Military aircraft crashes in the
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
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the codes and
nicknames that were used at the time. We appreciate
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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.
02/01/1942 Tutor K3246 of 2 CFS hit a tree when force
Warwick. F/L R Hawkins and P/O James were injured.
03/01/1942 Wellington T2953 of 23 OTU crashed on approach
P/O R P Hay, Sgt R B Murphy RAAF, Sgt B B Connell RAAF,
Sgt J H
and Sgt H K Jones were all killed.
03/01/1942 Wellington X9640 of 22 OTU crashed into a river
on one engine at Wellesbourne Mountford. F/Sgt G M
and Sgt H
A McLennon RCAF were killed in the crash. Sgt C T
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
slightly injured, while
F/Sgt Barley was unhurt.
09/01/1942 Tiger Moth N9158 of 14 EFTS spun into the
Names of crew not traced.
09/01/1942 Wellington W5356 of 12 Squadron was returning
operation to Cherbourg on one engine when it crashed at
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 injured.
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,
Unoff Willi Wieland, wireless operator Obgfr Hans Vacano
Obfw Herbert Leppien all survived.
13/01/1942 Wellington T2911 of 21 OTU flew into a hill on
Edgehill. P/O D C Dunn and his crew were not
14/01/1942 Wellington DV481 of 22 OTU crashed on overshoot
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 killed.
17/01/1942 Wellington R1340 of 12 OTU crashed taking off
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
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
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
I D Steward and Sgt P E
Poulson were injured. Sgt W Clayton, Sgt J G Forbes
RCAF and Sgt
W L F Kellow
27/01/1942 Hurricane Z5231 of 79 Squadron undershot
landing at Bishops
Tachbrook. Pilot Sgt Cutting was unhurt.
28/01/1942 Wellington X9935 of 22 OTU crashed at Compton
engine failure. The pilot, Sgt R H Vearncombe RCAF,
killed. Sgt Haines, P/O Robson, P/O Robinson, Sgt
Dawe and Sgt Edwards were all injured.
28/01/1942 Wellington Z1157 of 21 OTU collided with
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
Edgehill. Z1157 crashed at Thenford. Sgt C W
Rice RAAF did
not leave Z1157 and was killed – possibly in the
the rest of his crew, Sgt A Orr was unhurt, while Sgt
Fitton and Sgt
Hollingworth were slightly injured.
29/01/1942 Wellington L7801 OX-E of 15 OTU flew into
during a snow storm. The rear gunner, Sgt A J
killed. Sgt D M Bunn was injured. The pilot,
Sgt G W
Roberts, Sgt D McSheen and three other members of the crew
30/01/1942 Mohawk AR671 of 3 Ferry Pilots Pool spun into
the ground at
Pershore. Pilot Captain J H Bebb was killed.
02/02/1942 Wellington R1006 of 18 OTU caught fire during
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
6/02/1942. Sgt W J Brock (Australian) was also
06/02/1942 Wellington R1047 of 21 OTU crashed at Edgehill
attempting to go round again after losing a propeller and
gear. F/Sgt R K Talbot, Sgt W E Taylor RCAF, Sgt R F
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
crew not traced.
10/02/1942 Wellington X9805 of 23 OTU crashed at Pershore
engine failed on overshoot. P/O D D Bonnett and his
13/02/1942 Wellington R1082 SJ-L of 21 OTU stalled on
Wellesbourne when the port engine failed. Sgt E T
A E Adlam, Sgt A W McRae
and Sgt D B Atkinson were killed. Sgt J W Edwards
and Sgt M Hone
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 G A
Molozzi RCAF, Sgt Lane, Sgt Normington, Sgt Murphy and
F/Sgt Swain were
14/02/1942 Hampden P2081 of 16 OTU undershot and hit trees
Warden. Pilot Sgt J R Viau and observer Sgt W J
killed. Sgt J Pegrum
and another wireless operator survived. Sgt Pegrum
went on to fly
14/02/1942 Magister N3829 of 2 EFTS crashed in Croome Park
chasing a Tiger Moth. Sgt C C Shaw and Sgt V A
killed. Both were New Zealanders.
14/02/1942 Wellington R1027 of 12 OTU overshot and hit a
Chipping Warden. P/O J R Reenberg RNZAF, P/O F B
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
Ansty. LAC Skinner was fatally injured, while LAC
his left arm. The serials may be K2598 and N5466
in the air on this date, but which were repaired.
