Douglas C-47A - #42-93525
On 21st October 1944 a United States Army Air Force (USAAF) Douglas C-47A Dakota took off from Grove Airfield, Oxfordshire.
It was flying supplies to Stansted, Essex for an onward flight to France. The weather conditions were very poor, low cloud base and fog.
At 1030hrs approximately 15 minutes and 29 miles from Grove, the aircraft crashed at the top of Kop Hill, near Princes Risborough, killing all five crew members, they were:
1st Lt. Edwin E. Walker, Pilot
F/O Sam P. Rubinowitz, Co-Pilot
T. Sgt William P. Lulf, Radio Operator
Sgt Cecil A. Edmonds, Engineer
PFC Merl C. Stutesman, Engineer
The official crash record states the cause of crash as the pilot trying to fly contact (visually) in instrument conditions. However a number of eyewitnesses in Princes Risborough report seeing the aircraft trailing smoke before the aircraft crashed into Kop Hill.