Crews of Royal Canadian Air Force Avro Lancaster KB993 and United States Army Air Force C47 Skytrain 42-108982

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Reference WMO/282760

Address:

Snake Pass

Bleaklow

SK13 7PQ

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Outside - hilltop/field/countryside
Description: Stone of remembrance
Materials:
  • Metal Brass
  • Stone Stone (any)
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: A stone column with a brass plaque pinned to it showing dedication and names of two crashes in uppercase, incised lettering. The first Canadian Airforce crash was of an Avro Lancaster KB993 of the Canadian 403 Squadron. The second of another crash nearby of a USAAF C47/ Skytrain 2108982 . A second plaque below records the unveiling on the 50th anniversary of the crash. It is on a patch of bare rock on the southern ridge of James (James's) Thorn, north of Snake Pass and Doctor's Gate, at National Grid Reference SK 07931 94775
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Upper plaque: ON THE NIGHT OF MAY 18TH 1945 AVRO LANCASTER KB993/ OF CANADIAN 403 SQUADRON, CRASHED AT THIS PLACE./ THE CREW WERE FLYING CIRCUITS AND BUMPS./ (Names)/ TWENTY SEVEN DAYS LATER 408 GOOSE SQUADRON/ RETURNED TO CANADA./ FOR FREEDOM/ NEARBY ON THE MOOR BELOW LIE THE REMAINS OF C47/ SKYTRAIN 2108982 WHICH CRASHED ON THE 24th JULY 1945/ WITH THE LOSS OF ALL ON BOARD./ (Names)/ IN MEMORY/ THEY ARE NOT FORGOTTEN; Lower plaque: UNVEILED ON THE 18th OF MAY 1995/ THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF/ THE CRASH OF KB993 BY/ MRS MARION CLIFFORD, CANADA/ ERECTED BY PAUL BOOTH/ AND STEPHEN LEWIS/ TO THE MEMORY OF THOSE KILLED

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