Military aircraft crashes in the
south west Midlands - 1944
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
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photographs and explain the codes and nicknames that
were used at the time. We appreciate the opportunity
to copy original material for the museum's archive.
The Midland Aircraft
Recovery Group has found the sites of many of the
crashes, but we are still looking for a significant
number, so we'd like to hear from anyone who can
pinpoint a crash that we've listed. We are
always looking for photographs, log books and
anecdotes relevant to the units based in the Midlands.
below are have been compiled from numerous sources of
information in the public domain over many years.
We've done our best, but errors are inevitable. Please
contact us if you have more accurate information on
any of the crashes or people listed, or can add the
names of crew that we haven't traced. Thank you.
02/01/1944 Beaufighter T3088 of 63 OTU had its starboard
tyre burst on take off from Honiley; undercarriage
retracted to stop. Pupil pilot Sgt S Withingham was
03/01/1944 Horsa LG745 of 9 MU lost its tow and crash
landed at Churchill. Fate of crew unknown.
03/01/1944 Oxford LW820 of 18 PAFU flew into a radio mast
at night at Hillmorton. Pilot F/Sgt G B Hollings RAAF was
06/01/1944 Mosquito LR259 of 464 Squadron hit the ground
and a hangar while beating up Chipping Warden airfield.
The pilot, F/Sgt K R Russell RAAF and navigator, W/O E R
Lumsdaine were both killed. Russell had been an instructor
at 1517 Beam Approach Training Flight at RAF Chipping
Warden from July 1942 until June 1943. He was then posted
to 13 OTU at Hinton-in-the-Hedges, where he converted to
the Mosquito, before joining 464 Sqn on 7 December 1943.
06/01/1944 Whitley BD283 of 24 OTU hit a tree at Saintbury
following engine failure. P/O H R Jones, P/O Norton, Sgt
Barnett, Sgt Chirks, Sgt Shellter and P/O Jones, all RCAF,
were all injured.
08/01/1944 Wellington LN241 of 23 OTU was practicing
single engine flying when the engine cut out. The aircraft
hit an HT cable at Alderminster and crashed before an
engine could be re-started. Sgt F W Dolter RCAF and his
crew were unhurt. Sgt Dolter went to 424 Squadron, from
where he was posted missing when Halifax LW157 failed to
return from Aachen on 24-25/05-1944.
10/1/1944 A 'F/O T S Gillman DFC RAAF of 18 PAFU was noted
as killed when he crashed at Dunsmore. This incident has
almost certainly been confused with the loss of Oxford
MP462 on 16/01/1944: to be confirmed.
14/01/1944 Beaufighter T3430 of 63 OTU stalled into the
ground from low altitude at Honiley. Pilot F/Sgt G M
Miller RAAF was unhurt.
14/01/1944 Wellington LN246 of 12 OTU was forced landed at
Priors Marston when a propeller failed. F/Sgt R E Pellew
RAAF and his crew were unhurt.
16/01/1944 Oxford MP462 of 18 PAFU hit a tree while
attempting to force land in failing light next to the
Coventry Road in Hillmorton. F/O M D Gillman DFC RAAF was
killed. He was on detachment from 12 Squadron.
20/01/1944 Oxford NM234 of 18 PAFU stalled after take off
from Warwick. Names of crew not traced.
24/01/1944 Wellington JA473 of 311 FTU swung on take off
at ran into the bomb dump at Gaydon. F/Sgt E J Waller
RNZAF and his crew were unhurt.
28/01/1944 B-17 42-30716 PY-G 407 Bomb Squadron visted
Barford St John in connection with a crash-landing at the
base four days earlier and its undercarriage collapsed.
There were no injuries to the 18 people on board.
The pilot was Arthur V Pickens.
29/01/1944 Wellington Z1697 of 12 OTU stalled and crashed
at Chipping Warden after engine failure. F/O H A Baker
RCAF, F/O D MacNeill RCAF, Sgt C J Pascoe and Sgt H D
Westley RCAF were all killed.
30/01/1944 Wellington DF566 of 22 OTU caught fire in the
air and crashed at Ladbrooke. F/O L W Matthews DFM RCAF,
F/O G H Schlitt RCAF, P/O C W Pearce RCAF, P/O E A Davis
RCAF, Sgt F A Nichols RCAF, Sgt C.A. Bannon RCAF and Sgt W
A Hobson RCAF were all killed. F/O Matthews had completed
a tour with 150 Squadron.
31/01/1944 Oxford LX633 of 18 PAFU hit a radio mast at
Hillmorton. F/O D S Haddon RCAF later died from his
05/02/1944 Whitley LA929 of 24 OTU ran into a hedge after
landing at Long Marston. The pilot, F/O R N Wilson RCAF
and the rest of the crew were unhurt.
