Each year, on the 11th November, it is customary in Britain and the Commonwealth to remember those who lost their lives in the service of their countries in two world wars.

Not all of those lost were killed in action. Preparing for war was a difficult and dangerous business, particularly for aircrew. Across the Peak District National Park are the sites of well over 150 aircraft crashes from the Second World War which mostly involved young and inexperienced aircrew learning to navigate and fly their aircraft. The pressure of a nation preparing for action meant that training often continued  even in what we would regard today as inappropriate weather conditions. In the wild uplands of the Peak District, then as now, the weather could turn in a trice and blot out the landscape. Without the sophisticated navigation equipment we have today, flying over this terrain could be challenging in the extreme. 

Within just 4 miles of Roachside Cottage are the locations of 7 of these crashes.  

On Goldsytch Moss is the site of an enemy bomber too.

Young men from New Zealand, Australia, the USA, Canada, the UK and Germany, all cut down in their prime.

A reminder of the cost of war. For everyone.

                                                                                                                      Information from Peak District Air Crash Research.