Lancaster PA411

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Lancaster bomber PA411

Tintwistle Knarr, Dark Peak, Derbyshire.

Revisit to a crash site which has been tidied up somewhat since the last visit.
Avro Lancaster PA411 crash site.
20 December 1948 on a training night flight from RAF Lindholme. All 7 crew were killed in the crash.

Also near here 3 RAF Hurricanes crashed in 1945 and in 1944 a USAAF P38 Lightning also crashed within a few hundred metres of this spot.

Looking towards Manchester.

Flight Sergeant Jack Sherwood Thompson, pilot
Flight Lieutenant Peter Maurice Maskell, navigator
Flight Sergeant Robert Smith, signaller
Flight Sergeant Vincent Graham, Flight Engineer
Sergeant William Allen Love, Signaller
Flight Lieutenant Thomas Lowerth Johnson, Instructor
Flight Sergeant David William Henry Harris, Instructor

Photos below; how the site looked in November 2008

Below: site visit April 2022

This small pool of debris is at grid ref SK 03494 99221

5 comments on “Lancaster PA411
  1. Nathaniel love says:

    Hi my name is Nathaniel love my grandad is called joseph love he was in the deserts rats the 8th army and my great uncle John love was in the monte casino they both had a story before they passed away about a plane crash that had one of his relatives in with the same name… I was wondering weather or not I’m related to the soldier that sadly passed away in the crash it would be a great pleasure and a mind rest to find some of my lost relatives it would mean the world to me if I had more relatives to share memories with…
    Many thanks Nat

  2. Sam says:

    Hi do you have a gpx file for the 3 crash sites please
    Thanks Sam

    • Ian D B says:

      I don’t Sam but can provide the grid refs if you want to plot a route?

      • Sean says:

        Hi Ian, yes please could you provide grid references

        • Ian D B says:

          Hi Sean,
          Grid refs for the three sites are
          Lancaster PA411 – SK 03565 99254 (main site)
          P-38J Lightning – SK 03932 99088
          Hurricanes – SK 03565 98893 (note engine prop shaft at SK 03527 98907)

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