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HER Number:MDV108874
Name:Crash site near Standon Farm, Peter Tavy


Lancaster bomber crashed in 1944 on the hillside above the farm. The farmer helped two of the crew to safety but six others perished. Soliders are said to have guarded the site while the bombs etc. were being removed.


Grid Reference:SX 548 814
Map Sheet:SX58SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishPeter Tavy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishPETER TAVY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • AIRCRAFT CRASH SITE (World War II - 1944 AD to 1944 AD (Between))

Full description

Greeves, T., 2009, Standon Farm: an historical and archaeological survey, 45-6 (Report - Survey). SDV360465.

Crash site of a fully loaded Lancaster bomber on Standon Hill on 24th May 1942. The bombs were later removed from the moor.

History Group Minutes, 2011, Widecombe in the Moor (Website). SDV347726.

The last recorded occupier at Standon farm was the Fone family and in World War Two, May 1944, a Lancaster bomber crashed into the hillside above the farm. The son of the family at that time, recalled the incident, including how his father helped rescue two of the crew, six others perished. He can also remember soldiers guarding the site and the bombs being towed away on farm slides.
Location is approximate.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV347726Website: History Group Minutes. 2011. Widecombe in the Moor. Digital. [Mapped feature: #2394 ]
SDV360465Report - Survey: Greeves, T.. 2009. Standon Farm: an historical and archaeological survey. A4 Spiral Bound. 45-6.

Associated Monuments

MDV12858Related to: Enclosure north-east of Standon Farm Peter Tavy (Monument)
MDV19429Related to: Standon Farm, Peter Tavy (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Nov 3 2017 3:28PM