Military aircraft crashes in the
north west Midlands - 1943
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.
1 January 1943 (01/01/1943) Oxford V3841 of 11 Pilots
Advanced Flying Unit crashed at Wheaton Aston after
hitting trees in the circuit. Pilot Sgt James Murray
Gilmour was killed.
11 January 1943 (11/01/1943) Wellington III HZ104 of 22
Operational Training Unit Hit a telegraph pole and crashed
on approach to Cosford Aerodrome. The pilot, P/O E E
Fisher RCAF died of his injuries.
15 January 1943 (15/01/1943) Oxford N4832 of 11 Pilots
Advanced Training Unit crashed on overshoot at Wheaton
Aston. Crew names unknown.
15 January 1943 (15/01/1943) Wellington III BK512 of 23
Operational Training Unit suffered engine failure while
engaged on night flying exercises and crashed near Orton
on the Hill, 4˝ miles east of Tamworth, Staffordshire. The
pilot, P/O A M H Gain RCAF, was killed. Sgt E A Antrobus,
Sgt V M White RCAF, Sgt V M Caplin and Sgt D J Burge
21 January 1943 (21/01/1943) Tiger Moth BB816 of 28
Elementary Flying Training School collided in mid air with
Tiger Moth T5101 near Stafford. LAC Stanley Albert De’ath
in BB816 and 2nd Lt Ali Aksu (Turkish Air Force) in T5101
were both killed.
29 January 1943 (29/01/1943) Master W8731 of 16 PFTS
crashed at Lichfield. The pilot became lost and decided to
make a precautionary landing, but forgot to lower the
flaps so touched down at a higher than normal speed. The
aircraft swung and turned over.
5 February 1943 (5/02/1943) Tiger Moth T7971 swung on
landing at Wolverhampton and hit Tiger Moth N6875
which was taking off. Both aircraft belonged to 28
Elementary Flying Training School. W/O J D Loach in T7971
was seriously injured and his student was less seriously
7 February 1943 (07/02/1943) Wellington BK434 of 30
Operational Training Unit crashed at Ingestre. Sgt Robert
Driscoll Lewis RAAF, Sgt K H Austin, Sgt J McGinnes, Sgt J
J Kenny and Sgt D C Rowse RNZAF were killed.
10 February 1943 (10/02/43) Master W8478 of 5 Pilots
Advanced Flying Unit force landed in bad weather and
crashed at Price Hill, Aston, Stafford. Names of crew not
17 February 1943 (17/02/1943) Tiger Moth T5629 of 28
Elementary Flying Training School was abandoned near
Aldridge, Walsall. The pilot, F/O Tomley is believed to
1 March 1943 (01/03/1943) Wellington III Z1681 of 27
Operational Training Unit crashed on approach to Lichfield
aerodrome. P/O W W Alexander RAAF, Sgt J Denyer, P/O A R
Heins RAAF were killed. P/O G A McCreath RAAF, P/O W J R
Vincent and Sgt Woodhouse were injured.
11 March 1943 (11/03/1943) Wellington III BJ835 of 27
Operational Training Unit Crashed in a forced landing at
Gnosall. The crew were unhurt.
4 April 1943 (04/04/1943) Wellington III BK508 of 27
Operational Training Unit crashed near Church Broughton.
Sgt P A White was killed but the pilot, Sgt Law survived.
5 April 1943 (05/04/1943) Beaufighter IIF T3049 of 51
Maintenance Unit crashed at Yoxall. No details of the crew
have been found.
6 April 1943 (06/04/1943) Wellington X HE210 of 27
Operational Training Unit was destroyed in a take off
accident at Lichfield. W/O A G Gross RAAF and his crew
10 April 1943 (10/04/1943) Wellington BK179 of 30
Operational Training Unit crashed near Seighford
aerodrome. F/O R Haynes, F/Sgt J F Jervis, Sgt L K Bray,
Sgt R F Knight and Sgt F Yates were all killed.
