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BEA Dakota G-AHCY, looking towards Dovestones Reservoir
I don’t often visit civil crash sites, but this one was on the way back to the car from another site I’d visited, one of five sites on the moors around the Chew Valley.
19th August 1949, BEA Dakota G-AHCY crashed on Wimberry Stones Brow above Dove Stones Reservoir in Saddleworth on its final approach to Manchester Airport having flown from Belfast.
The aircraft was descending through cloud on a radio beam but the pilot Captain Pinkerton had failed to make a necessary turn and was some ten or so miles from where they needed to be, flying over the Pennines near Oldham. 21 passengers and all 3 crew members were killed in the crash. There were 8 survivors.
The names listed below are gathered from 3 sources. There are minor differences between all 3 lists.
EDIT 12 Nov 2015, please see comments confirming the names of Mrs Barclay and her daughter.
Captain Frank Wortley Pinkerton (Pilot), First Officer George Holt (Co-pilot), Radio Officer Richard Willis Haigh (Radio Operator)
Mr Willie Ashton, Mrs Sarah Marguerite Baird, Mrs Elsie Barclay, Miss Jean Barclay, Mr Cyril Beanstock, Mrs Dorothy May Brimelow, Mr Derek Harry Clarke, Mrs Margery Davis, Master Roger Alan Evans, Miss Bridget Anne Farrell, Mr George Stephen Gisby, Miss Ivy Gwendolyn Jones, Mr Hubert Stanley Lea, Mr Henry Brice Prestwich, Mrs Joan Prestwich, Miss Elizabeth Anne Prestwich, Miss Jane Caroline Prestwich, Mrs Elizabeth Schofield, Mrs Beatrice Elizabeth Sydall, Mrs Edna Vickery, Master David Vickery.
Mr Arthur Frank Vickery, Miss Kathleen McMahon, Master Stephen Evans, Mrs Ruth Evans, Mr Horace Evans, Mr Robert F. Ashton, Master Michael Prestwich, Mr Christopher Watt.
This old Dakota was formerly an RAF aircraft (KG348).
Below; Undercarriage leg further down the slope.
Captain Pinkerton had flown Lancasters during the war. On a raid to Berlin in March 1943, Lancaster W4858 was hit by flak, and a couple of hours later while over Holland, Sgt Pinkerton gave the order to abandon the aircraft. Most of the crew survived baling out, but Sgt Pinkerton alone managed to evade capture.
8 second British Pathé clip showing the crash site