Military aircraft crashes in the
north west Midlands - 1938 to 1941
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.
12 November 1938 (12/11/1938) Blenheim I L1208 of 139
Squadron crashed at Rugeley following a fire in the air.
The pilot, F/O R D Tate, Cpl H G Kennett and AC1 R C
Salter were all killed.
28 April 1939 (28/04/1939) Harvard N7019 of 10 Flying
Training School crashed at Gailey near Penkridge after
stalling during a forced landing. P/O Harvey was injured.
20 November 1939 (20/11/1939) Blenheim L4887 of 101
Squadron crashed whilst making a forced landing 2.5 miles
south west of RAF Lichfield. The crew of three, P/O C P N
Newman, LAC Johnson and LAC F J Mantle were unhurt.
3 December 1939 (03/12/39) Harvard I N7092 of 2 Flying
Training School overturned at Cosford when making a forced
landing down wind.
1 January 1940 (01/01/1940) Tiger Moth N6447 of 14
Elementary Training School, Elmdon, struck electricity
cables near Tamworth. Fate of crew unknown.
1 March 1940 (01/03/1940) Tutor K3249 of 219 Squadron
crashed after running out of fuel at Rugeley. Fate of crew
8 June 1940 (08/06/1940) Oxford R6246 of 11 Flying
Training School, Wheaton Aston crashed on landing at
Lichfield. Sgt Wood was dangerously injured, but survived.
5 August 1940 (05/08/1940) Monospar X9335 of 7 AACU
suffered an engine failure on take-off from its base at
Castle Bromwich. The pilot landed in an obstructed field
and struck a bank. The aircraft may not have been written
off, as it is recorded as being passed on to Vickers
Armstrong who ran the Castle Bromwich factory, finally
being struck-off on 27/10/1943. It was originally G-AFWP,
being impressed in to the RAF in March 1940.
26 October 1940 (26/10/1940) Tiger Moth L6920 of 2
Elementary Training School crashed at Kinver. The pilot,
LAC J S Bunbury was injured.
12 January 1941 (12/01/1941) Beaufighter R2089 of 51
Maintenance Unit, Lichfield, hit a hut on the airfield.
Ground crew AC2 G H Rumbold and AC2 J P Rout were killed
and 8 others were injured. The pilot, P/O C B
7 February 1941 (07/02/1941) Tiger Moth T7216 of 14
Elementary Flying Training School, Elmdon, hit a tree
while making a forced landing at Aldridge. Fate of crew
13 February 1941 (13/02/1941) Defiant N3518 of 2 Ferry
Pilots Pool, Whitchurch stalled on approach to Cosford.
The pilot was injured.
27 February 1941 (27/02/1941) Hampden X3124 of 83
Squadron, Scampton, flew into the ground at Derrington
Cross whilst on a bombing mission to Koln. The crew: W/C W
W Stainthorp AFC, P/O A McD Melville, Sgt L Emmerson and
Sgt D V Weaving were killed.
11 April 1941 (11/04/1941) Defiant N3460 of 256 Squadron,
Squires Gate, was on a defensive patrol over Birmingham
when an alternator failure caused loss of the flying
instruments. As they were unable to radio for assistance,
the aircraft was abandoned by its crew and crashed near
Cheslyn Hay. The pilot, Sgt R Dean broke his ankle on
landing, but his gunner, Sgt Robinson was uninjured.
Sergeant Dean was killed 19 July 1943 when the aircraft he
was flying, Oxford HN772 broke up in the air over West
24 April 1941 (24/04/1941) Magister N3789 of 16 Elementary
Flying Training School stalled on approach to
Burton-Upon-Trent Relief Landing Ground. Fate of crew
26 April 1941 (26/04/1941) Master I T8757 of 5 Flying
Training School, Tern Hill stalled whilst taking off from
Cosford. F/O C G W Moore was killed.
8 May 1941 (08/05/1941) Junkers Ju88 F1+AD Wk Nr 6213 of
III/KG 76 was shot down on its way home from bombing
Liverpool and crashed at Gradbach. Maj D H Von Ziehlberg,
Oblt W Lemke, Obfw R Schwalbe and Fw G Mahl were all
15 May 1941 (15/05/1941) Tiger Moth T5846 of 14 EFTS hit
HT cables when low flying 2 miles west of Kingsbury.
F/Lt L H C S Vetch was killed.
25 June 1941 (25/06/1941) Heinkel He111 WNr3839 of
3/KG4 was on a bombing mission to Liverpool when it
was shot down by a Beaufighter of 25 Squadron, crewed by
P/O L D Britain and P/O D W Thompson. The aircraft was
abandoned and crashed at Lullington. Obl J. Schwartz was
killed when his parachute failed to open, St Fw H.
Glowski, Obergefr F. Ertzinger and Fw W. Koller were
1 July 1941 (01/07/1941) Tiger Moth T8264 of 14 EFTS hit
HT cables recovering from a dive at Kinsbury. Fate of crew
6 July 1941 (06/07/1941) Magister N3812 of 5 Elementary
Training School, dived into the ground at Wombourne. F/Sgt
H D B Jones and LAC F C Golder were killed. Page
devoted to F/Sgt Herbert Jones.
