Military and civil aircraft
crashes in the south west Midlands - 1919 to
Details of the crashes and the names of the
aircrew involved 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 significant
number, 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.
31/01/1919 SE5A F7975, of 14 Aircraft Acceptance Park spun
into the ground at Castle Bromwich. Lt George
William Holstead was killed. Holstead, from Beacon
Hill, Hindhead, Surrey, had received two body wounds when
engaged in action with an enemy airman and the paper said
he was a ‘Mons hero who won the Military Cross’.
18/03/1919 Handley Page 0/400, serial D8340, of 14
Aircraft Acceptance Park sideslipped into the ground at
Castle Bromwich when landing after an aerial photography
exercise. Lt L W Sage and his 4 passengers were
26/03/1919 DH10 F8421 lost its starboard wings while
taking off from Radford. Flight Sergeant Charles William
Wright of Wells, Norfolk, was killed. He was a ferry
pilot and mechanic with the Central Despath Pool.
The aircraft had been built at Norwich and was being
delivered to Hooton Park. It isn’t clear why it
landed at 1 Aircraft Acceptance Park.
28/04/1919 Bristol F2, serial F5098, of 14 Aircraft
Acceptance Park stalled and crashed on landing at Castle
Bromwich. Captain Edwin Tufnell Hayne was killed and
Major Maurice Nasmith Perrin died in hospital.
Captain Hayne DSC (11/17) DFC (9/18) was born Johannesburg
28/5/1895, served in RNAS (becoming Flt-Sub-Lt 5/7/16)
& RAF 1915-1919. He had claimed 15 enemy aircraft
during the Great War. Perrin was born in Paddington
and left a wife Susan Frances Perrin and daughter Moyra
Robins. He had served as a medical officer
throughout the war and was the medical officer for Castle
20/05/1919 Avro 504 F2593, of 1 Aircraft Acceptance Park
stalled off a turn at low speed and crashed – presumably
at Radford. 2/Lt Leonard Turnell Carruthers was
seriously injured and Lt George Spencer Craddock was
11/06/1919 DH10 E6043, of 14 Aircraft Acceptance Park
stalled and crashed, possibly after engine failure –
presumably near Castle Bromwich. Lt John Seymour
Ingleby was killed and 2/Lt Harry Dennison Dade was
12/06/1919 Avro 504K F8785, of HQ 13th Group crashed
during a demonstration at the Peace Carnival,
Worcester. Lt Joseph Albert Paull AFC (Canadian) was
killed and LAC Jack Ackroyd Bently was injured.
15/07/1921 Bristol F2, serial F4456, of the School of Army
Co-operation force landed at Moreton-in-Marsh due to fuel
shortage. F/O B H Cook and Sgt J F Hall were both
17/02/1923 Vimy F9155, of the Air and Gunnery School was
being flown from Eastchurch to Henlow when the crew got
lost. The pilot had to avoid children on Warwick
race course in the last moments of a force landing there,
and crashed. P/O Frank Kenneth Wright was slightly
injured. P/O William Thelluson Doughty Windham was
seriously injured. Corporal Arthur Suckling Steer
156760 and LAC R A Busby were slightly injured.
22/02/1923 DH9A E913, of 5 Flying Training School force
landed at Shenstone and overturned. F/O D L Evans
23/09/1923 Avro 504 G-EACB crashed at Hampton after losing
part of its engine over Evesham. Mr A L Bisto and Mr
Barret were unhurt, but the aircraft was destroyed.
20/10/1923 Siskin J6983 was being tested at Whitley
aerodrome when it spun into the ground. Major Joseph
Clifford Griffiths was killed. He was the first
chief instructor of the Armstrong-Whitworth Flying School
and was from Birkenhead. He left a wife, who was
living near the aerodrome at the time.
19/02/1925 Siskin, serial 29, had been built for the
Romanian airforce and was being tested by Major Stefan
Sanetescu. It crashed at Whitley after a structural
failure and Maj Sanetescu was killed. This led to
cancellation of the order for Armstrong-Whitworth Siskin V
aircraft, which had wooden wings.
19/07/1926 Siskin G-EBLQ crashed during a demonstration
flight at Whitley aerodrome, when the leading edge of a
wing collapsed. David Arthur Hughes, who was the
chief instructor of the Armstrong-Whitworth Flying School,
was killed. This was the second loss of a Siskin V
due to collapse of its wooden wings.
23/08/1928 Bristol Trainer G-EBQT crashed at Forthampton
near Tewkesbury. P/O Robert Charles Cave Gale was
seriously injured and the aircraft was wrecked.
27/06/1929 DH9J G-EBOR, of the Armstrong-Whitworth Reserve
School hit trees while attempting to land at Whitley
aerodrome. P/O Apthorpe-Webb was injured.
09/07/1929 DH9J G-EBOQ, of the Armstrong-Whitworth Reserve
School stalled and crashed when landing at Whitley
aerodrome. F/O C H Latimer-Needham was reported
killed but actually survived (going
on to become an aircraft designer) and F/O J D
Williamson died of his injuries on 27/07/1929.
28/07/1929 DH9A, of 605 Squadron crashed when force
landing at Wormleighton. F/O Nock is believed to
have been unhurt. The aircraft was written off, but
its serial has not been traced.
03/11/1929 Moth G-EBLW of the Midland Aero Club crashed at
Shirley. The Leamington Spa Courier reported: At
3.30 an aeroplane crashed into a field near Bills Lane due
to engine trouble. The 'plane was completely wrecked and
the pilot, Mr Tracey Liddle of Steechford, received cuts
over both eyes.
18/12/1929 DH9A G-AARS, of the Armstrong-Whitworth Reserve
School crashed – presumably at Whitley aerodrome.
F/Lt F Benstead was unhurt.