Military aircraft crashes in the
Midlands - 1938 to 1941
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 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
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.
12 November 1938, Bristol Blenheim I , L1208 of 139
Squadron crashed at
following a fire in the air. The pilot, Flying Officer
R.D. Tate and
two other crew members were killed.
28 April 1939, North American Harvard, N7019 of 10 Flying
crashed at Gailey after stalling during a forced landing.
20 November 1939, Bristol Blenheim L4887 of 101 Squadron
a forced landing 2.5 miles s.w. of R.A.F. Lichfield. The
crew of three:
Officer C.P.N. Newman, Leading Aircraftsman Johnson and
F.J. Mantle were unhurt.
1 January 1940, DeHaviland Tiger Moth N6447 of 14
Elmdon, struck electricity cables near Tamworth.
1 March 1940, Avro Tutor K3249 of 219 Squadron crashed
of fuel at Rugeley.
8 June 1940, Airspeed Oxford R6246 of 11 Flying Training
Aston crashed on landing at Lichfield.
26 October 1940, DeHaviland Tiger Moth L6920 of 2
crashed at Kinver. The pilot, Leading Aircraftsman J.S.
12 January 1941, Bristol Beaufighter R2089 of 51
Hit a hut on the airfield the circumstances of the
incident and fate of
crew are at present unknown.
7 February 1941, DeHaviland Tiger Moth T7216 of 14
School, Elmdon, Hit a tree whilst making a forced landing
13 February 1941, Boulton Paul Defiant N3518 of 2
stalled on approach to Cosford. The pilot was injured.
27 February 1941, Handley Page Hampden X3124 of 83
into the ground at Derrington Cross whilst on a bombing
The crew: Wing Commander W.W. Stainthorp AFC, Pilot
Officer A. McD.
Sergeant L. Emmerson and Sergeant D.V. Weaving were
11 April 1941, Boulton Paul Defiant N3460 of 256 Squadron,
was on a defensive patrol over Birmingham when an
loss of the flying instruments. As they were unable to
the aircraft was abandoned by its crew and crashed near
pilot, Sergeant R. Dean broke his ankle on landing, but
Robinson was uninjured.Sergeant Dean was killed 19 July
1943 when the
he was flying, Oxford HN772 broke up in the air over West
24 April 1941, Miles Magister N3789 of 16 Elementary
stalled on approach to Burton-Upon-Trent Relief Landing
26 April 1941, Miles Master I, T8757 of 5 Flying Training
stalled whilst taking off from Cosford.
25 June 1941, Heinkel He111 WNr3839, of 3/KG4 was on
Liverpool when it was shot down by a Beaufighter of 25
Pilot officer L.D. Britain and Pilot Officer D.W.Thompson.
abandoned and crashed at Lullington. Obl J. Schwartz was
parachute failed to open, St Fw H. Glowski, Obergefr F.
W. Koller were injured.
6 July 1941, Miles Magister N3812 of 5 Elementary Training
into the ground at Wombourne.
10 July 1941, Vickers Wellington Ic T2467 of 27
Lichfield suffered a burst tyre on take off, overshot and
The crew were unhurt.
19 July 1941, Vickers Wellington Ic, R1366 of 27
Lichfield suffered an engine failure and hit a hangar. The
and his two companions were injured
30 July 1941, Spitfire II, P7825 of 403 Squadron dived
into the ground
Cosford following loss of control in cloud.
10 August 1941, Vickers Wellington Ic, R1086 of 27
reported destroyed in an accident at Lichfield Aerodrome.
There is no
17 August 1941. DeHaviland Leopard Moth DB169 crashed on
Green Aerodrome. Fate of crew unknown.
25 August 1941, Vickers Wellington Ic, X9600 of 27
hit an armoured car after overshooting on landing. The
pilot, Sgt J.A.
and his crew were unhurt.
28th August 1941, Miles Master I, N7935 of 5 Flying
Hill crashed near Gnosell. The fate of the crew is, at
7 September 1941, Avro Anson I, K6190 of 27 Operational
trees and farm buildings near Lichfield Aerodrome whilst
crew were unhurt.
11 September 1941, Vickers Wellington Ic R1460 of 27
Unit suffered a burst tyre on landing at Lichfield.
and his crew were unhurt.
27 September 1941, Vickers Wellington Ia, P9216 of 27
Unit caught fire after crash landing on Lichfield
Sergeant Ashwood, was killed but The Instructor, Flight
and the rest of the crew were unhurt.
30 September 1941, Avro Anson N5133 of 3 Air Observers
was destroyed by fire in ground accident at Halfpenny
were no casualties reported.
18 October 1941, Vickers Wellington Ic, X9821 of 27
Unit crashed whilst turning to the north of the Aerodrome.
L.A. Hill, Sgt J.A. Gilleapie, Sgt C.U. Irish and Sgt P.
22 October 1941, Miles Master N7485 of 5 Flying Training
dived into the ground at Gnosall. The pilot, Sgt Maurice
the Free French
Airforce, was killed. (Délécray was his nom de
guerre; his French
name was Armand Paul Bayard.)
28 October 1941, Bristol Blenheim IV, V6013 of 17
Upwood crashed in a forced landing near Gayton. The crew:
Sgt F.R. Bayliss and Sgt J.A. Hedley were killed.
8 November 1941, Handley Page Hampden, AE238 of 144
crash landed on Lichfield Aerodrome after being damaged by
Sgt Woodhall, Sgt Pomroy, Sgt Tod and Sgt Lynch were
8 December 1941, Miles Magister, L5964 of 16 Elementary
crashed at Walton On Trent following a structural failure
fate of the crew is unknown at present.
15 December 1941, Vickers Wellington Ic, R1283 of 27
Unit crashed at Chetwynd, near Lichfield Aerodrome after
attempting a forced landing.Sgt B. Poupard was killed, Sgt
Kitson and Ggt Gaffney were injured. Riordan was killed on
whilst flying with 98 Squadron.
29 December 1941, Vickers Wellington Ic T2899 of 27
Unit was destroyed by fire at its dispersal on Lichfield
were no casualties.