Military aircraft crashes in the
Midlands - 1943
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 are still in the family, we can
help to caption
and explain the codes and nicknames that were used at
the time. We
appreciate the opportunity to copy original material
for the museum's
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
of crew that we haven't traced. Thank you.
03/01/1943 Beaufort L9837 of 301 Ferry Training Unit
crashed on landing
at Moreton-in-Marsh and burnt out. The fate of its
crew has not
03/01/1943 Whitley EB389 of 24 OTU exploded while on a
and crashed at Cherington. Sgt A Little, P/O R P
Mason, Sgt K J
Fielding, Sgt D Bell and Sgt J Davidson were all killed.
04/01/1943 Wellington HF685 of 22 OTU stalled on take off
at Gaydon. Sgt V W Richards and his crew were
04/01/1943 Wellington HF751 of 22 OTU crash landed at
propeller failure. F/O E C Badcoe and
P/O M H J Hammill were unhurt. P/O Hammill went on
Squadron and was taken POW after Halifax JB931 was shot
11/01/1943 Wellington HZ104 of 22 OTU hit a telegraph pole
at Cosford, having diverted from Wellesbourne Mountford in
weather. P/O E E Fisher RCAF died of his injuries on
13/01/1943 Wellington X3338 JP-P of 12 OTU crashed near
following engine failure. S/Ldr D M Foreman DFC, Sgt
P/O D W Jepp,
Sgt B Sober and Sgt W H Nott were killed. The rear
gunner, Sgt J
15/01/1943 Beaufighter X7944 of 96 Squadron forcelanded
and burnt out
at Balsall Common following engine failure. Pilot
F/O R G Woodman
and observer Sgt A Witt were both OK.
15/01/1943 Oxford BG168 of 18 PAFU collided with EB809
from the same
unit, at Church Lawford. Both aircraft
Sgt W Badger RAAF and pupil Sgt R J Haag RCAF were killed
BG168. In EB809, Instructor Sgt W J Wonnacott RAAF
and pupil Sgt
A W Paynter RCAF were both seriously injured.
15/01/1943 Wellington BJ763 of 16 OTU crash landed at
engine failure. P/O J C Boodrie and Sgt R E Keene
15/01/1943 Wellington X3964 of 23 OTU overshot following
and crashed at Pershore. Sgt J A Hawkwood, Sgt W E
Barr RCAF, Sgt
J H Robson (or Robinson) and F/Sgt W J Duplin RCAF were
killed. Their funeral services were held at
Pershore, along with
the funeral of P/O A M H Gain RCAF, who was killed in a
Staffordshire on the same day (see the listing for crashes
in the north
25/01/1943 Wellington HF735 of 22 OTU overshot landing at
Mountford. Sgt J A Mason and his crew were unhurt.
29/01/1943 Wellington BK503 of 23 OTU crashed in forced
Earle's Croome after engine failure. P/O G G Weston
RCAF and Sgt
J A Auclair RCAF were killed. P/O M A Clancey, Sgt C
W Wyer and
P/O W C Coleman RCAF were injured. P/O Coleman went
on to fly
with 419 Squadron.
29/01/1943 Wellington HF650 of 22 OTU stalled and crashed
Edgehill. F/Sgt J L McConnell RCAF, P/O McL Tew
RCAF, F/Sgt G L
Hall RCAF, F/Sgt W E
Douglas RCAF and F/Sgt W A Boundy RCAF were all killed.
31/01/1943 Auster LB346 of 654 Squadron was blown away in
a gale at
Southam and damaged beyond repair.
01/02/1943 Wellington HF646 of 22 OTU overshot and caught
Wellesbourne Mountford. Sgt R E Todd RCAF and his
unhurt. Sgt Todd was from Colorado Springs,
USA. He was
posted to 426 Squadron and failed to return from Bochum on
when Wellington BJ762 was shot down by a night fighter.
08/02/1943 Boston W8380 of 418 Squadron hit a tree at
Sgt L V Jackson, Sgt A J Adams, LAC C H E Ross and LAC B
08/02/1943 Newly-built Stirling BK660 was on a test flight
with the elevators locked externally. It climbed
stalled and crashed just outside the aerodrome
pilot D Cotton and flight engineer Mr F D Newman were both
09/02/1943 Wellington BK256 of 23 OTU crashed at Fladbury
engine cut on approach. F/Sgt G McI Johnston RCAF,
Sgt R J Stone
and Sgt J R Auchambault RCAF were all injured. Sgt J
RCAF and Sgt J G McPherson were unhurt. Sgt J R
was subsequently lost on 21-22/06/1943, raiding Krefeld
Squadron and F/Sgt Johnson was a casualty of the
Peenemunde raid on
17-18/08/1943, flying with 434 Squadron.
