Military aircraft crashes in the
south west Midlands - 1930s
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.
details 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.
09/10/1930 DH 9J G-AART of the Armstrong Whitworth Reserve
School suffered an undercarriage collapse when landing at
06/05/1931 Bulldogs J9590 and K1081 of 17 Squadron
collided at Wardington near Banbury, while exercising with
a squadron of Harts. Pilots F/Lt E S
Borthwicke-Clarke and P/O W H Kyle baled out and landed
06/12/1931 William Johnson crashed a Midland Aero Club
aircraft while flying over Meriden. His injuries
were not serious. Aircraft type and serial unknown.
08/09/1934 George Alexander was instructing Miss Florence
West when he force-landed near Whitley aerodrome, Coventy
and the aircraft overturned. Both were taken to
hospital. Aircraft unknown.
20/01/1935 Dr Talbot Dance crashed an unknown aircraft at
Hall Farm, Over Whitacre. His passenger, Miss
Dorothy Mills, died the following day.
24/06/1937 Avro Tutor K3459 of 605 Squadron crashed in
forced landing following engine failure, at Pype Hayes
Park, Birmingham. The pilot, F/O Morris and trainee pilot,
P/O E C Deanesly were unhurt. Deanesly continued to fly
with 605 Sqn, was the pilot of a Defiant that shot down a
Heinkel He111 over Warwickshire in 1941 and led a
colourfull career, surviving the war.
06/02/1938 Hart K2424 of 610 Squadron crashed and
overturned while force landing at Arley. The pilot,
P/O Andrew Thomas Smith and observer, Herbert Rushton,
were both OK.
18/07/1938 Blenheim L1153 of 139 Squadron crashed at
Wixford after the crew got lost at night and ran out of
fuel. The pilot P/O M L McColm and wireless operator
J H Gordon baled out safely, but the observer, Cpl D O Day
died after his parachute fouled an aerial.
August 1938 Dart Pup G-AELR was written off the civil
aircraft register after crashing at Leamington
aerodrome – nothing further known.
22/09/1938 Saro Cloud K3723 of ERFTS crashed in a field at
Walsgrave. Believed all were OK. The pilot/
instructor was F/O E R H Coombes.
09/01/1939 Hart K5030 of 10 FTS spun into ground while
taking off from Longford. Instructor P/O Wood and
his pupil were unhurt.
10/01/1939 Audax K5204 and K7481 of 10 FTS were forced
down by weather while flying from Tern Hill to
Abingdon. K5024, flown by Acting P/O L M Blankensee
flew into a hedge at Comberton, while K7481 flown by LAC A
E Marshall stalled and crashed at Harvington. Both
pilots were unhurt.
31/01/1939 Moth K1883 of 9 ERFTS crashed on take off at
Ansty. Fate of crew unknown.
22/02/1939 Battle K9287 of 12 Squadron crashed on take off
from forced landing at Grimley.
20/03/1939 Blenheim L1459 of 23 Squadron spun into the
ground out of cloud near Banbury. Pilot P/O Joseph
Benjamin Raven and observer P/O Anthony Stewart Peter both
baled out, but died when both parachutes failed to open.
02/07/1939 Tutor K3457 of 605 Squadron undershot a forced
landing at Castle Bromwich. Names of crew not
25/07/1939 Battle L5254 was a brand new aircraft being
test flown by Captain Neville Stack, when it plunged into
the side of a railway cutting while approaching Austin’s
400 yard runway at Longbridge. Captain Stack was
badly injured and never test-flew again.
05/08/1939 Battle K7711 226 Squadron overshot a
forced-landing and ran into trees at Weatheroak.
Pilot F/O N M Thomas was OK.
25/09/1939 Tiger Moths N6850 and N6855 of 9 EFTS were
being flown by pupil pilots engaged in aerobatic
practice. N6850, being flown by LAC P Brandon-Tyre,
hit N6855 from above as it came out of a loop. The
aircraft caught fire and Brandon-Tyre and the pilot of
N6855, LAC W S Longhurst, baled out. Brandon-Tyre
was injured on landing and the aircraft crashed at
Stretton on Dunsmore.
09/11/1939 Harvard N7104 of 10 FTS spun into ground near
Evesham. Pilot P/O S P Morris was killed.
12/11/1939 Tiger Moth K4283 of 14 EFTS crashed in forced
landing at Ansty. Names of crew not traced.
25/11/1939 Harvard N7134 of 6 FTS crashed in forced
landing at Daventry. Pilot Ronald Dunham-Treble was