United Kingdom Superfortress Crash Site

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James Grant

About This Spot

Bleaklow, at 633m high, is the Peak District’s second highest mountain, only 3m lower than its neighbour Kinder Scout. The large peat-laden and boggy plateau is the furthest land east of England, which is above 2,000ft. It is also the source of the River Derwent.

Bleaklow is definitely a ‘Marmite’ mountain, you either completely love or loathe it. Bleaklow can be very bleak and barren, especially when the clouds roll in making it more akin to a foreign
world. However, in the right conditions, with a little exploration there are plenty of viewpoints to see, often quiet and some are even unknown to others.

One of the most unique features on Bleaklow is the B-29 Superfortress crash site at Higher Shelf Stones. The plane called ‘Over Exposed’, part of the Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron,
crashed just shy of the summit killing all 13 crew members and leaving a trail of destruction scattered across the moor in its wake. The crash site is well preserved today and is certainly an eerie place to be at any time of day.

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