Crash site of Spitfire P7883 Rushup Edge, Peak District.

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Crash site of Spitfire P7883 Rushup Edge, Peak District

Another aircraft to crash on this hill in a belly flop fashion, again with no fire. The lucky pilot who survived was Sergeant Ronald Mitchell, who had been taking part in formation flying practice with 3 other Spitfires on December 10th 1943.

Descending through cloud, Cunningham says “he saw a sudden darkening of the cloud” and just had time to lift the nose of the Spit before hitting the ground.

Cunningham adds that Sgt Mitchell had previously survived a mid air collision over Edinburgh, and later in the war his P51 Mustang was shot down by a Russian fighter over Germany. He survived that too.

Details from Peakland Air Crashes – The North, P Cunningham, 2006

The view is looking down the Vale of Edale, Kinder Scout on the left, the Mam Tor ridge on the right.

17 comments on “Crash site of Spitfire P7883 Rushup Edge, Peak District.
  1. Gary Shield says:

    Fantastic landscape shot Ian

  2. redrocker_9 says:

    Oh this is a great shot, love the foreground grass with all of that green background

  3. het broertje van.. says:

    Beautiful landscape!!!

  4. pasujoba says:

    No excuse needed for a picture of the most beautiful of airplanes.
    I guess there is no wreckage left then Ian ?

  5. Ian D B says:

    No, sorry. Forgot to mention that.

  6. Tech Owl says:

    If there is no wreckage do you know the spot as it is logged? I haven’t noticed too many Spitfire crashes (may be another reason for that) and again, such an expanse of moor

  7. Billy Currie says:

    Very beautiful view

  8. Anonymous says:

    amaaaazing view
    i saw it larger size and it was beautiful
    i know that it is impossible to capture a lanscape’s fair beauty in a photo so i am sure standing there must have been overwheling

  9. Anonymous says:

    amaaaazing view
    i saw it larger size and it was beautiful
    i know that it is impossible to capture a lanscape’s fair beauty in a photo so i am sure standing there must have been overwheling

  10. Neal. says:

    A man with nine lives, can’t imagine a crash in such a wonderful spot, glad he survived.

  11. andyholmfirth says:

    Lovely sweep of hill you’ve got in there Ian.

  12. Pleasureprinciple2012 says:

    Nice one again Ian, that’s the walking boots well and truly dusted off!

  13. Steve P.Kane (S.P.K.Photography) off & On says:

    wonderful shot

  14. Steve P.Kane (S.P.K.Photography) off & On says:

    wonderful shot

  15. Ian D B says:

    Thanks again everyone.

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/cachelog/]

    Good question, Bryan. Pat Cunningham gives the grid reference in his book. He met with people who were involved in the rescue who were able to point out the exact spot. You are correct, this is the first Spitfire crash site I have visited.

  16. Barney Mcgrew1 says:

    Mitchell survived three air crashes then? Thats pretty good going by anyones standards.

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