11/02/1943 Beaufighter X7928 of 96 Squadron burned out
after landing at
Honiley following starboard engine failure. Pilot
Sgt H K Pugsley
RAAF and his observer were OK.
11/02/1943 Wellington HZ109 of 22 OTU burnt out in a
Wellesbourne Mountford. There were no injuries.
13/02/1943 P-38 serial unknown of the 83rd Fighter
Fighter Group was in collision with a second P-38, serial
Kenilworth. The squadron was flying in formation to
on to Africa. 2nd
Lt W E Winans survived the crash of his aircraft, at an
while 2nd Lt W K Teare successfully landed 41-2907 at
on this incident would be appreciated.
13/02/1943 Wellington HF759 of 22 OTU had a flap pin snap
attempting to overshoot, then stalled and crashed at
P/O M S Jacobs RCAF, W/O L S Carpenter RCAF, W/O G A
F/Sgt L W Fleming, Sgt R C
H Boulton RCAF, P/O S H Amys RCAF, Sgt J G Campbell RCAF
and Sgt R
RCAF were all killed.
19/02/1943 Tiger Moth N9516 of 22 EFTS hit trees at
F/O G Shadforth and Canadian Sgt S B Gray were unhurt.
20/02/1943 Blenheim L4839 of Telecommunications Flying
Unit had its
undercarriage collapse on take off at Defford.
24/02/1943 Wellington DF564 DD-V of 22 OTU crash landed at
instrument failure. Sgt A E Hatch and his crew were
Sgt Hatch went on to fly with 428 Squadron and failed to
Duisburg on 12-13th May 1943.
26/02/1943 Spitfire X4918 of the Telecommunications Flying
collided with Tiger Moth N9384 of 2 EFTS at Pirton.
G Lock was killed in the Spitfire. Australian Sgt J
baled out of the Tiger and was only slightly hurt.
28/02/1943 Boston AH515 of Telecommunications Flying Unit
landing at Defford and its undercarriage collapsed.
Pilot A G
Sheffield was unhurt.
28/02/1943 Oxford R6390 of 7 AACU hit trees and a bridge
attempting to force land on the Nuneaton to Coventry
pilot P/O P Gieplinski and an ATC cadet, William David
Troup, aged 15,
were both killed. A second ATC cadet was injured.
01/03/1943 Wellington HE484 of 23 OTU suffered and engine
failure and a
hydraulic failure, so the crew baled out, leaving the
aircraft to crash
at Priors Marston. P/O E Harrison RCAF and his crew
01/03/1943 Wellington HF674 LT-F of 22 OTU force landed at
a double engine failure. Sgt P L J Logan RCAF, Sgt J
R W Swindle and Sgt A W Klaver RCAF were all injured.
02/03/1943 Anson EF936 of 3 OAFU hit trees at Earle's
Common while on a low level navigational exercise.
The pilot Sgt Corri W Rusling, LAC Noel W Mitchell, LAC
James B Mole and Sgt Roy D Saywell were all killed.
05/03/1943 Wellington BK433 of 12 OTU stalled and spun in
Warden. Sgt R V Moss, Sgt A Witton, Sgt D W
Alexander and Sgt G J
Gates were killed. Sgt Napier was injured.
05/03/1943 Wellington R1601 of 21 OTU crashed on landing
Honiley. Sgt B Job and his crew were unhurt.
09/03/1943 Lysander P1668 of 12 OTU crashed in forced
Chipping Warden. F/Sgt Grant and LAC Devine were OK.
11/03/1943 Oxford DF243 of 6 PAFU struck a hut while
taking off at
Honiley. Instructor Sgt Canning and pupil P/O B
Arden were both
12/03/1943 Oxford V3224 of 6 PAFU crashed in a forced
Blockley. Sgt B A Way and Canadian Sgt H L Shaw were
13/03/1943 Wellington BK346 of 23 OTU crashed on overshoot
Atherstone. Sgt C W Jackson RCAF, Sgt H Bilhorn
RCAF, Sgt A
McDonald RCAF and Sgt K
T Alan were unhurt and Sgt J Thompson was slightly
15/03/1943 Wellington DF567 LT-K of 22 OTU stalled and
Gaydon. Sgt J S McLeod RCAF and his crew were
16/03/1943 Whitley AD676 of 24 OTU swung on take off from
and the undercarriage collapsed. Sgt A F Evans was
20/03/1943 Beaufighter X8004 of 406 Squadron swung on
landing and the
undercarriage collapsed at Defford. Pilot Sgt R B
civilian scientist Mr
Willson were both OK.
