USAAF P-38 Lightning 41-7669, Cliviger, Burnley

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USAAF P-38 Lightning 41-7669, Cliviger, Burnley

On the morning of September 1st 1942, Second Lieutenant Lyle L Williams was killed when his P-38 Lightning crashed during a training excercise near the village of Hurstwood in Lancashire. Flying from RAF Atcham near Shrewsbury, the 14th Fighter Group had only arrived a couple of weeks earlier from Hamilton Air Force Base in California and hadn’t had any contact with the enemy.

The pilot emerged from a bank of low cloud, just seeing at the last instant the ground looming ahead. He tried to turn away and almost made it, but his starboard (right) wing clipped the higher ground above Crow Holes Farm, sealing the fate of both pilot and aircraft; the stricken P-38 crashed through some woods narrowly missing the farm and across a field before falling into the brook called Rock Water, pictured above.

There is no visible wreckage. I spoke with the farmer at Crow Holes, he had been there all his life and knew of no wreckage. Still, I got a good soaking searching the bed of the brook and the area around for anything that looked like it might have come from an aircraft. There’s always hope!

The aircraft struck the higher ground just behind my viewpoint here…
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…crashed through these treetops over a farm track
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…and came to rest in the brook at the brook at the bottom of this clough.
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3 comments on “USAAF P-38 Lightning 41-7669, Cliviger, Burnley
  1. DENIS SEXTON says:

    I visited this site in 1982 carried out search over some weeks found a small piece of alloy skin red paint on one side but not sure if from aircraft. there is also some talk of 41-7669 coming out of low cloud & hitting a balloon cable over Burnley the Pilot then tried to put the aircraft down in Cant Clough Reservoir but under shot hitting banking of a stream catapulting the pilot & seat over the banking & a dry stone wall into the next field where he was found he did not survive. The reason there is no wreckage is that it was cleared up at the time so i was told.

  2. I visited the crash within a couple of hours after it happened as did hundreds of other kids who all took bits of the plane home with them.I still have a piece, you can have it if you want it.

    • Ian D B says:

      Thank you Barry, could you please send me a photo of it – my email address is on the contact page – and I will add it to this page with a credit to you?

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