Military aircraft crashes in the
south west Midlands - 1943
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.
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 been traced.
03/01/1943 Whitley EB389 of 24 OTU exploded while on a
bombing exercise 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
and crashed at Gaydon. Sgt V W Richards and his crew
04/01/1943 Wellington HF751 of 22 OTU crash landed at
Gaydon with propeller failure. F/O E C Badcoe and
P/O M H J Hammill were unhurt. P/O Hammill went on
to 408 Squadron and was taken POW after Halifax JB931 was
shot down on 14/05/1943.
13/01/1943 Wellington X3338 JP-P of 12 OTU crashed near
Chipping Warden after an engine failure. S/Ldr D M
Foreman DFC, Sgt G Campain, P/O D W Jepp, Sgt B Sober and
Sgt W H Nott were killed. The rear gunner, Sgt J G
Arnold, was injured.
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 unhurt.
15/01/1943 Oxford BG168 of 18 PAFU collided with EB809
from the same unit, at Church Lawford. Both aircraft
crashed. Instructor Sgt W Badger RAAF and pupil Sgt
R J Haag RCAF were killed in 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
Aynho following engine failure. P/O J C Boodrie and
Sgt R E Keene were killed.
15/01/1943 Wellington X3964 of 23 OTU overshot after an
engine failure 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 all 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 crash
in Staffordshire on the same day (see the listing for
crashes in the north west Midlands).
25/01/1943 Wellington HF735 of 22 OTU overshot landing at
Wellesbourne Mountford. Sgt J A Mason and his crew
29/01/1943 Wellington BK503 of 23 OTU crashed in forced
landing on the Worcester-Cheltenham road at 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
at 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
fire at Wellesbourne Mountford. Sgt R E Todd RCAF
and his crew were unhurt. Sgt Todd was from Colorado
Springs, USA. He was posted to 426 Squadron and
failed to return from Bochum on 29/03/1943, when
Wellington BJ762 was shot down by a night fighter.
08/02/1943 Boston W8380 of 418 Squadron hit a tree at
Bevington. Sgt L V Jackson, Sgt A J Adams, LAC C H E
Ross and LAC B Kapusta all killed.
08/02/1943 Newly-built Stirling BK660 was on a test flight
from Elmdon, with the elevators locked externally.
It climbed away steeply, stalled and crashed just outside
the aerodrome boundary. Test pilot D Cotton and
flight engineer Mr F D Newman were both unhurt.
09/02/1943 Wellington BK256 of 23 OTU crashed at Fladbury
when an 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 S Armstrong RCAF and Sgt J G
McPherson were unhurt. Sgt J R Auchambault RCAF was
subsequently lost on 21-22/06/1943, raiding Krefeld with
408 Squadron and F/Sgt Johnson was a casualty of the
Peenemunde raid on 17-18/08/1943, flying with 434
11/02/1943 Beaufighter X7928 of 96 Squadron burned out
after landing at Honiley after it starboard engine
failed. Pilot Sgt H K Pugsley RAAF and his observer
11/02/1943 Wellington HZ109 of 22 OTU burnt out in a
hangar at Wellesbourne Mountford. There were no
13/02/1943 P-38, serial unknown, of the 83rd Fighter
Squadron, 78th Fighter Group was in collision with a
second P-38, serial 41-2907, near Kenilworth. The
squadron was flying in formation to Portreath and on to
Africa. 2nd Lt W E Winans survived the crash of his
aircraft, at an unknown location, while 2nd Lt W K Teare
successfully landed 41-2907 at Honiley. More details
on this incident would be appreciated.
13/02/1943 Wellington HF759 of 22 OTU had a flap pin snap
when attempting to overshoot, then stalled and crashed at
Charlecote. P/O M S Jacobs RCAF, W/O L S Carpenter
RCAF, W/O G A Molozzi RCAF, 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 Kennedy RCAF were all killed.
