Thursday 20 June 2013 05:05 UTC
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Been waiting for this episode of time team to come on again after I missed it last time,
They are looking for the site of 2 crashed A26 bombers on the Lancashire coast,
Discovery History 22.00hrs and again 05.00am.
Thanks for the heads-up about this Time Team episode.
If anyone is interested in this type of subject then take the 40 minute, easy, hike up from the A57 Snake Pass in the Peak District to the B29 Superfortress crash site. I believe it is the biggest aircraft wreckage pool in the UK.
I would suggest the walk is done on a quiet weekday.
A slightly harder walk of about 20 minutes west of the B29 site takes you to the site of a C47 crash and Lancaster loss that occurred within a few weeks of each other in 1945.
Both sites have memorials.
I thought most of the wreckage had been nicked?
A fair amount of the B29 wreckage has been stolen over the years but there is still a fair amount remaining.
Best place to park is the lay-by at the highest part of Snake Pass (about 500 metres amsl) where the Pennine Way crosses the A57. Head north on the Pennine Way for about 20 minutes then head north-west, off piste, towards the trig marker which lies just above the B29 site.
The C47 and the Lanc crashed within yards of each other and within a few weeks of each other. There is barely anything left of the Lanc but the impact point is obvious. This is where the memorial for both the C47 and the Lanc is situated.
There is a small amount of C47 wreckage below the memorial but most of it is in the gully that leads down the hill. This gully shouldn't be tackled on a poor weather day or when there is a flood as there are a couple of small waterfalls to get past.
There is a number of crash sites in this area including a couple of RAF Sabres on the north face of Kinder Scout.
Some pictures here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/callumd/se ... 377786797/
A plug for this book by Pat Cunningham that gives excellent background info on wrecks in the Peak District:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/High-Peak-Air-C ... 1846742196
Please note: it is illegal to remove any wreckage from crash sites
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