22/03/1943 Tiger Moth R5203 of 2 EFTS dived into the
Moreton-in-Marsh. Australian pilot Sgt F Barber and
navigator Sgt O C Dunn were killed.
26/03/1943 Oxford ED198 of 18 PAFU lost height after take
Church Lawford, crashed and burned at Wolston Heath.
The pilot Lt
Feuvrier, Free French Air Force, was rescued but was
04/04/1943 Beaufighter X7959 of 96 Squadron was skillfully
at Chadwick End after taking off from Honiley with its
reversed; burnt out. Pilot F/Lt P W M Mallorie was
observer P/O J M Hallett was seriously injured.
11/04/1943 Wellington HE422 of 420 Squadron was returning
from a raid
on Frankfurt when the crew got lost and finally baled out
near Tenby in
Pembrokeshire. The Wellington re-crossed the country
and finally ran out of fuel and crashed at Burmington,
another 150 miles. Sgt H
B Elhorn RCAF, Sgt A H MacDonald RCAF, Sgt J T Kydd and
Sgt K T Allan
all survived. Sadly, the pilot P/O C W Jackson RCAF
landed in the
12/04/1943 Oxford EB750 of 6 PAFU dived into the ground at
Heath near Kenilworth. Pilot Sgt A B Lewis was
21/04/1943 Wellington DV936 of 15 OTU crashed at Wychbold
engine caught fire, leading to failure of the wing.
F/Sgt D E
Hamlyn, Sgt H M
Holmes, Sgt A C Page, Sgt L F Short, Sgt G E Boyes RAAF,
P/O N G
and Sgt W P Hoare were all killed.
24/04/1943 Wellington HE206 of 23 OTU burnt out after the
collapsed on landing at Atherstone. P/O R Henston,
W/O C Halford,
Sgt A Holson
and Sgt E James all received burns. Sgt G Williams,
Sgt J Koivu,
Sgt J Doyle
and Sgt K Pulman escaped without serious injuries.
03/05/1943 Whitley BD219 of 24 OTU stalled and hit a tree
Marston. The pilot Sgt M Harker was killed and two
members of the
crew were injured.
04/05/1943 Wellington HE217 of 22 OTU stalled and crashed
Wellesbourne Mountford. F/Sgt J W Freeman RCAF,
F/Sgt K C Bourne
RCAF, Sgt E H Park
RCAF, Sgt C R Blenkhorn RCAF, Sgt K Hodgson RCAF and F/Sgt
A W Klauer
were all killed. Sgt Park was from Tennessee, USA.
05/05/1943 Anson DG985 of 21 OTU hit a hill while
cloud at Bourton. F/Sgt Sidney Alfred Payne, F/Sgt
Mosey, F/O Williams Thomas McCormack RAAF, P/O Albert
Reginald Fox, Sgt
Lionel Frederick Evans were all killed.
05/05/1943 Wellington HF630 22 OTU crashed at Mickleton
engine failure. Sgt A A F Hall RCAF, Sgt J E L
Burgess RCAF, Sgt
R F Santo RCAF and P/O J Cherkinsky were all
killed. Sgt G
E Foster RCAF was injured.
05/05/1943 Wellington R1242 of 21 OTU flew into high
Bourton-on-the-Hill while overshooting. Sgt R J
Miller RAAF was
killed. 3 members of the crew were injured.
11/05/1943 Whitley EB353 of 24 OTU struck at tree at
The pilot, Sgt L P Patterson was thrown clear and
survived, but Sgt F
Harold and P/O T B Curry were killed.
12/05/1943 Wellington HE218 of 22 OTU crashed at Compton
an engine failed. W/O M J Kerby RCAF, W/O D E
Elliott RCAF, Sgt J
Piket RCAF and Sgt J H Collett RCAF were all killed.
14/05/1943 Boston AH495 of Telecommunications Flying Unit
beyind repair, presumably at Defford.
14/05/1943 Wellington T2562 of 21 OTU caught fire in the
air after a
photo flash exploded; the pilot force landed at
Wormleighton, where the
aircraft burnt out. F/Sgt K P Rogers RNZAF and his
15/05/1943 Master N7843 of 5 PAFU force landed at Redhall
overturned. Pilot P/O S T George, Canadian, was OK.
16/05/1943 Oxford R9983 of 15 PAFU crashed on take off at
Worcester. Sgt W A Stimpson and Australian Sgt D O
16/05/1943 Wellington BK154 of 16 OTU had its
undercarriage collapse on
landing at Barford St John. Sgt E Mearis and his
crew were unhurt.
