Short Stirling Mk. III LJ628 1654 HCU Crashed 21:07:44

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.

LJ628 - Small1

The main wreckage collection; most of the wreckage in this photo was recovered by The Stirling Project.

LJ628 - Small2

Myself beside one of the main wheels.

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