12 April 1943 (12/04/1943) Tiger Moth N9214 of 7
Elementary Flying Training School struck a private house
and injured a civilian at Tamworth. Sgt Ivan Judd and P/O
Robert Leslie Corrie were both killed.
7 May 1943 (07/05/1943) Ansons EG185 and N4925 of 3
Observers Advanced Flying Unit were involved in a mid-air
collision over Pattingham while flying in formation and
they crashed at Patshull Park. Pilot F/Sgt T J
Beresford and WO/AG Sgt F H Scanlan died in EG185. Pilot
Sgt H J Kelly and WO/AG Sgt E Fenwick died in N4925.
15 May 1943 (15/05/1943) Wellington X HE468 of 30
Operational Training Unit crashed at Salt Heath. All on
board were killed: F/O J H G Watson, Sgt G A Cure, P/O E G
Farrow, Sgt T J Campbell, F/Sgt D P Boyle RAAF, Sgt J
Hedge, Lt P A Roberts of 80 Searchlight Regiment, Royal
5 June 1943 (05/06/43) Master T8769 of 5 Pilots Advanced
Flying Unit suffered an engine failure, attempted a forced
landing, but crashed after overshooting the field, 2 miles
N.E. of Lichfield. Names of crew not yet traced.
27 June 1943 (27/06/1943) Wellington III BK453 of 27
Operational Training Unit crashed at Church Broughton
airfield. P/O D W Laufer RAAF and his crew were unhurt.
7 July 1943 (07/07/1943) Wellington X HE238 of 30
Operational Training Unit Crashed 1.5 miles from Hixon
aerodrome killing all on board. F/O A Beare, Sgt J I
Middleton, Sgt G D Barker, Sgt J E Ratcliffe, Sgt V C
Cummins RCAF and 2Lt T E Fenwick RA.
19 July 1943 (19/07/1943) Oxford HN772 of 285 Squadron
broke up recovering from a dive during anti-aircraft
co-operation and crashed at Frier Park, West Bromwich. Sgt
R Dean was killed.
21 July 1943 (21/07/1943) Oxford P1889 of 11 Pilots
Advanced Flying Unit collided in cloud with Oxford V4222
of the same unit and crashed at Gailey near Penkridge.
Pilot Sgt H Dickinson RCAF was the instructor in P1889 and
was killed but his student survived. V4222 landed safely
without injury to its crew.
1 August 1943 (01/08/1943) Wellington X HE917 of 30
Operational Training Unit overshot the runway at Hixon
aerodrome. The crew were all injured: F/Sgt P J Clifton,
Sgt C M Carr RCAF, Sgt A E Dimock RCAF, Sgt A L Rookes,
Sgt J A Johnstone.
3 August 1943 (03/08/1943) Anson EG170 of 3 (Observers)
Advanced Flying Unit flew into a hill in cloud at Kinver.
Sgt Wlodzimierz Marian Paluch, Polish Air Force, died of
his injuries and four other crew members were injured
11 August 1943 (11/08/1943) Master II W9073 of 5 Flying
Training School collided in mid air with Wellington HE390
near Seighford Aerodrome killing F/Sgt Simmons and Sgt
Mudie RAAF. The crew of the Wellington were all
killed as well: Sgt S G Cochrane, Sgt F Powis, Sgt C
Yates, Sgt E W C Bryant, F/Lt L W Metcalf DFC.
16 August 1943 (16/08/1943) Wellington X HE178 of 27
Operational Training Unit crashed whilst making a forced
landing 3 miles N.E. of Tamworth. The pilot, Sgt R W
Jarvis survived but Sgt R Taltersall was killed.
16 August 1943 (16/08/1943) Wellington X MS475 of 27
Operational Training Unit overshot Lichfield aerodrome
following an engine failure. Sgt D O Clindening was
injured, the rest of the crew escaped unhurt.
18 August 1943 (18/08/1943) Wellington X LN432 of 27
Operational Training Unit crashed during take off from
Lichfield aerodrome. S/Ldr C E Payne and three other crew
members suffered minor injuries.
