Military aircraft crashes in the
Details of the crashes and the names of the
appear on 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.
The Midland Aircraft
Recovery Group has found the sites of
many of the crashes, but we are still looking for a
so we'd like to hear from anyone who can pinpoint
a crash that
we've listed. We are always looking for
photographs, log books and
anecdotes relevant to the units based in the Midlands.
below are have been compiled from numerous sources of
information in the public domain over many years.
We've done our best,
but errors are inevitable. Please contact us if you
have more accurate
information on any of the crashes or people listed, or
can add the
names of crew that we haven't traced. Thank you.
07/01/1917 Shorthorn, serial 2953, of 5 Reserve Squadron
and crashed at Castle Bromwich. 2/Lt F. A. Taylor
and Sgt G. N.
Wilson were both injured.
13/01/1917 Avro 504, A2650, of 28 Reserve Squadron crashed
attempting to return to Castle Bromwich aerodrome with a
engine. Capt. W. H. Costello was probably uninjured,
but may have
subsequently gone missing on 24/03/1917.
18/01/1917 Sopwith 1½ Strutter, serial 7801, of 28 Reserve
overturned when force-landing after an engine failure,
probably in the
vicinity of Castle Bromwich. 2/Lt A. S. Talbot was
10/02/1917 DH4 A2143, of 55 Squadron was on a flight from
when it had an engine failure and crashed near
Solihull. Sub Lt
W. H. Legge later died in hospital. He was buried in
and was probably the son of Lt H B Legge TFA, of The Nest,
in Kent and also H B Legge & Co., St Cannon Street,
12/03/1917 RE8 D4810 was being collected from Radford
aerodrome, to be
delivered to 37 Reserve Squadron. It crashed at
after spinning. 2/Lt D Stross and 2/AM A. W. Giles
killed. Stross had been attached to the Machine Gun
Corps and the
Royal Field Artillery. He left a wife and child at
Avenue, Chapeltown Road, Leeds and his parents lived at
Hampstead. His brother was Maurice Stross, Oak Bank,
Lane, Leeds. Giles left a wife and a one year old
Kelsall, St Anne’s Road, Headington, Oxford. He was
and joiner by trade and had transferred from the Devon
His brother-in-law was Henry Meadows, of Yarnton Manor
23/03/1917 RE8 A3454, of 28 Reserve Squadron crashed at
Bromwich. 2/Lt William Moorwood Staniforth was
Staniforth, of the Yorks Dragoons, was buried at SS Mary
churchyard, Castle Bromwich.
29/03/1917 A new RE8 was being collected, for delivery to
Squadron. It crashed at Radford aerodrome, in a
Arthur Boon of 7/Manchester Regiment, from Buxton in
killed. He was the son of James Boon, Traver (?)
Ruabon and was buried at Coventry, London Road cemy.
of the aircraft has not been traced.
03/04/1917 A pilot lost control of Shorthorn A7099, of 5
Squadron, in a violent squall. The passenger, 2/Lt
, was killed in the crash at Castle Bromwich.
10/04/1917 Sopwith 1½ Strutter A1113, of 28 Reserve
killing 2/Lt John Alexander Williamson and Cpl Clifford
Ryder. The crash seems to have occurred in the
Ullesthorpe area. Williamson was from the East Kent
No. 941 Cpl Ryder, was from Sydney, and is also listed
Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, which was at Warloy
France at the time. He was buried at SS Mary and Margaret
11/04/1917 Avro 504 A2682, of 71 Squadron, crashed
after engine failure, probably at Castle Bromwich. 2/Lt J.
G. Moore, 1
Rifle Brigade and 71 Squadron, was injured.
29/04/1917 Avro 504 B1394, of 28 Reserve Squadron, had an
failure when landing at Castle Bromwich. Sgt J.
02/05/1917 Avro 504 B1392, of 28 Reserve Squadron, had an
failure and stalled on a turn when trying to regain the
Castle Bromwich. 2/Lt C. N. Bartlett was injured.
