‹ Return to Air Crash Sites
January 2013 visit
Another visit to RB29 Superfortress ‘Over Exposed which crashed on Bleaklow near Glossop on the morning of 3rd November 1948.
It was a routine flight from Scampton in Lincolnshire to the US airbase at Burtonwood, carrying USAF wages among other things. The crew were due to return to the States in a few days.
Over Exposed was a photo reconnaissance aircraft – hence the name – and had photographed some of the nuclear bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean and had taken part in the Berlin airlift.
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 and 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.
All 13 men were killed instantly when the Superfortress flew into the moor. It is not known why Captain Tanner did not fly at a height sufficient to clear the high ground.