A hike over Kinder Scout to visit the B24 Liberator Bomber Crash Site

B24 Liberator Bomber Crash SiteMartin has been keen to take a trip to Kinder Scout  to find the crash site of a USAF B24 Liberator Bomber which crashed in WWII.  Over Easter we finally visited and what a great day we had.

 

We started in Hayfield and with the aid of our newly purchased Dark Peak Ordnance Survey map and some advice from our friend John Robson, we walked a challenging 12 mile round trip. Luckily, it was a perfect spring day (with a random snow shower at one point)  and we found the crash site easily enough.

 

Even after all these years of being exposed to the elements and trophy hunters, there was still plenty to see. It was good to know that the two man crew survived with fairly minor injuries.  The B24 was brand new at the time it crashed and had made three attempts to take off in very poor visibility.  

 

There are numerous crash sites across the Dark Peak, each one with its own fascinating story.  Id recommend the trip to anyone but make sure you have sturdy walking boots and  a good map!  Also check the forecast before you go because the weather can be pretty severe up there…

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We survived the return journey and rewarded ourselves with a pint at the pub. One little bit of trivia for you – Arthur Lowe of Dad’s Army fame was born in Hayfield – we walked past the blue plaque on the stone terrace where he grew up.

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