11/02/1944 Halifax LW395 KW-O of 425 Squadron suffered an
engine failure, the pilot lost control and the aircraft
broke up on pulling out of the dive. It crashed at
Hanbury. Pilot F/Sgt J G D Aubin RCAF, navigator F/Sgt H B
Mitton, WO/AG Sgt W E Dubroy RCAF, bomb aimer F/Sgt J H Y
Albert RCAF, A/G Sgt J F Mayville RCAF, WO/AG Sgt J O R
Fluery and F/Eng Sgt J J Shanahan all died. Also lost was
passenger J L Dubroy, brother of Sgt W E Dubroy.
11/02/1944 Wellington X3215 of 21 OTU was unable to climb
after take off and crashed at Moreton-in-Marsh. F/Sgt J F
Martin RAAF, Sgt L Purvis, Sgt J E Armitage, Sgt P H
Earwaker, Sgt M Hole and Sgt M J Breen were all killed.
12/02/1944 Whitley Z6673 of 24 OTU was on the runway at
Honeybourne when Whitley N1375 ran into it. Pilot P/O G G
Moore RCAF and Sgt Tait RCAF were injured. Sgt Eagle RCAF,
F/O Spearing RCAF, P/O Hoffman RCAF, P/O O’Grady RCAF, Sgt
Cope RCAF, Sgt Lowick RCAF and Sgt Jackson were only
slightly injured, but F/O R N Matthews DFC was killed.
14/02/1944 Wellington HZ110 of 22 OTU was diverted to
Snitterfield in bad weather, where the bomber crashed
after seven attempts to land. Sgt R W Shields RCAF, Sgt M
J Craig RCAF, Sgt T J Karaim RCAF and W/O A H Goodman RCAF
were all killed. Sgt Craig’s parents’ name was Krakoviski.
21/02/1944 Hurricanes Z4705 and Z4939 both of 63 OTU
collided and crashed near Wellesbourne. F/O P C Ride and
F/Sgt J Ackerman were both killed.
22/02/1944 Whitley Z9488 of 24 OTU ground-looped while
taking off from Honeybourne. All the crew were unhurt.
Pilot P/O L W Frame RCAF.
24/02/1944 Master W8834 of 63 OTU hit a hut while taking
off from Honiley. Pilot P/O W P Rimer and pupil Sgt J
Chambers were unhurt.
25/02/1944 Hurricane V6680 of 63 OTU flew into a hill at
Cubbington. Pilot W/O P C Herod was killed.
28/02/1944 Tomahawk AH852 of 1682 Flight swung on landing
at Moreton-in-Marsh and its undercarriage collapsed.
Pilot J N Thompson was unhurt.
29/02/1944 Hurricane L2021 of 63 OTU dived into the ground
at Barton-on-the-Heath. It was still flying with its
Canadian serial 327. Pilot F/Sgt G M Crouch was killed.
29/02/1944 A Wellington was reported to have crashed and
burnt out near Snitterfield airfield. No further details
have come to light yet.
03/03/1944 Hotspur BT836 of 5 GTS crashed while landing at
Hockley Heath. P/O Sneddon and Sgt Webb were OK.
05/03/1944 C-47 42-5704 of the 36 TCS, 316 TCG crashed
near Elmdon. There seems to have been at least one
fatality. This aircraft may have been used for the
campaign in North Africa in 1943. Michael Ingrisano's book
Valour without Arms suggests this crew could have been
pilot 1st Lt Orrin D Munger, 2nd pilot 2nd Lt Durward L
Oilar and crew chief T/Sgt Albert R Poppleton, all of whom
were killed when their C-47 crashed in fog as the group
was returning to the UK from the Mediterranean. More
details would be appreciated.
05/03/1944 Wellington BJ696 of 12 OTU belly landed at
Chipping Warden and burst into flames. The pilot ws F/O D
L Hill RCAF. Two of the crew were hospitalised with burns.
07/03/1944 Hurricane W9209 of 63 OTU crashed near
Kenilworth. Sgt J W Bell was killed.
09/03/1944 A newly-built Spitfire from Castle Bromwich
crashed near Elmdon while on its test flight. Test pilot
S/Ldr Ellis was injured. The serial of the Spitfire has
not been traced.
16/03/1944 Halifax LW413 of 425 Squadron was abandoned by
its crew after an operation, when low on fuel. It crashed
into houses in Brierley Hill. F/O E E Kirk, F/O H C
Facey, F/O F D Hagen, P/O E F Bush, Sgt C E Robertson, Sgt
D R McEvoy, Sgt C Adams all baled out OK. One civilian,
Mrs Rowbottom, was killed. With the exception of
Bush and Robertson, this crew was shot down in Halifax
LW415 of 425 Squadron on the night of 15-16 June 1944,
while operating against shipping at Bolougne. Adams
and McEvoy were killed, Facey was captured and the others
successfully evaded capture. The mainly Canadian
crew had trained at 22 OTU, Wellesbourne.