22/05/1917 RE8 A4688, of 1 Aircraft Acceptance Park, was
from Coventry to Lympne. It stalled and crashed in a
Radford aerodrome. Lt Arthur Henry Felix Fletcher,
transferred from the 13th Hussars, was killed. His
marriage was Charles Henry Davis, of 26 Jersey (?) Sheer
29/05/1917 Shorthorn B1956, of 5 Training Squadron hit a
landing at Castle Bromwich. 2/Lt W. H. Jones was
Jones was later posted missing and subsequently prisoner
of war, on
24/10/1917 when flying FE2b A5706, with Lt J S
father was Arthur Harries, of St Helen's Road, Swansea.
04/06/1917 Shorthorn, serial 7355, of 5 Training Squadron,
hit trees at
Castle Bromwich. 2/Lt R. H. Timmis and 2/Lt W. E. H.
both injured. 2/Lt William Ernest Hill Blyth, then of 89
killed while flying on 22/4/1918 and was buried in
was a native of Johannesburg.
08/06/1917 Shorthorn A6897, of 5 Training Squadron,
Blisworth after the pilot got lost. 2/Lt L. H. Higgs
hospital, possibly on 09/06/1917. 2/Lt Lucien Herbert J
buried at SS Mary & Margaret churchyard, Castle
09/06/1917 Avro 504, serial 2923, of 73 Squadron, crashed
in a spin at
Lilbourne. 2/Lt H. Bradley was injured.
23/06/1917 Avro 504 B925, of 28 Training Squadron, was
when the seat broke and jammed the controls. It
crashed in the
Castle Bromwich area. 2/Lt C. W. Jacot was killed
and 2/Lt E.
Villiers was injured. 2/Lt (Temp) Conrade William Jacot,
Bar, was buried at SS Nicholas and Peter Church,
Villiers was from the East Kent Regiment.
26/06/1917 FE2 A5508, of 28 Training Squadron, crashed at
Bromwich after an engine failure. Lt W. F. Findlay
was unhurt and
2/Lt J. Noad was injured.
05/07/1917 Sopwith 1½ Strutter A8262, of 71 Squadron,
crashed on take off from Castle Bromwich. Australian
A/1078 AM1 A. J. Merritt, who was the passenger, was badly
burned in an
attempt to save the pilot’s life and received the
decoration, the Meritorious Service Medal, which was
02/11/1917. 2/Lt Leslie Morley Fletcher, Australian
was killed and was buried in SS Nicholas and Peter Church,
Curdworth. He is commemorated on a simple wooden
11/07/1917 Shorthorn A2493, of 5 Training Squadron was
force-landed in a field adjoining Castle Bromwich
aerodrome after the
engine stopped. The machine struck a hedge, the nose
ground and the pilot was thrown out. 2/Lt Bertram Joseph
killed. He was the son of Mr J Venn, 24 Glena
21/07/1917 Longhorn B3982, of 5 Training Squadron hit
Castle Bromwich village and the
W C Gray was injured.
24/07/1917 Avro 504 B954, of 71 Squadron crashed on Castle
aerodrome. 2/Lt R A Halliday (or Holliday) was
25/07/1917 Avro 504 A480, of 84 Squadron crashed at
aerodrome, when the rudder bar jammed. Lt Oliver Mortimer
Toronto was being instructed prior to going solo and was
injured. Assistant instructor Lt E V D Matthews was
27/07/1917 RE8 A3772 was a newly-built aircraft, being
collected from 1
Aircraft Acceptance Park. It spun into the ground
after take off
from Radford aerodrome. Delivery pilot, Lt Roy
Cumestree Trout of
69 Squadron, was killed. He was the son of Mr W J
Street, Redhill, Brisbane.
