★ Bleaklow Bomber
The Bleaklow bomber is a United States air force Boeing RB-29A Superfortress aircraft that crashed near Bleaklow moor in the Peak district in 1948. It was modified as a reconnaissance aircraft, not as a B-29 bomber.
The Boeing RB-29A 44-61999 was part of the 16th photographic Reconnaissance squadron, the 91st reconnaissance group, and the 311th air division of the Strategic air command of the United States air force. The aircraft was named Over Exposed, after it was launched in July 1946 by the 509th composite group during operation Crossroads to photograph nuclear tests at Bikini Atoll, including the dropping of The b-29 Superfortress "Daves Dream"atomic bomb. This aircraft also took part in the Berlin air service in 1948.
The plane crashed near higher shelf rocks on the Kinder Scout moorland plateau near Glossop in Derbyshire on 3 November 1948. The plane was operating a normal daytime flight with two other aircraft, which took off from SCAMPTON airport near Lincoln at approximately 10: 15 and were bound for the US air force base at Burtonwood near Warrington. The pilot, captain Landon Tanner, and the copilot, captain Harry Stroud, were using their instruments because the area was covered by low cloud cover. Judging by the time of flight, the crew decided that the plane had passed the hills and started to descend. Around 11: 00, the plane hit the ground at an altitude of 610 m above sea level, 300 m northeast of the top of higher shelf rocks, and it was engulfed in flames.
As a result of the crash, all 11 crew members and 2 military passengers were killed. When the plane failed to arrive at Burtonwood air force base, the nearest USAF mountain rescue service was called to search for the missing plane. Already during an exercise on Kinder Scout marshes, the RAF Harpur Hill rescue team went to Blicklow and found the crash site at about 16: 30, when the light was already beginning to fade. The wreckage of the plane was scattered, leaving only the tail section intact. The next morning, the residents were returned home and their bodies taken to Burtonwood. The plane was carrying a salary of $ 7.400 for Burtonwood air force base. The money survived the fire and was found at the crash site by the American military police.
In 1988, a memorial with a plaque in memory of those who died in the crash was erected on this site by RAF Finningley.
Most of the wreckage is still on the surface, including the twin-Cyclone engines, wing sections, fuselage sections, landing gear, and gun turrets. One of the gun turrets is on display at the air Museum in Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire. In the 1970s, a local resident found a ring at the wreck site, which was identified as the wedding ring of captain Tanner and was returned to his daughter.
The area around the crash site is difficult to navigate. The most obvious route is from the trigonometric column on top of higher shelf stones. It is approximately a 3 kilometer 1.9 mile walk to the crash site from the Parking lot at the top of snake pass, starting along the Pennine way footpath over the devils Causeway.
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