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Memorial Title

Crew of USAF Superfortress RB-29A Over Exposed!

Summary

Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a memorial plaque to the crew of USAF Superfortress RB-29A Over Exposed! at Higher Shelf Stones, Snake Pass, Bleaklow, Derbyshire.
Images

Setting Area Shrine Memorial Plaque
Locations

Last known location:
Higher Shelf Stones
Snake Pass
Bleaklow
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
SK13 7PQ

NGR:
SK 09038 94895 ±5m
Location details:
The quoted postcode is for the eastern outskirts of Glossop. Access to the moorland is from the footpath about 5km further east than the edge of the town. The route follows the Pennine Way northwards for about 2km before turning west across open moorland for about another kilometre.
Type

Overall type: Plaque.


Overall condition: Fair. The inscription is legible.


An oblong bronze plaque on a sandstone pillar amidst aircraft wreckage. The roughly hewn sandstone block has an inclined and dressed upper face with a recess bearing the plaque. The plaque has an incised depiction of an aircraft at the head and an incised inscription in upright compressed capital block lettering. The memorial is located on the edge of the debris field resulting from the crash of the huge bomber: big pieces of the aircraft lie over a large area and many of them bear small wooden crosses, poppies and other tributes. One large metal panel, angled up from the ground, contains many such tributes and has grown to become a significant shrine. Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Plaque Bronze 195 305 - Fair
Pillar Sandstone 850 600 900 Fair
Wreckage Metal - - - -
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription

IN MEMORY
HERE LIES THE WRECKAGE OF B-29 SUPERFORTRESS
"OVEREXPOSED" OF THE 16th. PHOTOGRAPHIC RECONNAISSANCE
SQUADRON USAF WHICH TRAGICALLY CRASHED WHILST DESCENDING
THROUGH CLOUD ON 3rd. NOVEMBER 1948 KILLING ALL 13
CREWMEMBERS. THE AIRCRAFT WAS ON A ROUTINE FLIGHT FROM
RAF SCAMPTON TO AMERICAN AFB BURTONWOOD.
IT IS DOUBTFUL THE CREW EVER SAW THE GROUND.
MEMORIAL LAID BY 367 AIR NAVIGATION COURSE OF
RAF FINNINGLEY ON 12 NOVEMBER 1988.

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict Non-combat death in service.
Number died 0
Number served and returned 0
Total names 0
Administration

Custodian: Not known.

Local authorities:
From 1948: Charlesworth Parish Council; Chapel en le Frith Rural District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Charlesworth Parish Council; High Peak Borough Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History

17th April, 1951: The memorial lies within the Peak District National Park designated on that date.

12th November, 1988: The memorial was installed by 367 Air Navigation Course, RAF Finningley.

17th August, 2009: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in fair condition.
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