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
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the codes and
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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.
03/01/1918 SE5A B681, of 28 Training Squadron dived into
the ground off
a turn at low altitude – presumably near Castle
Bromwich. 2/Lt G
D Floyd was severely injured.
08/01/1918 Avro 504 A3371, of 74 Training Squadron turned
insufficient airspeed and crashed – presumably near Castle
Bromwich. 2/Lt D F Farrar was injured.
11/01/1918 Avro 504 A8572, of 28 Training Squadron crashed
and wires when the engine failed on take off from Castle
Bromwich. Cadet P A Kennedy was injured.
20/01/1918 Pup C213, of 55 Training Squadron crashed after
with another machine. C213 was being flown by Lt B S
the other machine, which has not been identified, was
flown by 2/Lt
Smith. Both appear to have been unhurt.
22/01/1918 Bristol F2, serial B1236, of 59 Training
near Lilbourne after its pilot was thrown out during
practice. 2/Lt Harold Griffith Nelson was
killed. He was
the son of Mrs Nelson, 770 St. Nicholas Avenue, New York,
USA and was
also friends with Martha Grover of 27 Stockport Grove,
23/01/1918 A formation of Pups was flying over Castle
2/Lt Hamilton in Camel B2480, of 54 Training Squadron did
turn from below them. His Camel collided with Pup
B5957 and both
crashed. 2/Lt Reginald Douglas Hamilton and Lt Ralph
both killed. Hamilton was the son of Mr George E O
Notre Dam Street, Montreal, Canada. Hall was the son
of Mr J H
Hall (or Thomas Hall), 150 Valentine Avenue (or Ballantyne
27/01/1918 BE2c, serial 4419, of 59 Training Squadron
crashed – presumably near Lilbourne. 2/Lt G P Kells
28/01/1918 Camel B5589, of 54 Training Squadron crashed at
Bromwich when it stalled and spun after
choked. 2/Lt L C McHugh was injured.
31/01/1918 Avro 504 B4230, of 10 Training Squadron blew a
its engine, which hit the pilot, rendering him
machine crashed – presumably near Lilbourne. 2/Lt J
16/02/1918 Avro 504 B4379, of 28 Training Squadron hit a
force landing close to Castle Bromwich aerodrome.
2/Lt J Farley
18/02/1918 Camel B7363, of 54 Training Squadron spun into
off a loop, near Castle Bromwich. 2/Lt Charles Brock
injured. Whitney was born at Woodstock, Ontario and
in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
18/02/1918 RE8 A3576, of 59 Training Squadron stalled and
crashed at Milcombe, Oxfordshire. 2/Lt George Thomas
Bodycomb was killed.
28/02/1918 SE5A C5371, of 28 Training Squadron had a wing
during a roll. It spun to the ground and caught
L Ludwig was killed. He was the son of Mr W W
Ludwig, 4810, 14th
Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, USA.
09/03/1918 Avro 504, serial D57, of 74 Training Squadron
the pilot attempted to turn down-wind and stalled, at
Bromwich. 2/Lt H W Ford was seriously injured.
22/03/1918 Camel B2519, of 74 Training Squadron stalled
and spun into
the ground after the engine was choked. 2/Lt W F Hay
24/03/1918 Pup B7530, of 55 Training Squadron spun into
the ground near
Lilbourne. 2/Lt Harry Norman Van Duzer died of his
26/03/1918. He was the son of Mrs W H Van Duzer,
25/03/1918 Handley Page 0/400, serial D5403 was the 3rd of
built by the Birmingham Carriage Company. It was
being tested by
the makers prior to acceptance by the RAF, when it
probably occurred at the makers flying ground in
Birmingham. There are no details of any casualties.
04/04/1918 SE5A B8293, of 28 Training Squadron swung on
take off and
stalled avoiding wires, at Castle Bromwich. 2/Lt
was seriously injured.
04/04/1918 SE5A D3447, of 54 Training Squadron spun into
the ground off
a roll – presumably near Castle Bromwich. 2/Lt Cyril
09/04/1918 Pup B7501, of 54 Training Squadron flew into a
presumably near Castle Bromwich. 2/Lt Cecil David
slightly injured. He was the nephew of Mr A
Clark, 806 Keel
Street, Toronto, Canada.
13/04/1918 There was a Zeppelin raid during the night. Lt
Noble-Cambell of B Flight, 38 Sqn, based at Buckminster,
took off 23-25
(on 12/04/1918). While patrolling at 16,000 feet at
01-15, he saw
Zeppelin L62 north east of Birmingham. He closed in
attack. Unknown to him, Lt Brown of C Flight, 38
Sqn, based at
Stamford, who had taken off 23-18, was also making an
Without warning, Noble-Campbell’s prop was smashed and he
a controlled crash near Radford aerodrome in Coventry. He
clear before his aircraft, FE2 serial A5707, caught
FE2, A5578, also crashed at Radford. The squadron
both pilots thought they had been shot down by Zeppelin
L62, but German
records make no mention of this and it seems likely that
either shot each other down, or collided, without the
knowing they were there. Both airmen were injured.