19/02/1943 Tiger Moth N9516 of 22 EFTS hit trees at
Inkberrow. F/O G Shadforth and Sgt S B Gray RCAF
20/02/1943 Blenheim L4839 of Telecommunications Flying
Unit had its undercarriage collapse on take off at
Defford. Pilot F/O Ramsey was unhurt.
24/02/1943 Wellington DF564 DD-V of 22 OTU crash landed at
Gaydon after instrument failure. Sgt A E Hatch and
his crew were unhurt. Sgt Hatch went on to fly with
428 Squadron and failed to return from Duisburg on 12-13th
26/02/1943 Spitfire X4918 of the Telecommunications Flying
Unit collided with Tiger Moth N9384 of 2 EFTS at
Pirton. Sgt G Lock RCAF was killed in the
Spitfire. Sgt J C McPherson RAAF baled out of the
Tiger Moth and was only slightly hurt.
28/02/43 Anson N5143 of 3 OAFU forced landed at Bishops
Frome, Worcs. The aircraft’s starboard engine failed
followed by the port. The aircraft was belly landed in a
field and damaged beyond repair.
28/02/1943 Boston AH515 of Telecommunications Flying Unit
swung on 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
while attempting to force land on the Nuneaton to Coventry
road. Polish 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 were unhurt.
01/03/1943 Wellington HF674 LT-F of 22 OTU force landed at
Gaydon with a double engine failure. Sgt P L J Logan
RCAF, Sgt J J March RCAF, Sgt 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
at Chipping 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
at Honiley. Sgt B Job and his crew were unhurt.
09/03/1943 Lysander P1668 of 12 OTU crashed in forced
landing at 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 unhurt.
12/03/1943 Oxford V3224 of 6 PAFU crashed in a forced
landing near Blockley. Sgt B A Way and Sgt H L Shaw
RCAF were both injured.
13/03/1943 Wellington BK346 of 23 OTU crashed on overshoot
at RAF Stratford. 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 injured.
15/03/1943 Wellington DF567 LT-K of 22 OTU stalled and
crashed at Gaydon. Sgt J S McLeod RCAF and his crew
16/03/1943 Whitley AD676 of 24 OTU swung on take off from
Long Marston and the undercarriage collapsed. Sgt A
F Evans was unhurt.
20/03/1943 Beaufighter X8004 of 406 Squadron swung on
landing and the undercarriage collapsed at Defford.
Pilot Sgt R B Robertson and civilian scientist Mr Willson
were both unhurt.
22/03/1943 Tiger Moth R5203 of 2 EFTS dived into the
ground at Moreton-in-Marsh. Pilot Sgt F Barber RAAF
and navigator Sgt O C Dunn RCAF were killed.
26/03/1943 Oxford ED198 of 18 PAFU lost height after take
off from Church Lawford, crashed and burned at Wolston
Heath. The pilot Lt Feuvrier, Free French Air Force,
was rescued but was injured.
04/04/1943 Beaufighter X7959 of 96 Squadron was skillfully
force landed at Chadwick End after taking off from Honiley
with its controls reversed; burnt out. Pilot F/Lt P
W M Mallorie was unhurt, but observer P/O J M Hallett was
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 on autopilot and finally
ran out of fuel and crashed at Burmington, having covered
another 150 miles. Sgt H B Elhorn RCAF, Sgt A H
MacDonald RCAF, Sgt J T Kydd and Sgt K T Allan RCAF all
survived. Sadly, the pilot P/O C W Jackson RCAF
landed in the sea and drowned.
12/04/1943 Oxford EB750 of 6 PAFU dived into the ground at
Chantry Heath near Kenilworth. Pilot Sgt A B Lewis
21/04/1943 Wellington DV936 of 15 OTU crashed at Wychbold
when an 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 Woodward
and Sgt W P Hoare were all killed.
24/04/1943 Wellington HE206 of 23 OTU burnt out after the
undercarriage collapsed on landing at RAF Stratford.
