USAAF P-38G Lightning 42-12928, Forest of Bowland.

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USAAF P-38G Lightning 42-12928, Forest of Bowland

January 26th 1943. A flight of 45 Lightnings was being transferred from Lincolnshire to Northern Ireland for desert modifications to be carried out, before taking up operational duties with the 78th Fighter Group in North Africa. In poor visibility over northern England, however, two of the Lightnings crashed into each other. Both pilots were killed.

The other P-38 was 42-12905 and came down a mile to the south.

Pilot of the above P-38; Second Lieutenant S.L White, USAAF

Pilot of 42-12905 was First Lieutenant H.L Perry, USAAF

A P-38 over California, 1944.

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10 comments on “USAAF P-38G Lightning 42-12928, Forest of Bowland.
  1. andyholmfirth says:

    There’s a lot left ! Looks a hard to get to location Ian.I don’t know this area at all.

  2. Tony-H says:

    Yeah, it almost looks like it could be rebuilt !

  3. pasujoba says:

    Looks like a good site Ian . Bowland doesnt get the volume of visitors that other areas get ( it deserves more in my book ) and open access regs have released great tracts of it to us the public . So ,I would guess that the wrecks there are largely untouched by trophy hunters.

  4. sidewinder54 (Closed For Business) says:

    I am amazed by the size of that piece of wreckage.

    Such an interesting series Ian, I always look forward to your postings on these crash sites.

  5. ​favourite waste of time​ says:

    looks like this crash still had lots of the plane left.. I can’t believe how many rivets there are in that thing — like it was put together with scraps.

  6. Tech Owl says:

    Agree with the comments above – lots of pieces left and there is great detail in the rivets and joints

  7. mick cooke says:

    very interesting ian makes you wonder iof there is any of the sites still out there not found yet

  8. pasujoba says:

    Hi Ian , I think your cross was still present when I visited earlier today , so I used it !
    I thought there was a reasonable amount at 42-12905 , not as much as at this one but still a couple of pools and a light spread of wreckage . It is, though ,quite hidden and if you happen to look in the wrong groughs there would be no chance of seeing it, and I was in terrible trouble with the wife for dragging her through all that mud and water and bog. .
    The GR for 42-12928 is very accurate and a compass bearing dropped me right on it.
    It was a clear day today and I reckoned to being able to make out the wreckage from about 300m distant but it was lost from view as I approached .

  9. maxjvb says:

    You are very lucky!Here in Po valley, after the crash do not remained nothing about the wreck. Alluminium was a treasure here!!!

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