19/03/1944 Mosquito HK314 of 219 Squadron crashed at
Knowle while performing a slow roll at low altitude. Pilot
T/W/O/2 G McKintosh RCAF and F/Sgt Griffin were both
21/03/1944 Hurricane LE655 of 577 Squadron collided with
trees at Bedworth. Pilot F/Sgt A Bialecki, Polish, was
22/03/1944 Wellington HD987 of 105 OTU crashed on to a bus
workshop at Mill Lane, Digbeth in Birmingham when control
was lost following engine failure. F/Lt B J Balchin, P/O D
Huddleston and Sgt B Morgan were all killed.
23/03/1944 Wellington X3337 of 29 OTU crashed on landing
at Chipping Warden and burnt out. Sgt F D Galloway and his
crew were unhurt, except for minor burns. An ambulance
driver, LAC W Hansford, rescued the rear gunner from the
24/03/1944 Whitley Z9514 of 24 OTU suffered a collapsed
undercarriage at Long Marston. W/O B W Smith RCAF was
01/04/1944 Master DL574 of the 352 Fighter Group, USAAF
crashed at Wellesbourne. The pilot was Freemont W Miller
(rank and fate unknown). The aircraft may have been flying
04/04/1944 Tomahawk AH885 of 1681 Flight ran off the
runway when landing at Long Marston and tipped onto its
nose. F/Lt J E Gilden was unhurt.
11/04/1944 Martinet JN427 of 29 OTU overturned when
landing at Bitteswell. Fate of crew unknown.
13/04/1944 Whitley AD683 of 24 OTU crash landed at
Bretforten after overshooting. Sgt J A Tease RCAF and crew
were not hurt.
15/04/1944 P-47 serial 41-6251 of 551 Fighter Training
Squadron, 495 Fighter Group crashed at Nuneaton following
loss of control in cloud. Pilot 2nd Lt J P Gerrits baled
out and was injured on landing.
16/04/1944 Wellington HE263 of 16 OTU crash-laned north of
Banbury after engine failure. F/O K E Tingley and his crew
22/04/1944 Beaufighter KW317 of 1 Ferry Unit crashed at
Guarlford following an engine failure. Pilot P/O S M
Morris was badly injured and was rescued by a farmer, who
received the BEM.
23/04/1944 Wellington BK541 of 22 OTU crashed on overshoot
at RAF Stratford following engine failure. Sgt J G Savard
RCAF and his crew were unhurt. Sgt Savard went on to fly
with 433 Squadron and lost his life on 17th August 1944.
26/04/1944 Tiger Moth N5466 of 2 EFTS broke up in the air
at Worcester. The pilot Sgt R Henderson successfully
abandoned the wreckage, but the navigator Sgt A B Hicklin
27/04/1944 Messerschmitt Me 410 9K+ZP Wk Nr 420445 of
Stab./KG 51 collided with Oxford LX196, which it was
trying to shoot down at Frankton. Pilot Lt Wolgang Wenning
and observer Fw Gustav Delp in the Me 410 and pilot P/O G
S Moore RCAF in the Oxford were all killed.
29/04/1944 Wellington LN843 OP-W of 11 OTU attempted to
force-land at Moreton-in-Marsh following engine failure,
but ended up amongst the trees. F/Sgt J Johnson and his
crew were unhurt, except for Sgt Ratter, who was injured.
29/04/1944 Wellington T2968 of 105 OTU flew into a hill
shortly after taking off from Bramcote. F/O G Starktoller
and Sgt R S Ogg were killed. Sgt S Reed was injured.
30/04/1944 Wellington HE870 of 21 OTU suffered a double
engine failure at the conclusion to a fighter affiliation
exercise and was skillfully forcelanded at
Barton-on-the-Heath. Only one of F/Sgt J H Bridgett RAAF’s
crew was injured.
06/05/1944 Horsa LH152 of 1 HGSU was caught in the
slipstream, cast off and crash landed at Eckington. Fate
of crew unknown.
08/05/1944 Oxford ED282 of 18 PAFU dived into the ground
at Ufton. Sgt R B Mitchell was killed.
08/05/1944 Oxford HN440 of 18 PAFU struck a tree at night
while force landing following engine failure, at Church
Lawford. Pilot P/O R E Robertson RCAF was killed.
14/05/1944 Whitley N1436 of 24 OTU stalled on overshoot
from Honeybourne. F/O L W Wright RCAF was unhurt.
