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RB-29 on Bleaklow
It was a slightly daunting idea, spending the night amid the wreckage of crashed American B29 “Over Exposed”, alone and miles from the nearest other human being.
Over Exposed was a photo reconnaissance Superfortress. It crashed during a routine flight on 3rd November 1948. All 13 men on board were killed.
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 Segeant Saul R. Banks,
Sergeant Donald R. Abrogast,
Sergeant Robert I. Doyle
Private First Class William M. Burrows.
Two other crew members were Corporal M. Franssen and Corporal George Ingram.
Acting as photographic advisor was Captain Howard Keel of the 4201st.
This shiny piece of wreckage caught the moon’s reflection and guided me to the wreck site. From a distance, it looked like someone sat there with a lantern.