Alfred Brown, 12707, had been in the 24th Northumberland
19/04/1918 Avro 504, serial D1, of 74 Training Squadron
crashed at Castle Bromwich when the
failed. Lt Henry Blackman and 2/Lt W H Hadfield were
19/04/1918 RE8 C2373 spun in off a turn at Radford, when
collected by a delivery pilot from 38 Squadron, Melton
Lt Sidney Angus Leith was killed. He was the son of
Star Hill Hostel, Farnborough, Hampshire and was from from
Northumberland. His brother was John Armstrong
Cottage, Lame Rilns by Dunfermline.
22/04/1918 Pup B5943, of 28 Training Squadron dived into
while attacking a target in Sutton Park. Sgt Henry
was killed. He was the son of Mr R V Young, 33
Quetta, India. Both of his parents were dead and his
John Henry Martin, of Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent.
22/04/1918 RE8, serial E56 was being collected from
for ferrying to the Artillery & Infantry Co-operation
Hursely, Winchester, when it stalled and spun into the
A McDunlop was injured. He was the son of Mrs J
Cartha Street, Langside, Glasgow.
25/04/1918 Camel B9230, of 10 Training Squadron flew into
wires while attempting to fly underneath them, near
2/Lt David Percival McIntyre was killed. He was the
son of Mrs
McIntyre, Roselea, Seafield Road, Broughty Ferry
29/04/1918 Avro 504 D185 of 54 Training Squadron stalled
and spun off a
turn at Castle Bromwich. 2/Lt C W Mercer was
April 1918 SE5A C6419, of 1 Aircraft Acceptance Park is
have crashed at Radford.
05/05/1918 Avro 504 C568, of 74 Training Squadron spun
into the ground
– presumably near Castle Bromwich. Sgt Mechanic
Charles Dawson was slightly injured.
06/05/1918 Avro 504 B3102, of 74 Training Squadron spun
into the ground
– presumably near Castle Bromwich. 2/Lt Jim Joy was
09/05/1918 SE5A D3571, of 55 Training Squadron broke up in
the air when
pulling out of a dive, near Lilbourne. 2/Lt James
Reid was killed. He was the son of Mr C G L Reid,
Post Office, Vancouver, Canada.
11/05/1918 Camel B9242, of 10 Training Squadron spun into
near Lilbourne. 2/Lt Roderick Oliver Sherar was
was the son of Mrs Sherar, 5 Charles Street, Pokran,
Australia and seems also to have been related to Mrs
Eastbourne Road, Birkdale, Lancashire. He was born at at
Victoria, Australia, to Caleb and Ann E Sherar of 338 Punt
Yarra, Victoria, Australia.
22/05/1918 SE5A C9509, of 54 Training Squadron collided
with a tree on
take off from Castle Bromwich. 2/Lt Percy Charles
killed. He was the son of Mr G W Moynihan,
Finsbury Park, London.
25/05/1918 SE5A D6097, of 74 Training Squadron broke up
when coming out
of a dive over Sutton Park. 2/Lt Raymond Tenny Balch
killed. He was the son of Mr W M Balch, 4 Summit
Port, Massachusetts, USA.
27/05/1918 RE8 E139 spun into the ground at Radford.
It was being
delivered to 72 Training Depot Station. Lt Harry
Laughton was killed. He was the son of Mrs Laughton,
Mount Road, Rondeboseh, Cape Town, South Africa. His
Miss V Bennett, of 78 Gleneagle Road, Streatham, London.
in the 10th Middlesex Regiment. He had served with
the 2nd Natal
Light Horse, proceded to England and joined the Royal
Regiment, serving in Egypt, Mesopotamia and on the
of India, where he was wounded.
29/05/1918 DH9 D5610, of 7 Training Depot Station stalled
near Balsall Common. 2/Lt Roy Cowell Townsend was
killed and Lt
Edward Reyneald Watts was seriously injured. Watts
was a pilot
instructor, of the Gordon Highlanders and 7 TDS.
Townsend was the
son of Mr H E Cowell Townsend, Croft House, Hungerford,
31/05/1918 Avro 504 D4364, of 55 Training Squadron
the ground at Lilbourne. 2/Lt James Willard
slightly injured and 2/Lt R K Wilson was unhurt.
May 1918 SE5A C6462, of 1 Aircraft Acceptance Park is
believed to have
crashed at Radford.
04/06/1918 Avro 504 D6299, of 28 Training Squadron spun
into the ground
near Castle Bromwich. 2/Lt Victor George Cheeseman
16/06/1918 Avro 504 D162, of 54 Training Squadron spun in
off a turn
when landing at Castle Bromwich. 2/Lt Joseph Herries
21/06/1918 Camel B6416, of 55 Training Squadron spun into
the ground at
Lilbourne. 2/Lt W Berwick was slightly injured.
21/06/1918 FK8 C8617, of 1 Training Depot Station spun
into the ground
near South Kilworth. 2/Lt Douglas Lavington Little
killed. He was the son of Mr W G Little, 30 Vicarage
Rugby. He had worked at BTH in Rugby.