21/05/1944 Tiger Moth DE375 of 10 Group Communication
Fligth crashed while force landing at Droitwich. Names of
crew not traced.
24/05/1944 Martinet JN428 of 22 OTU spun into ground at
Wellesbourne. Pilot F/O D F G Parker was killed.
27/05/1944 Wellington HE389 of 22 OTU force-landed at
Loxley when its propellers failed. F/Lt R A G Tucker and
his crew were unhurt.
28/05/1944 Wellington BK558 of 12 OTU caught fire in the
air and burnt out after landing at Chipping Warden. W/O T
W Black and his crew were unhurt.
29/05/1944 Anson R9805 24 OTU overshot landing at
Leamington aerodrome. Pilot P/O P Mudry RCAF was OK.
29/05/1944 Wellington R1370 of 105 OTU crashed on take off
from Bramcote. Nobody was hurt.
31/05/1944 Tiger Moth R5255 of 14 EFTS spun into the
ground at Blockley. Names of crew not traced.
31/05/1944 Wellington BK157 of 12 OTU was on a fighter
affiliation exercise when a wing failed, causing it to
crash at Swalcliffe. F/O D A Driver DFM, F/Sgt E
Cotterell, F/Sgt J H McGregor, Sgt E W Blakeman, Sgt J A
Oliver, Sgt F J Pack and Sgt J H Nixon were all killed.
F/O Driver had completed a tour with 104 Squadron in the
02/06/1944 Wellington X3823 of 12 OTU crashed on take off
from Edgehill. F/O I V F Hawkins was unhurt and F/O Dawes
was slightly injured.
04/06/1944 Wellington BK470 of 16 OTU crashed into a farm
when taking off from Barford St John. F/Lt P U Keel
(Danish) was killed and two others were injured.
07/06/1944 Lancaster DS768 of 408 Squadron overshot
landing at Honeybourne. Pilot F/O D T Ryan (Canadian),
W/O2 R D Whitson, P/O A H Durnin, F/O G Croucher, Sgt H E
Truscott, Sgt J A Imrie, Sgt D Scott and Sgt F J Ward all
07/06/1944 A C-47 Dakota (probably 43-15048) of 49 TCS,
313 TCG crashed on approach to Edgehill. It had taken off
from Framlingham on an ammunition and supply drop over the
Cherbourg Peninsula - one of 52 C-47s in operation
Freeport, supplying the 82nd Airbourne Division. It may
have been hit by ground fire and was trying to make an
emergency landing, possibly after dark. Pilot 1st Lt
Edmond J Gibala, Co-pilot 1st Lt George H Ehreich,
Navigator 1st Lt Paul C Pollitt, Radio Operator S/Sgt
Harold A Hahn, CC S/Sgt Jenning B Fort, QMD 1/Sgt Daniel H
Metcalf were all killed. A memorial
page to Lt. George Ehrreich contains excellent
photos and a video (log in to Facebook before following
10/06/1944 Hurricane PG425 of 21 OTU crashed into trees at
Long Compton. Pilot F/Sgt D Stevens was killed.
10/06/1944 P-47D 42-22518 of 552 Fighter Squadron, 495
Fighter Group crashed at Wykham Martin Estate at Hockley
Heath, when it undershot and somersaulted into trees,
killing the pilot Lt Malcolm A Bain.
10/06/1944 Oxford NM278 of 18 PAFU made a violent recovery
from a diving turn at Snitterfield, causing the wings to
break away. F/O J McGregor was killed.
11/06/1944 Wellington BK186 of 22 OTU had to crash land at
RAF Stratford after an engine failure. F/O C Bouchard RCAF
and his crew were unhurt. BK186 had been in collision with
Spitfire P8268 on 14th May 1943.
12/06/1944 Wellington LN635 of 21 OTU caught fire while on
a bombing exercise over the Radway ranges. The crew baled
out and the Wellington crashed at Upper Tysoe. The pilot,
F/Sgt J M Gaddes RNZAF and his crew were unhurt, except
for Sgt G M Dilworth and F/Sgt F N Chapman RAAF, both of
whom were injured.
14/06/1944 AT-6D Harvard 41-34655 of 8 Fighter Command HQ
lost its port wing and crashed at Ryton-on-Dunsmor. Pilot
2/Lt H R Wayland and passenger 2/Lt Mary Ethell Chubb
(American army nursing corps) were both killed.
19/06/1944 Tiger Moth N9336 of 14 EFTS crashed when force
landing at Northfield. Sgt Pratt and Sgt Harper were
19/06/1944 Tiger Moth T6124 of 14 EFTS stalled and hit a
hangar while overshooting at Elmdon. F/Lt Emery and Sgt
Rusell were unhurt.
