Remembering the American airmen of WWII
Tuesday 10th November 2015 @ 12:46 by Becky Cahill
News

A service of remembrance for 13 American airmen was held on a Glossop hillside on Sunday.

It was attended by Glossop Mountain Rescue Team’s Peter Jozefcyk, who has organised the tribute for many years, colleagues and friends, and two Charlesworth parish councillors.

They met on Higher Shelf Stones to honour an air crew who had gone through the Second World War unscathed, only to die days before they were due to fly home.

The small group gathered around the wreckage of the B29 Super Fortress that had crashed in November 1948.

All the USAAF airmen had died when ‘Over Exposed’ ploughed through thick mist into rocks on the Bleaklow moors bordering Snake Pass.

It was flying a payroll from Scampton to the USAAF Burtonwood near Warrington when disaster struck.

Peter said: “On what must of been the warmest November day in over 70 years, we gathered round the piece of wreckage.

“I welcomed the group and went on to say that without men like Ron Collier and Gerald Scarratt this ceremony would probably never have started. I said I will continue to do so on their behalf.

“I went on to say the ceremony was also in tribute to all the other service men who lost their lives in and around the hills of the Peak District.”

Peter continued with the reading of Laurence Binyon’s For the Fallen. It was precisely 10.48am, the time on the watch of one of the crew, which was found at the scene of the crash.

It was followed by a minute’s silence before the wreaths were laid. The group was joined by Charlesworth parish councillors Marcus Gill and John Mason.

This year the council decided to lay a wreath, with the two councillors given the honour of laying it.

Marcus said: “I felt honoured and humbled to do this and I will make sure that these men will not be forgotten.”

By David Jones