USAF B-29 Superfortress 44-61999 “Over Exposed” at Higher Shelf Stones, Bleaklow, Dark Peak.

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September 2008 visit

Crashed in low cloud on Bleaklow near Glossop, England, 3rd November 1948. Routine flight from RAF Scampton, crew due to return home 3 days later. All 13 crew died.
This plane had taken part in the Berlin Airlift. Converted from a bomber to photo recon designation, hence the name.

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.

The wreck site is at grid reference SK 09062 94890 which is just to the east of the trig point on Higher Shelf Stones. It is about an hour’s walk there from the summit of Snake Pass.

8 comments on “USAF B-29 Superfortress 44-61999 “Over Exposed” at Higher Shelf Stones, Bleaklow, Dark Peak.
  1. Pawel Sawicki says:

    Amazing document…

  2. penske666 says:

    Gosh – never realised there was anywhere with this much wreckage exposed!

  3. Dusty_73 says:

    Incredible…almost surreal!

    Very sad, but this is an incredible documentary.

  4. pasujoba says:

    Good stuff, Ian

  5. Ron Layters says:

    Hi, I’m an admin for a group called Bleaklow, and we’d love to have this added to the group!

  6. piotr szafel - - ps photograph says:

    is it still there all that stuff ?

  7. Ian D B says:

    Yes it is all still there at present. Some of it had been buried, but has since been unearthed. Of all the air crash sites in the area, this one has the most wreckage remaining.

  8. cgullz says:

    neat to find this and have read about it. also, that link to the map was amazing btw. incredible how ‘apparent’ that wreckage is, and how insane cool that landscape would be for aerial abstract shots!

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