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.
26/04/1943 Tiger Moth N5466 of 2 EFTS broke up in the air
at Earle's Court, Worcester. The pilot Sgt R Henderson
successfully abandoned the wreckage, but the navigator Sgt
A B Hicklin was killed.
03/05/1943 Whitley BD219 of 24 OTU stalled and hit a tree
at Long 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
at 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
RCAF were all killed. Sgt Park was from Tennessee,
05/05/1943 Anson DG985 of 21 OTU hit a hill while
descending through cloud at Bourton. F/Sgt Sidney
Alfred Payne, F/Sgt Stanley Ryder Mosey, F/O Williams
Thomas McCormack RAAF, P/O Albert Reginald Fox, Sgt Lionel
Frederick Evans and Sgt Wilfred James Shirley were all
05/05/1943 Wellington HF630 22 OTU crashed at Mickleton
following 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
05/05/1943 Wellington R1242 of 21 OTU flew into high
ground at 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
Ilmington. The pilot, Sgt L P Patterson was thrown
clear and survived, but Sgt F Harold and P/O T B Curry
12/05/1943 Wellington HE218 of 22 OTU crashed at Compton
Verney after 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
was damaged beyond repair, when it was force-landed out of
fuel at Strensham. W/Cdr A E Saunders was unhurt.
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 crew were unhurt.
15/05/1943 Master N7843 of 5 PAFU force landed at Redhall
and overturned. Pilot P/O S T George RCAF was
16/05/1943 Oxford R9983 of 15 PAFU crashed on take off at
Worcester. Sgt W A Stimpson and Sgt D O Clindeming
RAAF were unhurt.
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
propeller and hit a house at Littleworth. Pilot
Second Officer Mary Nicolson, American, was killed.
26/05/1943 Whitley LA845 of 24 OTU crashed at Willersley
after an engine failed on take off. The pilot, Sgt W
A McConnell was killed and all the rest of the crew were
29/05/1943 Oxford ED199 of 18 PAFU crashed on overshoot,
at Wolston. Pilot Sgt S Rosentein RCAF was killed.
29/05/1943 Tiger Moth R4921 of 9 EFTS crashed near Ansty
after engine failure. F/O J D Telfer was unhurt and
LAC E A Thwaites was injured.
29/05/1943 Wellington X3704 of 23 OTU lost a wing during a
Wings for Victory fly-past over the town of
Pershore. The American pilot, F/O G S Hynam DFC
RCAF, from Akron Ohio had gained his DFC with 420
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
02/06/1943 Whitley Z6639 of 24 OTU flew into Broadway Hill
in poor 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
at 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 K Anderson were killed.
Sgt Larson survived.
16/06/1943 Wellington Z1721 of 12 OTU caught fire and
crashed at 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
20/06/1943 Whitley EB349 of 24 OTU crashed on landing at
Long Marston. P/O J M Brown RCAF was killed and Sgt
A J Loman was injured.
23/06/1943 Tiger Moth BB794 of 9 EFTS crashed on take off
from 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
when taking off from Elmdon. Sgt Cook and D Creabs
25/06/1943 Wellington X3658 –F of 12 OTU crash-landed at
Lower Boddington following engine failure. F/Sgt T H
German and his crew were unhurt.
25/06/1943 Beaufighter V8397 of 414 Night Fighter Squadron
USAAF ran into a ditch and broke its undercarriage on
landing at Honiley when the brakes failed. Pilot Theodore A Deakyne and radar operator Paul
E Cahill were both unhurt but the aircraft was
damaged beyond repair. This aircraft had had a landing
accident on 8 June, when pilot Arthur M Buchannan was
26/06/1943 B-24 42-63762 Hells Express of 409 Bomb
Squadron, 93rd Bomb Group crashed at Little Compton.
