk.I|LX745|No.11 (P)AFU, RAF|Shining Tor, Buxton”

Crash site of Armstrong Whitworth Albemarle P1463 at Bradbourne near Ashbourne, Derbyshire

30th March 1944
Albemarle G.T. Mk.I P1463
No.42 OTU, RAF
Bradbourne, Ashbourne

P/O Revitt was tasked with providing dual night training to the two trainee pilots, being what was termed a “screened pilot” with the pupils actually flying the aircraft. They had … Continue reading “1944-03-30|Albemarle G.T. Mk.I|P1463|No.42 OTU, RAF|Bradbourne, Ashbourne”

Wreckage of Lockheed P-38J Lightning 42-67207 on Tintwhistle Knarr, Derbyshire

10th May 1944
P-38J 42-67207
496th FTG, USAAF
Tintwhistle Knarr, Longdendale

During the morning of the 10th May 1944 Flt Off Hugh Jones took off from Goxhill near Grimsby to take part in a cine gun / single engine flying exercise … Continue reading “1944-05-10|P-38J|42-67207|496th FTG, USAAF|Tintwhistle Knarr, Longdendale”

Memorial at the crash site of Armstrong Whitworth Whitley BD230 on farm land at Bullhurst Hill, Weston Underwood, Derby

24th July 1944
Whitley Mk.V BD230
No.42 OTU, RAF
Weston Underwood, Derbyshire

The crew had flown a night cross country navigation flight and were returning to their home base at Ashbourne when the aircraft dived into the ground only a few miles … Continue reading “1944-07-24|Whitley Mk.V|BD230|No.42 OTU, RAF|Weston Underwood, Derbyshire”

Crash site of Noorduyn UC-64A Norseman 43-35439 on Shining Tor, Derbyshire

24th September 1944
UC-64A 43-35439
10th AD Group, USAAF
Shining Tor, Buxton

On the 29th September 1944 2nd Lt Fredrickson was tasked with a liaison flight from Burtonwood near Warrington to RAF Winthorpe near Newark on Trent in Nottinghamshire and back.  He … Continue reading “1944-09-24|UC-64A|43-35439|10th AD Group, USAAF|Shining Tor, Buxton”

Remains of a Pratt & Whitney Twin Wasp engine at the crash site of Consolidated B-24 Liberator 42-52003, Mill Hill, Hayfield, Derbyshire

11th October 1944
B-24J 42-52003
Mill Hill, Glossop

The aircraft was being ferried from Burtonwood to Hardwick by a two man ferry crew on the 11th October 1944, the two men took off in the aircraft from Burtonwood … Continue reading “1944-10-11|B-24J|42-52003|27th ATG, USAAF|Mill Hill, Glossop”

Wreckage at the crash site of Airspeed Oxford Mk.I HN429 on Axe Edge near Buxton

3rd November 1944
Oxford Mk.I HN429
No.11 (P)AFU, RAF
Axe Edge, Buxton

On the 3rd November 1944 the crew of three boarded (including an instructor) HN429 for a Beam Approach training exercise from RAF Cranage in Cheshire where No.1531 Beam Approach Training … Continue reading “1944-11-03|Oxford Mk.I|HN429|No.11 (P)AFU, RAF|Axe Edge, Buxton”

Crash site of North American Harvard Mk.IIB FT442 on Shining Tor, Buxton, Derbyshire

30th November 1944
Harvard Mk.IIB FT442
No.5 (P)AFU, RAF
Shining Tor, Buxton

On the 30th November 1944, Sergeant Julius Sofranko, a Czechoslovakian who had joined the RAF Volunteer Reserve, took off from RAF Ternhill piloting Harvard FT442 on a solo cross country … Continue reading “1944-11-30|Harvard Mk.IIB|FT442|No.5 (P)AFU, RAF|Shining Tor, Buxton”

Armstrong Siddeley engine at the crash site of Avro Anson Mk.I N9853 on Edale Moor, Kinder Scout