22/05/1943 Master W9029 of 12 Ferry Pilots Pool lost its
hit a house at Littleworth. Pilot Second Officer
26/05/1943 Whitley LA845 of 24 OTU crashed at Willersley
engine failed on take off. The pilot, Sgt W A
killed and all the
rest of the crew were injured.
29/05/1943 Oxford ED199 of 18 PAFU crashed on overshoot,
Wolston. Canadian pilot Sgt S Rosentein was killed.
29/05/1943 Tiger Moth R4921 of 9 EFTS crashed near Ansty
failure. F/O J D Telfer was unhurt and LAC E A
29/05/1943 Wellington X3704 of 23 OTU lost a wing during a
Victory fly-past over the town of Pershore. The
F/O G S Hynam DFC RCAF, from Akron Ohio had gained his DFC
Squadron. He was killed, along with Sgt P E Zoeller,
Cpl H Allam,
AC2 G R Band and AC2 W A Gravell. On the ground,
civillian Mrs V
H (or L N or O M) Berry was injured.
02/06/1943 Whitley Z6639 of 24 OTU flew into Broadway Hill
visibility. F/Sgt H G Hagen RCAF, F/Sgt R S
Phillips, F/Sgt D H
Kelly RCAF, Sgt D A
Marriott and Sgt G E Ekins were all killed.
03/06/1943 Wellington T2569 of 21 OTU crashed on take off
Moreton-in-Marsh when an engine failed. Sgt S N
Heyes and three
other crew were injured.
11/06/1943 Wellington HF813 of 22 OTU crashed at
Wellesbourne after an
engine failure. F/O E J K LeClaire RCAF and Sgt J T
Sgt Larson survived.
16/06/1943 Wellington Z1721 of 12 OTU caught fire and
Compton Wynyates. F/Sgt H P Griffith RAAF, P/O T W
Adam RCAF, F/O
G B Booth RCAF (from Van Buren, Ohio, USA), Sgt F J Welsby
and Sgt K E
Troake were all
20/06/1943 Whitley EB349 of 24 OTU crashed on landing at
Marston. P/O J M Brown RCAF was killed and Sgt A J
23/06/1943 Tiger Moth BB794 of 9 EFTS crashed on take off
Southam. Names of crew not traced.
24/06/1943 Anson DJ406 of 17 SFTS crashed in forced
landing at Walton;
names of crew not traced.
24/06/1943 Tiger Moth N9154 of 14 EFTS hit a beacon light
off from Elmdon. Sgt Cook and D Creabs were unhurt.
25/06/1943 Wellington X3658 –F of 12 OTU crash-landed at
Boddington following engine failure. F/Sgt T H
German and his
crew were unhurt.
26/06/1943 B-24 42-63762 Hells Express of 409 Bomb
Squadron, 93rd Bomb
Group crashed at Little Compton. This is something
of a mystery,
escaped the normal records. It seems the aircraft
was flying back
from Portreath the day after all B-24s in England flew
Portreath en-route to North Africa for the famous Ploesti
The pilot was Lt J Pryor 730888. Two possible
Madingley cemetery are 2/Lt Harley C Shively and 2/Lt Jack
Wardell. The other casualties are believed to have
been Charles L
Porterfield, Raymond P Cathcart, Edward H Dick, John
Lotito Jr, Harold
George L Parsons and Farlan D Glover, who died of his
27/06/1943. A further four were reported to have
28/06/1943 Wellington HF643 DD-L of 22 OTU force landed at
Marston, destroying Whitleys EB350 and EB352 of 24
OTU. F/Sgt F E
F/O P D Lidster RCAF, F/Sgt W G Mitchell RCAF and Sgt W R
all killed. Sgt L Hirst was injured.
Whitleys were unoccupied.
29/06/1943 Wellington Z1668 of 29 OTU force landed at
engine failure. Sgt A G Johnson and his crew were
30/06/1943 Oxford V4134 of 1513 BAT Flight crashed into a
near Bedworth. Instructor Sgt N Bosworth and pupil
Sgt H G
Sanders were both
02/07/1943 Oxford MP281 of 6 PAFU crashed near the
Moreton-in-Marsh. Sgt K B Astall was killed.
02/07/1943 Wellington BK437 of 29 OTU crashed at
in poor visibility when being diverted. P/O N
Harland, Sgt A C
Croft, Sgt J H Elliott RCAF, Sgt E P Shorter RAAF and Sgt
F C Butler
were all injured. One of the crew is believed to
have died at the
scene, possibly Sgt Elliott or Sgt Shorter.
