Military and civil 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.
9 October 1930 (09/10/1930) DH 9J G-AART of the Armstrong
Whitworth Reserve School suffered an undercarriage
collapse when landing at Whitley.
6 May 1931 (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
12 July 1931 (12/07/1931) DH.60 Moth G-ABDR flying from
Castle Bromwich crashed in heavy rain at Erdington.
Charles Edward Ansell Flewitt was killed and F/O John
Roderick Horton Baker was injured.
6 December 1931 (06/12/1931) DH60G Moth G-EXBT from the
Midland Aero Club at Castle Bromwich crashed at
Meriden. The pilot, William Johnson, suffered a
broken ankle and other minor injuries.
8 September 1934 (08/09/1934) DH60G Moth G-ABMA was being
flown by George Alexander, who was instructing Miss
Florence West when he force-landed near Whitley aerodrome,
Coventy and the aircraft overturned. Both were taken
11 November 1934 (11/11/1934) Gipsy Moth G-AAFI crashed on
landing at Tachbrook (Leamington aerodrome). Alan Goodall
and Ken Douglas were unhurt.
20 January 1935 (20/01/1935) Moth Major G-ACOI crashed at
Hall Farm, Over Whitacre. Dr Talbot Dance survived
but his passenger, Miss Dorothy Mills, died the following
the Moth was repaired and was back with the Midland Aero
Club in April 1935.
24 June 1937 (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.
6 February 1938 (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 unhurt.
18 July 1938 (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
August 1938 Dart Pup G-AELR was taking off from Abbey
Farm, Wroxall, downhill with no wind when a wing hit a
hedge and the aircraft turned over and was wrecked. The
pilot, Alf Green, is not believed to have been injured.
The aircraft may have been based at Leamington aerodrome
and was subsequently written off from the civil aircraft
22 September 1938 (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.
6 December 1938 (06/12/1938) Avro Cadet G-ADTZ of 9 ERFTS
Ansty crashed at Walsgrave, Coventry. Sgt Raymond William
Kingsley Clark was killed.
9 January 1939 (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 January 1939 (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 January 1939 (31/01/1939) Moth K1883 of 9 ERFTS crashed
on take off at Ansty. Fate of crew unknown.
22 February 1939 (22/02/1939) Battle K9287 of 12 Squadron
crashed on take off from forced landing at Grimley.
22 March 1939 (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.
25 March 1939 (25/03/1939) An aeroplane of 605 Squadron
burst into flames when standing at Castle Bromwich
aerodrome before a flight. It was reported that all fabric
was burned off but nobody was injured. 605 was still a
bomber unit at the time, but was about to receive
Gladiators and become a fighter squadron. The aircraft may
have been Hawker Hind K5538, which was passed from 605 to
Andover, then the centre of Maintenance Command, and
became Ground Instructional Airframe 1609M in July 1939.
2 July 1939 (02/07/1939) Tutor K3457 of 605 Squadron
undershot a forced landing at Castle Bromwich. Names
of crew not traced.
25 July 1939 (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 Austinís 400 yard runway at Longbridge.
Captain Stack was badly injured and never test-flew again.
5 August 1939 (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 September 1939 (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.
9 November 1939 (09/11/1939) Harvard N7104 of 10 FTS spun
into ground near Evesham. Pilot P/O S P Morris was
12 November 1939 (12/11/1939) Tiger Moth K4283 of 14 EFTS
crashed in forced landing at Ansty. The student
pilot was Royal Navy: names of crew not traced.
25 November 1939 (25/11/1939) Harvard N7134 of 6 FTS
crashed in forced landing at Daventry. Pilot Ronald
Dunham-Treble was killed.