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de Havilland Vampire WA400
Flying Officer Lawrance Leslie Beckford survived the crash landing he made here on July 25 1951 in his de Havilland Vampire jet. For a long time the location was unknown but it was rediscovered in 2004 by John Ownsworth* according to Cunningham.
F/O Lawrence had undertaken a series of high speed manoeuvres and was heading back to base at RAF Finningly. However, either he had taken a wrong compass bearing or his compass was out of order, but the pilot realised he was lost and his Vampire was running out of fuel. Faced with the choice of climbing to a sufficient height to bale out, or descending through a break in the cloud to put down on the ground, F/O Lawrence chose the latter. He passed over Sugworth Hall (circled above) and made a wheels-up landing on Strines Moor. He managed to avoid striking any of the numerous boulders on the moor, and safely got out of his jet whereupon it burst into flames.
Not much is left today, this piece of molten metal was the largest bit.
Details from Peakland Air Crashes – The Central Area, Pat Cunningham, 2006.