The aircraft , named "Over Exposed!", was on a flight from RAF Scampton to the US Air Depot at Burtonwood. Due to the cloud which covered most of the U.K. that day, the flight was carried out on instruments ( IFR = Instrument Flying Rules.) Having judged that they were clear of the high ground, the crew started the descent into Burtonwood. Unfortunately, while descending through cloud '1999' struck the ground close to Higher Shelf Stones, near Glossop and was completely destroyed by fire.
Sadly, all on board were killed.
The crew were:
AO44484 Captain LANDON P. TANNER Pilot
AO725371 Captain HARRY A. STROUD Co-Pilot
AF13015734 T/ Sgt. RALPH W. FIELDS Engineer
AF14067868 Sergeant CHARLES R. WILBANKS Navigator
AF33736380 S/ Sgt. GENE A. GARTNER Radio Operator
AF34056859 S/ Sgt. DAVID D. MOORE Radar Operator
AF14243965 T/ Sgt. SAUL R. BANKS Camera Crew
AF15090583 Sgt. DONALD R. ABROGAST Camera Crew
AF6918518 S/ Sgt. ROBERT I. DOYLE Camera Crew
AF17234997 PFC WILLIAM M. BURROWS Camera Crew
AF19263748 Corporal CLARENCE M. FRANSSEN Passenger
AF20822424 Corporal GEORGE INGRAM Jr Passenger
AO737964 Captain HOWARD E. KEEL Acting Photographic Advisor
This was our very first crash site visit, on 4th July 1998.
The crash site is visible on Google Earth.
The first signs of the aircraft, an oil cooler and oil header tanks.
The memorial to the 13 crew is visible in the distance.
Parts of the tail unit; remains of the empennage and fin.