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Short Sterling LJ628
21 July 1944
All 10 crew survived this crash. The Stirling was on a training exercise, the crew learning how to deal with stopped engines and such events. With attention concentrated on these details, the bomber had drifted off course and flew into Howden Moor in the Peak District. Pilot of the Stirling, Squadron Leader Hadland, had just enough time to pull back on the stick to reduce the blow as the aircraft struck the ground. Fortunately there was no fire.
Squadron Leader Hadland
Flying Officer J O’Leary
Flying Officer L Gardiner
Sergeant J Coulson
Sergeant J Gittings
Sergeant T Burroughs
Sergeant L van Nierkirk (Royal Rhodesian Air Force)
Sergeant Austin (Royal Rhodesian Air Force)
below; Fragment of debris in a clough about 1km from the impact point.
Details from High Peak Air Crash Sites by Pat Cunningham (2010)