Military aircraft crashes in the
north west Midlands - 1942
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.
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.
4 January 1942 (04/01/1942) Tiger Moth T7179 of 28
Elementary Flying Training School, Wolverhampton, crashed
after hitting a tree at Featherstone. Crew details not
13 January 1942 (13/01/1942) Master T8610 of 5 Flying
Training School at Tern Hill, crashed while making a
forced landing near Gnosall. Crew details not traced.
17 January 1942 (17/01/1942) Wellington X9706 of 27
Operational Training Unit crashed on approach at Kings
Bromley. The crew were all killed: F/Sgt J S R Woolnough
RAAF, Sgt F E Williams RAAF, Sgt Evan F Webb RAAF, Sgt J
Rogerson RAAF, Sgt Malcolm Welsh RAF, Sgt Roy Beeton RAF
and Sgt Arthur Savige RAF.
7 February 1942 (07/02/1942) Hampden AT231 of 14 Ferry
Pilot’s Pool crashed at Weston Park from unknown causes.
The ATA pilot F/O Earl Lamar Renicker (American) was
12 February 1942 (12/02/1942) Master N7802 of 5 Flying
Training School force-landed out of fuel in the Birmingham
area. Fate of crew unknown.
26 February 1942 (26/02/1942) 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 also
evaded capture when he was shot-down on operations.
30 March 1942 (30/03/1942) Anson K6254 of 3 Air Observers
Navigation School was destroyed in a forced landing at
Halfpenny Green aerodrome.
17 April 1942 (17/04/1942) Anson AX234 of 3 Air Observers
School hit a house and the station gym when landing at
Halfpenny Green. Fate of crew unknown.
22 May 1942 (22/05/1942) Magister L8351 of 16 Elementary
Flying Training School spun into the ground at
Draycott-in-the-Clay when the pilot failed to recover from
a practice spin. Cpl James Harrison Allan, Glider Pilot
Regiment, was killed.
22 May 1942 (22/05/1942) Wellington Ic R1158 of 27
Operational Training Unit was destroyed by fire in a
refueling accident at Lichfield. No report of casualties.
23 May 1942 (23/05/1942) Oxford P1862 of 11 Pilots
Advanced Flying Unit dived into the ground whilst
practicing night circuits at Wheaton Aston Aerodrome. Sgt
Edward Charles Hibbs Doherty RNZAF was killed.
27 May 1942 (27/05/1942) Defiant AA546 of 96 Squadron
crashed during a low level practice attack on the Old Camp
Ranges. Pilot P/O R B Bowran was killed and P/O B S Cadman
in the turret was injured.
5 June 1942 (05/06/1942) Magister L8252 of 14 Elementary
Flying Training School crashed on approach to Abbots
Sidney John Graham of the Glider Pilots Regiment and Sgt
Gordon Henry Evans were both killed.
13 September 1942 (13/09/1942) Wellington I L7815 of 27
Operational Training Unit crashed after an engine failure
on take off from Lichfield. The crew were all killed. They
were: Sgt W J P Fletcher RAAF, Sgt J A Turnbull RAAF, Sgt
Milne RAAF, 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.
22 September 1942 (22/09/1942) Anson EG166 of 3
(Observers) Advanced Flying Unit overshot an abandoned
take off at Halfpenny Green. Fate of crew unknown.
1 October 1942 (01/10/1942) 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 (01/10/1942) 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 (06/10/1942) Tiger Moth T6704 of 28
Elementary Flying Training Unit crashed at Penkridge after
being abandoned in a spin. Fate of pilot unknown.
8 October 1942 (08/10/1942) Tiger Moth N6878 of 28
Elementary Flying Training Unit crashed at Cannock after
hitting a chimney. Fate of crew unknown.
19 October 1942 (19/10/1942) Manchester R5780 of 1656
Heavy Conversion Unit crashed at Fradley after hitting a
tree. P/O Horner, F/O R W Wood RAAF, P/O Forrester RAAF,
P/O Murphy RAAF, AC2 S Dobell and AC2 D W Hodges were all
23 October 1942 (23/10/1942) 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. The crash may have been in the Cannock area: more
information would be appreciated.
31 October 1942 (31/10/1942) Wellington Ic Z1083 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, P/O D S Hegan and Sgt A P
Cunningham were all killed. Sgt Hawk was an American from
11 November 1942 (11/11/1942) Oxford N4596 crashed in a
forced landing at Wheaton Aston. Fate of crew unknown.
22 November 1942 (22/11/1942) 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
28 November 1942 (28/11/1942) 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 (03/12/1942) Oxford BG649 of 11 Pilots
Advanced Flying Unit flew into the ground short of the
flare path at Wheaton Aston airfield. F/Sgt Brian Hereman
Hubert Hanan RCAF and Sgt George William Harris were
3 December 1942 (03/12/1942) 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.
11 December 1942 (11/12/1942) 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 in 1945.
12 December 1942 (12/12/1942) Tutor K3276 of 18 PAFU
crashed while force landing at Withington, Staffs.
Fate of crew unknown.
24 December 1942 (24/12/1942) Wellington Ic HF894 of 304
Squadron crashed at Cannock after being abandoned low on
fuel. F/O M Pronaszko and his crew were unhurt.