25/06/1918 SE5A C1776, of 28 Training Squadron stalled and
the ground, bursting into flames. It isn’t clear
happened at Castle Bromwich, or perhaps Hounslow.
Galloway Cordiner was killed. He was the son of Mrs
23 South East Street, Brechin, Scotland.
30/06/1918 Lt John Joseph McDonald took off from Lilbourne
in a machine
from 10 Training Squadron, giving Air Mechanic Smith a joy
The identity of the machine has not been traced, but it
may have been a
single-seater, with both men in the cockpit. The
engine choked on
take off and the machine crashed. McDonald was
thrown out and
survived, but 1/AM Richard Smith hit his head on the fuel
tank and died
of his injuries.
01/07/1918 Handley Page 0/400, serial D4573 was built by
Metropolitan Carriage, Wagon and Finance Company
delivered to the RAF at Castle Bromwich by
29/06/1918. On this
date it crashed while en-route to Martlesham Heath for
Nothing further is known.
04/07/1918 Avro 504 D7783, of 54 Training Squadron hit a
taking off from Castle Bromwich. 2/Lt Neville Victor
25/07/1918 Bristol F2 B8917, of the School of Special
Flying spun into
the ground at Lilbourne. Colonel Ralph Harold
killed. He left a wife, Mrs S J Austin-Sparks at
Caterham, Surrey. He had returned from the Argentine in
rejoined the London Scottish in November and was a second
with the 11th Hussars (12th Calvalry Brigade) by
December. He was
promoted to Captain in the Royal Artillery in May 1915 and
the Royal Flying Corps from June. He was wounded
over Ypres in July 1915. He was Colonel-in-Command
Area) from June 1918. He had been a member of the
Club, Belsize Boxing Club and London Scottish Rugby
19/08/1918 Handley Page 0/400, serial D4593, of 14
Park was on a test flight from Castle Bromwich when it
lost fabric from
a wing and crashed at Maxstoke. This was quoted as
accident in the first year of the Royal Air Force and all
on board were
killed. The pilot was Lt Robert Edward Andrew
MacBeth, the son of
William John and Annie Colhoun MacBeth, of 60 Brock
Canada. He had a “BASc” from the university of Toronto and
qualified for his Royal Aero Club certificate No 3154, on
the 19th May
1916. The second pilot was Lt Frederick James
Bravery, who had a
father in Worthing. 1/AM J May, B/41388, was a “passenger
up for a
rigging test”, next of kin Mrs W May, 36 Gladstone Street,
3/AM Charles William Offord, 163783, was testing the
lighting system. His next of kin was Mrs Offord, 6
Acton Green, Chiswick, London. 2/AM Albert J Winrow,
104987, was a
“passenger to make up war load to pilot’s
instructions”. His next
of kin was Mrs Winrow, 56 Rosemond Street, West Chorlton,
Manchester. 3/AM G Greenland, 194997, was the passenger in
petrol pumps, next of kin Mrs Greenland, 145 Canal Road,
London. 2/AM H Simmons, 119946, was a “passenger to make
up war load to
pilot’s instructions”. He was the son of Henry and
of The Cross, West Meon, Peterfield, Hampshire.
24/09/1918 RE8 C2897 and SE5A F851, both of 1 Aircraft
collided at Radford and fell to earth locked
together. Lt Charles
Geoffrey Baker, pilot of the SE5A was seriously
injured. He was
the son of Mr Charles Baker, 77A Queen Victoria Street,
The occupants of the RE8 were less fortunate. 3/AM
George Welsman was killed outright and Lt Hedley Herbert
later in hospital. Welsman left a wife, Mrs S R
Welsman, at 3
Belle View, Colehill, Wimborne, Dorset. Berry was
the son of Mr J
E Berry, 299 London Road, Westcliffe-on-Sea. He had
at the Somme and at Messines Ridge in 1916, whilst flying
Sqn. He had survived a crash in France whilst
piloting BE12 no.
6628. His brother, Douglas George Berry 59158, was a 2/AM
operator, who enlisted 12/2/17.
01/10/1918 SE5A F856, of 1 Aircraft Acceptance Park,
crashed at Radford. Sgt Dafely Taweloy Austin Jones,
killed. He had served in the Motor Machine Gun Corps
Corps. F856 was a presentation aircraft ‘Australia
No. 39 Western
Australia No. 1. The Boolathana’, donated 28/8/18.
06/10/1918 Avro 504 B927, of 28 Training Squadron crashed
off from Castle Bromwich, when the engine failed.
Hilton Curry was slightly injured.
06/11/1918 Pup B7533, of 28 Training Squadron stalled and
presumably at Castle Bromwich. Lt F B Bainbridge was
Date unknown Camel B9158, of 5 Training Squadron crashed
Lilbourne. Lt C I Lancefield.
Date unknown Camel B9316, of 10 Training Squadron is
believed to have
crashed at Nuneaton.