11th December 1944
Anson Mk.I N9853
No.16 FTS, RAF
Edale Moor, Kinder

The pilot was flying a number of the staff from the No.16 (Polish) Flying Training School base at Newton in Nottinghamshire to RAF Millom on the Cumbrian coast. While in … Continue reading “1944-12-11|Anson Mk.I|N9853|No.16 FTS, RAF|Edale Moor, Kinder”

Accident report photograph of Douglas C-47 42-93683

21st January 1945
C-47A 42-93683
Nr Buxton, Derbyshire

The crew were on a daytime training flight from Chalgrove in Oxfordshire, described as Contact Round Robin Flight, with 4 other aircraft.  Their route took them from Chalgrove to Bury … Continue reading “1945-01-21|C-47A|42-93683|9th TCG, USAAF|Nr Buxton, Derbyshire”

Wreckage of Hawker Hurricane PZ765, PZ851 and PZ854, at the crash site on Tintwhistle Knarr, Longdendale

22nd February 1945
Hurricane Mk.IIC PZ851, PZ765 & PZ854
No.11 (P)AFU, RAF
Tintwhistle Knarr, Longdendale

The flight of three aircraft had taken off  at 10:00 from RAF Calveley near Nantwich with F/Sgt Marien leading the flight. They had been tasked with practicing formation flying and … Continue reading “1945-02-22|Hurricane Mk.IIC|PZ851, PZ765 & PZ854|No.11 (P)AFU, RAF|Tintwhistle Knarr, Longdendale”

The crash site of Airspeed Oxford Mk.I NM683 on Rushup Edge, Edale, Derbyshire

4th March 1945
Oxford Mk.I NM683
Rushup Edge, Edale

As is shown above all four aircrew were holders of Distinguished Flying Crosses, and were experienced in their individual trades. The crew were briefed for a day time cross country … Continue reading “1945-03-04|Oxford Mk.I|NM683|PFFNTU, RAF|Rushup Edge, Edale”

Crash site of Percival Proctor HM324 near Hargatewall, Buxton, Derbyshire

5th March 1945
Proctor Mk.III HM324
Hargatehill, Buxton

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 … Continue reading “1945-03-05|Proctor Mk.III|HM324|MCS, RAF|Hargatehill, Buxton”

Wreckage at the crash site of Avro Lancaster KB993 on James Thorn, Bleaklow, Derbyshire

18th May 1945
Lancaster Mk.X KB993
No.408 Sqn, RCAF
James Thorn, Bleaklow

The aircraft was flying from RAF Linton-on-Ouse and had earlier been carrying out bumps and circuits but the crew became tired of this and decided to fly around the local … Continue reading “1945-05-18|Lancaster Mk.X|KB993|No.408 Sqn, RCAF|James Thorn, Bleaklow”

The crash site of North American P-51D Mustang 44-64084 near Glossop, Derbyshire

29th May 1945
P-51D 44-64084
Nr Glossop, Derbyshire

The aircraft flew into rising ground at high speed while the pilot was attempting to get below low cloud to ascertain his position. Witnesses saw the aircraft perform a sharp … Continue reading “1945-05-29|P-51D|44-64084|4th FG, USAAF|Nr Glossop, Derbyshire”

Armstrong Siddeley engine at the crash site of Avro Anson NL185, The Cloughs, Kinder Scout, Edale

23rd November 1945
Anson Mk.XI NL185
Halton HQ Flt, RAF
The Cloughs, Edale

On the 23rd November 1945 Wing Commander Speare was on a ferry flight from RAF Halton near High Wycombe to Feltwell near Thetford. For an unknown reason he had flown … Continue reading “1945-11-23|Anson Mk.XI|NL185|Halton HQ Flt, RAF|The Cloughs, Edale”

Crash site of Airspeed Oxford Mk.I HN594 on Brown Knoll between Chinley and Edale, Derbyshire

