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On January 2nd 1945, a brand new Flying Fortress was being delivered from the American air depot at Burtonwood near Warrington, to a bomber squadron at RAF Nuthampstead in Hertfodrshire.
The pilot had not gained sufficient height to cross the last hills of the Pennines however, and struck the ground at Birchenough Hill near the village of Wildboarclough with the loss of all on board.
The photo above shows a memorial plaque with a stone placed above. It is a few metres from the actual crash site and a hundred metres or so from where the wreck came to rest and burned.
First Lieutenant Donald James DeCleene. Pilot.
Second Lieutenant Maynard Stravinski. Co-pilot
Flight Officer Thomas Manos. Navigator
Technical Sergeant Howard F Ayres. Radio Operator
Technical Sergeant Frank E Garry. Flight Engineer
Peakland Air Crashes- The Central Area, P Cunningham. 2006