Crash site of Boulton Paul Defiant T4042 on Hunt Law, Lauder, Scottish Borders

29th August 1941
Defiant Mk.I T4042
No.60 OTU, RAF
Hunt Law, Borders

During the early morning of the 29th August Sgt La Gruta was briefed by Sergeant R J McNair, an instructor with C Flight at 60 OTU who had previously flown … Continue reading “1941-08-29|Defiant Mk.I|T4042|No.60 OTU, RAF|Hunt Law, Borders”

Wreckage at the crash site of Supermarine Spitfire X4843 on Yr Aran near Beddgelert

26th September 1941
Spitfire Mk.I X4843
No.57 OTU, RAF
Yr Aran, Gwynedd

The pilot, a 27 year old former accountant from Australia, was part way through his training course at RAF Hawarden prior to being posted to an operational unit. He had … Continue reading “1941-09-26|Spitfire Mk.I|X4843|No.57 OTU, RAF|Yr Aran, Gwynedd”

Boulton Paul Defiant Mk.I at the Royal Air Force Museum, Hendon

16th October 1941
Defiant Mk.I T3921
No.96 Sqn, RAF
Nr Buxton, Derbyshire

Until the spring of 2005 we had thought that the crash site had been located on the eastern side of Shining Tor, this however was wrong. We were able to … Continue reading “1941-10-16|Defiant Mk.I|T3921|No.96 Sqn, RAF|Nr Buxton, Derbyshire”

View from Axe Edge to the crash site of Supermarine Spitfire P7560 near Buxton, Derbyshire

17th November 1941
Spitfire Mk.IIA P7560
No.131 Sqn, RAF
Nr Buxton, Derbyshire

The pilot had wandered into the high ground around Buxton after becoming disorientated in poor weather.  He pulled up sharply to avoid striking a hill and lost control of the … Continue reading “1941-11-17|Spitfire Mk.IIA|P7560|No.131 Sqn, RAF|Nr Buxton, Derbyshire”

Wreckage at the crash site of Handley Page Hampden Mk.I AE381 at Cluther Rocks, Kinder Scout, Hayfield

21st January 1942
Hampden Mk.I AE381
No.50 Sqn, RAF
Cluther Rocks, Kinder

The crew of AE381 were on a training flight from Skellingthorpe near Lincoln in weather not fit for flying, with high winds and blinding snow.  After becoming lost on a … Continue reading “1942-01-21|Hampden Mk.I|AE381|No.50 Sqn, RAF|Cluther Rocks, Kinder”

Wreckage at the crash site of Vickers Wellington Mk.IC Z8980 on Rud Hill near Sheffield, South Yorkshire

17th July 1942
Wellington Mk.IC Z8980
No.27 OTU, RAF
Rud Hill, Sheffield

Some members of the crew were to lose there lives in latter service. They were: Sergeant Thomas Frank Thompson (First Officer at time of death) was killed on the 17th … Continue reading “1942-07-17|Wellington Mk.IC|Z8980|No.27 OTU, RAF|Rud Hill, Sheffield”

Wreckage at the crash site of Wellington DV800 on Carnedd Dafydd / Llewelyn

19th July 1942
Wellington Mk.IC DV800
No.27 OTU, RAF
Black Ladders, Gwynedd

The crew were on a day-time cross county navigation exercise from RAF Lichfield, one leg of the flight took the aircraft from Holyhead to Rhyl. It was thought by the … Continue reading “1942-07-19|Wellington Mk.IC|DV800|No.27 OTU, RAF|Black Ladders, Gwynedd”

Crash site of Avro Anson DJ472 on Caisteal Abhail on the Isle of Arran

2nd August 1942
Anson Mk.I DJ472
No.1 (O)AFU
Caisteal Abhail, Isle of Arran

On the 2nd August 1942 Anson DJ472 left RAF Wigtown to the south of Newton Stewart in Galloway for a cross country navigation flight. At about 18:00 while on a … Continue reading “1942-08-02|Anson Mk.I|DJ472|No.1 (O)AFU|Caisteal Abhail, Isle of Arran”

Wreckage at the crash site of Consolidated Liberator AL624 on Drigmorn Hill, near Newton Stewart

14th September 1942
Liberator Mk.II AL624
No.1653 HCU, RAF
Drigmorn Hill, Dumfries & Galloway

The aircraft was stationed at RAF Burn in Yorkshire, its crew were briefed, along with 3 other crews (those of Liberators AL597, AL625 & AL635) to carry out a cross … Continue reading “1942-09-14|Liberator Mk.II|AL624|No.1653 HCU, RAF|Drigmorn Hill, Dumfries & Galloway”

