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    Default RB-29 "OverExposed" Higher Shelf Stones, Derbyshire

    Memorial to "OverExposed" an RB-29 that crashed at Higher Shelf Stones on Bleaklow in the Peak District on 3rd November 1948. There were no survivors. The plane had been used to take recce photos during the Berlin Airlift whilst flying down the corridors with normal transport aircraft. It was off course and decending through cloud.






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    Great photos from up there.

    Good luck with your trip.

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    I took another group of eight 13-17 year olds from Peterborough up to Derbyshire this weekend. As part of the trip we visited the wreckage of "Overexposed" high up on Bleaklow. It is very satisfying to see them taking the place and events so seriously and wanting to know more. IMHO we vastly underestimate the great qualities that the majority of kids in this country have.




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    Mike: I think we also underestimate the qualities of the people like yourself who are prepared to go to the trouble to take parties of kids to places such as this, especially in our modern 'elf & safety culture. More power to your elbow!

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    To be honest the health and safety side of things is nowhere near as bad as the Daily Mail would have you believe! As long as you are sensible and think about what you are doing there aren't many issues. IMO we should never stop taking kids out to these places as it is such a great way of educating them about the environment, history and most importantly of all about themselves.

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    Out of interest, similar photos have been posted on another forum I frequent and there has been some discussion about OverExposed's earlier career. There's rumour that she was a former Bikini Atoll photo plane, and was used for nuclear test recon. I've had a dig around and believe that this may well be the case - she certainly seems to have been in service in the right area. The OverExposed name is rumoured to have come about as a result of exposure to nuclear test radiation.

    Can anyone confirm or refute this, or cite evidence to support either side of the arguement?

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    RB-29 F13 44-61999 was built in Renton, Washington and entered service a month before WW2 ended. It was used in Operation Crossroads in July 1946. It photographed the airborne tests on 1st July 1946 and then again the underwater tests on 25th July. The kids love the fact that the plane was at one point some seven miles from a nuclear explosion.

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    Thanks Mike - very useful info

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    Anyone got any comments on this statement, made by a member on another forum:

    The only version of the B-29 built at the Renton Plant was the A ie 61999 would be a B-29A if Renton production. This means that when converted to recon it would be designated F-13A and not F-13 (which was converted from the original unmodified B-29). The RB designation only came in after 1948, but again should be RB-29A if of Renton origin.

    To add further confusion; between the end of WW11 and 1947 some F-13/F-13A aircraft appear to have been re-designated FB-29/FB-29A.

    Unless you can positively trace a source back to official USAF records, I personally think, data such as this is just so much junk.
    Not that I'm trying to win an argument or anything

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    So it is RB-29A not a RB-29. Not really a big deal is it?

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