16/02/1942 Whitley Z9229 KN-M of 77 Squadron was returning
operations to St Nazaire with engine trouble, possibly due
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
missing when Whitley Z9293 KN-D was lost on a raid to
19/02/1942 Hurricane Z5232 of 79 Squadron crashed at
attempting a slow roll at low altitude. Pilot F/Lt P
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
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
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
09/03/1942 Wellington Z8774 of 21 OTU crashed on approach
P/O R C Trench, Sgt T M Fitzjohn, Sgt E Millington, Sgt A
L Clipson and
R Fossey were all killed.
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
Sgt T F Dale and Sgt E
Watson all killed.
12/03/1942 Hotspur BT563 of 102 Glider OTU cast off with
the tow rope
attached and dived into the ground at Bodicote.
S/Ldr W H Wetton and one other were injured.
13/03/1942 Tiger Moth N9492 of 10 EFTS hit HT wires at
crashed in the River Severn. Names of crew not
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
Pershore. There were no casualties, but the names of
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
18/03/1942 Wellington X9627 of 23 OTU crashed at
taking off in a cross-wind. F/O D J Browne died of
while Sgt J Heslop was injured.
25/03/1942 Wellington R1287 of 18 OTU hit a petrol bowser
on take off
from Bramcote. Sgt W Kazimierczak (Polish) and his
believed to have been
27/03/1942 Wellington N2800 of 21 OTU crashed at Aston
engine failure. Sgt T E Dutton, Sgt W Brand, Sgt A C
Sgt J H Young were all killed. Sgt H Wilson was
27/03/1942 Wellington R1472 of 22 OTU undershot at
Mountford after the runway lights failed. Sgt W T
and Sgt K Edmonds were unhurt.
29/03/1942 Wellington X9629 of 23 OTU was landing at
Defford with a
failing engine when control was lost. The Wellington
the station headquarters. P/O C H Grant, Sgt J K
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
13/04/1942 Tiger Moth R5204 of 6 FIS hit HT wires and a
Worcester. Names of crew not traced.
27/04/1942 Wellington R1618 of 23 OTU swung off the runway
off from Defford. P/O L W Munroe RNZAF, Sgt V Ardis
RCAF, P/O T W
Sgt R A Hamilton RAAF, Sgt L E Bosvert RCAF, Sgt C D Dixon
RCAF and Sgt
G Perks suffered minor injuries.
28/04/1942 Wellington R3198 of 22 OTU crashed in a turn at
Wellesbourne. Sgt J A Schweitzer RCAF, Sgt H C
Crouch RNZAF and
Sgt J P Williams RCAF were all killed.
04/05/1942 Wellington T2881 of 23 OTU caught fire on the
Defford. T2881 was a presentation aircraft ‘Ceylon
05/05/1942 Wellington Z1086 DG-Q of 22 OTU stalled at
Mountford when attempting to go round again. Sgt L H
P/O M M Osten RCAF, Sgt A H Craven and Sgt D A Blue were
Sgt C W Milton RCAF was injured. S/Ldr F G Mogg,
received the George Medal for his rescue efforts.
recovered, only to die on 08/11/1942 in another crash with
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
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
Sgt J M Charbonneau RCAF, Sgt L F Fisher (South African)
and Sgt V S
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
19/05/1942 Folland Fo.108 P1777 was being flown by Neil
Daunt (known as
Mike), a test pilot with Glosters, doing engine diving
lost its tail and threw the pilot out, who managed to land
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
20/05/1942 Master N7609 of 6 FIS spun into ground at
Pilot F/Lt R Parr and P/O W R Bradley were killed.
21/05/1942 Tutor K3427 of 1 FIS crashed in forced landing
Harbury. F/O J N Owen and Sgt J R Morrall were
21/05/1942 Wellington R1142 of 21 OTU stalled after
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
25/05/1942 Wellington AD625 of 22 OTU was hit by
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
RNZAF, Sgt M Wilkinson RNZAF, Sgt J E Hough and Sgt V R
were all killed. In DV840, only
Sgt Noyes survived, with injuries, while Sgt C R
Whitworth, F/Sgt J L
F/Sgt R D Cook RCAF and Sgt R E Herbert RNZAF were all
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
Wheeler were injured.
