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C-47 42-108982, near Glossop, Peak District
In Ashton Clough, Bleaklow, Derbyshire.
The C-47 took of on July 24th 1945 from Leicester to Renfrew, Scotland. The pilot, First Lieutenant George L. Johnson, had been warned of bad weather along the flight path up central England, so he decided to take the more direct route and risk the high ground. The rest of the five man crew consisted of co-pilot, First Lieutenant Earl W. Burns; navigator, First Lieutenant Beverly W. Izlar; Crew Chief, Sergeant Theodore R. McCrocklin and the radio operator, Sergeant Francis M. Maloney. There were two passengers, Corporal Grover R. Alexander, USAAF and RAF Leading Aircraftsman J. D. Main. The crashed Dakota was found two days later at 5 o’clock.
The Dakota crashed on Jamesâ€™s Thorn, just metres away from where Lancaster KB993 had crashed a couple of months earlier. All crew members were killed. Much of the wreckage was pushed down the hill and into Ashton Clough, so that passing aircraft would not report it as a new crash.
There is no path in Ashton Clough, and this site is easier to reach by climbing up to it than descending (as I did) from the B29 Superfortress crash site on Higher Shelf Stones.