Military aircraft crashes in the
south west Midlands - 1940
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.
10/01/1940 Audax K8332 of 3 FTS crashed in forced landing
in the Pendock area.
05/02/1940 Shark K5651 of 2 AACU was abandoned near
Kenilworth when lost in fog. Pilot S/L R J Wilcox
and W/T operator A C Verrier were unhurt.
06/03/1940 Whitley K7243 was Armstrong-Whitworth’s
development aircraft for the Deerhound engine. It
crashed at Baginton attempting to take off with the
elevators either locked or incorrectly set. The RAF
test pilot, Edward F Godfray, and Mr D V Edward and Mr
Edgar Alan Stroud from Armstrong-Siddeley were killed.
08/03/1940 Tiger Moth N6613 of 9 EFTS undershot a night
landing at Ansty and crashed into a hedge. The
instructor, P/O Craig, and pupil (LAC?) Maynard were only
05/04/1940 Puss Moth X9439 of 24 Squadron crashed in
forced landing at Tewkesbury. Names of crew not
08/04/1940 Whitley K8957 of 10 OTU crashed at Long Marston
after icing up. F/O A L McSherry, P/O K R Ainsworth,
P/O J M Davies and LAC M H Costello were killed. P/O
G W Salzgeber parachuted to safety. He later changed
his name to Salter.
25/04/1940 Oxford P1849 of 11 FTS hit a tree while
force-landing at Chaddesley Corbett near Kidderminster
during a cross-country flight from Shawbury. Trainee
pilot Sgt R N Harrison 741615 was unhurt in spite of the
pilot tipping onto its nose.
09/05/1940 Whitley K7227 of 10 OTU belly landed on
approach to Pershore. F/O D M Strong was unhurt.
24/05/1940 Hampden P1336 of 106 Squadron collided with a
balloon cable in Coventry while on a cross-country
flight. Pilot P/O J M D Irvine, Sgt Collingham and
A/C Firth were all killed.
31/05/1940 Tiger Moth N6590 of 9 EFTS dived into the
ground at Ansty. P/O T E Crossman was killed, but
his pupil was not seriously injured.
05/06/1940 Blenheim L1232 of 5 OTU overshot Worcester
landing ground at night and hit a house. Pilot Sgt T
L Armstrong was killed.
16/06/1940 Audax K5145 15 FTS Force-landed after engine
failure at Sambourne, near Studley. Pilot F/Lt J
19/06/1940 Master N7454 of 5 FTS force landed near Warwick
and undercarriage collapsed. Pilot Sgt F J Haines
15/07/1940 Battle L5768 of 3 Ferry Pilots Pool crashed in
forced landing at Bewdley. First Officer A W Coombs
16/07/1940 Audax K2030 of 9 SFTS forcelanded off Fell Mill
Lane, Shipston-on-Stour. Pilot OK.
27/07/1940 Hampden P1180 of 16 OTU hit trees at Upper
Heyford and finally crashed at Kings Sutton. Pilot
P/O D M March was killed.
30/07/1940 Hampden L4169 of 16 OTU was abandoned after its
controls locked on a test flight, crashing at Bishops
Itchington. Pilot P/O G E Weston RNZAF was unhurt.
01/08/1940 Battle L5075 of 18 OTU crashed on landing at
01/08/1940 Hereford L6067 of 16 OTU crashed at
Shouldern. Pilot Sgt O G Day, 2nd pilot F/O G H
Thevenard, wireless operator Sgt S N Barker and passenger
Ac2 G W Rhodes all killed.
07/08/1940 Hampden P2086 of 4 Ferry Pilots Pool stalled at
Honeybourne, attempting to force land after an engine
failure. Pilot P/O A S Malcolm injured.
08/08/1940 Battle L5597 of 301 Squadron flew into the
ground at night in the circuit, at Bramcote. Pilot
P/O D Fengler (Polish) killed.
19/08/1940 Tiger Moth T7032 of 2 EFTS hit wires at
Tewkesbury. Sgt W N Davis died of his injuries and
LAC P W Spencer was seriously injured.
28/08/1940 Master N7408 of 5 FTS hit a balloon cable and
crashed at Smethwick. Pilot Sgt F J Rosbothom
16/09/1940 Junkers Ju 88 B3+HH Wk Nr 7087 of I/KG 54 hit a
balloon cable over Coventry and crashed at
Withybrook. Hptmn Henke and Uffz Rattay killed; Fw
Baur and Fw Perleberg baled out and both taken POW.
26/09/1940 Tiger Moth N6794 of 9 EFTS was damaged beyond
repair on this date and may be an aircraft that came down
in Coventry. The names of the crew have not been
28/09/1940 Master N8010 of 308 Squadron crashed on take
off from Baginton. Pilot F/Lt Laszkiewicz (Polish)
29/09/1940 Hurricane L1913 of 504 Squadron was shot down
by anti-aircraft fire at Bramcote airfield, was abandoned
and crashed at Nuneaton. Pilot P/O M Rook OK.
07/10/1940 Tiger Moth N5478 of 9 EFTS hit an obstruction
while taking off from Ansty. The names of crew
haven't been traced. The death of trainee observer
LAC Stanley Harry Wakelam RAFVR was registered in the
Rugby district on 08/10/1940, so there may be a
11/10/1940 Blenheim T2273 of 27 Maintenance Unit crashed
in forced landing on Honiley airfield, which was being
11/10/1940 Skua L2970 of 760 crashed at Twyning while
flying in formation. Lt A F Adie and AM1 W H Souls
were both killed.
