SECRETS IN DARK PEAK
the Bermuda triangle of the North West, Dark Peak has been the scene
of over 50 plane crashes in 30 years.
Out uncovers just one of the great mysteries hidden in Derbyshire’s
of the valleys
Peak has been the scene of over 50 planes crashes|
landscape of Dark Peak is known for its beauty and is a great attraction
to ramblers. But in the 30s 40s and 50s, the area was the scene
of over 130 deaths from plane crashes, many of which remain largely
‘spooks’ industry has had a field day. Ghost stories, paranormal
forces and tales of aliens have been the talk of the valleys.
historians investigating the accidents are uncovering more and more
bizarre explanations for the accidents. Most of the crashes were
before, during and shortly after the second world war.
were caused by basic pilot errors but others have been put down
to young pilots "showing off", giving their mates a lift or going
off course in order to get a peek of their home from the air. As
one historian told us, "They
were the joyriders of their day."
to this day the landscape is still peppered with the remains of
wrecks. But behind the mangled wreckage are some fascinating human
stories, many of them remain mysteries and untold.
Hempstead's death was unexplained|
golfer George Hempstead was killed on August 29th, 1941. He was
a passenger in a Defiant aircraft.
was hitching a ride back to base but the plane crashed on the Dark
Peak. The newspapers reported his death but didn’t explain how he
Paul and Peter Hempstead return to the hills where their uncle died
in an attempt to shed new light on his unexplained death more than
60 years ago.
by Phil Shaw, whose father was a fire officer and had visited the
scene of the crash, Paul and Peter learn that the bodies of George
and his pilot had been lying on the hills for almost a month.
were seated by the fuselage and had survived the crash. The pilot
had obviously tried to help George but both perished on the hills.
twist in the tale
information from a historian provides a twist in the tale.
holes were discovered in the plane, which is now housed in a museum
in Wolverhampton. Although it is not certain that friendly fire
brought the plane down, what is certain is that the plane was not
supposed to by flying over the North West at all.
brothers return to the moors|
is reported that many pilots would take detours over their home
towns and with poor navigation systems, dropping below cloud level
was necessary to obtain their whereabouts - a hazardous practice
in the mountainous terrain of the Peak District.
Peak it seems is unwilling to reveal the whole truth about what
actually happened that fateful day in August, and indeed to those
remaining 49 plane crashes.
as Inside Out has proved, the truth, or at least part of the truth
is out there.
mystery solved - 49 to go. Good work Inside Out.