25/06/1944 Warwick BV307 of 1 FU crash landed at Pershore
after and engine caught fire on take off. There were no
casualties, but the names of the crew have not been
28/06/1944 Whitley BD505 of the AFEE crashed at Bishop's
Tachbrook while overshooting the landing ground at
Leamington Spa. The names of the crew have not been
29/06/1944 Oxford LX273 of 18 PAFU crashed inverted near
Leamington Spa. Pilot Sgt R O Harvey RAAF and wireless
operator AC2 E Naylor were both killed.
??/06/1944 An unknown aircraft was attended by the fire
section of Bitteswell airfield. The crew survived.
02/07/1944 Oxford BG597 of 18 PAFU had its undercarriage
collapse while landing at Church Lawford.
02/07/1944 Oxford X6789 of 18 PAFU hit a sodium flare on
the ground at Warwick RLG. P/O J Warburton was unhurt.
04/07/1944 Wellington BK251 of 24 OTU crashed in the bomb
dump at Honeybourne while on approach, probably following
engine failure. F/O A S Woolaver RCAF, F/O R J Gray RCAF,
P/O W A Tees RCAF, F/O E K Burleigh RCAF, Sgt L T
Gabryelski RCAF, Sgt G A Jones RCAF and Sgt W Marshall
RCAF were all killed.
05/07/1944 Typhoon MN127 of 3 TEU hit the ground near
Kenilworth while low flying. Pilot F/Sgt L H Johnson RNZAF
06/07/1944 Martinet JN299 of 21 OTU force landed and
overturned at Lodenham. Pilot F/O J Patterson was unhurt.
11/07/1944 Wellington X3306 of 29 OTU crashed on landing
at Bitteswell. F/Sgt N R Hooper RAAF and crew were unhurt.
12/07/1944 Wellington BJ622 of 12 OTU belly landed at
Chipping Warden. Sgt J C Ridley RCAF and crew were unhurt.
14/07/1944 Wellington HE381 TY-G of 24 OTU spun into the
ground at Long Compton. F/O J A Thompson RCAF, W/O R
Burns, Sgt J C Anderson RCAF and F/Sgt J W Johnson RCAF
were all killed.
16/07/1944 Magister R1858 of Unit FT Communications Flight
hit a tree at Bevington Hall. Pilot F/Lt A Michiels,
Belgian, was killed.
16/07/1944 Wellington LN696 of 21 OTU caught fire at
Moreton-in-Marsh when being de-fuelled by a bowser.
24/07/1944 Oxford HM667 of 3 PAFU flew into an electric
pylon at Powick that was not marked on the map. Pilot
F/Sgt K J Luscombe, second pilot F/Sgt K J Banfield RAAF
and a third crew member whose name has not been traced,
were all killed.
25/07/1944 Stirling LK591 of 1661 CU suffered a double
engine failure and crashed on approach to Gaydon. Three of
the crew were killed, Sgt J A Edmonds, Sgt F C White and
F/O B C Roderick RAAF. The pilot P/O A R Bullock RAAF
along with P/O H F A Brown RAAF, Sgt J J Ferguson RAAF,
F/Sgt C R Neilson RAAF and Sgt K G Judd RAAF were injured.
25/07/1944 Wellington HF610 of 22 OTU belly landed at
Snitterfield. F/O A Macleod RCAF and his crew were unhurt.
30/07/1944 Halifax NA503 of 102 Squadron hit trees at
Blockley while diverting into Moreton-in-Marsh. Pilot
F/Sgt Hulme, navigator F/Sgt H R Riddle, air bomber F/Sgt
L P Jarrat, wireless operator Sgt C M Matthews, air gunner
F/Sgt M W Neilson RAAF, air gunner Sgt F L Booker and
flight engineer Sgt G A Herbert were all killed. Neilson
was Australian; Hulme, Riddle and Jarrat were from New
30/07/1944 Wellington LN869 of 22 OTU was landing when an
engine caught fire, causing the aircraft to crash at
Goldicote. F/O J J D Belanger RCAF, F/O R L Cuzner RCAF,
Sgt J L Moreau RCAF, Sgt J A M Duplaise RCAF and Sgt J M D
Martin RCAF were all killed, while Sgt J J P Dion RCAF was
31/07/1944 Master DL961 of 5 GTS stalled and crashed near
the pilots home in West Smethwick. Pilot F/Sgt A C Cox and
second pilot F/Sgt C Preston were both killed.
31/07/1944 Wellington BK455 of 12 OTU stalled and crashed
at Edgehill. W/O T Davies, F/O C W Warren, F/Sgt P H
Walden, Sgt A D Marks and Sgt D J Roberts were all killed.
