Military aircraft crashes in the south west
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. 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 injured.
03/01/1942 Wellington T2953 of 23 OTU crashed on approach to
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 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
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 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, 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 killed.
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
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
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 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 all injured.
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 slightly injured.
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 killed.
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 (Australian) 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 both killed.
10/02/1942 Tiger Moth R5080 of 6 FIS hit trees at Kinnersley.
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
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
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
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
14/02/1942 Magister N3829 of 2 EFTS crashed in Croome Park while
chasing a Tiger Moth. Sgt C C Shaw and Sgt V A Walters both
killed. Both were New Zealanders.
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
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
09/03/1942 Wellington Z8774 of 21 OTU crashed on approach to
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 (Australian),
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. 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
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 injured.
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
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 unhurt.
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
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
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 night 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 ground at
Defford. T2881 was a presentation aircraft ‘Ceylon III’
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
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 were both
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.
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 were killed.
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 injured.
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
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 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 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
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 survived.
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
09/06/1942 Oxford L9646 of 6 PAFU crashed in forced landing at
Worcester. Pilot Sgt R A Roberts was killed; other occupant
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 killed. Sgt
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
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 unhurt.
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
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 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 (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 injured.
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 killed.
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, Canadian,
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
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
R1414 was a veteran of 150 Squadron and had completed 9 operations by
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
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
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
28/07/1942 Anson N5022 of 21 OTU was destroyed by enemy action at
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
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. Australian Sgt E H Ridler was badly injured and
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 at
09/08/1942 B-17 41-24347 named Stork, of 347 Bomb Squadron force-landed
at Church Lawford en-route Bovingdon to Chelveston. Pilot 2nd
James M Hair & crew were OK.
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
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 was injured.
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 killed.
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
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 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
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 unhurt.
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 all killed.
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
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 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 injured.
06/10/1942 Beaufighter V8468 3 Ferry Pilots Pool struck trees in forced
landing at Bengeworth, Worcs. Pilot First Officer D Bringes was
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 killed.
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. Canadians Sgt A Stewart and Sgt M M Almond 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 slightly injured.
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,
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 Squadron.
went on to fly with 429 Squadron and died on 13/05/1943 when Wellington
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
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 landing at
Worcester. Names of crew not traced.
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
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 all killed.
20/11/1942 Wellington DV770 of 18 OTU overshot landing at
Bramcote. P/O J Sckelowski (Polish) and Sgt Z Weyna (Polish) were
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.
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 killed.
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.
22/11/1942 Oxford R6145 of 18 PAFU overshot landing and crashed at
Bretford. P/O J P Hinque of the Free French air force was killed.
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. New Zealand pilot Sgt C K Eastern, 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
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
Crashed at Monks Kirby while attempting to land in poor
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)
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 when taking
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 O’Donoghue
were seriously injured and
died the next day. F/Sgt D J Phillips RCAF and Sgt G A Hutchinson
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 flying training
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 a
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 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 killed.
14/12/1942 Wellington HF632 of 22 OTU spun into the ground at
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 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
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.