Military aircraft crashes in the north west Midlands
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.
The details 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.
4 January 1942, DeHaviland Tiger Moth T7179 of 28 Elementary Flying Training
School, Wolverhampton, crashed after hitting a tree at Featherstone. Casualties
13 January 1942, Miles Master T8610 of 5 Flying Training Schjool, Tern Hill,
crashed whilst making a forced landing near Gnosall. Casualties unknown.
17 January 1942, Vickers Wellington X9706 of 27 Operational Training Unit
crashed on approach at Kings Bromley. The crew: Flight Sergeant J.S.R. Woolnough
RAAF, Sergeant F.E. Williams RAAF, Sergeant Evan F. Webb RAAF, Sergeant J.
Rogerson RAAF, Sergeant Malcolm Welsh RAF, Sergeant Roy Beeton RAF and Sergeant
Arthur Savige RAF were all killed.
7 February 1942, Handley Page Hampden AT231 of 14 Ferry Pilot’s Pool crashed
at Weston Park from unknown causes. The pilot was killed.
26 February 1942, Vickers Wellington III, Z8785 of 27 Operational Training
Unit crash landed after engine failure at Trent Valley Railway station, Lichfield.
Sgt W.A. Godfrey RAAF died of his injuries, Sgt D. Jennings RAAF and Sgt
R. Longmuir RAAF were injured. Sgt T. Willey and Sgt G.H. Mellor were unhurt.
Sergeant Mellor seemed to have a charmed life; he was to survive a second
crash and a shoot-down on operations from which he would evade capture.
30 March 1942 Avro Anson K6254 of 3 Air Observers Navigation School was destroyed
in a forced landing at Halfpenny Green Aerodrome.
22 May 1942, Miles Magister of 16 Elementary Flying Training School span
into the ground at Draycott. Information on casualties at present unknown.
22 May 1942 Vickers Wellington Ic of 27 Operational Training Unit was destroyed
by fire in a refueling accident at Lichfield. No report of casualties.
23 May 1942, Airspeed Oxford P1862 of 11 Pilots Advanced Flying Unit crashed
at Wheaton Aston Aerodrome. No information on casualties available.
5 June 1942, Miles Magister L8252 of 14 Elementary Flying Training School
crashed on approach to Abbots Bromley. No information on casualties available.
13 September 1942 Vickers Wellington I, L7815 of 27 Operational Training
Unit crashed after an engine failure on take off from Lichfield. The all
Australian crew was killed. They were: Sgt W.J.P. Fletcher, Sgt J.A. Turnbull,
Sgt Milne, Sgt F.W. Lewis, Sgt F. Thompson. Later four members of the guard
detail were killed when the aircraft’s bomb load exploded: Corporal R. M.
S. Zucker, Lance Corporal K. Ward, AC1 C. Aveyard, AC1 M. Marten.
1 October 1942, Airspeed Oxford EB720 of 11 Pilots Advanced Flying Unit was
destroyed at Wheaton Aston Aerodrome when it was hit by Oxford BJ692 which
was landing. No Information on casualties.
1 October 1942, Vickers Wellington III, BJ692 of 12 Operational Training
Unit was destroyed when it hit Oxford EB720 during a forced landing at Wheaton
Aston Aerodrome. Sgt R.A. Williams and his crew were unhurt.
6 October 1942, De Haviland Tiger Moth T6704 of 28 Elementary Flying Training
Unit crashed at Penkridge after being abandoned in a spin. Fate of pilot
8 October 1942, DeHaviland Tiger moth N6878 of 28 Elementary Flying Training
Unit crashed at Cannock after hitting a chimney. Fate of crew unknown.
19 October 1942, Avro Manchester R5780 of 1656 Heavy Conversion Unit crashed
at Fradley after hitting a tree. Pilot Officer Horner, Flying Officer R.W.
Wood RAAF, Pilot Officer Forrester RAAF, Pilot Officer Murphy RAAF, AC2 S.
Dobell and AC2 D.W. Hodges were all killed.
23 October 1942, Spitfire Vb, ER713 which was on a test flight from the manufacturers,
Vickers Armstrong at Castle Bromwich, crashed after suffering structural
failure. The test pilot, Flight Lieutenant Sanders, was killed.
31 October 1942, Vickers Wellington Ic of 30 Operational Training Unit crashed
at Amerton. Sgt R.H. Wooliams RCAF, Sgt D.C. Hawk RCAF, Sgt D.M. Belgrove,
Warrant Officer W.L. Primrose Pilot Officer D.S. Hegan and Sgt A. P. Cunningham
were all killed. Sgt Hawk was an American from Portland Indiana.
11 November 1942, Airspeed Oxford N4596 crashed in a forced landing at Wheaton
Aston. Fate of crew unknown.
22 November 1942, Vickers Wellington III BK247 of 27 Operational Training
Unit crashed after an engine failed during overshoot procedure. The crew
were all injured: Sgt Britton, Sgt J.A.B. Cooper, Sgt Morris, Sgt Hickson
and Sgt Tuxford. Sgt Cooper was later killed on operations with 103 Squadron.
28 November 1942, Vickers Wellington Ic, X9801 of 30 Operational Training
Unit crashed after hitting trees on take off. Sgt C.R. Kroemer RAAF was injured.
3 December 1942, Vickers Wellington III, X3944 of 27 Operational Training
Unit crashed on approach to Lichfield Aerodrome. The crew of five were killed:
Sgt R.E. Mitchell RAAF, Sgt R.H. Sankey RAAF, sgt A. Brindle, Sgt K.H. Park,
Sgt J.B. Muir RAAF.
8 December 1842, Airspeed Oxford BG649 of 11 Pilots Advanced Flying Unit
crashed on take off from Wheaton Aston. Fate of crew unknown.
11 December 1942, Vickers Wellington X3961 Of 27 Operational Training Unit
crashed shortly after take off from Lichfield Aerodrome. The following were
killed:F/Sgt G.R. Cook, F/ Sgt F.T.J. Bryant, P/O G.W. Harrison, Sgt W.T.
Chandler. Sgt H.P. Wishart RAAF died of his injuries on 22 December. Sgt
I.D. Maxwell and F/Sgt C. Shade were injured. F/Sgt Shade was killed on operations
24 December 1942, Vickers Wellington Ic HF894 of 304 Squadron crashed at
Cannock after being abandoned low on fuel. Flying Officer M. Pronaszko and
his crew were unhurt.