11/10/1940 Spitfire P7323 of 611 Squadron became lost
returning from an action with Dornier Do 17s over
Wales. Force landed at Cooksey Green in poor
visibility. The pilot Sgt K C Patterson died of his
injuries two days later.
16/10/1940 Hurricane P3399 of 308 Squadron hit a balloon
cable and crashed at Whitley. Pilot S/Ldr J A Davies
26/10/1940 Tiger Moth L6920 of 2 EFTS crashed at
Kinver. LAC John Shirley Bunbury was injured and
admitted to Corbett hospital, Stourbridge. He recovered
and completed his training. F/O J S Bunbury was killed on
the 17th August 1942, whilst flying a Lancaster of 50
Squadron on a mission to Onsabruk.
28/10/1940 Blenheim R3840 of 3 Ferry Pilots Pool struck a
balloon cable in Birmingham. Pilot First Officer
Leonard Satel was killed.
29/10/1940 Tiger Moth N5457 of 9 EFTS hit a tree at
Brinklow. Names of crew not traced.
09/11/1940 Anson N9945 BATDU Hit balloon cable in
Birmingham. The pilot P/O Frederick Phillip Fry,
navigator P/O George Edward Goldsmith, special wireless
operator LAC Donald Biggs, Sgt John Edgar Murphy and Sgt
George McGeogh were all killed. This was almost
certainly a special flight to investigate the German
'Knickenbein' blind bombing radio beams, as the Anson was
flying over the city during a raid.
10/11/1940 Hurricane P3891 of 308 Squadron crashed in
forced landing at Halesowen. Pilot Sgt Zaniewski
14/11/1940 Hart K4769 of 9 FTS crashed into a tree while
attempting to force land at Whitchurch. Pilot LAC
Norman Dennis Steele killed.
19/11/1940 Audax K7322 of 9 FTS ran into the windward
hedge while landing at Hockley Heath. Pilot LAC R S
19/11/1940 Heinkel He 111 G1+KL Wk Nr 2877 of 2./KG 55
shot down by anti-aircraft fire and crashed at
Withybrook. Pilot Oblt Hans Glawe killed, observer
Fw Wilhelm Gutekunst, wireless operator Uffz Rudolf Zeiss
and air gunner Gfr Xavier Hirschel all POW.
29/11/1940 Reliant W7979 of 1 Camouflage Unit crashed in
forced landing at Long Marston. There were no
casualties but the names of the crew have not been traced.
30/11/1940 Wellington T2893 of 214 Squadron crashed while
force landing at night, at Elmdon, after an engine
failure. The pilot, S/Ldr B J McGinn survived. Two
airmen are believed to have died and three were injured,
but their names have not been traced.
04/12/1940 Hurricane V7071 of 308 Squadron collided with a
balloon cable and crashed at Ryton-on-Dunsmore.
Pilot P/O R Koczor, Polish, killed.
05/12/1940 Blenheim T2353 of 6 Anti Aircraft Co-operation
Unit crashed in forced landing near Baginton. Pilot
Sgt Morawiec (Polish) OK.
05/12/1940 Hurricane L2124 of 55 OTU nosed over on landing
at Moreton-in-Marsh. Pilot Sgt B C Walmsley OK. The
same pilot was later wounded after being shot down over Ta
Venezia in Hurricane MkII Z3061, on 1 May 1941. He was the
victim of German ace Joachim Müncheberg who scored 135
aerial victories in over 500 missions.
05/12/1940 Magister N3824 of 5 EFTS crashed in forced
landing near Rugby. Fate of crew unknown.
08/12/1940 Magister P6450 of 16 EFTS crashed in forced
landing near Banbury. Fate of crew unknown.
10/12/1940 Blenheim L4844 of 17 OTU dived into ground out
of cloud at Grimley. Sgt G W Penman, Sgt A Ferguson
and Sgt J Roberts all killed.
10/12/1940 Tiger Moth N9115 of 14 EFTS stalled and crashed
at Maxstoke. Possibly two killed; names not traced.
12/12/1940 Audax K7445 of 9 FTS hit a ballon cable at
Longbridge, Birmingham, crashed and burnt out. Pilot
LAC S R Phillips killed.
12/12/1940 Hurricane P2548 of 55 OTU force landed and
overturned at Hunningham. Pilot Sgt G A Collins
14/12/1940 Dragon AW173 (G-AEMI) of 7 Anti Aircraft
Co-operation Unit crashed in forced landing at Pillerton
Hersey. Pilot P/O Tadeusz Walczak and Sgt T Tubis,
both Polish, were both killed.
17/12/1940 Hurricane V7403 of 213 Squadron crashed in
forced landing at Norton near Worcester. Pilot P/O R
M Chatfield OK.
27/12/1940 Hurricane N2458 of 32 Squadron crashed in
forced landing at Dunchurch. Pilot Sgt J M Wright
28/12/1940 Oxford N4575 of 2 FTS hit wires on overshoot
from the unfinished airfield at Chipping Warden.
Fate of crew unknown.
31/12/1940 Tiger Moth K4272 of 14 EFTS stalled in a low
turn when attempting to land Hockley Heath while
lost. Sgt D A Stockton and A Armstrong died from