This incident escaped the normal records but new
information reveals that the aircraft suffered a double
engine failure when flying from Hardwick to
Portreath. The pilot attempted to force-land amongst
the hills. It was joining the remaining B-24s in
England to fly to North Africa for the famous Ploesti
raid, having been delayed for a day. The pilot Lt
John Watts Pryor, co-pilot 2/Lt Charles L Porterfield,
navigator 2/Lt Harley C Shively, bombardier 2/Lt Jack F
Wardell, engineer T/Sgt Raymond P Cathcart,
assistant radio operator Sgt Edward H Dick, M/Sgt John
Lotito, S/Sgt George L Parsons and S/Sgt Harold M Lane
were all killed. Radio operator T/Sgt George H
Bassette, assistant engineer T/Sgt Arthur W Prouty, tail
gunner Sgt Frank H Wolfe, M/Sgt Farlan D Glover and Sgt
Sterling E Carper were injured, but Farlan Glover died of
his injuries the following day. Shively and Wardell
are buried at Madingley cemetery.
28/06/1943 Wellington HF643 DD-L of 22 OTU made a
precautionary landing at Long Marston following an engine
failure at night, but hit and destroyed Whitleys EB350 and
EB352 of 24 OTU which were parked at the dispersals. The
Wellington then caught fire. F/Sgt F E Gladwin RCAF,
F/O P D Lidster RCAF, F/Sgt W G Mitchell RCAF and Sgt W R
Barclay RCAF were all killed. Wireless operator Sgt
Leonard Hirst RAFVR managed to escape the wreckage but was
hospitalised for the rest of the war. Fortunately
the Whitleys were unoccupied.
29/06/1943 Wellington Z1668 of 29 OTU force landed at
Bitteswell after engine failure. Sgt A G Johnson and
his crew were unhurt.
30/06/1943 Oxford V4134 of 1513 BAT Flight crashed into a
slag heap near Bedworth. Instructor Sgt N Bosworth
and pupil Sgt H G Sanders were both killed.
02/07/1943 Oxford MP281 of 6 PAFU crashed near the
guardroom at Moreton-in-Marsh. Sgt K B Astall was
02/07/1943 Wellington BK437 of 29 OTU crashed at
Wellesbourne Mountford 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
at RAF Stratford, due to 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 Alexander was injured.
02/07/1943 Wellington X3801 of 22 OTU crashed into high
ground at 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. One crew member is believed to
have survived, but his name has not been traced.
04/07/1943 Oxford DF300 of 18 PAFU caught fire in the air,
so the pilot abandoned it at Woolscott. Sgt R K De
Marsch RCAF was unhurt.
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 at Kairouan
and failed to return in Wellington HE492 on
06/09/1943. He is buried in Salerno War Cemetery,
07/07/1943 Wellington BK197 of 29 OTU crashed when force
landing at Dunchurch following a double engine
failure. Sgt F J Austen and his crew were unhurt.
13/07/1943 Oxford DF329 of 18 PAFU stalled and went into a
flat spin at Ufton. Pilot Sgt N L Glynn RCAF and
navigator Sgt R D Peters were both killed, while AC1
Williams was seriously injured.
13/07/1943 Wellington Z1743 of 16 OTU crashed attempting
to force land at Alveley with engine failure. F/O D
F McLaughlin RAAF was unhurt, F/O R J Martin was killed
and two other crew members were injured.
15/07/1943 Wellington HF812 of 22 OTU crash landed at
Southam with a failed engine. Instructor W/O W S
Pullar RCAF, pilot Sgt A B Wilson RCAF, Sgt
L G Riley RCAF, Sgt D M Gourlay RCAF, Sgt J N MacDonald
RCAF and Sgt T Rennie RCAF were unhurt.
15/07/1943 Wellington X3453 of 23 OTU caught fire at
Pershore after force-landing with an engine failure.
P/O A J Van Rassel RCAF and Sgt G W Howard RCAF were both
16/07/1943 Hudson FK571 of Telecommunications Flying Unit
spun into the ground after a double engine failure at
Ashton-under-Hill. Pilot P/O A J Slaughter RAAF and
passenger S/Ldr J A Meade DFC were both killed.