28th December 1945
Oxford Mk.I HN594
No.21 (P)AFU, RAF
Brown Knoll, Edale

One of the two pilots, Ted Croker, went on in life to play football for Charlton Athletic, who he was already playing for in 1945, and be Chief Executive of … Continue reading “1945-12-28|Oxford Mk.I|HN594|No.21 (P)AFU, RAF|Brown Knoll, Edale”

Crash site of Vickers Wellington Mk.XIII NC611 at Trusley, Derbyshire

25th June 1946
Wellington Mk.XIII NC661
RAF Shawbury
Trusley, Derbyshire

At 13:30 on the 25th June 1946 NC661 took off on a cross country flight, after only 40 minutes in the air the aircraft suffered failure of the starboard engine … Continue reading “1946-06-25|Wellington Mk.XIII|NC661|RAF Shawbury|Trusley, Derbyshire”

North American Harvard Mk.2B

7th August 1947
Harvard Mk.2B KF954
Nr Buxton, Derbyshire

AC2 Wright had taken off for a cross country flight at 11:15 and at some point became disorientated, unable to locate his position he decided to make a forced landing. … Continue reading “1947-08-07|Harvard Mk.2B|KF954|No.6 FTS, RAF|Nr Buxton, Derbyshire”

Wright Cyclone engines at the crash site of RB-29A 44-61999 close to Higher Shelf Stones, Bleaklow

3rd November 1948
RB-29A 44-61999
91st RG, USAF
Higher Shelf Stones, Bleaklow

WARNING: This site has become very popular with visitors after extensive exposure on social media, Patch Haley, Team Leader of Glossop Mountain Rescue Team, has had to point out that … Continue reading “1948-11-03|RB-29A|44-61999|91st RG, USAF|Higher Shelf Stones, Bleaklow”

Wreckage at the crash site of Avro Lancaster PA411 on Tintwhistle Knarr, Longdendale, Derbyshire

21st December 1948
Lancaster Mk.1 PA411
No.230 OCU, RAF
Tintwhistle Knarr, Longdendale

The crew had taken off from RAF Lindholme near Doncaster during the night of the 20th December for a Night Familiarisation exercise, this was to have been largely local flying. … Continue reading “1948-12-21|Lancaster Mk.1|PA411|No.230 OCU, RAF|Tintwhistle Knarr, Longdendale”

Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XVIII

25th June 1949
Spitfire F. Mk.22 PK488
No.502 Sqn, RAuxAF
Parwich, Ashbourne

The parent unit of the aircraft, No. 502 Sqn, was stationed at RAF Aldergrove in Northern Ireland. Each summer the whole Squadron would attend a practice camp where they could … Continue reading “1949-06-25|Spitfire F. Mk.22|PK488|No.502 Sqn, RAuxAF|Parwich, Ashbourne”

Crash site of Gloster Meteor RA487 on Hagg Side in the Derwent Valley, Derbyshire

8th December 1950
Meteor F. Mk.4 RA487
No.66 Sqn, RAF
Hagg Side, Derwent Valley

The pilot was on a night cross country navigation exercise from RAF Linton-on-Ouse near York when he became lost. As his fuel supply ran low Sgt Harrington attempted to force … Continue reading “1950-12-08|Meteor F. Mk.4|RA487|No.66 Sqn, RAF|Hagg Side, Derwent Valley”

Tail section at the crash site of Gloster Meteor VZ518 & WA791 on Slidden Moss, Longdendale

12th April 1951
Meteor F. Mk.8 WA791 & VZ518
No.66 Sqn, RAF
Sliddens Moss, Black Hill

At 9:15am on Thursday 12th April 1951 a flight of four Meteor jet aircraft took off from RAF Linton-on-Ouse near York for a training flight.  Flying the lead pair were … Continue reading “1951-04-12|Meteor F. Mk.8|WA791 & VZ518|No.66 Sqn, RAF|Sliddens Moss, Black Hill”

de Havilland Canada Chipmunk WB579 the day after it crashed on Arnfield Moor, Tintwhistle

