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Military aircraft crashes in the West Midlands

Details of the crashes and the names of the aircrew involved can be found from this page. Please contact us if you are related to somebody on the list, or know of a photograph of them. If original photographs or papers are still in the family, we can help to caption photographs and explain the codes and nicknames that were used at the time. We appreciate the opportunity to copy original material for the museum's archive.

We are always looking for photographs, log books and anecdotes relevant to the units based in the Midlands.

South west Midlands

1915 and 1916 13 crashes recorded: mainly training aircraft from Castle Bromwich.

1917 45 crashes recorded: mainly training aircraft from Castle Bromwich and Lilbourne, predominantly Avro 504s and SE5As.

1918 54 crashes recorded: training aircraft from Castle Bromwich and Lilbourne, including 504s, SE5As, Camels and Pups and also newly built aircraft from the Aircraft Acceptance Parks.

1919 to 1929 20 crashes recorded

1930 to 1939 23 crashes recorded: mainly training aircraft.

1940 56 crashes recorded: mainly Hurricanes and training aircraft.

1941 120 crashes recorded: Wellingtons started to dominate; a few German bombers.

1942 161 crashes recorded: mainly Wellingtons, Whitleys and Beaufighters.

1943 171 crashes recorded: mainly Wellingtons, Whitleys, Oxfords and Beaufighters.

1944 150 crashes recorded: mainly Wellingtons and Oxfords.

1945 105 crashes recorded: mainly Wellingtons.

1946 to 1949 59 crashes and write-offs recorded: mainly Wellingtons, Mosquitoes and gliders.

1950 to 1988 67 crashes recorded: mainly Harvards, Oxfords and Meteors.


North west Midlands

1938 to 1941 Crashes in Staffordshire and north Warwickshire.

1942 Crashes in Staffordshire and north Warwickshire.

1943 Crashes in Staffordshire and north Warwickshire.

1944 Crashes in Staffordshire and north Warwickshire.

1945 to 1952 Crashes in Staffordshire and north Warwickshire.

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