16/07/1943 Whitley BD550 of HGCU had an engine failure
while towing a Horsa. The glider was cast off and
landed safely; the Whitley struck trees at Pershore while
overshooting. The pilot F/Sgt G R Baker and crew
member Cpl Mitchell were only slightly injured. The
Horsa crew, Sgt A L Scott and Sgt C B Moilliet were also
19/07/1943 Wellington HE480 22 OTU crashed on take off
from 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
doing an exercise with a Mosquito when it disintegrated
and crashed at Haseley. Captain T B O’Bannon was
30/07/1943 Oxford V3744 of 410 Squadron was on a
navigational flight when it dived into the ground at
Wroxhall. F/Lt E A Murray RCAF of Stellarton, Novia
Scotia and F/O P Littlewood RCAF of Saanichton, Victoria
Island were both killed. They had been posted to 410
Squadron from 406 Squadron, where they had destroyed one
enemy aircraft and shared in the destruction of another on
a recent intruder sortie.
30/07/1943 Wellington DV888 of 21 OTU crashed on take off
from Moreton-in-Marsh following engine failure. Sgt
N F Westhoff RAAF and his crew were unhurt. Sgt
Westhoff died on 26/01/1944, serving with 22 Ferry Control
31/07/1943 Tomahawk AH746 of 1681 Flight crashed in a
forced landing near Pershore. Pilot Sgt P Leslie
RCAF was unhurt.
31/07/1943 Wellington BJ581 of 23 OTU crashed at Packwood
while low 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
ground at Pershore. No casualties.
Mid 1943 (date unknown) a P-38 crashed into the runway at
RAF Stratford, while the pilot was attempting to
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 - any further
details would be appreciated.
01/08/1943 Whitley N1390 of 24 OTU crashed on take off
from Long Marston. Pilot P/O K O Law RNZAF was
injured and Sgt S Smith RCAF was unhurt. Forty
minutes later F/Sgt D A Cass, flying Anson AX479, hit the
Whitley’s propeller, which was still lying on the
runway. He was unhurt and the Anson lived to fly
02/08/1943 Wellington BK504 of 23 OTU crashed at Drake's
Broughton 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 injuries the following day.
03/08/1943 Wellington X3876 of 12 OTU was abandoned at
Little Alne following engine failure. Sgt M G
Scollick, Sgt H J H Burtenshaw, Sgt W N Gould RCAF, Sgt G
C McPhee RCAF, Sgt W P Crosby and Sgt S D Oakes RCAF were
all injured. Sgt Burtenshaw died of his injuries the
following day and Sgt Gould was killed when BK200 crashed
07/08/1943 Wellington HF612 of 22 OTU stalled at
Wellesbourne when forcelanding on one engine. F/Sgt
T S Hayes, Sgt W G Hill RCAF, P/O P M Hetherington RCAF,
Sgt B Bradshaw and Sgt D M Martin RCAF were all killed.
12/08/1943 Typhoon JP377 of Glosters was on an endurance
test flight when the engine failed. It crashed while
force-landing at Birtsmorton. Sgt W Berry, a
Ministry of Aircraft Production approved test pilot,
suffered slight burns.
15/08/1943 Tomahawk AH776 of 1681Flight suffered a
collapsed undercarriage when landing at Pershore.
Sgt P West was unhurt.
16/08/1943 Wellington BK550 of 29 OTU overshot landing at
Bitteswell. Sgt N P Holmes and his crew were unhurt.
17/08/1943 Wellington Z1678 of 16 OTU caught fire on the
ground at Barford St John and burnt out. There were
18/08/1943 Wellington X3424 of 23 OTU crashed on take off
from Pershore. P/O F M Potter and P/O H D Paddison
RCAF were unhurt.