3rd July 1951
Chipmunk T. Mk.10 WB579
Arnfield Moor, Tintwhistle

The events leading up to the accident and the aftermath are described below by Harry Wright, as recalled in December 2004. “The weather on the day was rather cloudy with … Continue reading “1951-07-03|Chipmunk T. Mk.10|WB579|No.2 RFS, RAF|Arnfield Moor, Tintwhistle”

Wreckage near the crash site of North American Harvard Mk.2b FT415 on the Wool Packs, Kinder

14th January 1952
Harvard Mk.2B FT415
No.22 FTS, RAF
Wool Packs, Kinder

The pilot of the aircraft was a trainee Fleet Air Arm pilot who was carrying out flying training with the RAF. This was fairly common in the 1950s, No.22 FTS … Continue reading “1952-01-14|Harvard Mk.2B|FT415|No.22 FTS, RAF|Wool Packs, Kinder”

Auster Mk.III

20th September 1952
Auster J1 Autocrat G-ALUE
Axe Edge Moor, Buxton

The two men, both from the Stockport area had flown the aircraft from Barton (where the aircraft was registered to Light Planes (Lancashire) Ltd) to Lympne in Kent. They were … Continue reading “1952-09-20|Auster J1 Autocrat|G-ALUE|Civil|Axe Edge Moor, Buxton”

Crash site of North American Harvard FX306 at Foolow, Derbyshire

10th December 1952
Harvard Mk.2B FX306
Foolow, Tideswell

The pilot was on a “Circuits, Landings and Local Map Reading” exercise from RAF Ternhill. He had taken off at 09:40 and remained out of contact until 10:45 when he … Continue reading “1952-12-10|Harvard Mk.2B|FX306|No.6 FTS, RAF|Foolow, Tideswell”

Wing from Canadair Sabre XD730 near the crash site on Ashop Moor, Derbyshire

22nd July 1954
Sabre F. Mk.6 XD707 & XD730
No.66 Sqn, RAF
Ashop Moor, Kinder

The aircraft were returning to RAF Linton-on-Ouse near York form an unsuccessful interception exercise during Exercise Dividend when they appear to have either collided in cloud or flown into the … Continue reading “1954-07-22|Sabre F. Mk.6|XD707 & XD730|No.66 Sqn, RAF|Ashop Moor, Kinder”

Memorial unveiling close to the crash site of Gloster Meteor WE904 at Millthorpe near Chesterfield, Derbyshire

12th May 1955
Meteor F. Mk.8 WE904
No.211 FTS, RAF
Millthorpe, Chesterfield

On the 12th May 2005 a memorial was unveiled by the sister of the pilot in the village of Millthorpe commemorating his death. The pilot had taken off to carry … Continue reading “1955-05-12|Meteor F. Mk.8|WE904|No.211 FTS, RAF|Millthorpe, Chesterfield”

Wreckage at the crash site of de Havilland Canada L-20A Beaver 52-6145

5th December 1956
L-20A 52-6145
81st FBW, USAF
Bramah Edge, Bleaklow

The aircraft was flying from Sculthorpe near Fakenham in Norfolk to Burtonwood so the passenger, also a pilot, could pick up an F-84 which had been at Burtonwood for maintenance … Continue reading “1956-12-05|L-20A|52-6145|81st FBW, USAF|Bramah Edge, Bleaklow”

Crash site of Avro Shackleton M.R. Mk.3 WR970 at Foolow, Tideswell, Derbyshire

7th December 1956
Shackleton M.R. Mk.3 WR970
Foolow, Tideswell

At 10:42 on the 7th December 1956 WR970 took off from Woodford airfield and flew one and half circuits of the airfield before flying in an easterly direction and climbing … Continue reading “1956-12-07|Shackleton M.R. Mk.3|WR970|Avro|Foolow, Tideswell”