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
Moreton-in-Marsh. P/O K Moore RAAF and Sgt A B Dean
unhurt. P/O Moore went on to fly with 460 Squadron
and was killed
on 05/04/1943, when Lancaster W4310 was
02/06/1942 Wellington T2904 of 12 OTU lost an engine while
from the 1,000 Bomber Raid on Essen and crash-landed at
Warden. F/Lt D P Fox, W/O Paveley, Sgt Berry, F/Sgt
Sgt Marks all survived.
05/06/1942 Oxford R5956 of 1 FIS crashed near Birdingbury
stall. Instructor Sgt W Overend and pilot Sgt R W
09/06/1942 Oxford L9646 of 6 PAFU crashed in forced
Worcester. Pilot Sgt R A Roberts was killed; other
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
F/ Sgt Rushton, P/O L Rowlinson, Sgt G E Hibben, Sgt E M
Taylor, Sgt A
Alcock RCAF, LAC H G Foot and AC2 J Murray were all
the sole survivor.
22/06/1942 Wellington T2548 of 12 OTU crashed in the
Chipping Warden. Sgt W Connelly, Sgt E L Taylor and
Sgt F J
Tranter were killed. Sgt H A Dickinson and Sgt E
22/06/1942 Wellington X3172 of 23 OTU lost a propeller and
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 unhurt.
22/06/1942 Wellington X9748 of 23 OTU was burnt out in a
Pershore. No casualties.
29/06/1942 Wellington R1036 of 22 OTU crashed at
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
crashed on take off from Defford. P/O G L Sellick
F/Lt J B Verggren, W/O D V Bidder, F/S J D Robinson were
Scientist Mr J H Bruce was trapped in the wreckage and was
P/O Sellick and W/O Bidder.
30/06/1942 Wellington R1782 of 22 OTU sank back to the
Atherstone shortly after take off. P/O B Dallenger
RNZAF and crew
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
taking off from Pershore. Sgt K H Cartland, Sgt R
Sgt R C Webb RCAF were all OK.
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
F/Sgt K Ziolkowski (Polish), F/O W Peski (Polish), F/O M
(Polish), F/Sgt J Adamczyk (Polish), Cpl F Jaruszewski
(Polish) and Cpl
J Szpek (Polish) were all injured. 2/Lt Pietraszak
army), cousin of P/O Mazurkiewicz, was fatally injured.
12/07/1942 Beaufighter X7945 of 255 Squadron crashed in
forced landing at night at Hatton. Pilot Sgt A R
observer Sgt A Guthrie were both killed.
12/07/1942 Oxford N4768 of 1 FIS crashed on overshoot from
RLG. Pilot Sgt E T Porter was seriously injured; 2nd
pilot Sgt J
A Parkinson, Canadian,
12/07/1942 Wellington AD631 of 22 OTU overshot and crashed
boundary at Long Marston. Pilot Sgt H J Murray RCAF
12/07/1942 Wellington R1414 of 23 OTU landed on its belly
and caught fire. Sgt J P Duval RCAF suffered minor
Sgt R R Holt (or
Foltz) RCAF, Sgt J L Lymburner RCAF and Sgt R N Burke RCAF
R1414 was a veteran of 150 Squadron and had completed 9
end of 1941.
13/07/1942 Wellington R1062 of 23 OTU suffered a fractured
when the undercarriage was retracted at Pershore.
Sgt J Law, Sgt
G Moorhouse, Sgt R R Stover and Sgt T W Miller RCAF
14/07/1942 Wellington X9617 SJ-E of 21 OTU crash landed at
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
both killed. Sgt Leslie Arthur Caddell was injured
and became a
"guinea pig" when he was attended by Archibald McIndoe in
Unit at Queen Victoria's Hospital, East Grinstead.
26/07/1942 Wellington Z1750 of 12 OTU crashed in forced
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
Baggot after an engine failure. Pilot P/O A S Kench
observer Sgt D C Penwarden was killed, passenger LAC B L
28/07/1942 Anson N5022 of 21 OTU was destroyed by enemy
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
H Gangl, Uffz W Nisch, Obergefr H Wohlers and Uffz W
Sihorsch were all
03/08/1942 Oxford DF310 of 1 FIS struck a balloon cable
near Coventry: the exact location has not yet been
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. Australian Sgt E H Ridler was badly
New Zealander Sgt S L Portman was killed.