02/07/1943 Wellington X3366 of 23 OTU crashed on take off
Atherstone, following a burst tyre. F/O J H Emmerson
AFM, P/O J G
White RCAF, Sgt N
L Reed and Sgt F P Sharp were unhurt, while Sgt R F
02/07/1943 Wellington X3801 of 22 OTU crashed into high
Ettington in poor visibility. Sgt W R Willard RCAF,
F/Sgt J H G
Kirby, F/O D Lister and Sgt C F Rivers were killed.
member is believed to have survived, but his name has not
04/07/1943 Oxford DF300 of 18 PAFU caught fire in the air,
so the pilot
abandoned it at Woolscott. Canadian Sgt R K De
Marsch was not
06/07/1943 Wellington HF629 of 22 OTU had an engine fail
on take off
from Gaydon; undercarriage raised to stop. Sgt J L
Sills RCAF and
his crew were unhurt. Sgt Sills joined 424 Squadron
and failed to return
in Wellington HE492 on 06/09/1943. He is buried in
07/07/1943 Wellington BK197 of 29 OTU crashed when force
Dunchurch following a double engine failure. Sgt F J
his crew were unhurt.
13/07/1943 Oxford DF329 of 18 PAFU stalled and went into a
flat spin at
Ufton. Canadian pilot Sgt N L Glynn and navigator
Sgt R D Peters
were both killed, while AC1 Williams was seriously
13/07/1943 Wellington Z1743 of 16 OTU crashed attempting
to force land
at Alveley with engine failure. F/O D F McLaughlin
R J Martin was killed and two other crew members were
15/07/1943 Wellington HF812 of 22 OTU crash landed at
Southam with a
failed engine. W/O W S Pullar RCAF, Sgt A B Wilson
RCAF and four
15/07/1943 Wellington X3453 of 23 OTU caught fire at
force-landing with an engine failure. P/O A J Van
Rassel RCAF and
Sgt G W Howard RCAF
were both unhurt.
16/07/1943 Hudson FK571 of Telecommunications Flying Unit
spun into the
ground after a double engine failure at
P/O A J Slaughter (RAAF) and passenger S/Ldr J A Meade DFC
16/07/1943 Whitley BD550 of HGCU had an engine failure
while towing a
Horsa. The glider was cast off and landed safely;
struck trees at Pershore while overshooting. The
pilot F/Sgt G R
Baker and crew member Cpl Mitchell were only slightly
The Horsa crew, Sgt A L Scott and Sgt C B Moilliet were
19/07/1943 Wellington HE480 22 OTU crashed on take off
Wellesbourne Mountford, probably due to engine
failure. F/O G
Grose RCAF, Sgt K L Richmond RCAF and Sgt D M Wilkinson
were all killed.
20/07/1943 Anson DJ242 of 24 OTU undershot landing at
Honeybourne. Pilot P/O K F Smith was slightly
23/07/1943 Whitley Z9167 of 24 OTU flew into Scar Bank at
Wasperton. The 5 crew were all killed: F/O A M
Shalless RAAF, Sgt
S H Carter, P/O G H Smith, Sgt B Lillyman, Sgt W C Bull.
24/07/1943 P-38 serial 42-127781 of 13 PR Squadron was
exercise with a Mosquito when it disintegrated and crashed
Haseley. Captain T
B O’Bannon was killed.
30/07/1943 Oxford V3744 of 410 Squadron was on a
when it dived into the ground at Wroxhall. Canadians
F/Lt E A
Murray of Stellarton, Novia Scotia and F/O P Littlewood of
Victoria Island were both killed.
30/07/1943 Wellington DV888 of 21 OTU crashed on take off
Moreton-in-Marsh following engine failure. Sgt N F
and his crew were unhurt. Sgt Westhoff died on
serving with 22 Ferry Control in India.
31/07/1943 Tomahawk AH746 of 1681 Flight crashed in a
near Pershore. Canadian pilot Sgt P Leslie was
31/07/1943 Wellington BJ581 of 23 OTU crashed at Packwood
flying. Pilot F/O J T Gilbert, Vickers
representative Mr H G
Maxton and his secretary Miss G R Lloyd were all killed.
31/07/1943 Wellington X3997 of 23 OTU was burnt out on the
Pershore. No casualties.
Mid 1943 (date unknown) a P-38 crashed into the runway at
Atherstone-on-Stour (RAF Stratford), while the pilot was
demonstrate a loop directly from the take off run.
The ex RCAF
pilot was killed. His name, unit and the aircraft
serial have not
yet been traced - help appreciated.
