WWII Aircraft Crash Survey
I'm often contacted to help find and recover lost items, normally rings, but this project was a little
In the late evening of Friday, 21st March, 1941, an RAF Hampden Bomber crashed onto Dartmoor. John Lowe
has a passion for history and as a pilot himself wanted to know more about this crash. He began researching
the final operation of X3054, it's crew and the final resting place on the slopes of Hameldown Dartmoor.
It was realised early in the research project that an archaeological survey of the area in which it was thought
the crash of X3054 took place might reveal something positive.
In December of 2013, a Home Office licence was granted to John for just such a purpose and he contacted me to
see if I could help investigate the area. I was able to not only confirm the exact area of the crash but find
tiny items from the aircraft itself, taking the project to a new level.
Small items were removed and taken for identification by staff at the Royal Air Force Michael Beetham
Conservation Centre at RAF Cosford in Shropshire; those items were positively identified as belonging to X3054.
One of the items found was a fragment of ruler with a tiny metal clasp still attached. This is believed to
be the very ruler used by the navigator at the time of the crash in conditions described by eyewitnesses as thick
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This was an interesting project but also quite sombre. It was hard work locating signals and the initial
rush of excitement on recovery was soon replaced by a reminder of the tragic accident that occured.
For more information on this project and to buy a copy of "The Boys" by John Lowe, I have put together a
seperate website called www.hameldownboys.com