31/07/1944 Wellington NC452 of 12 OTU belly landed at
Chipping Warden with a double engine failure. F/Lt W J
Timperley, F/Sgt A C Lockyer RNZAF and Sgt C S A Johnstone
were all injured. F/Sgt Lockyer joined 550 Squadron and
was killed when Lancaster NG132 was shot down by an
intruder on 17/03/1945.
04/08/1944 Master W9027 of 5 PAFU stalled and crashed near
the pilots home in at Stechford, Birmingham. Instructor
F/Sgt A F Wood and pupil Sgt R F Coffey, Australian, were
11/08/1944 Wellingtons LP618 and MF591, both of 24 OTU
collided in mid-air over the Longden bombing range. P/O J
Shwaikoski RCAF was thrown out of MF591 by the collision
and killed. LP618 lost a wing and entered a spin.
Miraculously, F/Lt S M Bruce RCAF managed to bale out
safely before the aircraft hit HT cables and crashed at
Hanley Swan. F/Sgt H G Round RCAF, Sgt L H Fraser RCAF,
Sgt L M Lysak RCAF, Sgt L CLamb RCAF, Sgt G O Prime RCAF
and Sgt A E Kidney RCAF all died in the crash. Meanwhile,
F/O W W McSween RCAF managed to nurse MF591 back to a
crash-landing at Honeybourne, also saving the lives of P/O
McGuire RCAF, Sgt Scott RCAF and Sgt Fullerton RCAF.
15/08/1944 Tiger Moth N6538 of 9 EFTS crashed during
aerobatics at Shustoke. Sgt Hale was killed and Sgt
Garrett was injured.
20/08/1944 Wellington MF568 of 105 OTU overshot when
landing at Bramcote. F/O E R E Garrett and his crew were
22/08/1944 Wellington MF517 of 105 OTU descended through
cloud and flew into high ground at Romsley. F/O K W Fox,
W/O S C Walker and Sgt G Frith were all killed.
24/08/1944 Halifax LW325 of 1666 Heavy Conversion Unit
lost a propeller, then broke up in the air near Defford.
Pilot 1st Lt P B Franklin South African Air Force, Sgt J B
Iles, F/Sgt C B Schuller RAAF, F/O J V Hudson, F/Sgt J P
Mansell RAAF, Sgt J D Greensmith, Sgt E W A Dunford were
26/08/1944 Anson DJ663 3 OAFU struck trees at Six Ashes.
F/Sgt M F Cox, Sgt C D R Verrier, F/O N E Trusty, P/O J L
Staples were all killed and P/O A J Welham was injured.
26/08/1944 Magister T9895 of 18 PAFU crashed on landing at
Snitterfield. Fate of crew unknown.
26/08/1944 Wellington LP675 of 105 OTU became lost due to
the radio being unserviceable. Sgt H Ritcher and Sgt A
Cowperg baled out, but the pilot, F/O L P H Cole, lost his
parachute through the escape hatch and had to crash-land
at Halfpenny Green. He was injured in the crash.
29/08/1944 Wellington BJ917 of 12 OTU caught fire after
landing at Edgehill. F/Lt L I Falber and F/Lt H R J Jansen
(Dutch) were not seriously hurt.
10/09/1944 Proctor DX191 of 2 RS struck trees while force
landing near Shipston-on-Stour. Pilot F/Sgt R A Corbett
RAAF was killed and wireless operator/ air gunner Sgt J B
Jubb was so seriously injured that he died the following
11/09/1944 Wellington DF735 of 22 OTU crashed on landing
at Gaydon after engine failure. P/O A E Smith RCAF and his
crew were unhurt.
13/09/1944 Boston AH467 of Telecommunications Flying Unit
overshot while landing at Defford and overturned. The
pilot, F/O S Sutcliffe, was injured.
15/09/1944 Hotspur HH140 of 5 GTS undershot and hit a
hedge at Hockley Heath.
18/09/1944 Beaufighter NV497 of 1 Ferry Unit hit an
obstruction on the ground at Pershore.
18/09/1944 Oxford N4847 of 18 PAFU crashed in a turn on a
night approach to Snitterfield. Fate of crew unknown.
23/09/1944 Albemarle P1435 296 Squadron overshot landing
at Long Marston, while towing Horsa HG936. Albemarle pilot
F/O A S Baglawe, Canadian and Horsa pilot Captain
Tallentine were unhurt.