27/08/1943 Whitley BD207 of 24 OTU crashed in forced
landing at Upper Tysoe. Sgt R M McKay RCAF and crew
28/08/1943 Oxford N4733 of 18 PAFU dived into the ground
at Wythall. Pilot Sgt R K Matthews RAAF was killed.
31/08/1943 Wellington HE556 of 22 OTU hit HT cables and
crashed at Honeybourne. Sgt C A Larson RCAF and Sgt
M Minett RCAF were both injured. Sgt Minett’s 419
Squadron Halifax failed to return from Kiel bay on 26th
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 unhurt.
04/09/1943 Wellington Z1739 of 23 OTU went through the
boundary hedge at Pershore after an engine failure.
Sgt W R Stewart RCAF, P/O J C Hall RCAF 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
at Bitteswell following engine failure. F/Sgt
I C Bertram RAAF and his crew were unhurt. Sgt
Bertram went on to fly with 115 Squadron.
09/09/1943 Wellington DF668 of 16 OTU caught fire in a
hangar at Barford St John. There were no casualties.
11/09/1943 Whitley LA786 of 24 OTU crashed on take off
from Long Marston. The rear gunner, Sgt Cavanagh
RCAF was seriously injured. The pilot, Sgt R V Long
RCAF and the rest of the crew were unhurt.
15/09/1943 Master W8766 of 16 PFTS was damaged beyond
repair when the pilot retracted the 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 Starr and AC2 MacRae were all unhurt.
T7214 was repaired.
22/09/1943 Wellington BK200 –A of 12 OTU crashed on
overshoot at Chipping Warden. F/Sgt K L Hart, Sgt W
N Gould, Sgt L Sillito, Sgt WG Denyer, Sgt K McKenzie and
Sgt R Cave were all killed. Sgt Gould had baled out of
X3876 on 03/08/1943.
22/09/1943 Wellington X3747 of 12 OTU crashed on overshoot
at Byfield. Sgt R P Giles RAAF and his crew were
24/09/1943 Wellington DF634 of 22 OTU overshot at
Wellesbourne 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
Wellington R1412 which was landing at Bramcote. No
crew names have been traced.
26/09/1943 Whitley Z9428 of 24 OTU exploded in the air at
Stoke Orchard 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
landing at Grandborough. Sgt D H Nicholas was
02/10/1943 Wellington BJ667 of 23 OTU suffered an engine
failure while on a special exercise. The bombs were
jettisoned but the undercarriage was not fully lowered
when the aircraft came landed at RAF Stratford. Sgt
W R Stewart RCAF and his crew were unhurt.
02/10/1943 Wellington Z1648 of 23 OTU crashed at RAF
Stratford following 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 also injured.
07/10/1943 Wellington HE823 of 23 OTU crashed into an
embankment while taking off from RAF Stratford with a full
bomb load. Sgt J G Meilleur RCAF and his crew were
09/10/1943 Southam Royal Observer Corps reported a plane
down and on fire at Stockton – type not known; details
12/10/1943 Halifax JB893 of 1659 Heavy Conversion Unit was
abandoned after losing 3 engines and crashed at Lower
Brailes. Pilot Sgt J J Maher RCAF was injured; rear
gunner Sgt G H Conron RCAF was still in his turret when
the bomber crashed, but survived. The rest of crew
were unhurt, names not traced.
14/10/1943 A B-17 was abandoned over England 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. 96 Bomb Group led the 3rd
Battle Division and to make up 41 aircraft it had to
borrow several from other Groups. 42-3347 'Charlene'
from 385 Bomb Group, 550 Bomb Squadron, was lent to 96
Bomb Group, 338 Bomb Squadron. It was flown by pilot
2/Lt Emery R Chesmore, co-pilot Lt John J Chesnut Jr,
navigator Lt Arthur J Leedy, bombadier Lt John V Matthews,
engineer/ dorsal turret gunner T/Sgt Vincenago Vicalvai,
2nd engineer/ waist gunner T/Sgt James E O'Dell, radio
operator S/Sgt Carney Lett, assistant radio operator/ ball
turret gunner T/Sgt James F Simpson, armourer/ gunner
S/Sgt James E F Collins, tail gunner S/Sgt Earl C
Fahl. The crew were on their second sortie.