10 July 1941 (10/07/1941) Wellington Ic T2467 of 27
Operational Training Unit, Lichfield suffered a burst tyre
on take off, overshot and hit an obstruction. The crew
19 July 1941 (19/07/1941) Wellington Ic R1366 of 27
Operational Training Unit, Lichfield suffered an engine
failure and hit a hangar. The crew: Sgt R LCox and his two
companions were injured.
30 July 1941 (30/07/1941) Spitfire II P7825 of 403
Squadron dived into the ground near Cosford following loss
of control in cloud. Sgt Lesa Girman
RCAF was killed.
30 July 1941 (30/07/1941) Tiger Moth T7225 of 25 (P)EFTS
crashed while attempting a forced landing, 8 miles north
of Nuneaton. Fate of crew unknown.
10 August 1941 (10/08/1941) Wellington Ic R1086 of 27
Operational Training Unit was reported destroyed in an
accident at Lichfield Aerodrome. There is no indication of
17 August 1941 (17/08/1941) Leopard Moth DB169 crashed on
landing at Halfpenny Green aerodrome. Fate of crew
25 August 1941 (25/08/1941) Wellington Ic X9600 of 27
Operational Training Unit hit an armoured car after
overshooting on landing. The pilot, Sgt J A Lancaster and
his crew were unhurt.
28 August 1941 (28/08/1941) Master I N7935 of 5 Flying
Training School, Tern Hill flew into the ground near
Gnossall. LAC P H A Pickering was killed.
7 September 1941 (07/09/1941) Anson I K6190 of 27
Operational Training Unit, hit trees and farm buildings
near Lichfield Aerodrome while overshooting. The crew were
7 September 1941 (07/09/1941) Oxford AB667 of 12 FTS flew
into HT cables at night and in bad weather at Whittaker
Hill near Polesworthy. Fate of crew unknown.
11 September 1941 (11/09/1941) Wellington Ic R1460 of 27
Operational Training Unit suffered a burst tyre on landing
at Lichfield. Sergeant H F H Taylor and his crew were
27 September 1941 (27/09/1941) Wellington Ia P9216 of 27
Operational Training Unit caught fire after crash landing
on Lichfield Aerodrome.The pupil pilot, Sgt Ashwood, was
killed but the instructor, F/Lt L B Slade and the rest of
the crew were unhurt.
30 September 1941 (30/09/1941) Anson N5133 of 3 Air
Observers Navigation School was destroyed by fire in
ground accident at Halfpenny Green Aerodrome. There were
no casualties reported.
2 October 1941 (2/10/1941) Hurricane Z5078 of 121 Squadron
was abandoned out of fuel near Burton-on-Trent. P/O R F
Tilley RCAF (USA) was injured.
12 October 1941 (12/10/1941) Master N7582 of 5 Flying
Training School was abandoned 3 miles south of
Eccleshall. Crew details not traced.
18 October 1941 (18/10/1941) Wellington Ic X9821 of 27
Operational Training Unit crashed whilst turning to the
north of the aerodrome. The crew: Sgt L A Hill, Sgt J A
Gilleapie, Sgt C U Irish and Sgt P Walker were killed.
22 October 1941 (22/10/1941) Master N7485 of 5 Flying
Training School, Tern Hill, dived into the ground at
Gnossall. The pilot, Sgt Maurice Délécray of the Free
French Airforce, was killed. (Délécray was his nom
de guerre; his French name was Armand Paul Bayard.)
28 October 1941 (28/10/1941) Blenheim IV, V6013 of 17
Operational Training Unit, Upwood crashed in a forced
landing near Gayton. The crew: Sgt H W Taylor, Sgt F R
Bayliss and Sgt J A Hedley were killed.
8 November 1941 (08/11/1941) Hampden AE238 of 144
Squadron, North Luffenham crash landed on Lichfield
aerodrome after being damaged by flak. The crew: Sgt
Woodhall, Sgt Pomroy, Sgt Tod and Sgt Lynch were unhurt.
8 December 1941 (08/12/1941) Magister L5964 of 16
Elementary Flying Training School shed a wing over
Burton-on-Trent and dived into the river at
Walton-on-Trent. P/O Prior was killed and LAC Morris
was thrown out, his parachute opened and saved him just
before he struck the water.
15 December 1941 (15/12/1941) Wellington Ic R1283 of 27
Operational Training Unit crashed at Chetwynd, near
Lichfield aerodrome after hitting trees whilst attempting
a forced landing. Sgt B Poupard was killed, Sgt T Riordan,
Sgt Kitson and Ggt Gaffney were injured. Riordan was
killed on 7 January 1944 while flying with 98
29 December 1941 (29/12/1941) Wellington Ic T2899 of 27
Operational Training Unit was destroyed by fire at its
dispersal on Lichfield aerodrome. There were no