Military aircraft crashes in the
north west Midlands - 1945 to 1952
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.
4 January 1945 Vickers Wellington X LP729 of 10 OTU was
attempting to reach Wheaton Aston following an engine
failure, but dived into the ground at Church Eaton. The
rear gunner, F/S J.R. Gammon was injured, the rest of the
crew, as follows, were killed. F/S F.C.Haglund RNZAF, W/O
N.W.Harnett, Sgt A.W.George, F/S M.H. Walton RNZAF, F/O
B.A. Hogg RNZAF, Sgt C.D.Wong (Jamaican).
20 January 1945 De Haviland Tiger Moth N6920 of 14 EFTS
crashed at Tamworth whilst attempting a forced landing
during a snow storm. Fate of pilot unknown, but P/O
Richard Henry William Stoneman died in this area on this
date. His trade is given as ‘navigator’.
4 February 1945 Avro Anson N9618, 3 OAFU, was hit by
another aircraft whilst parked at Halfpenny Green.
9 March 1945 De Haviland Tiger Moth II DE473 of 16 EFTS
was struck by Halifax NA317 whilst making a landing
approach to Abbots Bromley airfield. The pilot, F/Sgt Alan
Reginald Edwards and his pupil, AC2 Alan John Mclaren Keay
were both killed. Handley Page Halifax NA317, of
1665HCU crashed half a mile to the north. The crew, as
follows, were all killed. F/O J.W. Cairns, W/O A.G.
Hemmings, W/O K. Millard, Sgt P. Richman, Sgt J. Forbes,
Sgt G. Dinsdale.
12 March 1945 Bristol Blenheim BA238 of 12 PAFU struck
trees and crashed near Chartley whilst on a night flying
exercise. F/O R. Martin killed.
12 March 1945 Consolidated Liberator III BZ784 of 51
MU. The nose wheel collapsed on landing at Lichfield. (The
aircraft may have arrived for scrapping in any case.)
15 March 1945 Airspeed Oxford: P9023 of 21 PAFU crashed on
take-off from Seighford.
9 April 1945 Vickers Wellington X ME881 of 27 OTU was
wrecked in a forced landing at base following engine
failure. Pilot F/O S.E.Bourke RAAF and seven other crew
members were unhurt.
14 April 1945 Avro Lancaster X KB816 of 428 Squadron
overshot a forced landing at Church Broughton on return
from Kiel. No casualties.
16 April 1945 Vultee Vengeance TTIV HB456 crashed during
unauthorized aerobatics over Burton-upon-Trent. F/S W.
Saul was killed. Also killed on the ground were: Ivy Goy
(29), Elizabeth Banton (60), Edith Baker (25), Brian Baker
(20 months), Agnes Jones (59). Four others were injured.
22 April 1945 Bristol Beaufort: ML687 of 12 PAFU flew into
the ground whilst making a single engine approach to Hixon
Aerodrome. F/S T.W. Johnson was killed.
30 April 1945 Avro Lancaster X KB879 of 428 Squadron
disintegrated during a dive, possibly caused by the
explosion of an oxygen cylinder, wreckage landing near
Sandon. The crew, as follows, were all killed. F/L W.G.
Campbell RCAF, Sgt J.H. Kay RCAF, WO2 T.D. Lawley RCAF,
F/S S. Berryman, F/S E.J. Wright RCAF, F/S J.L. Tweedy
RCAF, F/S W.G. Ward RAFVR. (F/S Wright was aged 16.)
11 May 1945 Bristol Beaufort ML628 of 12PAFU had its port
undercarriage torn off when the aircraft developed a
swing on take-off from Hixon Aerodrome. No one was hurt.
15 May 1945 Bristol Beaufort: ML652 of 12 PAFU was wrecked
when it was landed at Hixon with its undercarriage
retracted. F/O D.J. Followes injured.
15 May 1945 Bristol Beaufort: ML709 of 12 PAFU
overshot landing into No.2 site at Hixon Aerodrome where
it caught fire and also set fire to a living hut. F/O
Fisher was treated for shock.
