The first site of my visit into the North was to the crash site of P-38 42-12905 of the 83rd FS, 78th FG R.A.F. Goxhill Lincolnshire .
The plane was part of a large group being flown to Langford Lodge in Ireland 26-01-1943 for conversion to desert standard for service in North Africa afterwards the pilots were to return to base to start transitioning to P-47s.
The group heading north into the worsening weather that blanketed the moors of the Western Pennines struggled to maintain formation in the heavy cloud this pushed the young men to their limits, tragically 2 of these young men were to be lost when two of the aircraft collided over the mass of Dunsop Fell , 42-12905 crashed almost immediately with the loss of the Pilot
At the site today in a low boggy area a small collection of remains lie partially buried looking about I could see no crater or scar indicating the aircraft broke up before impact nothing else was seen on the surface though other bits may lie under the grass
1st Lt H.L.Perry