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Dunsop Fell

Crash site

Detailed history

P-38G Lightnings 42-12905 and 42-12928 of the 83rd Fighter Squadron, 78th Fighter Group crashed at Dunsop Fell on 26 January 1943. The now site lies within the Bowland Fells Site of Special Scientific Interest.

The aircraft were flying with 43 others of the 78th Fighter Group from their base at Goxhill to Base Air Depot 3, at Langford Lodge in Northern Ireland to be modified for service in the Mediterranean Theatre of Operations. All aircraft struggled to maintain formation in the bad weather, and P-38 42-12905, flown by First Lieutenant H L Perry, collided with P-38 42-12928, flown by Second Lieutenant S L White, bringing both aircraft down over the Trough of Bowland. Both pilots were killed.

Historic environment record reference number

SD 65 SE 5 and SD 65 SE 6



  • Henry Perry

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 78th Fighter Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in midair collision with another squad member. P38 42-12905 took off from Goxhill. Collision occured in the Forest of Bowland on the Lancashire-Yorkshire border with heavy cloud cover. The other pilot was Stephen White.

  • Stephan White

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 78th Fighter Group
    Killed in mid-air collision in P-38 Lightning 42-12928 on 26 January 1943, while flying from Goxhill to Langford Lodge.


  • 42-12905

    P-38 Lightning
    Crashed at Forest of Bowland, 26th January 1943. See more at :

  • 42-12928

    P-38 Lightning
    Crashed at Baxton Fell, Forest of Bowland on26th January 1943. See more at :


Date Contributor Update
01 November 2019 15:29:01 Emily Changes to name, latitude, longitude, history, historic environment record reference number and aircraft associations

Historic England National Monument Record numbers SD 65 SE 5 and SD 65 SE 6

Pastscape 42-12905 and Pastscape 42-12928

Lancashire Aircraft Investigation Team

Date Contributor Update
25 March 2015 10:18:30 general ira snapsorter Created entry with name, known as, latitude, longitude, history and aircraft associations

Added new crash site from details provided at: