Military aircraft crashes in the
south west Midlands - 1942
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.
02/01/1942 Tutor K3246 of 2 CFS hit a tree when force
landing at Warwick. F/L R Hawkins and P/O James were
03/01/1942 Wellington T2953 of 23 OTU crashed on approach
to Pershore. P/O R P Hay, Sgt R B Murphy RAAF, Sgt B
B Connell RAAF, Sgt J H Marshall and Sgt H K Jones were
03/01/1942 Wellington X9640 of 22 OTU crashed into a river
when landing on one engine at Wellesbourne
Mountford. F/Sgt G M Bigglestone and Sgt H A
McLennon RCAF were killed in the crash. Sgt C T
Martin RCAF died of his injuries on 05/01/1942. Sgt
Shoesmith and Sgt Murphy were also injured.
04/01/1942 Oxfords N4766 and R6022 of 2 CFS collided on
take off from Church Lawford. P/O Owczarski and P/O
Widawski in N4766 were slightly injured, while F/Sgt
Barley was unhurt.
09/01/1942 Tiger Moth N9158 of 14 EFTS spun into the
ground at Elmdon. Names of crew not traced.
09/01/1942 Wellington W5356 of 12 Squadron was returning
from an operation to Cherbourg on one engine when it
crashed at Wythall. Sgt D Butterworth, Sgt C E
Morrey and Sgt B Franklin were killed in the crash, while
P/O W H Burnham RNZAF died of his injuries on
11/01/1942. Sgt H B Cable and P/O A N Breck were
11/01/1942 Dornier Do 217 F8+IN Wk Nr 1191 of 5./KG 40 was
shot down by a 456 Squadron Beaufighter, T3014 from
Valley, flown by S/Ldr J S Hamilton and P/O D L
Norrice-Smith. The crew baled out and the aircraft
crashed at Nuneaton. Pilot Obfw Paul Wolf, observer
Unoff Willi Wieland, wireless operator Obgfr Hans Vacano
and gunner Obfw Herbert Leppien all survived.
13/01/1942 Wellington T2911 of 21 OTU flew into a hill on
approach to Edgehill. P/O D C Dunn and his crew were
not seriously hurt.
14/01/1942 Wellington DV481 of 22 OTU crashed on overshoot
at Wellesbourne Mountford after instrument failure.
Sgt R L Horning RCAF, Sgt G C Boudreau RCAF, F/Sgt B D
Farmbrough, Sgt G M Gee and Sgt J H O’Connor were all
17/01/1942 Wellington R1340 of 12 OTU crashed taking off
from Chipping Warden, after the flaps crept down.
Sgt A R Wilson RNZAF, Sgt K S Rogers RNZAF and F/O J C
Huston were all killed.
18/01/1942 Wellington X9931 of 12 OTU crashed at Redhill
on overshoot. Sgt B O Gates RCAF, Sgt R M Lawrence
RCAF, P/O R B Halliday RCAF, Sgt E Mason, Sgt D H Jacques
RCAF and Sgt S Cox were all injured. The entire crew
failed to return from Dortmund on 14-15/04/1942, with 214
25/01/1942 Wellington R1803 of 23 OTU overshot and flew
into a hill at Pershore. The rear gunner, Sgt J H
Bye RCAF was killed. Sgt I D Steward and Sgt P E
Poulson were injured. Sgt W Clayton, Sgt J G Forbes
RCAF and Sgt W L F Kellow were unhurt.
27/01/1942 Hurricane Z5231 of 79 Squadron undershot
landing at Bishops Tachbrook. Pilot Sgt Cutting was
28/01/1942 Wellington X9935 of 22 OTU crashed at Compton
Verney after engine failure. The pilot, Sgt R H
Vearncombe RCAF, was killed. Sgt Haines, P/O Robson,
P/O Robinson, Sgt Fletcher ,Sgt Dawe and Sgt Edwards were
28/01/1942 Wellington Z1157 of 21 OTU collided with
Wellington R1165 over the bombing range. Both
aircraft were badly damaged and both crews baled out, with
the exception of the pilot of R1165, Sgt H A Taylor, who
bravely nursed his aircraft to a safe landing at
Edgehill. Z1157 crashed at Thenford. Sgt C W
Rice RAAF did not leave Z1157 and was killed – possibly in
the collision. Of the rest of his crew, Sgt A Orr
was unhurt, while Sgt Fitton and Sgt Hollingworth were
29/01/1942 Wellington L7801 OX-E of 15 OTU flew into
Whichford Hill during a snow storm. The rear gunner,
Sgt A J Turtill was killed. Sgt D M Bunn was
injured. The pilot, Sgt G W Roberts, Sgt D McSheen
and three other members of the crew were unhurt.
30/01/1942 Mohawk AR671 of 3 Ferry Pilots Pool spun into
the ground at Pershore. Pilot Captain J H Bebb was
02/02/1942 Wellington R1006 of 18 OTU caught fire during
maintenance at Bramcote. No casualties.
04/02/1942 Wellington L7893 of 21 OTU hit trees while
taking off from Moreton-in-Marsh. P/O J H Kirk, P/O
H Waugh and Sgt W J Howson were killed. Sgt R
Marshall died from his injuries on 6/02/1942. Sgt W
J Brock RAAF was also seriously injured.
06/02/1942 Wellington R1047 of 21 OTU crashed at Edgehill
while attempting to go round again after losing a
propeller and reduction gear. F/Sgt R K Talbot, Sgt
W E Taylor RCAF, Sgt R F Anderson RCAF (from Texas USA),
Sgt A E Jaeckels and Sgt W Gorman were killed. Sgt D
H Tyne died later.
07/02/1942 Master W8770 of 1 FTS flew into high ground at
Malvern. Pilot Sgt D D Hancock and T Hazeldene were
10/02/1942 Tiger Moth R5080 of 6 FIS hit trees at
Kinnersley. Names of crew not traced.
10/02/1942 Wellington X9805 of 23 OTU crashed at Pershore
when an engine failed on overshoot. P/O D D Bonnett
and his crew were unhurt.
13/02/1942 Wellington R1082 SJ-L of 21 OTU stalled on
approach to Wellesbourne when the port engine
failed. Sgt E T Cartwright, Sgt A E Adlam, Sgt A W
McRae and Sgt D B Atkinson were killed. Sgt J W
Edwards and Sgt M Hone were injured.
13/02/1942 Wellington R3229 of 22 OTU overshot landing and
ran onto the railway at Atherstone. P/O W A Smith,
P/O K Mould, Sgt Mitchell, Sgt G A Molozzi RCAF, Sgt Lane,
Sgt Normington, Sgt Murphy and F/Sgt Swain were all
14/02/1942 Hampden P2081 of 16 OTU undershot and hit trees
at Chipping Warden. Pilot Sgt J R Viau and observer
Sgt W J Hodge were killed. Sgt J Pegrum and another
wireless operator survived. Sgt Pegrum went on to
fly with 207 Sqn.
14/02/1942 Magister N3829 of 2 EFTS crashed in Croome Park
while chasing a Tiger Moth. Sgt C C Shaw RNZAF and
Sgt V A Walters RNZAF were both killed.
14/02/1942 Wellington R1027 of 12 OTU overshot and hit a
tree at Chipping Warden. P/O J R Reenberg RNZAF, P/O
F B Richardson RNZAF, Sgt G N Duke, F/Sgt W L Sinclair
RCAF and Sgt W Walsh were all killed.
16/02/1942 A pair of Tiger Moths from 9 EFTS
collided at Ansty. LAC Skinner was fatally injured,
while LAC Rodwell broke his left arm. The serials
may be K2598 and N5466 which collided in the air on this
date, but which were repaired.
16/02/1942 Whitley Z9229 KN-M of 77 Squadron was returning
from operations to St Nazaire with engine trouble,
possibly due to battle damage. It may have been
attempting to force land when it crashed at
Sherbourne. F/Sgt W T Connell, P/O E M Hooper, Sgt P
H Roan and Sgt J W Griffin were all killed. P/O J
Spalding baled out safely, only to be posted missing when
Whitley Z9293 KN-D was lost on a raid to Emden on
19/02/1942 Hurricane Z5232 of 79 Squadron crashed at
Baginton attempting a slow roll at low altitude.
Pilot F/Lt P F Mayhew died in spite of the courageous
efforts of Cpl Harding to save him.
19/02/1942 Tutor K4823 of 1 FIS hit the ground at
Offchurch while low flying. Sgt A Pryzincki and Sgt
R C Bailey were only slightly injured.
20/02/1942 Blenheim Z5899 of 17 OTU hit a balloon cable at
Bearwood. Pilot Sgt W T Kyle RCAF, Sgt L S de Lisser
(Jamaican) and Sgt E Scott were all killed.
28/02/1942 Beaufighter T4733 of the Ferry Traingin Unit
swung into soft ground on take off from Long
Marston. Pilot S/Ldr W Riley was unhurt.
09/03/1942 Wellington Z8774 of 21 OTU crashed on approach
to Edgehill. P/O R C Trench, Sgt T M Fitzjohn, Sgt E
Millington, Sgt A L Clipson and Sgt R Fossey were all
10/03/1942 Hudson V8995 of the Ferry Training Unit spun
into ground at Honeybourne. Pilot F/O H D Freakes,
Sgt J E Baartz RAAF, Sgt T F Dale and Sgt E Watson all
12/03/1942 Hotspur BT563 of 102 Glider OTU cast off with
the tow rope attached and dived into the ground at
Bodicote. Pilot acting S/Ldr W H Wetton and one
other were injured.
13/03/1942 Tiger Moth N9492 of 10 EFTS hit HT wires at
Worcester and crashed in the River Severn. Names of
crew not traced.
14/03/1942 Wellington T2961 of 18 OTU hit a hut and trees
on take off from Bramcote. P/O D M Jones, F/O W A
Kozlowski (Polish), Sgt T A Hipp (Polish) and Sgt J
Stengierski (Polish) were killed. F/O Z Luba
(Polish) was injured.
15/03/1942 Wellington R1342 of 23 OTU stalled on overshoot
at Pershore. There were no casualties, but the names
of the crew have not been traced.
17/03/1942 Wellington X9946 LT-D of 22 OTU hit the corner
of a hangar at Wellesbourne Mountford. Sgt C J
Jardine and his crew were unhurt.
18/03/1942 Wellington X9627 of 23 OTU crashed at
Woodmancote after taking off in a cross-wind. F/O D
J Browne died of his injuries, while Sgt J Heslop was
25/03/1942 Wellington R1287 of 18 OTU hit a petrol bowser
on take off from Bramcote. Sgt W Kazimierczak
(Polish) and his crew are believed to have been unhurt.
27/03/1942 Wellington N2800 of 21 OTU crashed at Aston
Magna following engine failure. Sgt T E Dutton, Sgt
W Brand, Sgt A C Thompson and Sgt J H Young were all
killed. Sgt H Wilson was injured.
27/03/1942 Wellington R1472 of 22 OTU undershot at
Wellesbourne Mountford after the runway lights
failed. Sgt W T Cormack RCAF and Sgt K Edmonds were
29/03/1942 Wellington X9629 of 23 OTU was landing at
Defford with a failing engine when control was lost.
The Wellington crashed into the station
headquarters. P/O C H Grant, Sgt J K Crossing RCAF,
Sgt J W Astalstein (or Asseltine) RCAF, Sgt D R Brown, Sgt
R G Swan and Sgt J W Fry were all injured.
30/03/1942 Magister N5405 of 6 FIS crashed in forced
landing at Severn Stoke. Instructor P/O A Sproxton
was injured and pupil Sgt F L Podbury was killed.
06/04/1942 Tutor K3348 of 1 FIS suffered a collapsed
undercarriage at Church Lawford.
13/04/1942 Tiger Moth R5204 of 6 FIS hit HT wires and a
barn at Worcester. Names of crew not traced.
27/04/1942 Wellington R1618 of 23 OTU swung off the runway
while taking off from Defford. P/O L W Munroe RNZAF,
Sgt V Ardis RCAF, P/O T W Copson, Sgt R A Hamilton RAAF,
Sgt L E Bosvert RCAF, Sgt C D Dixon RCAF and Sgt S G Perks
suffered minor injuries.
28/04/1942 Wellington R3198 of 22 OTU crashed in a turn at
night at Wellesbourne. Sgt J A Schweitzer RCAF, Sgt
H C Crouch RNZAF and Sgt J P Williams RCAF were all
04/05/1942 Wellington T2881 of 23 OTU caught fire on the
ground at Defford. T2881 was a presentation aircraft
05/05/1942 Wellington Z1086 DG-Q of 22 OTU stalled at
Wellesbourne Mountford when attempting to go round
again. Sgt L H Blake RCAF, P/O M M Osten RCAF, Sgt A
H Craven and Sgt D A Blue were killed. Sgt C W
Milton RCAF was injured. S/Ldr F G Mogg, medical
officer, received the George Medal for his rescue
efforts. Sgt Milton recovered, only to die on
08/11/1942 in another crash with 22 OTU.
07/05/1942 Wellington T2824 of 21 OTU crashed at Balscote
while in the circuit of RAF Edgehill. Sgt J A
Johnson, Sgt H E Perry, Sgt L W Cowell, Sgt R H Walker and
Sgt H Marillier were all killed.
07/05/1942 Wellington Z1053 of 23 OTU crashed at Defford
after losing a propeller. P/O P J Palin RCAF, Sgt G
L Mesheau RCAF, F/Sgt J M Sadler RCAF, Sgt J M Charbonneau
RCAF, Sgt L F Fisher (South African) and Sgt V S Henderson
RAAF were all killed.
08/05/1942 Oxford V3471 of 1 FIS crashed when an engine
failed on take off from Church Lawford. Sgt Doodson
and P/O Peate were both injured.
19/05/1942 Folland Fo.108 P1777 was being flown by Neil
Daunt (known as Mike), a test pilot with Glosters, doing
engine diving trials. The aircraft lost its tail and
threw the pilot out, who managed to land safety by
parachute. Aircraft crashed near Tewkesbury.
20/05/1942 Anson AX430 21 OTU was taxied into by
Wellington DV811 at Moreton-in-Marsh. The Anson was
destroyed; no casualties.
20/05/1942 Master N7609 of 6 FIS spun into ground at
Droitwich. Pilot F/Lt R Parr and P/O W R Bradley
21/05/1942 Tutor K3427 of 1 FIS crashed in forced landing
at Harbury. F/O J N Owen and Sgt J R Morrall were
21/05/1942 Wellington R1142 of 21 OTU stalled after
overshooting at Edgehill. F/Sgt G H Wilsher, Sgt J
Anderson, Sgt H Swales, Sgt T W Worley RAAF were
killed. Sgt A R Murray (Rhodesian) was injured.
22/05/1942 Anson N9565 of 3 AOS hit HT wires near
Edgehill. P/O G W Ardley, P/O C A Harris, Sgt H
Cohen, Sgt S Laws were all killed.
25/05/1942 Wellington AD625 of 22 OTU was hit by
Wellington DV840, which was overshooting at
Atherstone. In AD625, F/O J J Gale and P/O Morris
were injured, while Sgt J S Williams RNZAF, Sgt D
Callaghan RNZAF, Sgt M Wilkinson RNZAF, Sgt J E Hough and
Sgt V R Pascoe RAAF were all killed. In DV840, only
Sgt Noyes survived, with injuries, while Sgt C R
Whitworth, F/Sgt J L Gibby, F/Sgt R D Cook RCAF and Sgt R
E Herbert RNZAF were all killed.
26/05/1942 Wellington X9934 of 21 OTU was hit by
Wellington DV657 of 1446 Flight, on the ground at
Moreton-in-Marsh. The bomb load on X9934 exploded in
the fire. P/O J Clark, F/Sgt Laver and Sgt Wheeler
02/06/1942 Turbinlite Havoc AW412 of 1456 Flight had a
tyre burst while taking off from Honiley; undercarriage
raised to stop.
02/06/1942 Wellington DV658 of 1446 Flight crashed on
overshoot at Moreton-in-Marsh. P/O K Moore RAAF and
Sgt A B Dean RAAF were unhurt. P/O Moore went on to
fly with 460 Squadron and was killed on 05/04/1943, when
Lancaster W4310 was shot down.
02/06/1942 Wellington T2904 of 12 OTU lost an engine while
returning from the 1,000 Bomber Raid on Essen and
crash-landed at Chipping Warden. F/Lt D P Fox, W/O
Paveley, Sgt Berry, F/Sgt Whaley and Sgt Marks all
05/06/1942 Oxford R5956 of 1 FIS crashed near Birdingbury
following a stall. Instructor Sgt W Overend and
pilot Sgt R W Bevand were both killed.
09/06/1942 Oxford L9646 of 6 PAFU crashed in forced
landing at Worcester. Pilot Sgt R A Roberts was
killed; other occupant injured.
16/06/1942 Wellington X9279 DD-5 of 22 OTU burnt out on
the ground at Atherstone. No casualties.
17/06/1942 Whitley BD358 of 24 OTU stalled on approach to
Honeybourne. F/ Sgt Rushton, P/O L Rowlinson, Sgt G
E Hibben, Sgt E M Taylor, Sgt A F Alcock RCAF, LAC H G
Foot and AC2 J Murray were all killed. Sgt Harris
was the sole survivor.
22/06/1942 Wellington T2548 of 12 OTU crashed in the
circuit of Chipping Warden. Sgt W Connelly, Sgt E L
Taylor and Sgt F J Tranter were killed. Sgt H A
Dickinson and Sgt E Wilde were injured.
22/06/1942 Wellington X3172 of 23 OTU lost a propeller and
had to crash-land at Pershore. P/O W L
Farquharson, Sgt H Mills, P/O F L Todd RCAF, Sgt W A
Williams, Sgt E A Periman and Sgt W G Teague were all
22/06/1942 Wellington X9748 of 23 OTU was burnt out in a
hangar at Pershore. No casualties.
29/06/1942 Wellington R1036 of 22 OTU crashed at
Charlecote while overshooting. Sgt H Jones, Sgt M W
Fedirchyk RCAF, F/Sgt J G Fedigan RCAF and P/O C D Archer
RCAF were all killed. Sgt D I Blott was injured.
29/06/1942 Wellington Z8705 of the Telecommunications
Flying Unit crashed on take off from Defford. P/O G
L Sellick was injured, F/Lt J B Verggren, W/O D V Bidder,
F/S J D Robinson were unhurt. Scientist Mr J H Bruce
was trapped in the wreckage and was rescued by P/O Sellick
and W/O Bidder.
30/06/1942 Wellington R1782 of 22 OTU sank back to the
ground at Atherstone shortly after take off. P/O B
Dallenger RNZAF and crew were unhurt.
01/07/1942 Hotspur BT622 of 101 Glider OTU descended out
of cloud and hit a tree at Blockley. Pilot Cpl H G
Protheroe and Cpl G P Dawkins were OK.
02/07/1942 Wellington R1284 of 23 OTU crashed and burnt
out while taking off from Pershore. Sgt K H
Cartland, Sgt R McColm RCAF, Sgt R C Webb RCAF were all
11/07/1942 Wellington Z1072 of 304 Squadron was being used
to pay a visit to 18 OTU at Bramcote. It crashed at
Bulkington after an engine failure on take off.
Pilot P/O M Mazurkiewicz (Polish) and second pilot Sgt A
Kostorkiewicz (Polish) were killed. P/O H Franczak
(Polish), F/Sgt K Ziolkowski (Polish), F/O W Peski
(Polish), F/O M Wodzinski (Polish), F/Sgt J Adamczyk
(Polish), Cpl F Jaruszewski (Polish) and Cpl J Szpek
(Polish) were all injured. 2/Lt Pietraszak (Polish
land army), cousin of P/O Mazurkiewicz, was fatally
12/07/1942 Beaufighter X7945 of 255 Squadron crashed in
attempted forced landing at night at Hatton. Pilot
Sgt A R Parker and observer Sgt A Guthrie were both
12/07/1942 Oxford N4768 of 1 FIS crashed on overshoot from
Warwick RLG. Pilot Sgt E T Porter was seriously
injured; 2nd pilot Sgt J A Parkinson RCAF was killed.
12/07/1942 Wellington AD631 of 22 OTU overshot and crashed
through the boundary at Long Marston. Pilot Sgt H J
Murray RCAF was slightly injured.
12/07/1942 Wellington R1414 of 23 OTU landed on its belly
at Pershore and caught fire. Sgt J P Duval RCAF
suffered minor burns. Sgt R R Holt (or Foltz) RCAF,
Sgt J L Lymburner RCAF and Sgt R N Burke RCAF were
unhurt. R1414 was a veteran of 150 Squadron and had
completed 9 operations by the end of 1941.
13/07/1942 Wellington R1062 of 23 OTU suffered a fractured
mainspar when the undercarriage was retracted at
Pershore. Sgt J Law, Sgt G Moorhouse, Sgt R R Stover
and Sgt T W Miller RCAF received minor injuries.
14/07/1942 Wellington X9617 SJ-E of 21 OTU crash landed at
Edgehill after an engine failure. F/O D C Dunn, Sgt
A N Lancaster and Sgt C M Leach were unhurt.
15/07/1942 Magister R1956 of 6 FIS hit a gunpost while
taking off from Worcester. F/O D R Davis and LAC W H
Evans were OK.
19/07/1942 Wellington DV934 LT-C of 22 OTU hit HT cables
and crashed at Wellesbourne Mountford. P/O J W
Harley RCAF and Sgt C P Ralph RCAF were both killed.
Sgt Leslie Arthur Caddell was injured and became a "guinea
pig" when he was attended by Archibald McIndoe in the
Burns Unit at Queen Victoria's Hospital, East Grinstead.
26/07/1942 Wellington Z1750 of 12 OTU crashed in forced
landing at Charwelton following engine failure.
F/Sgt T J Pugh and W/O M P Murray were unhurt.
27/07/1942 Beaufighter X8021 of 255 Squadron force landed
at Preston Baggot after an engine failure. Pilot P/O
A S Kench was injured, observer Sgt D C Penwarden was
killed, passenger LAC B L Lewis was injured.
28/07/1942 Anson N5022 of 21 OTU was destroyed by enemy
action at Moreton-in-Marsh
31/07/1942 Junkers Ju 88 M2+AK Wk Nr 2115 of KFlGr 106 was
shot down by a Mosquito of 264 Squadron from Colerne,
flown by S/Ldr C A Cooke with navigator/ radar operator
P/O R E McPherson, at Malvern Wells. Lt H Gangl,
Uffz W Nisch, Obergefr H Wohlers and Uffz W Sihorsch were
all taken POW.
03/08/1942 Oxford DF310 of 1 FIS struck a balloon cable
and crashed near Coventry: the exact location has not yet
been discovered. W/O K D Davies and Sgt W W Berridge
were both killed.
04/08/1942 Oxford R6059 of 1 FIS overshot the small
airfield at Warwick and hit trees. Sgt E H Ridler
RAAF was badly injured and Sgt S L Portman RNZAF was
05/08/1942 Anson N5257 of 21 OTU crash-landed near
Moreton-in-Marsh. Sgt T T Murdoch, Sgt A E Rogerson,
Sgt E T Baker all survived.
07/08/1942 Anson AX258 of 22 OTU was burnt out refuelling
at Wellesbourne Mountford.
09/08/1942 B-17 41-24347 named Stork, of 347 Bomb Squadron
ran out of fuel and made a wheels-up landing at Church
Lawford en-route Bovingdon to Chelveston. Pilot 2nd
Lieutenant James M Hair and his crew were unhurt.
Co-pilot: L Miers, navigator: J Marvin, bombardier: E
Cook, engineer A DeVeinenti, radio operator: A Brozozowy
(RAF), ball turret gunner: S Simmonds (RAF), waist gunner:
A Saman, tail gunner: E Welch.
10/08/1942 Spitfire P8377 of 52 OTU spun into the ground
at Sezincote during a cloud flying exercise. Sgt
Callow was killed.
12/08/1942 Wellington Z1159 of 23 OTU stalled on take off
from Pershore. F/Sgt A M Hornseth RCAF and P/O J G
Stewart RCAF were killed. F/Sgt A G Baliqiette (or V
A Valiquette) RCAF was slightly injured.
19/08/1942 Wellington T2903 of 18 OTU flew into a hill at
Chipping Camden in bad weather. F/Sgt S Dusza
(Polish), Sgt S Fatyga (Polish), P/O S K Kepinski
(Polish), Sgt E Tuliszka (Polish), Sgt R S Czopik (Polish)
and Sgt S Lis (Polish) were all killed.
25/08/1942 Wellington X9929 of 22 OTU stalled and crashed
at Wasperton. P/O G L Shaw RCAF, P/O E F Stoll RCAF,
F/Sgt A Leether RCAF, Sgt R H Harper RCAF and Sgt E
T Spears RCAF were all killed.
26/08/1942 Wellington Z1160 of 21 OTU belly landed after
an engine failure at Honeybourne. Sgt D B White and
P/O M Holub RCAF were unhurt. P/O M Holub failed to
return from Bremen on 13-14/09/1942, still with 21 OTU.
28/08/1942 Wellington BJ726 of 12 OTU crash landed at
Braunston following engine failure on take off. Sgt
I S McLennan RAAF, Sgt Akehurst, Sgt Palmer and Sgt Wright
were injured, while Sgt Conville was unhurt.
29/08/1942 Wellington L4310 of 22 OTU caught fire at
Wellesbourne Mountford while its fuel tanks were being
drained. No casualties.
31/08/1942 Wellington R1232 of 21 OTU overshot and hit a
tree at Moreton-in-Marsh. P/O M Dunn, Sgt B A Smith
and Sgt A Perrett were killed. Sgt J F Boyer RCAF
31/08/1942 Whitley P5100 of 24 OTU lost part of a wing in
collision with a tree. Attempted to go round again,
but stalled at Badsey. Sgt G W West and F/Sgt W S
Terwilliger RCAF were killed, while Sgt Bowman was
injured. F/Sgt Terwilliger was American.
01/09/1942 Beaufighter X7943 YD-P of 255 Squadron dived
into the ground at Snitterfield during an electrical
storm. W/O S J Johnson and Sgt R F Ellis were both
01/09/1942 Wellington W5625 of 22 OTU crashed on overshoot
at Atherstone. Sgt R A Nickless and Sgt J M
Broughton RCAF were both injured.
01/09/1942 Whitley BD375 of 24 OTU hit trees at
Honeybourne after both engines failed. The wireless
operator baled out successfully, but the rest of the crew
stayed in the aircraft. Sgt L S Tait was killed, but
the others survived, including the pilot Sgt S W Templar.
02/09/1942 Hector K8139 of 101 Glider OTU crashed in
forced landing at Hook Norton. Fate of crew unknown.
02/09/1942 Whitley N1391 of 10 OTU hit a tree when force
landing at Astley. Sgt P Gammon RCAF and F/O H J
Walters were injured.
03/09/1942 Wellington X9606 of 21 OTU flew into trees on
approach to Edgehill. P/O E W Catley, Sgt J D Muir,
P/O R Davis, Sgt J A Williams and Sgt H L McGill were
injured. Sgt F Pettitt was killed.
04/09/1942 Beaufighter X7957 of 255 Squadron crashed at
Honiley aerodrome while practicing single engine
flying. Pilot Sgt J W perry was killed, observer P/O
Palfreyman jumped clear and was OK.
05/09/1942 Whitley AD666 of 24 OTU swung on take off from
Honeybourne; fuselage broke. Sgt D W Weiner and Sgt
J H Howe were unhurt.
06/09/1942 Wellington DV937 of 16 OTU overshot landing at
Perdiswell. Sgt K J Johnson RNZAF and his crew were
06/09/1942 Wellington X9942 of 21 OTU crashed at
Bourton-on-the-Hill after hitting a tree on take
off. Sgt C A O’Halloran RNZAF, Sgt E D Sale RNZAF,
F/Sgt D McM Gilmore RCAF, Sgt W F Carey and Sgt G H
Bennett were all killed.
09/09/1942 Wellington X9952 of 21 OTU was destroyed in a
fire on the ground at Edgehill. No casualties.
10/09/1942 Oxford V3430 of 1 FIS spun into the ground
while demonstrating stalling, at Ettington. F/O M R
Moorley and Sgt F Witt were both killed.
16/09/1942 Wellington X9671 of 22 OTU lost a wing during a
flying test prior to operations against Essen and crashed
at Pebworth. P/O A J Fawcett RCAF, W/O J W O’Brien
RCAF, F/Sgt F A Macauley RCAF, P/O H Casimiri RCAF, F/Sgt
D H Halstead RCAF, AC1 L Holloway and AC2 D McMillan were
24/09/1942 Wellington DV653 LT-Z of 22 OTU crashed into
the watch office at Atherstone when landing with only a
floodlight. Sgt J W Dunford and his crew were
unhurt, except for the rear gunner, Sgt M R Foran RCAF,
who was killed.
24/09/1942 Wellington DV708 of 18 OTU crashed on take off
from Bramcote when the hydraulics failed. P/O L Krempa
(Polish) and his crew were unhurt.
26/09/1942 Master AZ645 of 5 GTS crashed on landing at
Honeybourne. Pilot F/Lt G Wentworth was OK.
27/09/1942 Wellington BJ719 of 23 OTU flew into the ground
shortly after taking off from Pershore. Sgt J G A
Hathrine (or Patry) RCAF, Sgt D L Brane, Sgt A L D’eal,
Sgt G W Astaltomp were unhurt and Sgt R C Ramsey was
02/10/1942 Wellington DV802 of 18 OTU crashed at Ryton
after an engine caught fire on take off. Sgt M Hesse
(Polish) and Sgt E S Misteck (Polish) were killed.
Sgt J Stangryciuk (Polish) was injured.
05/10/1942 Oxford N4574 of 1 RFTS crashed, probably at
Moreton-in-Marsh. No further details have been found.
06/10/1942 Beaufighter V8468 3 Ferry Pilots Pool struck
trees in forced landing at Bengeworth, Worcs. Pilot
First Officer D Bringes was injured.
07/10/1942 Hurricane BN878 of Telecommunications Flying
Unit hit trees on high ground at Conderton, while trying
to regain base. Pilot P/O N H G Snellgrove was
10/10/1942 Wellington X9695 of 21 OTU suffered a double
engine failure and force-landed at Balscote. Sgt A H
Wood, P/O H G Pugh, Sgt R A Shelton and Sgt W Lear were
injured. Sgt Baker was unhurt.
11/10/1942 Tutor K3461 of 1 FIS undershot landing at
Hockley Heath. Sgt A Stewart RCAF and Sgt M M Almond
RCAF were unhurt.
12/10/1942 Tiger Moth T6870 of 116 Squadron hit a pole
while low-flying around a search light at night, at
Alcester Heath. Sgt W Quinn and his passenger were
13/10/1942 Wellington DV490 of 22 OTU crashed at
Preston-on-Stour, when an engine failed shortly after take
off. F/Sgt W R Sinclair RCAF, Sgt R S Elsom RCAF and
Sgt E P Hunt RCAF were killed. Sgt D O Broughton
RCAF was injured. P/O Elsom had completed a tour
with 218 Squadron. Sgt Broughton went on to fly with
429 Squadron and died on 13/05/1943 when Wellington HE913
was shot down.
17/10/1942 Wellington BJ911 of 23 OTU undershot landing at
Pershore. Sgt J N Wright and Sgt F K Brown were
injured, while Sgt B J Desjardin RCAF was killed.
26/10/1942 Wellington DV785 of 22 OTU crashed at Salford
Priors on overshoot. Sgt A H Whitted, Sgt W A
Hamilton and two other members of the crew were injured.
27/10/1942 Wellington X9943 of 22 OTU was landing at
Atherstone when it collided with Wellington HF628 on the
ground. P/O P Geldart and his crew were
unhurt. Sgt K E Coats, Sgt T H Maxwell and the rest
of the crew on HF628 were also unhurt.
03/11/1942 Proctor R7560 of 4 SS crashed while force
landing at Worcester. The 25 year old pilot died
thirteen months later. (No name traced, nor any indication
of whether it was as a result of this incident.)
07/11/1942 Beaufighter X7920 of 96 Squadron was returning
to Honiley with instrument failure when it crashed at
Wellesbourne. Pilot F/O W T Voller and observer Sgt
H E Busby were both killed.
08/11/1942 Wellington BJ818 of 23 OTU crashed at Pershore
half an hour after take off. Sgt R H Batchelor and
his crew were unhurt.
08/11/1942 Wellington DF742 DD-Q of 22 OTU stalled during
a turn following engine failure and crashed at
Harbury. W/O D T Withington RCAF and Sgt C W Milton
RCAF were both killed. P/O D T Withington had served with
108 Squadron in the Middle East.
09/11/1942 Wellington HF648 LT-L of 22 OTU crashed at
Lighthorne after an engine failure on take off. F/O
D B Clements RCAF, F/Sgt C S Boomer RCAF, P/O A A Herbert
RCAF, P/O J L Doray RCAF and F/Sgt G W Wilken RCAF were
20/11/1942 Wellington DV770 of 18 OTU overshot landing at
Bramcote. P/O J Sckelowski (Polish) and Sgt Z Weyna
(Polish) were unhurt.
21/11/1942 A Wellington crashed into two Tiger Moths when
landing at Elmdon. The serial number of the
Wellington has not been traced, as it was probably
repaired. Tiger Moth T7285 of 14 EFTS is recorded as
being damaged beyond repair on this date.
21/11/1942 Wellington R1211 of 21 OTU hit trees while
attempting to land at Edgehill. Sgt T B McAneney
RCAF, Sgt D Jackson, P/O L W Gill, Sgt A L Eastwick and
Sgt A Johnson were all injured. Sgt 'Dick' Eastwick was
awarded the George Medal for rescuing other members of the
crew from the wreckage. He is commemorated on the Malta
Memorial, being one of a seven man crew of 162 Squadron
that failed to return from a sortie in the Mediterranean
on 18 May 1943. Sgt T B McAneney RCAF went on to fly with
150 Squadron and his aircraft failed to return on 26 June
1944. He is buried in Budapest.
22/11/1942 Wellington BK261 of 12 OTU broke up and crashed
at Shotteswell when a photo-flash exploded in the
aircraft. Sgt R H Church, Sgt H W Bristow, Sgt F P
Nettleton, Sgt T W Haver and Sgt B Hillberg were all
22/11/1942 Oxford R6145 of 18 PAFU overshot landing and
crashed at Bretford. P/O Victor André Brayer of the
Free French air force was killed. He had escaped
from France via Morocco and Gibraltar. On joining the RAF,
he trained at Sywell and in Canada before returning to
England. He flew under the nom de guerre Jean Pierre
22/11/1942 Stirling BF333 of 1651 CU was unable to
maintain height after an engine failure and was
successfully abandoned by its crew near
Shipston-on-Stour. Pilot Sgt C K Eastern RNZAF, Sgt
Hodginson, Sgt Williams, Sgt Jennings, Sgt Patterson, Sgt
Banyer, Sgt Curvey suffered only minor injuries.
