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Shelf Moor

Crash site

Detailed history

C-47 Skytrain 42-108982 of the 314th Troop Carrier Group crashed at Shelf Moor on 24 July 1945. The site now lies within the Peak District National Park and also The Dark Peak Site of Special Scientific Interest.

The aircraft was on a journey from Poix in France, and had taken off on a flight from Leicester East to Renfrew, carrying British and American passengers and a jeep. Poor weather conditions may have been a factor in the crash, which killed all on board. It is thought the aircraft struck the side of James's Thorn. The wreckage was discovered two days later by a member of the RAF who was walking with his girlfriend. Mountain Rescue

In 1997, large pieces of wreckage were reported to be still on site, some wreckage now also rests at Ashton Clough and includes parts of the fuselage, Pratt and Whitney engines and fragments of undercarriage.

The victims of this crash, along with those of Avro Lancaster KB993 (on 18 May 1945) are commemorated at a memorial on James's Thorn, unveiled on 18 May 1995.

Historic environment record reference number

SK 09 SE 9

Connections

People

  • Grover Alexander

    Military | Corporal | 314th Troop Carrier Group
    Killed in a crash at Shelf Moor 24 July 1945 while flying C-47 Skytrain 42-108982 from Poix to Renfrew.

  • Earl Burns

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 314th Troop Carrier Group
    Killed in a crash at Shelf Moor 24 July 1945 while flying C-47 Skytrain 42-108982 from Poix to Renfrew.

  • Beverly Izlar

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 314th Troop Carrier Group
    Killed in a crash at Shelf Moor 24 July 1945 while flying C-47 Skytrain 42-108982 from Poix to Renfrew.

  • George Johnson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 314th Troop Carrier Group
    Killed in a crash at Shelf Moor 24 July 1945 while flying C-47 Skytrain 42-108982 from Poix to Renfrew.

  • Francis Maloney

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 314th Troop Carrier Group
    Killed in a crash at Shelf Moor 24 July 1945 while flying C-47 Skytrain 42-108982 from Poix to Renfrew.

  • Theodore McCrocklin

    Military | Sergeant | Crew Chief | 314th Troop Carrier Group
    Killed in a crash at Shelf Moor 24 July 1945 while flying C-47 Skytrain 42-108982 from Poix to Renfrew.

Aircraft

  • 42-108982

    C-47 Skytrain
    Crashed at Shelf Moor 24 July 1945 en route from Poix to Renfrew. The crew consisting of George Johnson, Earl Burns, Beverly Izlar, Theodore McCrocklin and Francis Maloney and two passengers, Grover Alexander and John Dunlop Main of the RAF were all...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 November 2019 12:32:00 Emily Created entry with name, known as, latitude, longitude, history and historic environment record reference number
Sources

Historic England National Monument's Record no SK 09 SE 9

Past Scape

IWM War Memorials Register no 19154

Peak District Crash Sites

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