26/09/1944 Wellington MF516 of 24 OTU crashed at
Honeybourne when the fuel tanks were switched over
incorrectly. F/O J G Clothier RCAF, F/Lt Board, P/O
Gillies and Sgt Kidston were unhurt. Sgt Matthews and Sgt
Badstead were injured. F/O Clothier joined 432 Squadron
and his Halifax, RG475, was shot down by coastal defences
at Walton-on-the-Naze on 05/03/1945, with the loss of all
02/10/1944 B-17 42-97227 of 326 Bomb Squadron, 92 Bomb
Group was abandoned after a collision while getting into
formation for a raid and crashed at Hampton Lucy. Pilot
2/Lt Robert E Fisher, 2/Lt Dustin P Ordway, 2/Lt William
Gustafik Jr, 2/Lt John B Brown, Sgt Cooley E Miller, Sgt
John Clear Jr, Sgt Oris W Gassaway, Sgt Jack W Brunett and
Sgt Jack M Massman were all safe.
03/10/1944 Spitfire PA942 of 34 WSU ran out of fuel and
force landed at Eckington. The pilot was slightly injured,
name not traced.
04/10/1944 Wellington Z1691 of 82 OTU broke up in cumulus
cloud and crashed at Mickleton. F/Sgt G Noble RCAF, Sgt Z
Wasserman RCAF, F/O R G Campbell RCAF, Sgt G E Opie RCAF,
F/Sgt G A MacLeod RCAF and F/Sgt F E Thistle RCAF were all
12/10/1944 Wellington LN693 of 21 OTU crashed at
Moreton-in-Marsh when the pilot lost control at the end of
a cross-country exercise. F/Sgt H J Maddaliua RAAF (or H G
Maddalena RAAF), Sgt F J W Rawlings, Sgt H Allport, F/Sgt
D V White RAAF, Sgt J E Peck and Sgt R A Dowling were all
13/10/1944 Wellington NC650 of 24 OTU crashed at
Honeybourne, possibly after engine failure. F/Sgt A R
Wilde RCAF, Sgt C C W Woodford RCAF, F/O R D Matthew, Sgt
H H Cleghorne RCAF and Sgt S W Wells RCAF were all killed.
Miraculously, Sgt Hannon RCAF was practically unhurt.
14/10/1944 Halifax MZ920 of 434 Squadron crashed at Church
Lawford after catching fire in the air. Pilot F/Sgt D T
Wood RCAF, navigator F/O W R Ewing RCAF, mid upper gunner
Sgt O Parsons RCAF, rear gunner Sgt D M Ward RCAF and
flight engineer Sgt G D Grant were killed. The bomb aimer
F/O W Stirling RCAF and the wireless operator F/Sgt O
Stamtis RCAF baled out and survived.
14/10/1944 Oxford DF403 of Signals Flying Unit lost power
while overshooting at Honiley and bellylanded. Names of
crew not traced.
15/10/1944 Oxford EB727 of 18 PAFU swung on landing at
Snitterfield and was damaged beyond repair. Names of crew
15/10/1944 Wellington BK466 of 16 OTU collided with a tree
on approach to Barford St John after a double engine
failure. F/Sgt H H Candles was injured.
17/10/1944 Wellington X3879 of 29 OTU crashed while
force-landing at Bitteswell, following engine failure.
F/Sgt J L Thomson RAAF and his crew were unhurt.
18/10/1944 Tiger Moth DE625 of RAF Doncaster dived into
the ground at Willersley after control failure. P/O P R
Jones and F/O Millet were both killed.
19/10/1944 Halifax MZ697 of 1658 HCU was on a night
navigational exercise when the autopilot failed and
over-stressed the airframe. The pilot landed at Pershore,
where the aircraft was struck off charge as damaged beyond
19/10/1944 Tiger Moth R4901 of RAF Defford was damaged
beyond repair on this date. Nothing further known.
20/10/1944 Oxford PG991 of 18 PAFU flew into high ground
at Wynds Point. F/Sgt C P Lawrence was killed.
23/10/1944 Halifax NA509 of 420 Squadron overshot
Wellesbourne airfield with a full bomb load on board.
Pilot F/O S Young and crew were unhurt.
03/11/1944 Wellington LN847 of 21 OTU swung on take off
from Moreton-in-Marsh and the undercarriage was raised to
stop. F/O J V Evans RNZAF and F/Sgt J R Carroll RAAF were
04/11/1944 Wellington HE806 of 12 OTU crashed on approach
to Chipping Warden when an engine failed. F/Lt T Dudding
RNZAF and F/O D F Law were both unhurt. Only the previous
day, F/Sgt Wales had had to make a single engine landing
in the same aircraft. F/O Law was killed on 03/05/1945
05/11/1944 Wellington LP460 of 12 OTU undershot a single
engine landing landing at Edgehill and burnt out. Sgt R G
Hann and the rest of the crew were unhurt.
07/11/1944 Wellington BJ584 of 12 OTU caught fire in a
hangar at Edgehill and was burned out. No casualties.
