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Report - B29 super fortress Crash site, Glossop, June 2013

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by The Kwan, Jul 7, 2013.

  1. The Kwan

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    Not exactly Urban exploration but I had been itching to see this place having failed miserably in the snow late last year so with the sunny dry weather a return was on the cards.

    A bit of info about B29 Overexposed
    On November 3rd 1948 the American superfortress "overexposed" Crashed at Higher Shelf Stones whilst on a twenty five minute flight from Scampton in Lincolnshire to Burtonwood USAF base near Warrington. After filing a flight plan, and being advised of broken cloud at 2,000 to 4,000 feet, the pilot took off at around 10.15 am. Around twenty minutes in to the flight the pilot nosed the aircraft down through the overcast sky to establish position. The Hillside that she crashed into rises over 2,000 feet, it is unlikely that any of the crew saw the ground before they hit it. Apart from the crew of thirteen the aircraft was carrying sacks of mail homeward bound to the USA, and a payroll of £7,000 for the staff at Burtonwood.

    The aircraft was "overexposed" a world war two heavy bomber


    The Crew list who all lost thier lives were

    • Pilot, Captain Landon P. Tanner.​
    • Co-pilot, Captain Harry Stroud.​
    • Engineer, Technical Sergeant Ralph Fields.​
    • Navigator, Sergeant Charles Wilbanks.​
    • Radio Operator, Staff Sergeant Gene A. Gartner.​
    • Radar Operator, David D. Moore.​
    • Camera Crew, Technical Sergeant Saul R. Banks.​
    • Camera Crew, Sergeant Donald R, Abrogast.​
    • Camera Crew, Sergeant Robert I. Doyle.​
    • Camera Crew, Private First Class William M. Burrows.​
    • Crew, Corporal M. Franssen.​
    • Crew, Corporal George Ingram.​
    • Photographic advisor from the Motion Picture Unit, Captain Howard Keel.

    • So some 65 years after the crash there is still plenty of wreckage to be seen at the crash site and the first thing that strikes you when you walk upon the site is the amount of fusilage and other bits of wreckage that have stood the test of time. You have to walk along the Pennine way from snake pass and leave it to walk up towards Bleaklow and it is wet and muddy even on a lovely sunny day but it is worth the effort.

      The crash site

    some landing gear minus its tyres and bits of fusilage

    A complete engine that is minus its propeller

    Some control wire wheels that probably ran to the wings or tail rudders

    Stainless remains shiney after so many years
    A complete wing section from the Boeing superfortress

    Another one of the Overexposed engines, once a roaring powerhouse but now just scrap metal

    What appeared to be a central part of the Bomber with landing gear and part of the wing attached, see the wreckage strewn all over the place

    Part of the wing that remains intact

    yet another engine






    Thanks for looking

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