Waist gunner Sgt Nicolas Popadyn joined the crew for his
first sortie. 96 Bomb Group was attacked by fighters
over France on the way back and 3347 was badly
damaged. The whole crew baled out over
England. 3347 has been reported crash-landing at
Bovingdon out of fuel and this may be a mis-reporting of
Rowington near Lapworth. We still need confirmation
3347 didn't come down near Bovingdon. This aircraft
shouldn't be confused with 42-3447 'Charlene The Bama
Queen' assigned to 385 Bomb Group, 550 Bomb
Squadron. 2/Lt Chesmore's crew was shot down on 13
December 1943, all becoming prisoners of war. Sgt
Nicolas Popadyn joined Lt Marvin G Leigers' crew, which
also included 2/Lt James Keller and S/Sgts Nick
Scott, Sidney Cohen and Bernard P Comey.
17/10/1943 Mosquito DZ345 of Telcommunications Flying Unit
flew into high ground at Bredon Hill. Pilot W/C
Blomfield and navigator Cpl Stevenson were both killed.
17/10/1943 Oxfords V4163 and LX195, both of 18 PAFU
collided over Westhill. V4163 crashed killing its
pilot P/O D R King. LX195 got back to Church Lawford
and its crew, Sgt A F Rummas (or Lummis) and Sgt B Lakin
17/10/1943 Wellington HF669 of 22 OTU crashed at
Wellesbourne Mountford after engine failure. F/O C P
Lundeen RCAF, Sgt E L Heimpel RCAF and Sgt Jarvie RCAF
were all injured.
18/10/1943 Whitley EB347 of 24 OTU caught fire while on a
bombing 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
Snitterfield and the undercarriage collapsed. The
pilot was unhurt; name not traced.
20/10/1943 Wellington Z1717 of 12 OTU crashed at Culworth
after over-shooting at Chipping Warden. Sgt Z W C Dekkers,
Sgt D A R Colegate, F/O W D Newel RCAF, Sgt K J Gehrmann
RAAF and Sgt R Young were all killed.
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. Pilot W/O
G A Harris RAAF, navigator F/O J W Whitehouse, air bomber
Sgt K Riep RCAF, flight engineer Sgt S F Cowcher and air
gunner Sgt G T Duane RAAF were all killed. WO/AG Sgt
R A Gausden was seriously injured and air gunner Sgt G P
McCalium RAAF escaped with slight shock. At least 3 of the
crew had trained at 12 OTU, so may have been returning to
a familiar airfield.
27/10/1943 Wellington DF613 of 12 OTU hit the ground on
approach to Edgehill. Sgt O W Ray and his crew were
27/10/1943 Wellington HE860 of 12 OTU crashed on take off
from Chipping Warden when an engine failed. F/Sgt T
Black and Sgt H Moncrieff RCAF were unhurt.
29/10/1943 Liberator FL987 of Telecommunications Flying
Unit suffered an undercarriage collapse when landing at
29/10/1943 Wellington X3868 of 12 OTU burnt out at its
dispersal at Edgehill. There were no casualties.
02/11/1943 Wellington HZ113 XN-T of 22 OTU overshot with
an engine 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
night after engine failure at Honiley. Sgt R W Patch
and Sgt B Hewson were both killed.
07/11/1943 Wellington LN508 BH-U of 300 Squadron took off
from Ingham on a mine-laying sortie. Severe engine
problems followed and the crew jettisoned the mines before
crash-landing at Southam. F/Sgt J Drobny, F/Sgt F
Dubowski, Sgt S Pszonka, Sgt J Baczak and Sgt S Paetz were
09/11/1943 Wellington X3932 –P of 23 OTU stalled and
crashed at Rowney Green following engine failure.
