Frank Wortley Pinkerton was a Hyde man, born in 1913. Before WW11 he was working at the Leathercloth Division of I.C.I. Newton.
On August 19th 1949, Captain Pinkerton was flying ex-RAF BEA Dakota G-AHCY From Belfast to Ringway, Manchester, with 2 other crewmembers and 29 passengers. Due to a navigational error, they descended through cloud on their approach to Ringway and crashed into Wimberry Stones Brow, Dovestones, Saddleworth.
At the time of the crash, Mrs Pinkerton was expecting their 2nd son, Richard. Their home was at Wallasey. In his pre war days, Frank was a keen hiker, and by coincidence the area where he crashed was one of his favourite walks.