The crash site of Vickers Wellington Mk.III Z1744 at Upper Hulme near Leek, Staffordshire

20th November 1942
Wellington Mk.III Z1744
No.27 OTU, RAF
Upper Hulme, Leek

At about 16:50 on the 20th November 1942 Wellington Mk.III Z1744 flew into the ground above Upper Hulme.  It is reported that prior to this the aircraft had be the … Continue reading “1942-11-20|Wellington Mk.III|Z1744|No.27 OTU, RAF|Upper Hulme, Leek”

Wreckage at the crash site of Vickers Wellington Mk.IC DV810 on Broomhead Moor near Langsett, South Yorkshire

9th December 1942
Wellington Mk.IC DV810
No.21 OTU, RAF
Broomhead Moor, Bradfield

The weather on the 9th December 1942 was typical for that time of year, low cloud, strong winds and rain, it was into this inhospitable climate that the crew of … Continue reading “1942-12-09|Wellington Mk.IC|DV810|No.21 OTU, RAF|Broomhead Moor, Bradfield”

Wreckage of Vickers Wellington Mk.IC L7867 in Bealach Dubh

10th December 1942
Wellington Mk.IC L7867
No.28 OTU, RAF
Geal-charn, Inverness-shire

The crew, from B Flight of No.20 OTU, were on a day navigation training flight from RAF Lossiemouth. The planned route was from base to a point some 30 miles … Continue reading “1942-12-10|Wellington Mk.IC|L7867|No.28 OTU, RAF|Geal-charn, Inverness-shire”

Small fragments of wreckage at the crash site of Vickers Wellington Mk.III BK405 at Boylestone, Derbyshire

11th January 1943
Wellington Mk.III BK405
No.27 OTU, RAF
Boylestone, Derbyshire

It would appear that aircraft being airborne from Church Broughton for some 15 minutes on a Circuits and Landings exercise that the aircraft’s port engine failed, the pupil pilot inadvertently … Continue reading “1943-01-11|Wellington Mk.III|BK405|No.27 OTU, RAF|Boylestone, Derbyshire”

Crash site of Sunderland DV979 at Black Rock, Islay

24th January 1943
Sunderland Mk.III DV979
No.246 Sqn, RAF
Black Rock, Isle of Islay

The crew of the aircraft had been on an operational patrol, carrying out a parallel track search, from Bowmore of the sea area RU58, having taken off at 07:24. The … Continue reading “1943-01-24|Sunderland Mk.III|DV979|No.246 Sqn, RAF|Black Rock, Isle of Islay”

Crash site of Vickers Wellington X3941 near Darley Dale, Matlock, Derbyshire

30th January 1943
Wellington Mk.III X3941
No.27 OTU, RAF
Nr Darley Dale, Matlock

The crew were taking part in Bullseye exercise from RAF Church Broughton, near Derby. The exercise involved aircraft from both No.27 and No.28 Operational Training Units, with all the aircraft … Continue reading “1943-01-30|Wellington Mk.III|X3941|No.27 OTU, RAF|Nr Darley Dale, Matlock”

Crash Site of Vickers Wellington Mk.III BK241 near Church Broughton, Derbyshire

3rd February 1943
Wellington Mk.III BK241
No.27 OTU, RAF
Nr Derby, Derbyshire

The crew were on a cross country exercise from Church Broughton near Derby, while close to the airfield control of the aircraft was lost and it spun into the ground … Continue reading “1943-02-03|Wellington Mk.III|BK241|No.27 OTU, RAF|Nr Derby, Derbyshire”

Crash site of Vickers Wellington Mk.III DV678 at Chatsworth Park near Bakewell, Derbyshire

11th June 1943
Wellington Mk.IC DV678
No.14 OTU, RAF
Chatsworth, Bakewell

While flying at 6700ft on a day cross country flight from RAF Cottesmore both engines began to mis-fire, though the main failure was in the Port engine,and the pilot could … Continue reading “1943-06-11|Wellington Mk.IC|DV678|No.14 OTU, RAF|Chatsworth, Bakewell”

1st July 1943
Master Mk.II DK912
No.17 (P)AFU, RAF
Thorncliffe, Leek

The pilot had taken off on a training flight from RAF Calveley near Nantwich when he became disorientated in the summer haze and could not find land marks that he … Continue reading “1943-07-01|Master Mk.II|DK912|No.17 (P)AFU, RAF|Thorncliffe, Leek”

Wreckage at the crash site of Halifax DG404 on Brown Hill Plain, Heathfield Moor, Pateley Bridge, Yorkshire

