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Mill Hill

Crash site

Detailed history

B-24J Liberator 42-52003 of the 310th Ferrying Squadron, 27th Air Transport group crashed at Mill Hill on 11 October 1944. The site now lies within the Peak District National Park and also The Dark Peak Site of Scientific Interest.

The crew: 2nd Lieutenant Creighton R Houpt and Staff Sergeant Jerome M Najvar, were delivering an aircraft from the large American maintenance airfield at Burtonwood to Hardwick, they had had difficulties taking off and fog and cloud obscured the high ground on their route, resulting in the aircraft crashing into the hill. Both members of the crew were injured in the crash but survived.

Large parts of the aircraft are thought to be scattered in the peat bogs around Mill Hill, including a Wasp engine, wing section and throttle quadrant.

Historic environment record reference number

SK 09 SE 10

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People

  • Chreighton Houpt

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 27th Fighter Group
    Crashed into high ground at Mill Hill on 11 October 1944, while ferrying B-24 Liberator 42-52003 from BAD 2 at Burtonwood to Hardwick, after experiencing bad weather. Houpt was wounded in action, suffering a broken jaw. He managed to extract himself...

  • Jerome Najvar

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer | 27th Air Transport Group
    Crashed into high ground at Mill Hill on 11 October 1944, while ferrying B-24 Liberator 42-52003 from BAD 2 at Burtonwood to Hardwick, after experiencing bad weather. Najvar managed to extract himself from the wreck of the aircraft and reached the...

Aircraft

  • 42-52003

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24J Liberator 42-52003 crashed at Mill Hill on 11 October 1944. The aircraft was travelling from the large American maintenance airfield at Burtonwood to Hardwick, they crew had had difficulties taking off and fog and cloud obscured the high ground...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 November 2019 12:01:13 Emily Created entry with name, latitude, longitude, history and historic environment record reference number
Sources

Historic England National Monument's Record no SK 09 SE 10

Past Scape

Peak District Crashes

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