The aircraft was on an exercise from Wigsley, practising 2- and 3-engine flying. During the exercise, the aircraft strayed off track and flew into the ground at Upper Commons, Peak District, near Sheffield.
The crew were:
Pilot Officer L GARDINER Pilot
Sergeant J COULSON Bomb Aimer / Air Gunner ( Injured )
Sergeant J GITTINGS Flight Engineer - Instructor
Sergeant McDONALD Navigator
Sergeant T BURROUGHS Wireless Operator ( Injured )
Sergeant LUDLOW Flight Engineer
Sergeant AUSTIN Air Gunner
Sergeant L Van NIERKIRK Air Gunner ( Injured )
Flying Officer J O’LEARY Flying Instructor
Squadron Leader HADLAND ?
In January 2005 the larger parts were recovered by The Stirling Project.
The crash site ( prior to the recovery ) is visible on Google Earth.
The main wreckage collection; most of the wreckage in this photo was recovered by The Stirling Project.
Myself beside one of the main wheels.