14/11/1944 Anson NK529 of 48 Squadron skidded on wet grass
and hit a fence at Bramcote.
17/11/1944 Wellington LP355 FB-S of 24 OTU flew into HT
cables and crashed at Childswickham shortly after take
off. F/Sgt J D Spence RCAF, F/Sgt R L Melville RCAF, W/O W
H Cyples RCAF and Sgt H A Stock RCAF were all killed.
20/11/1944 Oxford ED201 of 18 PAFU overshot while landing
at Church Lawford in rain. Names of crew not traced.
20/11/1944 Wellington LN460 of 22 OTU caught fire in the
air and the pilot ordered the crew to bale out. Only three
of them managed to do so before the aircraft exploded in
the air and crashed at Aston Somerville. P/O D McC Roy
RCAF, Sgt F Knowles RCAF and Sgt A A Cameron RCAF were
20/11/1944 Wellington MF505 of 22 OTU overshot at
Wellesbourne Mountford with a failing engine. P/O J W
Nezan RCAF and his crew were unhurt.
25/11/1944 Oxford LX169 of 15 PAFU flew into Bredon Hill
in bad weather. Australian pilot F/Sgt C B Swiney was
25/11/1944 Wellington LN242 of 12 OTU suffered an engine
failure on take off and crashed into Manor Farm, Upper
Boddington. Very sadly, the wing of the house that took
the full force had been rented by LAC Roy Tester and
although he was on duty at the airfield, his wife and
family were inside. Mrs E M Tester and her children C
Tester and M Tester aged 3 and 2 died in the house. The
owner, Mr S H Brooks managed to save himself, his wife and
daughter. In the Wellington, Sgt R M High, F/Sgt A D
Springett, Sgt E F Isterling, F/O G Smith, Sgt J Heap, Sgt
J R Robinson and Sgt J C Carlyle were all killed.
03/12/1944 Mosquito PZ256 of 1 Ferry Unit struck a sodium
flare while taxying, at Pershore, which severed the tail.
Pilot F/Lt Gorner was OK.
07/12/1944 Wellington LP876 of 24 OTU crashed at Mickleton
four minutes after take off, probably because the pitot
head iced up in a snow shower. F/O S E Leppert RCAF, F/O F
C Bull RCAF, Sgt G L Warthe RCAF, Sgt J L Rheaume RCAF and
Sgt S E Cross RCAF were all killed.
08/12/1944 Wellington LN845 –C of 11 OTU overshot a forced
landing at RAF Stratford and ran onto the railway at the
end of the runway. The aircraft was only lightly damaged
until it was hit by a locomotive! F/Sgt C R Wagstaffe
RNZAF and his crew were unhurt.
09/12/1944 Wellington BJ782 of 21 OTU crashed at Adderbury
following engine failure. F/Sgt J A Hay RAAF, Sgt A
Barker, Sgt J H Bell, Sgt R G Clements and Sgt W Robinson
were killed. Sgt W H Donaldson survived with shock and
attempted to save other members of the crew.
12/12/1944 Oxford V3901 of 18 PAFU struck pylons on the
radio station near Rugby and crashed at Lower Catesby.
Instructor F/Sgt P G Cocklin and New Zealand pupil F/Sgt W
J Penny were both killed.
12/12/1944 Wellington X3459 of 12 OTU crashed on approach
to Edgehill. Rhodesian pilot, Sgt H Maunsell was injured.
16/12/1944 Lancaster NG435 newly-built by Armstrong
Whitworth, crashed at Long Marston during a test flight.
Pilot S/Ldr Mace and civilian fitter Mr Percy Morgan were
18/12/1944 Wellington NC494 of 22 OTU crashed at Chipping
Warden on a navigational exercise. F/Lt W F Scott AFM
RCAF, F/Lt P A C Maeder RCAF, F/O G E B Forbes RCAF, Sgt C
E Anderson RCAF, Sgt S S Galvin RCAF and Sgt J C Smart
RCAF were all killed.
23/12/1944 B-17 43-38812 749 Bomb Squadron, 457th Bomb
Group had diverted to Portreath on 19/12/44 following a
raid on Koblenz and was returning to its base at Glatton
when it flew into high ground at Great Rollright. Pilot
2/Lt Clifford Hendrickson, co-pilot 2/Lt Walter Graves,
navigator F/O Joseph L Kilmer, bombardier F/O David E
Williams, engineer Sgt George H Bruer, radio operator Sgt
Robert H Riendel, gunner Sgt George B Hawley and gunner
Sgt Edmund T Fitzgerald were all killed. Only gunner Sgt
Clifford T Heinrich survived, albeit badly injured.
31/12/1944 Oxford ED196 of 18 PAFU overturned while force
landing at Alvechurch. Names of crew not traced.