Sgt C R G Long RCAF (an American from Lomita Park,
California), F/O H H Barton BA RCAF, P/O G J Gallagher
RCAF, P/O J H Magnes RCAF and Sgt A J O’Neil RCAF were all
killed. There is a memorial to the crew in Rowney
13/11/1943 B-17 42-30821 407 Bomb Squadron, 92nd Bomb
Group crashed 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 Johnson,
radio operator 2/LtThomas T Arnold, engineer S/Sgt Donald
A Yodkr, gunner S/Sgt Robert W Rhudy, gunner Sgt Edward E
Payette, gunner Sgt 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 and observer Sgt A G Beastall were both
17/11/1943 Oxford V3693 of 18 PAFU dived into the ground
near Warwick. Instructor Sgt G V B Lloyd and pupil
P/O J Fenner were both killed.
21/11/1943 Oxford V4086 of 1513 BAT Flight crashed on
landing at Bramcote. Pilot Acting Squadron Leader G
Lambert and one other were slightly injured.
22/11/1943 Boston AH522 of Telecommunications Flying Unit
overshot landing at Defford and the nosewheel collapsed.
Pilot F/O J A Scott and navigator F/O D B Bellis were
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
landing at Moreton-in-Marsh. Instructor Sgt J G
Berry and pupil Sgt D Hall both survived but Sgt Hall
received serious facial lacerations. He underwent two
operations at the Queen Victoria Hospital at East
Grinstead and became a member of the famous Guinea Pig
Club. He later flew Lancasters, possibly from RAF Wickenby
and was involved in the Berlin airlift.
25/11/1943 Wellington JA450 of 23 OTU crashed at
Wellesbourne Mountford after engine failure. Sgt R F
Morand RCAF, Sgt J J Dubord RCAF, 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
engine failure while on a beam approach to Chipping Warden
and crash landed beyond the perimeter track. Two
occupants were slightly injured.
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 Cresswell, F/O Calder RCAF, P/O
Mackeracher RCAF were all unhurt. This Whitley had
had an almost identical incident, almost exactly a year
before, with American Sgt D H Reed RCAF in the pilot’s
05/12/1943 Wellington DF739 DD-J of 22 OTU crashed on
landing at Gaydon. Sgt J Koresky and his crew were
10/12/1943 Tiger Moth T7240 of 14 EFTS hit a civilian on
the perimeter track while taking off from Elmdon.
The civilian, Mr Jones, was killed. F/Sgt K J Ries
and AC2 R W Winterbotham were injured.
11/12/1943 Wellington HE460 of 82 OTU crashed into trees
at Snowshill 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 Ryan RCAF were all injured.
11/12/1943 Wellington LN187 of 12 OTU ran out of fuel due
to excessive fuel consumption. The pilot ordered the
crew to bale out and three did so before too much height
had been lost and the pilot had to crash-land at
Chesterton. Sgt Coyle, Sgt Fuller, Sgt Parker, Sgt L
C Harmes and Sgt 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 killed.
14/12/1943 Oxford R6108 of 18 PAFU undershot a night
landing at Snitterfield. Pilot Sgt W A (or W O)
Phillips RAAF was unhurt.
18/12/1943 Martinet HP383 of 23 OTU forcelanded and
overturned at Dormston. Pilot P/O J H N Brousseau
RCAF was unhurt.
23/12/1943 Beaufighter R2394 of 63 OTU swung violently on
take off from Honiley and hit stationary Beaufighter
T3052. Crew names not traced.
29/12/1943 Beaufighter T3366 of 63 OTU swung on take off
at Warwick Reserve Landing Ground; undercarriage retracted
to stop; hit obstructions. Crew names not traced.
29/12/1943 Wellington HE366 of 23 OTU crashed at RAF
Stratford while attempting to go round again on one
engine. W/O D L Snider and 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 unhurt.