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RAF Lancaster bomber NF908
This mostly Australian crewed bomber was on a fighter affiliation exercise on January 3rd 1945, but when descending through cloud the aircraft crashed on The Roaches, a craggy ridge in the Peak District, with the loss of all on board.
Half an hour later, a USAAF Douglas A-20G Havoc 43-9958 crashed just 3 miles to the North East near the village of Flash, killing pilot First Lieutenant Eugene H. Howard…. And the evening before, USAAF B17 43-38944 had crashed 3 miles to the North, also with the loss of all crew.
Flying Officer W V W Allamby, RAAF, Pilot.
Sergeant N Lees, RAF, Flight Engineer
Flight Sergeant Geoffrey James Dunbar, RAAF, Bomb aimer
Flight Lieutenant J I Pritchard, RAAF, Navigator
Flight Sergeant R Emonson, RAAF, Wireless Operator
Flight Sergeant T E H Wright, RAAF, Air Gunner
Flight Sergeant C C Watson, RAAF, Air Gunner.
Below; A Lancaster bomber photographed at Derwent Valley in the Peak District
January 2010 visit
New tab. Crash site of American Flying Fortress which came down a few miles away, just the evening before