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
09/08/1942 B-17 41-24347 named Stork, of 347 Bomb Squadron
at Church Lawford en-route Bovingdon to Chelveston.
James M Hair & crew were OK.
10/08/1942 Spitfire P8377 of 52 OTU spun into the ground
during a cloud flying exercise. Sgt Callow was
12/08/1942 Wellington Z1159 of 23 OTU stalled on take off
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
Camden in bad weather. F/Sgt S Dusza (Polish), Sgt S
(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
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
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
following engine failure on take off. Sgt I S
McLennan RAAF, Sgt
Akehurst, Sgt Palmer and Sgt Wright were injured, while
29/08/1942 Wellington L4310 of 22 OTU caught fire at
Mountford while its fuel tanks were being drained.
31/08/1942 Wellington R1232 of 21 OTU overshot and hit a
Moreton-in-Marsh. P/O M Dunn, Sgt B A Smith and Sgt
were killed. Sgt J F Boyer RCAF was injured.
31/08/1942 Whitley P5100 of 24 OTU lost part of a wing in
with a tree. Attempted to go round again, but
Badsey. Sgt G W West and F/Sgt W S Terwilliger RCAF
while Sgt Bowman was injured. F/Sgt Terwilliger was
01/09/1942 Beaufighter X7943 YD-P of 255 Squadron dived
into the ground
at Snitterfield during an electrical storm. W/O S J
Sgt R F
Ellis were both killed.
01/09/1942 Wellington W5625 of 22 OTU crashed on overshoot
Atherstone. Sgt R A Nickless and Sgt J M Broughton
RCAF were both
01/09/1942 Whitley BD375 of 24 OTU hit trees at
Honeybourne after both
engines failed. The pilot, Sgt S W Templar baled out
successfully, but the rest of
the crew stayed in the aircraft. Sgt L S Tait was
killed, but the
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
Astley. Sgt P Gammon RCAF and F/O H J Walters were
03/09/1942 Wellington X9606 of 21 OTU flew into trees on
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
04/09/1942 Beaufighter X7957 of 255 Squadron crashed at
aerodrome while practicing single engine flying.
Pilot Sgt J W
perry was killed, observer P/O Palfreyman jumped clear and
05/09/1942 Whitley AD666 of 24 OTU swung on take off from
fuselage broke. Sgt D W Weiner and Sgt J H Howe were
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
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
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
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
McMillan were all killed.
24/09/1942 Wellington DV653 LT-Z of 22 OTU crashed into
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
when the hydraulics failed. P/O L Krempa (Polish) and his
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
after taking off from Pershore. Sgt J G A Hathrine
RCAF, Sgt D L Brane, Sgt A L D’eal, Sgt G W Astaltomp were
Sgt R C Ramsey was slightly injured.
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
06/10/1942 Beaufighter V8468 3 Ferry Pilots Pool struck
trees in forced
landing at Bengeworth, Worcs. Pilot First Officer D
07/10/1942 Hurricane BN878 of Telecommunications Flying
Unit hit trees
on high ground at Conderton, while trying to regain
P/O N H G Snellgrove was killed.
10/10/1942 Wellington X9695 of 21 OTU suffered a double
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
11/10/1942 Tutor K3461 of 1 FIS undershot landing at
Heath. Canadians Sgt A Stewart and Sgt M M Almond
12/10/1942 Tiger Moth T6870 of 116 Squadron hit a pole
around a search light at night, at Alcester Heath.
Sgt W Quinn
and his passenger were slightly injured.
13/10/1942 Wellington DV490 of 22 OTU crashed at
an engine failed shortly after take off. F/Sgt W R
S Elsom RCAF and Sgt E P Hunt RCAF were killed. Sgt
D O Broughton
injured. P/O Elsom had completed a tour with 218
went on to fly with 429 Squadron and died on 13/05/1943
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
Sgt B J Desjardin RCAF was killed.
26/10/1942 Wellington DV785 of 22 OTU crashed at Salford
overshoot. Sgt A H Whitted, Sgt W A Hamilton and two
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
were unhurt. Sgt K E Coats, Sgt T H Maxwell and the
rest of the
HF628 were also unhurt.
03/11/1942 Proctor R7560 of 4 SS crashed while force
Worcester. Names of crew not traced.
