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Horsehill Tor

Crash site

Detailed history

P-47C Thunderbolt 41-6227 of the 63rd Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group crashed at Horsehill Tor on 25 April 1943. 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 return flight from Horsham St Faith to Liverpool (Speke) for obtaining aircraft parts, when it encountered thunderstorms and went into a spin. The aircraft crashed at high speed into the side of Horsehill Tor. The pilot, John E Coenen was able to bale out but suffered severe spinal injuries. Despite this he returned to service for a period and was decorated for his part in a later action before being invalided out of the service.

Historic environment record reference number

SK 08 SE 24



  • John Coenen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 63FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. On a return flight from Liverpool's Speke airfield in P-47 41-6227 on 25-Apr-43, encountered lower than forecast cloud and attempted to divert to Burtonwood. A/C went into spin in cloud and crashed at Rushup Edge,...


  • 41-6227

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 63FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Abandoned on ferry flight from Speke 25-Apr-43, crashed at Horsehill Tor, Edale, Derbyshire. Pilot 2Lt John E Coenen injured bailing out.


Date Contributor Update
01 November 2019 14:27:48 Emily Created entry with name, history, historic environment record reference number, person associations and aircraft associations

Historic England National Monument Record number SK 08 SE 24

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