12th July 1943
Halifax Mk.V DG404
No.1663 HCU, RAF
Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire

The aircraft was on night cross country exercise from Rufforth, the crew encountered bad weather and the aircraft flew into high ground. None of the four surviving crew members lived … Continue reading “1943-07-12|Halifax Mk.V|DG404|No.1663 HCU, RAF|Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire”

Lockheed Hudson at the Royal Air Force Museum

18th August 1943
Ventura Mk.I AE688
No.464 Sqn, RAAF
Carnedd Dafydd, Gwynedd

The crew were on a night navigation training exercise from No.464 Sqn’s home station of Methwold in Norfolk. They had taken off during the late evening of the 18th August … Continue reading “1943-08-18|Ventura Mk.I|AE688|No.464 Sqn, RAAF|Carnedd Dafydd, Gwynedd”

Crash site of Avro Anson Mk.I N5371 on Foel Fras, Conwy

23rd August 1943
Anson Mk.I N5371
No.9 (O)AFU, RAF
Foel Fras, Conwy

The crew where on a daytime navigation training flight from Llandwrog near Caernarvon, during the the return leg from Shrewsbury while in cloud, and shortly before 10:30am, the pilot saw a … Continue reading “1943-08-23|Anson Mk.I|N5371|No.9 (O)AFU, RAF|Foel Fras, Conwy”

Aircraft wreckage, probably from Avro Anson Mk.I LT184, on Mynydd Perfedd

5th October 1943
Anson Mk.I LT184
No.7 AOS, RAF
Mynedd Perfedd, Gwynedd

The accidents that befell these two aircraft occurred nearly one year apart, however the proximity of the two crash sites to each other prevents positive identification of either site, especially … Continue reading “1943-10-05|Anson Mk.I|LT184|No.7 AOS, RAF|Mynedd Perfedd, Gwynedd”

Armstrong Siddeley Cheetah engines from Oxford HM724 on Braeriach in the Cairngorm Mountains

12th October 1943
Oxford Mk.I HM724
No.19 (P)AFU, RAF
Braeriach, Inverness-shire

During the morning of 12th October 1943 HM724 was being used for a cross country flight from RAF Dalcross near Inverness. Onboard was a pupil and instructor along with two … Continue reading “1943-10-12|Oxford Mk.I|HM724|No.19 (P)AFU, RAF|Braeriach, Inverness-shire”

Wreckage at the crash site of de Havilland Mosquito P.R. Mk.IX MM244 near Loch Ness

5th November 1943
Mosquito P.R. Mk.IX MM244
No.544 Sqn, RAF
Nr Loch Ness, Inverness-shire

The two crew, along with six other crews, were on a high altitude cross country flight from RAF Benson. When at cruising altitude of 30,000 feet the aircraft suffered from … Continue reading “1943-11-05|Mosquito P.R. Mk.IX|MM244|No.544 Sqn, RAF|Nr Loch Ness, Inverness-shire”

Wreckage near Ffynnon Lloer from Avro Anson Mk.I N9855

8th November 1943
Anson Mk.I N9855
No.3 (O)AFU, RAF
Pen yr Ole Wen, Gwynedd

The aircraft and crew were stationed at RAF Halfpenny Green to the south west of Wolverhampton. During the evening of the 8th November 1943 to crew of five took off … Continue reading “1943-11-08|Anson Mk.I|N9855|No.3 (O)AFU, RAF|Pen yr Ole Wen, Gwynedd”

Memorial Plaque in memory of the crew of Wellington BJ652 in Middleton by Youlgreave, Derbyshire

21st January 1944
Wellington Mk.III BJ652
No.27 OTU, RAF
Smerrill, Youlgreave

The crew of 6 Australians were flying a 3.5 hour night cross country flight from RAF Church Broughton near Derby, a satellite to No.27 OTU’s main base at Lichfield. Their … Continue reading “1944-01-21|Wellington Mk.III|BJ652|No.27 OTU, RAF|Smerrill, Youlgreave”

The crash site of Avro Anson LT433 above Llyn Cowlyd during the 1960s

20th February 1944
Anson Mk.I LT433
SPTU, RAF
Llyn Cowlyd, Conwy

The crew were to fly an hourglass shaped route from Cark on the northern side of Morecambe Bay with three intermediate waypoints before returning to Cark. The first leg was … Continue reading “1944-02-20|Anson Mk.I|LT433|SPTU, RAF|Llyn Cowlyd, Conwy”

Wreckage at the crash site of Avro Anson EG485 on Cairnsmore of Fleet, Newton Stewart

