Dartmoor National Park is full of fantastical folklore and fables. Myths, legends and rumours disputed for decades.
Kitty Jay’s grave, the hairy hands, even big cats roaming the moorland. Will we ever really know the truth of these tales?
There’s little physical evidence.
But that’s also the case for 74 aircraft crashes which occurred within the national park’s boundaries from 1939 to 1966.
At least, 74 particular incidents researched and documented by historian Graham Lewis.
There’s no mystery as to why very little remains of these tragic accidents for you to stumble across or explore.
“67 Maintenance Unit, based at Taunton and one at St Eval, would go around to crashes and clear them up,” said Graham.
He added: “Scrap was valuable for the war effort, 67 was the most productive unit in the whole UK and cleared the most tonnage, unfortunately for me.”