21 August 1943 (21/08/1943) Master I N7943 of 5
Pilots Advanced Flying Unit crashed during a forced
landing at Lichfield aerodrome. Despite being dragged
clear of the burning wreck by Aircraftsman Bigg, both Sgt
Fentiman and his pupil, P/O Falkner died of their
26 August 1943 (26/08/1943) Wellington III BK359 of 30
Operational Training Unit swung on take off and collided
with a contractor’s lorry. P/O Vernon and his crew were
unhurt, the lorry driver suffered minor injuries.
31 August 1943 (31/08/1943) Anson K8731 of 3 Observers
Advanced Flying Unit crashed on overshooting Halfpenny
Green Aerodrome. The crew and two air cadet passengers
5 September 1943 (05/09/1943) Master DK862 of 17 Pilots
Advanced Flying Unit was abandoned at Edingale. Crew
7 September 1943 (07/09/1943) Mosquito DD685 of 60
Operational Training Unit flew into the ground during a
night exercise, at Hales. F/O E Harbo RCAF and F/O W F M
Howard RCAF were both killed.
10 September 1943 (10/08/1943) Wellington III BK152 of 27
Operational Training Unit crashed during an overshoot
procedure at Hixon aerodrome. The crew were all killed:
F/O G N Stewart DFM RAAF, F/S D J Fernance RAAF, Sgt E N
Death RAAF, F/S F C Stringer RAAF, P/O T F Swinney, F/Sgt
A J Vickerman RAAF.
23 September 1943 (23/09/1943) Master II W9057 of 5 Pilots
Advanced Flying Unit crashed at Hoar Cross. P/O B R N A
Jeanmart was killed.
25 September 1943 (25/09/1943) Master II W9031 of 5 Pilots
Advanced Flying Unit crashed near Hoar Cross. P/O N C A
Simms was killed.
2 October 1943 (02/10/1943) Spitfire II P7356 of 61
Operational Training Unit was abandoned following an
engine failure, crashing at Weston. The pilot was unhurt.
12 October 1943 (12/10/1943) Spitfire Vc MJ109 was on a
test flight from the manufacturers, Vickers Armstrong at
Castle Bromwich, when it suffered an engine failure. The
test pilot, Alex Henshaw, was unhurt.
12 October 1943 (12/10/1943) Wellington III BJ986 of 30
Operational Training Unit crashed on overshooting Hixon
Aerodrome following an engine failure. Sgt R F Mackrill
and 4 others were injured.
21 October 1943 (21/10/1943) Master DM126 of 5 Pilots
Advanced Flying Unit was abandoned near Eccleshall when it
caught fire in the air. Sgt F Epstein, Czech, was
12 November 1943 (12/11/1943) Halifax BB326 of 1659 Heavy
Conversion Unit crashed in Bobbington village after take
off from Halfpenny Green aerodrome. The following were
killed: P/O G R Patman RCAF, Sgt D Sharp, F/Sgt F N S
Fearnley RCAF, F/O D M Blair, Sgt G P Fuller, Sgt R T
Gibbon, F/Sgt K D Ross RCAF. P/O T M Murdock RCAF was
thrown out on impact and survived.
24 November 1943 (24/11/1943) Wellington III X3813 of 30
Operational Training Unit hit a hut whilst on take off
from Seighford aerodrome. F/Sgt J Parkinson and his crew
22 December 1943 (22/12/1943) Wellington X HE653 of 27
Operational Training Unit made a wheels up landing at
Lichfield aerodrome after flying into a flock of birds on
take off. P/O W J B Murphy and his crew were unhurt.
23 December 1943 (23/12/1943) Tomahawk IIB AK128 of 1686
Flight taxied into a fuel bowser at RAF Hixon. F/Lt L M
Ralph RNZAF was unhurt.
29 December 1943 (29/12/1943) Wellington III X3883 of 30
Operational Training Unit crashed at Hoar Cross following
an engine failure. Sgt F Collet survived, but his five
crewmates were killed: Sgt. T B Joyce, Sgt J Whitehead,
P/O J W Lorrimore, Sgt H W Miller and Sgt E Dean.