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P-38 Lightning 42-67207
Above; taken at sunrise. April 2011.
This is how the crash site looked in Autumn 2008;
The debris pool is at grid reference SK 03932 99080. The actual impact point, which was identifiable after recent fires had burned off much of the heather, appears to be a few metres to the south of this spot, halfway between the debris pool and the fence.
10th May 1944 Flight Officer Hugh Jones USAAF took off from Goxhill near Grimsby on a training flight with other P-38s. However, once airborne he could not locate his flight due to cloud and as such requested permission to join another pair of Lightnings training in the area.
The leader 2nd Lt Cole agreed and with, as Cunningham puts it, “..the stray lamb which had appeared on his right wing” the new formation flew on. Upon entering cloud, the leader made a half circle turn to get himself and his men clear of it. Emerging from the cloud, the P-38 off 2nd Lt Cole’s starboard wing had gone; F/O Jones had lost contact with the leader and crashed on Tintwistle Knarr. His aircraft was upside down as it struck at a shallow angle, so it is quite possible a disoriented F/O Jones thought he was climbing up and out of the cloud rather than descending towards earth.
Below; visit to the site February 2015
Below: A few shots taken with a phone, visit April 2022. Not great photos but they show, unusually, that if anything there is more visible debris at this crash site than there has been in previous years. This is probably because there is evidence in the area between the debris pool and the fence of some tidy digging (see image further below).