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Daughter plans Glossop return in Dad’s memory
Sunday 11th February 2018 @ 09:00 by Nigel Skinner
Glossop Chronicle News

The daughter of the American pilot who died with his crew when their war plane crashed 70 years ago could be returning to Glossop.

Jean Houlding (pictured above, centre) is expected to attend a service planned for later this year around the wreckage of the B29 Superfortress ‘Over Exposed’ at Higher Shelf Stones near Snake Summit.

It was where her father, United States Air Force Captain Landon P Tanner (pictured below) and 12 other airmen, perished on a misty winter’s morning on November 3, 1948.

Peter Jozefczyk who is keen to keep the memory of the tragedy alive, has organised a service at the crash site on, or near, November 3, for many years.

This year’s will have a much higher profile.

Peter, a member of Glossop Mountain Rescue Team, said:  “Jean has said it’s on her ‘bucket list’ for her to do this year, so hopefully she will be able to attend.

“I will also be contacting local air cadets to get involved with the service and I also plan to contact someone from one of the serving USAF (stations) in Lincolnshire to see if they could send a representative.”

The crash has entered Glossop folklore and the site is regularly visited by some of the thousands of people who walk on the Bleaklow moors every year.

Classed as a monument,  small wooden crosses surround the wreckage, laid in tribute to the crew.

The plane was flying from Scampton in Lincolnshire to deliver mail and a pay role to the USAF base in Burtonwood near Warrington, when it ploughed into the ground killing everyone on board.

Jean and her husband Don were amongst a party of Americans who visited Glossop in November 2008, for a 60 years’ commemoration service.

They met at Snake Summit, taking a 30 minute walk across the moors to Higher Shelf Stones, a journey they will make this November.

The visit 10 years ago, coincided with the discovery of the plane’s gun turret by Peter.

It was on display at Glossop Heritage Centre and when it closed was transferred to Newark Air Museum.