Memorial at site of crashed Halifax Mk.2 HR727, Kinder Scout

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Memorial at site of crashed Halifax Mk.2 HR727, Kinder Scout

On October 5th 1943 Halifax bomber HR727 was returning from a raid when it crashed on Edale Moor, England.

After dropping its bombs, The Halifax had been coned by searchlights over Frankfurt and was attacked by a German fighter. The pilot Sergeant Fenning managed to escape, but his plane was badly damaged. With one engine out, communication equipment not working, and a fuel tank holed and leaking fuel, the Halifax limped back towards its base in Yorkshire in deteriorating weather. With no way of knowing precisely where they were, the Halifax gently descended through the cloud, Sgt Fenning believing the aircraft to be in the vicinity of Selby, some 35 miles North East of where they actually were – over the hills of the Peak District.

The impact of the crash killed 4 crew members immediately. Two crew members survived, so while Sgt Garland stayed with the injured Sergeant Lane, Sgt Mack set off along the debris trail and into the night to find help. By the time help arrived the next day, Sgt Lane had died. Their bodies were taken down to the chapel in the Woodlands Valley.

Sergeant Ernest Hatfield Fenning, RAF, pilot, killed.
Warrant Officer Class Two, Jean Gilbert Felix Fortin, RCAF, navigator, killed.
Sergeant Eric George Lane, RAFVR, flight engineer, survived briefly.
Sergeant Frank Allan Squibbs, RAFVR, wireless operator, killed.
Sergeant Boris Carl Short, RAFVR, gunner, killed.
Sergeant Victor Garland, RAF, bomb-aimer, survived.
Sergeant Jimmy Mack, RAF, gunner, survived.

Details from PEAKLAND AIR CRASHES – THE NORTH (2006) by Pat Cunningham.

11 comments on “Memorial at site of crashed Halifax Mk.2 HR727, Kinder Scout
  1. michele ciavarella says:

    Another cross, like many in Italy too. Honor to those aviators,Ian!

  2. Gary Shield says:

    Amazing history surrounding that cross Ian

  3. Pleasureprinciple2012 says:

    Very poignant, thankfully we have the likes of yourself to record the wreckage and locations of what remains of these crash sites.

  4. Chris Chapman says:

    Went there today and the cross is gone. The information plate is laying among the debris

    • Ian D B says:

      Sad to read Chris. This photo was taken 2009, the wooden cross may have perished over the years leaving just the metal plaque among the debris.

  5. Jackie H Morris says:

    My grandad, Ernest Fenning. Have been up once, am in vicinity again now, so may try again in next few days.

    • Ian D B says:

      Let me know if you need the grid reference Jackie,

      • Jackie Morris says:

        Hi Ian, Thank you. I see the grid reference further down the post. I went to Clacton today and found Ernest Fenning’s gravestone. Will try to go to the site for this 80th anniversary year. All best Jackie

  6. David Rhodes says:


    I would like the Grid reference if possible


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