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30 September 1940. The crew of Hampden L4189 of 106 Squadron were undertaking a navigation exercise from RAF Finningley near Doncaster when the aircraft crashed into the high ground of Black Edge above Dove Holes near Buxton.
The crew had become lost in low cloud and sent a message to RAF Finningley requesting a course to steer. However it would appear the pilot had also decided to descend through the cloud in the hope of getting a visual fix to determine their location and struck the hillside.
Air gunner Sergeant Powell survived with just a broken leg and was pulled clear of the fire by the rescuers who soon arrived at the scene but the rest of the crew were all killed in the crash. All that is left at the site now are a few lumps of molten metal.
Sgt. John Gray Gow, pilot (killed)
Sgt. Charles Owen Cook, observer (killed)
Sgt. Eric Burt, wireless op/air gunner (killed)
Sgt. Norman Thomas Powell, air gunner (injured)
Less than 3 months later another 106 Sqn Hampden crashed into Rushup Edge just 5 miles to the north north east with the loss of all on board.
Below; Map of this part of the Peak District showing the two crash sites