03/08/1917 Sopwith 1½ Strutter A8257, of 71 Squadron hit a
spinning, near Castle Bromwich. 2/Lt W F Stiver was
10/08/1917 Pup A7326, of 84 Squadron spun into the ground
after a wing collapsed. Lt William Alexander Taylor,
killed. He was the son of Mr W Taylor, Florence
Mount, Mary Hill
14/08/1917 Avro 504 B928, of 71 Squadron crashed at Castle
gusty conditions. 2/Lt T F Hosking, who had fought
‘Garry Horse, RES Battalion’, survived. He was the
son of Mrs
Annie Hosking, 38 Victoria Street, Rozelle, New South
Sidney Bernard Larkin, Australian Flying Corps, was
20/08/1917 Shorthorn B2036, of 5 Training Squadron tried
to turn to
avoid a machine on the ground at Castle Bromwich, but
crashed when a
wingtip struck the ground. Lt Frederick Arthur
25/08/1917 Sopwith 1½ Strutter A6914, of 84 Squadron force
Kettering. When it took off again the engine failed
collided with a tree. 2/Lt S H Preston was injured.
06/09/1917 Avro 504 A2640, of 28 Training Squadron crashed
Bromwich after failing to flatten out on landing. Lt
G S Curtis
07/09/1917 Sopwith 1½ Strutter, serial 7999, of 28
banked when too close to the ground after taking off from
Bromwich. 2/Lt J Burdekin and the wing photography
Males, were both injured.
14/09/1917 Avro 504 A9803, of 71 Squadron crashed in a
wood at Water
Orton near Castle Bromwich. 2/Lt David K Billings,
had fallen out
of the cockpit to his death, when the straps broke during
aerobatics. He was the son of Reverand J Billings,
Avenue, Chicago, USA.
29/09/1917 Shorthorn A4155, of 5 Training Squadron
collided with a
telegraph pole – presumably at Castle Bromwich. 2/Lt
W R Butler
01/10/1917 BE2e A3148, of 1 Aircraft Acceptance Park,
crashed on the
outskirts of Radford aerodrome after an engine failure.
Captain R H C
Usher and Captain W E Reason, who was the chief technical
‘Norwich EOI’, were both injured.
05/10/1917 Avro 504 B3129, of 28 Training Squadron spun in
off a turn
at Castle Bromwich. 2/Lt Cyril Thornton was killed
2/Lt Granville Vernon Lewis died some hours later. Lewis
was from north
east London and had joined the 3rd London Field Company,
Engineers. He left a wife at 15 Aveling Park Road,
Road, north east London. Thornton was the son of Mr
E E J
Thornton, 28 Acacia Road, Bournville, Birmingham.
13/10/1917 Shorthorn B2038, of 5 Training Squadron crashed
after side-slipping on a turn. 2/Lt Robert Francis
of his injuries the following day. He was the son of
Reverend E B
Christie, Middleton Rectory, County Armargh, Ireland.
19/10/1917 Avro 504 A9782, of 28 Training Squadron crashed
Bromwich aerodrome after the engine was choked. 2/Lt
Gerald Powell was injured.
07/11/1917 Camel B2485, of 71 Squadron stalled and crashed
engine failure – presumably at Castle Bromwich. 2/Lt
08/11/1917 Avro 504 B3179, of 73 Squadron spun into the
to Lilbourne aerodrome. 2/Lt Norman Euslace Sassoon
Groager) and 2/Lt Victor William Price were both
had joined the Worcestershire Regiment and was the son of
Mr W J Price,
The Valley, Great Malvern.
02/12/1917 SE5A, serial B563, of 28 Training Squadron spun
ground after the pilot attempted too steep a turn near
aerodrome. 2/Lt Walter Gordon Coutts was
killed. He was the
son of Mr C Coutts, 65 Gothie Avenue, Toronto, Canada.
07/12/1917 Camel B5577, of 73 Squadron stalled on a turn
after the engine was choked. 2/Lt Charles Robert
injured and died on 18/12/1917. He was the son of Mr
C J Rawbone,
of 4 Templar Street, Myatts Park, London.
10/12/1917 SE5A B4870, of 28 Training Squadron struck a
force landing out of fuel – presumably near Castle
W Newby was injured.
17/12/1917 SE5A B680, of 28 Training Squadron overturned
landing in a ploughed field after the engine cut –
Castle Bromwich. 2/Lt S S Punnett was injured.