22/11/1942 Wellington X3567 of 23 OTU overshot landing at
Pershore. There were no injuries, but the names of
the crew have not been traced.
29/11/1942 Wellington LB120, fitted as a torpedo bomber,
of 1446 Flight stalled on approach to
Moreton-in-Marsh. 4 of the crew were killed and the
rear gunner was uninjured. 3 of the casualties were
probably Sgt C R Kippen (South African), F/O D Y McIntosh
RCAF and F/O E Martin RCAF.
30/11/1942 Wellington HF633 of 22 OTU flew into trees at
Gaydon in poor visibility. P/O E I Davidson RCAF,
F/Sgt V Meanwell RCAF, F/O R F Mallett RCAF, Sgt A Watson,
Sgt W C Seed and Sgt S E Strydom were all killed.
30/11/1942 Wellington Z1414 of 18 OTU was recalled to base
in worsening weather, but stayed in the air and did not
follow diversion instructions. Crashed at Monks
Kirby while attempting to land in poor visibility.
P/O M (or F/O H) Kolacz (Polish) was injured. Sgt L
Krukowski (Polish) was killed. P/O L Orchol
(Polish), P/O T Jencka (Polish), Sgt W Marczak (Polish)
and Sgt J Kmiecikewicz (Polish) were all unhurt. P/O
Kolacz died when his 305 Squadron Mosquito crashed on
25/05/1944. Sgt Marczuk was lost on operations to
Duisberg with 300 Squadron in April 1943. P/O Jencka
died on 17/08/1944, flying with 1586 Flight from Italy.
01/12/1942 Wellington BK250 of 12 OTU swung out of control
when taking off from Chipping Warden in a cross wind and
hit the control tower, ran over a civilian car and burnt
out against a hangar. Pilot, Sgt B F McMurchy RCAF
was unhurt. Sgt H Walters and Sgt E T O’Donoghue
were seriously injured and died the next day. F/Sgt
D J Phillips RCAF and Sgt G A Hutchinson were also
injured. Two civilians were killed in the hangar,
but their names have not been traced. In all, 24
people were injured, including a WAAF in the control
tower, who received burns.
02/12/1942 Oxford V3581 of 18 PAFU crashed during night
flying training at Church Lawford. Pilot Sgt W F
Irwin RNZAF died of his injuries on 18th December.
05/12/1942 Wellington DV563 of 21 OTU undershot landing in
a down-draught and crashed at Lower Tysoe. P/O D W Taylor
and his crew were unhurt.
08/12/1942 Wellington DV425 of 21 OTU overshot in a storm
and crashed at Tidmington. Sgt V T Drew, Sgt L A
McGuire RAAFand Sgt C E Raggett were all killed.
10/12/1942 Wellington DF736 DD-L of 22 OTU crashed at
Wellesbourne in turbulent conditions. F/Sgt D M
Smardon RCAF, Sgt A E Nash RCAF, Sgt F J Baker, Sgt W
Suttill RCAF and Sgt W E Halliday were all killed.
11/12/1942 Hurricane JS343 of 247 Squadron crashed at
Blockley in bad weather. Pilot Sgt A E Baldrey was
14/12/1942 Wellington HF632 of 22 OTU spun into the ground
at Alveston. F/Sgt R F James RCAF, P/O E L Lasby
RCAF, P/O R H Miller, Sgt S E Swallow and Sgt R G Causier
RCAF were killed.
20/12/1942 Wellington R1344 of 21 OTU caught fire in the
air when the photo flashes exploded. Most of the
crew baled out, but the pilot, Sgt J D Muir, crash landed
at Compton Wynyates as the wireless operator, Sgt R G
Percival, had not responded. Sadly, the wireless
operator was not saved.
20/12/1942 Wellington Z1617 of 12 OTU stalled when landing
at Chipping Warden. Sgt G Campain was injured.
28/12/1942 Wellington BK517 of 23 OTU hit a tree in bad
weather at Bodicote. F/O J G Byrne, F/Sgt J T
McDonald RCAF, F/Sgt W McMillan, LAC L H Nicholson, AC2 J
E Beaumont and AC2 G Broadhurst were all killed.
31/12/1942 Wellington Z1665 of 16 OTU crashed on take off
from Barford St John. F/Lt V E Sutherland RNZAF, P/O
J A Foulkes, P/O R Cowin, P/O D F Clarke, Sgt K A Brooks
and Sgt J R Simpson were killed. Sgt I E Lambert was
injured. F/Lt Sutherland had flown operationally
with 405 Squadron.