Miles Hawk G-AJSF before it crashed

29th July 1957
Hawk Trainer Mk.3 G-AJSF
Blackpool & Fylde Aero Club
Kinder Low End

Miles Hawk Trainer Mk.3 G-AJSF, flew into Kinder Low End on the 29th July 1957 whilst flying from Squires Gate, Blackpool, to Barton aerodrome in west Manchester, the flight should have lasted only 15 minutes but a 30 knot tail wind caused the aircraft to overshoot its destination in cloud   William Warburton Hall Mr … Continue reading “1957-07-29|Hawk Trainer Mk.3|G-AJSF|Blackpool & Fylde Aero Club|Kinder Low End”

Crash site of de Havilland Vampire T. Mk.11 XE866 on Stanage Edge near Hathersage, Derbyshire

7th August 1957
Vampire T. Mk.11 XE866
Stanage Edge, Hathersage

At 07:50 on the 8th August 1957 Flying Officers Jones and Brett took off in Vampire XE866 for a training flight from RAF Worksop. F/O Brett, under the instruction of … Continue reading “1957-08-07|Vampire T. Mk.11|XE866|No.4 FTS, RAF|Stanage Edge, Hathersage”

Site where the port wing of Canberra WT207 landed in Lathkill Dale, Derbyshire

9th April 1958
Canberra B. Mk.6 WT207
No.76 Sqn, RAF
Monyash, Derbyshire

The aircraft was being used by Napier on secondment from No.76 Squadron for high altitude testing of the Double Scorpion rocket motor, it was normally flown from Cranfield near Milton … Continue reading “1958-04-09|Canberra B. Mk.6|WT207|No.76 Sqn, RAF|Monyash, Derbyshire”

Crash site of de Havilland Dragon Rapide G-ALBC on Kinder Scout near Edale, Derbyshire

30th December 1963
Dragon Rapide G-ALBC
Solair Flying Services
Edale Moor, Kinder

de Havilland Dragon Rapide G-ALBC, Crashed near the summit of Kinder Scout on the 30th December 1963 when the aircraft was caught by a down draught while flying from Middle St George (now Teeside airport) to Ringway   Dennis Holmes Captain Pilot Injured John McWhirter Mr Co-pilot Injured  

McDonnell RF-4C Phantom 64-1018 at RAF Alconbury

6th May 1970
RF-4C 64-1018
10th TRW, USAF
Unthank Plantation, Millthorpe

RF-4C Phantom 64-1018 of the 1st Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron / 10th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing USAFE based at RAF Alconbury near Huntingdon, crashed at Unthank Plantation near Millthorpe, Dronfield on the 6th May 1970 after suffering engine problems, both crew ejected from the aircraft   Donald Tokar Major Pilot Injured Peter Dunn Major Navigator OK  

Crash site of Cessna G-BFRP on Broadlee Bank Tor above Edale

25th October 1983
Cessna 150 G-BFRP
Broadlee Bank Tor, Edale

The aircraft was being used for a night training flight from Manchester Airport with a student pilot and an instructor onboard. Most of the planned flight had been accomplished and … Continue reading “1983-10-25|Cessna 150|G-BFRP|Civil|Broadlee Bank Tor, Edale”

13th May 1984
Bell 206B Jetranger G-NORM
Norman Bailey Helicopters
Nr. Parwich, Ashbourne

Crash site of Pierre Robin R1180TD G-CRAN at Staden Industrial Estate, Buxton

14th June 1996
R1180TD Aiglon G-CRAN
Staden, Buxton

Mr Smith was flying two of his daughters and one of their friends around the Buxton area, the occasion was the 11th birthday of his daughter Mary.  The aircraft was … Continue reading “1996-06-14|R1180TD Aiglon|G-CRAN|Civil|Staden, Buxton”

24th October 1997
Bell 206B Jetranger G-ODIL
Yorkshire Helicopter Centre
William Clough, Kinder