07/11/1942 Beaufighter X7920 of 96 Squadron was returning
with instrument failure when it crashed at
F/O W T Voller and observer Sgt H E Busby were both
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
08/11/1942 Wellington DF742 DD-Q of 22 OTU stalled during
following engine failure and crashed at Harbury. W/O
Withington RCAF and Sgt C
W Milton RCAF were both killed. P/O D T Withington had
served with 108
in the Middle East.
09/11/1942 Wellington HF648 LT-L of 22 OTU crashed at
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 all killed.
20/11/1942 Wellington DV770 of 18 OTU overshot landing at
Bramcote. P/O J Sckelowski (Polish) and Sgt Z Weyna
21/11/1942 A Wellington crashed into two Tiger Moths when
Elmdon. The serial number of the Wellington has not
as it was probably repaired. Tiger Moth T7285 of 14
recorded as being damaged beyond repair on this date.
22/11/1942 Wellington BK261 of 12 OTU broke up and crashed
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 killed.
21/11/1942 Wellington R1211 of 21 OTU hit trees while
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.
22/11/1942 Oxford R6145 of 18 PAFU overshot landing and
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 non de guerre Jean Pierre Hinque. Memorial
22/11/1942 Stirling BF333 of 1651 CU was unable to
after an engine failure and was successfully abandoned by
its crew near
Shipston-on-Stour. New Zealand pilot Sgt C K
Hodginson, Sgt Williams, Sgt Jennings, Sgt Patterson, 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
killed and the
rear gunner was uninjured. 3 of the casualties were
C R Kippen
(South African), F/O D Y McIntosh RCAF and F/O E Martin
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
RCAF, Sgt A Watson, Sgt W C Seed and Sgt S E Strydom were
30/11/1942 Wellington Z1414 of 18 OTU was recalled to base
weather, but stayed in the air and did not follow
Crashed at Monks Kirby while attempting to land in poor
M (or F/O H) Kolacz (Polish) was injured. Sgt L
(Polish) was killed.
P/O L Orchol (Polish), P/O T Jencka (Polish), Sgt W
Sgt J Kmiecikewicz (Polish) were all unhurt. P/O
Kolacz died when
Squadron Mosquito crashed on 25/05/1944. Sgt Marczuk
was lost on
to Duisberg with 300 Squadron in April 1943. P/O
Jencka died on
flying with 1586 Flight from Italy.
01/12/1942 Wellington BK250 of 12 OTU swung out of control
off from Chipping Warden in a cross wind and hit the
control tower, ran
civilian car and burnt out against a hangar. Pilot,
Sgt B F
McMurchy RCAF was unhurt. Sgt H Walters and Sgt E T
were seriously injured and
died the next day. F/Sgt D J Phillips RCAF and Sgt G
injured. Two civilians were killed in the hangar,
but their names
been traced. In all, 24 people were injured,
including a WAAF in
tower, who received burns.
02/12/1942 Oxford V3581 of 18 PAFU crashed during night
at Church Lawford. New Zealand pilot Sgt W F Irwin
died of his
on 18th December.
05/12/1942 Wellington DV563 of 21 OTU undershot landing in
down-draught and crashed at Lower Tysoe. P/O D W Taylor
and his crew
08/12/1942 Wellington DV425 of 21 OTU overshot in a storm
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
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 killed.
14/12/1942 Wellington HF632 of 22 OTU spun into the ground
Alveston. F/Sgt R S James RCAF, P/O E L Lasby RCAF,
P/O R H
Miller, Sgt S E Swallow and Sgt R G Causier RCAF were
20/12/1942 Wellington R1344 of 21 OTU caught fire in the
air when the
photo flashes exploded. Most of the crew baled out,
pilot, Sgt J D Muir, crash landed at Compton Wynyates as
operator, Sgt R G Percival, had not responded.
wireless operator was not saved.
20/12/1942 Wellington Z1617 of 12 OTU stalled when landing
Warden. Sgt G Campain was injured.
28/12/1942 Wellington BK517 of 23 OTU hit a tree in bad
Bodicote. F/O J G Byrne, F/Sgt J T McDonald RCAF,
McMillan, LAC L H Nicholson, AC2 J E Beaumont and AC2 G
31/12/1942 Wellington Z1665 of 16 OTU crashed on take off
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
Sgt I E Lambert was injured. F/Lt Sutherland had
operationally with 405 Squadron.