01/08/1943 Whitley N1390 of 24 OTU crashed on take off
Marston. New Zealand pilot P/O K O Law was injured
Sgt S Smith was unhurt. Forty minutes later F/Sgt D
flying Anson AX479, hit the Whitley’s propeller, which was
on the runway. He was unhurt and the Anson lived to
02/08/1943 Wellington BK504 of 23 OTU crashed at Drake's
following engine failure. P/O J D Crayton RCAF, F/O
W B Councill
RCAF and F/O G R
Dixon were injured. Sixteen year old cadet R N
Carter died of his
the following day.
03/08/1943 Wellington X3876 of 12 OTU was abandoned at
following engine failure. Sgt M G Scollick, Sgt
W N Gould RCAF,
Sgt I A Macphee RCAF, Sgt W P Crosby and Sgt S D Oakes
RCAF were all
injured. Sgt Burton-Shaw died on 4/08/1943.
07/08/1943 Wellington HF612 of 22 OTU stalled at
forcelanding on one engine. F/Sgt T S Hayes, Sgt W G
P/O P M Hetherington
RCAF, Sgt B Bradshaw and Sgt D M Martin RCAF were all
15/08/1943 Tomahawk AH776 of 1681Flight suffered a
undercarriage when landing at Pershore. Sgt P West
16/08/1943 Wellington BK550 of 29 OTU overshot landing at
Sgt N P Holmes and his crew were unhurt.
17/08/1943 Wellington Z1678 of 16 OTU caught fire on the
Barford St John and burnt out. There were no
18/08/1943 Wellington X3424 of 23 OTU crashed on take off
Pershore. P/O F M Potter and P/O H D Paddison RCAF
27/08/1943 Whitley BD207 of 24 OTU crashed in forced
landing at Upper
Tysoe. Sgt R M McKay RCAF and crew were unhurt.
28/08/1943 Oxford N4733 of 18 PAFU dived into the ground
Wythall. Pilot Sgt R K Matthews, Australian, was
31/08/1943 Wellington HE556 of 22 OTU hit HT cables and
Honeybourne. Sgt C A Larson RCAF and Sgt M Minett
RCAF were both
injured. Sgt Minett’s 419 Squadron Halifax failed to
Kiel bay on 26th February 1944.
04/09/1943 Wellington HF683 of 22 OTU swung on take off
and crashed at
Gaydon. Sgt J G Stinson RCAF and his crew were
04/09/1943 Wellington Z1739 of 23 OTU went through the
at Pershore after engine failure. Sgt W R Stewart
RCAF, P/O J C
and F/Sgt W H Wardell RCAF were unhurt, while Sgt W R
Goodhue RCAF was
06/09/1943 Wellington BK442 of 29 OTU belly landed
following engine failure. F/Sgt I C Bertram RAAF and
were unhurt. Sgt Bertram went on to fly with 115
09/09/1943 Wellington DF668 of 16 OTU caught fire in a
Barford St John. No casualties.
11/09/1943 Whitley LA786 of 24 OTU crashed on take off
Marston. The rear gunner, Sgt Cavanagh RCAF was
injured. The pilot, Sgt R V Long RCAF and the rest
of the crew
15/09/1943 Master W8766 of 16 PFTS had the pilot retract
undercarriage while taxying at Defford.
15/09/1943 Tiger Moth N9520 of 2 EFTS collided with Tiger
Moth T7214 at
Cotheridge. F/O H L Sheppard, AC2 H K Sayer, F/Sgt J
AC2 MacRae were all unhurt. T7214 was repaired.
22/09/1943 Wellington BK200 –A of 12 OTU crashed on
Chipping Warden. F/Sgt K L Hart, Sgt W N Gould, Sgt
Sgt WG Denyer, Sgt K McKenzie and Sgt R Cave were all
22/09/1943 Wellington X3747 of 12 OTU crashed on overshoot
Byfield. Sgt R P Giles RAAF and his crew were
24/09/1943 Wellington DF634 of 22 OTU overshot at
Mountford after engine failure. F/Sgt G W Hoborenko
RCAF and Sgt
R F Guerrier RCAF were unhurt.
24/09/1943 Wellington R1629 of 105 OTU was hit by
which was landing at Bramcote. No crew names have
26/09/1943 Whitley Z9428 of 24 OTU exploded in the air at
while on a Bullseye exercise. All of the crew died:
F/Sgt G M
L’Hommedieu RCAF (from Sea Cliff, New York), Sgt W C Reid
RCAF, P/O R H
Mellor RCAF, Sgt
A V Andrews, Sgt R B Morgan.