23 May 1945 Bristol Beaufort: ML632 of 12 PAFU.
Whilst on approach to Hixon Aerodrome a red flare was
fired to warn the pilot to go round again, but a lag in
response from the port engine caused the aircraft to stall
into the ground. F/O G.D. Neame was seriously injured.
30 May 1945 Airspeed Oxford NM482 of 1545 BAT Flight was
engaged in beam flying training at Halfpenny Green when it
collided with Anson DG799 which was landing. F/O J.W.
Gooch (pilot), F/Sgt S.R. Hawkins (pupil) both
killed. The Anson also crashed, killing Sgt Oswald
Teague and P/O Goronwy Wyn Roberts.
13 June 1945 Armstrong Whitworth Whitley BD418 of 9MU was
damaged beyond repair in a taxying accident at Cosford.
6 July 1945 De Haviland Tiger Moth R4773 of 16 EFTS
crashed on landing at Church Greasley, near Burton upon
Trent. Fate of pilot unknown.
10 November 1945 De Haviland Mosquito RG204 of RCASU broke
up in the air following the failure of its starboard
engine and crashed near Wheaton Aston Airfield. The pilot,
P/O J.P.M. van der Heijden was killed, the navigator
bailed out successfully.
13 November 1945 Supermarine Spitfire IX TD328 of 17 SFTS
crash landed on Hixon Aerodrome following engine
28 November 1945 De Haviland Tiger Moth R4849 of 28 EFTS
stalled at low altitude and crashed near Stafford. Fate of
11 February 1946 De Haviland Mosquito RG313 of 51 MU
crashed near Lichfield aerodrome following loss of control
during a slow roll at 3,000 feet. The pilot, F/Lt Mark
Laicyo George Dickens, and passenger LAC Richard George
Dickens were killed.
1 August 1946 Airspeed Oxford LW788 of 21 PAFU was on a
night cross country exercise from Wheaton Aston when it
suffered a failure of the port propeller and crashed out
of control at Huddlesford, near Lichfield. Pilot W/O
Matthew Hamilton Orr was killed as were 7 sheep in the
field where the aircraft crashed.
26 November 1946 Airspeed Oxford T1246 of 21 PAFU crashed
half mile south of Seighford in an attempted forced
landing following an engine failure.
9 September 1948 De Haviland Mosquito RK945 of 51MU was on
a delivery flight from Lichfield to Shawbury when an
engine cut out. An attempt at a forced landing was made at
Brindley Heath, but the aircraft broke up and the pilot,
F/Lt Henry Warwick of No.4 Ferry Pool was killed.
19 September 1948 De Haviland Mosquito TA507 of 51MU
crashed during a low level turn at the Battle of Britain
display at Lichfield Aerodrome. F/Lt Hedley, pilot and S/L
F.G.Shaw, the unit’s Senior Equipment Officer were killed.
6 December 1948 De Haviland Mosquito RG295 of 9MU was
wrecked when an engine cut on take-off from Cosford. Fate
of pilot unknown.
13 February 1949 Bristol Balliol T2, VW897 was on a test
flight from Bolton and Paul in Wolverhampton when serious
control problems with elevator reversal were found at 320
knots. Speed was increased to 420 knots in a dive to
determine the effect that this would have, but the port
windscreen side panel disintegrated and the cockpit hood
burst open. Both pilots were incapacitated and the
aircraft dived into the ground out of control at Coven. Mr
Robin Lindsey Neal, 37 and Mr Peter Tisshaw, 25 were both
killed. Neal had been the company's test pilot during the
war and was involved with the development of the Boulton
14 April 1949 Westland Wyvern TS384 crashed in forced
landing at Lichfield Aerodrome whilst undergoing tests
with Rolls Royce. Pilot unhurt.
14 October 1952 Vickers Wellington X RP387 of 6 School of
Air Navigation crash landed and hit tree near Lichfield
Aerodrome. One crew member believed killed.
30 November 1952 De Haviland Tiger Moth R5132 of 25 RFS
crashed near Stafford, circumstances unknown.