Military aircraft crashes in the
- 1919 to 1929
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.
31/01/1919 SE5A F7975, of 14 Aircraft Acceptance Park spun
ground at Castle Bromwich. Lt George William
killed. Holstead, from Beacon Hill, Hindhead,
received two body wounds when engaged in action with an
and the paper said he was a ‘Mons hero who won the
18/03/1919 Handley Page 0/400, serial D8340, of 14
Park sideslipped into the ground at Castle Bromwich when
an aerial photography exercise. Lt L W Sage and his
26/03/1919 DH10 F8421 lost its starboard wings while
taking off from
Radford. Flight Sergeant Charles William Wright of Wells,
killed. He was a ferry pilot and mechanic with the
Despath Pool. The aircraft had been built at Norwich
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
stalled and crashed on landing at Castle Bromwich.
Tufnell Hayne was killed and Major Maurice Nasmith Perrin
hospital. Captain Hayne DSC (11/17) DFC (9/18) was
Johannesburg 28/5/1895, served in RNAS (becoming
& RAF 1915-1919. He had claimed 15 enemy aircraft
during the Great
War. Perrin was born in Paddington and left a wife
Perrin and daughter Moyra Robins. He had served as a
officer throughout the war and was the medical officer for
20/05/1919 Avro 504 F2593, of 1 Aircraft Acceptance Park
stalled off a
turn at low speed and crashed – presumably at
Leonard Turnell Carruthers was seriously injured and Lt
Craddock was killed.
11/06/1919 DH10 E6043, of 14 Aircraft Acceptance Park
crashed, possibly after engine failure – presumably near
Bromwich. Lt John Seymour Ingleby was killed and
Dennison Dade was slightly injured.
15/07/1921 Bristol F2, serial F4456, of the School of Army
force landed at Moreton-in-Marsh due to fuel
shortage. F/O B H
Cook and Sgt J F Hall were both slightly injured.
17/02/1923 Vimy F9155, of the Air and Gunnery School was
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
injured. P/O William Thelluson Doughty Windham was
injured. Cpl A Steer, 156760 and LAC R A Busby were
22/02/1923 DH9A E913, of 5 Flying Training School force
Shenstone and overturned. F/O D L
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
the aircraft was destroyed.
20/10/1923 Siskin J6983 was being tested at Whitley
aerodrome when it
spun into the ground. Major Joseph Clifford
killed. He was the first chief instructor of the
Armstrong-Whitworth Flying School and was from
left a wife, who was living near the aerodrome at the
19/02/1925 Siskin, serial 29, had been built for the
and was being tested by Major Stefan Sanetescu. It
Whitley after a structural failure and Maj Sanetescu was
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
Whitley aerodrome, when the leading edge of a wing
David Arthur Hughes, who was the chief instructor of the
Armstrong-Whitworth Flying School, was killed. This
second loss of a Siskin V due to collapse of its wooden
23/08/1928 Bristol Trainer G-EBQT crashed at Forthampton
Tewkesbury. P/O Robert Charles Cave Gale was
and the aircraft was wrecked.
02/09/1928 DH9A J8107, of 605 Squadron crashed at Great
Glen after a
collision. P/O G H Aldridge was killed.
27/06/1929 DH9J G-EBOR, of the Armstrong-Whitworth Reserve
trees while attempting to land at Whitley aerodrome.
Apthorpe-Webb was injured.
09/07/1929 DH9J G-EBOQ, , of the Armstrong-Whitworth
stalled and crashed when landing at Whitley
aerodrome. F/O C H L
Needham was killed and F/O J D Williamson died of his
28/07/1929 DH9A, of 605 Squadron crashed when force
Wormleighton. F/O Nock is believed to have been
aircraft was written off, but its serial has not been
03/11/1929 Moth G-EBLW of the Midland Aero Club crashed at
Shirley. Nothing further known.
18/12/1929 DH9A G-AARS, of the Armstrong-Whitworth Reserve
crashed – presumably at Whitley aerodrome. F/Lt F