USAAF C-47 42-108982 on James’s Thorn

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Undercarriage.

Peak District, Derbyshire.

Crew
1st Lt G.L.JOHNSON USAAF
1st Lt E.W.BURNS USAAF
1st Lt B.W. IZLAR USAAF
Sgt T.R. McCROCKLIN USAAF
Sgt F.M MALONEY USAAF
Cpl G.R ALEXANDER USAAF
LAC J.D MAIN RAF

This was a fairly routine flight from Leicestershire to Glasgow, 24 July 1945. RAF Leading Aircraftman Main was a passenger.
The Dakota crashed on James’s Thorn, just metres away from where Lancaster KB993 had crashed a couple of months earlier. All crew members were killed. Much of the wreckage was pushed down the hill and into Ashton Clough, so that passing aircraft would not report it as a new crash.

Impact site see www.flickr.com/photos/maycontaintracesofnuts/3357501352/i…

fuselage see www.flickr.com/photos/maycontaintracesofnuts/2851871500/i…

3 comments on “USAAF C-47 42-108982 on James’s Thorn
  1. pasujoba says:

    Ian , do you know how many air crash wrecks there are on our hills still with visible wreckage?

  2. Ian D B says:

    Blimey, there’s a question. I don’t know how many crash sites there are, but generally where there’s high ground there’s wrecks. Crash remains in farmland get ploughed over and around towns disappear in no time. As a rough example, there are 8 known crash sites on Bleaklow in the Peak District, of which 7 have visible remains. These range from the B29 ‘Over Exposed’ where there’s the most remains of any crash in the area, to Wellington R1011 where there’s only a few fragments remaining, and everything in between.

    B29 photo

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/maycontaintracesofnuts/2851871494/i...

    Wellington photo

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/maycontaintracesofnuts/3035813136/i...

  3. ryme-intrinseca says:

    Fascinating!

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