On 29th November
1944 a large force of brand-new Douglas A-26 Invaders were taking
off from Base Air Depot 2, Warton, bound for the 409th Bomb Group,
9th USAAF base at Bretigny, France
Two of the planes
43-22298 and 43-22336 collided in mid-air whilst joining the formation.
The aircraft then crashed on Warton Marsh, where they remain to
this day buried under the mud and grass. There were no survivors.
taken in 1955?
A German Junkers
88 was shot down over the Ribble estuary on 7th April 1941; the
JU88 crashed on Banks Marsh (near Southport) and the German pilot
landed with his parachute on mudflats off Lytham windmill, shouted
for help and was rescued, made POW and taken to Lytham Hospital
where he had his injured arm operated on.