10 February 1943. Flying Officer Henry E Wright RAF was killed when his Tomahawk crashed at Red Gill Moss in the North Pennines. While on a training flight in low cloud it appears he clipped the ground with a wing and cartwheeled across the moor, leaving 3 small craters littered with wreckage, now filled mostly with water and moss.
The Pennine Way at Baldersdale passes within about 4 miles of this place. It is one of the loneliest places in England, mile after mile of desolate moorland and even on a Bank Holiday the only person we saw all day was a hill farmer.
The piece I’m holding up here is part of the starboard wing. See the photo below which is of the rest of this wing.