01/10/1943 Tomahawk AH941 of 1683 Flight crashed in forced
Grandborough. Sgt D H Nicholas was unhurt.
02/10/1943 Wellington BJ667 of 23 OTU suffered an engine
on a special exercise. The bombs were jettisoned but
was not fully lowered when the aircraft came down at
Sgt W R
Stewart RCAF and his crew were unhurt.
02/10/1943 Wellington Z1648 of 23 OTU crashed at
propeller failure. Sgt F H Partridge RCAF was
killed, while F/O J
B DeMacedo RCAF
died of his injuries the following day. Sgt J W
Dufton RCAF was
07/10/1943 Wellington HE823 of 23 OTU crashed into an
taking off from Atherstone with a full bomb load.
Sgt J G
and his crew were unhurt.
09/10/1943 Southam Royal Observer Corps reported a plane
down and on
fire at Stockton – type not known; details appreciated.
12/10/1943 Halifax JB893 of 1659 Heavy Conversion Unit was
after losing 3 engines and crashed at Lower Brailes.
Pilot Sgt J
J Maher, Canadian, was injured; rear gunner Sgt G H
was still in his turret when the bomber crashed, but
The rest of crew were OK, names
14/10/1943 B-17 serial and unit unknown was abandoned over
following the infamous Second Schweinfurt raid and finally
came down at
Lapworth when it ran out of fuel. Battle damage
could be seen on
the tail. Any details of this incident would be
17/10/1943 Mosquito DZ345 of Telcommunications Flying Unit
high ground at Bredon Hill. Pilot W/C Blomfield and
were both killed.
17/10/1943 Oxfords V4163 and LX195, both of 18 PAFU
Westhill. V4163 crashed killing its pilot P/O D R
LX195 got back to Church
Lawford and its crew, Sgt A F Rummas (or Lummis) and Sgt B
17/10/1943 Wellington HF669 of 22 OTU crashed at
after engine failure. F/O C P Lundeen RCAF, Sgt E L
and Sgt Jarvie RCAF were all injured.
18/10/1943 Whitley EB347 of 24 OTU caught fire while on a
exercise and crashed at Armscote. F/O W J Caulfield
RCAF, F/O G
Hoopchuk RCAF, F/O J S Spencer RCAF, W/O J G Sherk RCAF
and Sgt K Reid
were all killed.
20/10/1943 Oxford HN853 of 18 PAFU overshot landing at
the undercarriage collapsed. The pilot was unhurt;
22/10/1943 Stirling R9249 of 1657 CU hit a tree and
rooftops in Aston
le Walls when making a three engine landing at Chipping
Warden in heavy
rain. Australian pilot W/O G A Harris, navigator F/O
air bomber Sgt K Riep, flight engineer Sgt S F Cowcher and
gunner Sgt G T Duane were all killed. WO/AG Sgt R A
injured and Australian air gunner Sgt G P McCalium escaped
27/10/1943 Wellington DF613 of 12 OTU hit the ground on
Edgehill. Sgt O W Ray and his crew were unhurt.
27/10/1943 Wellington HE860 of 12 OTU crashed on take off
Warden when an engine failed. F/Sgt T Black and Sgt
RCAF were unhurt.
29/10/1943 Liberator FL987 of Telecommunications Flying
an undercarriage collapse when landing at Defford.
29/10/1943 Wellington X3868 of 12 OTU burnt out at its
Edgehill. There were no casualties.
02/11/1943 Wellington HZ113 XN-T of 22 OTU overshot with
failure and crashed at Loxley. Sgt W M Bowyer, Sgt A
J Taylor and
Sgt G W Milne were all seriously injured. Sgt L E
Hance died of
his injuries on 03/11/1943.
07/11/1943 Oxford HN845 of 285 Squadron struck a tree at
engine failure at Honiley. Sgt R W Patch and Sgt B
07/11/1943 Wellington LN508 BH-U of 300 Squadron took off
on a mine-laying sortie. Severe engine problems
followed and the
crew jettisoned the mines before crash-landing at
J Drobny, F/Sgt F Dubowski, Sgt S Pszonka, Sgt J Baczak
and Sgt S Paetz
were all injured.
09/11/1943 Wellington X3932 –P of 23 OTU stalled and
crashed at Rowney
Green following engine failure. Sgt C R G Long RCAF
Park, California), F/O H H Barton BA RCAF, P/O G J
Gallagher RCAF, P/O
H Magnes RCAF and Sgt A J O’Neil RCAF were all
killed. There is a
memorial to the crew in Rowney Green.
