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Visit with Pasujoba Paul and Richard Tierney.
There were a number of other people visiting the site, a large number of kids among them. They shouted, played their ipods and clambered over the wreckage. But upon seeing all this stuff they might be encouraged to wonder what happened here, possibly even develop an interest in the historical. That’s got to be a good thing.
Over Exposed was an RB29 Superfortress. It 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.
CREW & FLIGHT DETAILS
Captain Landon P. Tanner took off on the morning of 3rd November 1948, at around 1015. It was a routine flight from Scampton in Lincs 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.
His crew for the trip;
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.