13/11/1943 B-17 42-30821 407 Bomb Squadron, 92nd Bomb
force landing at Gaydon in bad weather while forming up
for an abortive
raid on Bremen. Pilot 2/Lt Hiran T Fisher, co pilot
2/Lt Leo E
Dunaway, navigator 2/Lt Donald Cursar, bombardier Henry B
radio operator 2/LtThomas T Arnold, engineer S/Sgt Donald
gunner S/Sgt Robert W Rhudy, gunner Sgt Edward E Payette,
Edward C Hephily and gunner Sgt Samuel
M Aston were all killed.
14/11/1943 Beaufighter R2461 of 63 OTU struck the ground
at night after
instrument failure at Astwood Bank. Pilot Sgt G J Hopkins
Sgt A G Bestel were both killed.
17/11/1943 Oxford V3693 of 18 PAFU dived into the ground
Warwick. Instructor Sgt G V B Lloyd and pupil P/O J
21/11/1943 Oxford V4086 of 1513 BAT Flight crashed on
Bramcote. Pilot Acting Squadron Leader G Lambert and
were slightly injured.
22/11/1943 Boston AH522 of Telecommunications Flying Unit
landing at Defford and the nosewheel collapsed.
25/11/1943 Anson N9790 6 OAFU dived into the ground near
Abberley. Sgt G Miles, Sgt Forrest, Sgt Wheeldon,
Sgt Dean, Sgt
Mills were all killed.
25/11/1943 Oxford L4629 of 6 PAFU crashed in forced
Moreton-in-Marsh. Instructor Sgt J G Berry and pupil
Sgt D Hall
were both OK.
25/11/1943 Wellington JA450 of 23 OTU crashed at
after engine failure. Sgt R F Morand RCAF, Sgt J J
Sgt J J J
J Vennes RCAF and Sgt J B Chevalier RCAF were
killed. Sgt T V
Gagnon RCAF was injured.
04/12/1943 Oxford HN699 of 1517 BAT Flight suffered an
while on a beam approach to Chipping Warden and crash
landed beyond the
perimeter track. Two occupants were slightly
04/12/1943 Whitley AD674 of 24 OTU was forced to land on
one wheel at
Long Marston, where it swung on to soft ground. F/O
F/O Calder RCAF, P/O Mackeracher RCAF were all
Whitley had had an almost identical incident, almost
exactly a year
before, with American Sgt D H Reed RCAF
in the pilot’s seat.
05/12/1943 Wellington DF739 DD-J of 22 OTU crashed on
Gaydon. Sgt J Koresky and his crew were unhurt.
10/12/1943 Tiger Moth T7240 of 14 EFTS hit a civilian on
track while taking off from Elmdon. The civilian, Mr
F/Sgt K J Ries and AC2 R W Winterbotham were injured.
11/12/1943 Wellington HE460 of 82 OTU crashed into trees
following engine failure. Sgt W Young was
killed. Sgt H D
Domenico RCAF, Sgt W D
Howlett RCAF, Sgt E H Maguire RCAF, Sgt J L Barber RCAF
and Sgt G E
RCAF were all injured.
11/12/1943 Wellington LN187 of 12 OTU ran out of fuel due
fuel consumption. The pilot ordered the crew to bale
so before too much height had been lost and the pilot had
at Chesterton. Sgt Coyle, Sgt Fuller, Sgt Parker,
Sgt L C Harmes
J Whitehouse were not seriously injured.
11/12/1943 Wellington LN531 of 16 OTU flew into high
ground at Little
Rollright. F/Sgt E Leseberg RAAF, Sgt E Harris, Sgt
V M Plahte
RNAF, Sgt H O Mitchell RCAF, Sgt F Nichols, Sgt B N
Redmond RCAF and
Sgt J Foote RCAF were all
14/12/1943 Oxford R6108 of 18 PAFU undershot a night
Snitterfield. Australian pilot Sgt W A (or W O)
Phillips was OK.
18/12/1943 Martinet HP383 of 23 OTU forcelanded and
Dormston. Pilot P/O J H N Brousseau, Canadian, was
23/12/1943 Beaufighter R2394 of 63 OTU swung violently on
take off from
Honiley and hit stationary Beaufighter T3052.
29/12/1943 Beaufighter T3366 of 63 OTU swung on take off
Reserve Landing Ground; undercarriage retracted to stop;
29/12/1943 Wellington HE366 of 23 OTU crashed at
attempting to go round again on one engine. W/O D L
his crew were unhurt.
31/12/1943 Beaufighter JM350 of 254 Squadron failed to
level out on
landing at Long Marston. Pilot F/Sgt T Neilson,
navigator Sgt C W
J Deadman and
passenger LAC Cargill were OK.