22nd February 1944
Anson Mk.I EG485
No.10 (O)AFU, RAF
Cairnsmore of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

The aircraft took off from Dumfries at 20:17 on the 22nd February for a night navigation exercise around the northern Irish Sea / North Channel area. The intended route was … Continue reading “1944-02-22|Anson Mk.I|EG485|No.10 (O)AFU, RAF|Cairnsmore of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway”

20th March 1944
Anson Mk.I DJ680
No.2 (O)AFU, RAF
Hobson Moor, Hollingworth

The flight was recorded as being a Navigation Training exercise from RAF Millom in south west Cumbria, while flying in low cloud at 07:15 the aircraft struck Hollingworth Moor. The … Continue reading “1944-03-20|Anson Mk.I|DJ680|No.2 (O)AFU, RAF|Hobson Moor, Hollingworth”

Crash site of Armstrong Whitworth Albemarle P1463 at Bradbourne near Ashbourne, Derbyshire

30th March 1944
Albemarle G.T. Mk.I P1463
No.42 OTU, RAF
Bradbourne, Ashbourne

P/O Revitt was tasked with providing dual night training to the two trainee pilots, being what was termed a “screened pilot” with the pupils actually flying the aircraft. They had … Continue reading “1944-03-30|Albemarle G.T. Mk.I|P1463|No.42 OTU, RAF|Bradbourne, Ashbourne”

Crash site of Short Stirling LK502 at Cliffe Park, Rudyard, Leek

27th May 1944
Stirling Mk.III LK502
No.1654 HCU, RAF
Cliffe Park, Leek

The crew were on a night cross country exercise from RAF Wigsley, with one of the objectives being to take a night photogaph of the Menai Bridge between Bangor and … Continue reading “1944-05-27|Stirling Mk.III|LK502|No.1654 HCU, RAF|Cliffe Park, Leek”

Aircraft wreckage, probably from Avro Anson Mk.I LT116, on Mynydd Perfedd

8th June 1944
Anson Mk.I LT116
No.9 (O)AFU, RAF
Mynedd Perfedd, Gwynedd

The accidents that befell these two aircraft occurred nearly one year apart, however the proximity of the two crash sites to each other prevents positive identification of either site, especially … Continue reading “1944-06-08|Anson Mk.I|LT116|No.9 (O)AFU, RAF|Mynedd Perfedd, Gwynedd”

Armstrong Cheetah engine from Avro Anson Mk.I N9589 on Cairnsmore of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

12th June 1944
Anson Mk.I N9589
No.4 (O)AFU, RAF
Cairnsmore of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

On the 12th June 1944 the crew of N9589 were brief for a night navigation exercise from their home station at West Feugh near Stranraer. The route was to be … Continue reading “1944-06-12|Anson Mk.I|N9589|No.4 (O)AFU, RAF|Cairnsmore of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway”

The crash site of Vickers Wellington MF584 near Marchington, Staffordshire

18th July 1944
Wellington Mk.X MF584
No.27 OTU, RAF
Marchington, Staffordshire

The crew were carrying out a bombing exercise over Cannock Chase, having taken off from RAF Lichfield at 18:30. While at 9000 feet above Cannock Chase a severe vibration developed … Continue reading “1944-07-18|Wellington Mk.X|MF584|No.27 OTU, RAF|Marchington, Staffordshire”

Wreckage at the crash site of Stirling EE975 on Old Cote Moor, Littondale, Yorkshire

14th August 1944
Stirling Mk.III EE975
No.1660 HCU, RAF
Old Cote Moor, North Yorkshire

“The aircraft was on a night cross country at about 8000 feet. The first engineer reports feathering the port outer as the cylinder head temp was dropping right off and … Continue reading “1944-08-14|Stirling Mk.III|EE975|No.1660 HCU, RAF|Old Cote Moor, North Yorkshire”

31st August 1944
Lancaster B. Mk.I PD259
No.463 Sqn, RAAF
Carn Icean Duibhe, Inverness-shire

  The crew of PD259 were made up of six members of the Royal Australian Air Force and single member of the Royal Air Force. All six of the Australians … Continue reading “1944-08-31|Lancaster B. Mk.I|PD259|No.463 Sqn, RAAF|Carn Icean Duibhe, Inverness-shire”

Armstrong Siddeley Cheetha engine from Avro Anson Mk.I MG827 on Criffel, New Abbey, Dumfries & Galloway

4th November 1944
Anson Mk.I MG827
No.10 (O)AFU, RAF
Criffel, Dumfries & Galloway

The aircraft was being used for a daytime cross country navigation flight from RAF Dumfries when it flew into the north western side of Criffel, an 1,800ft high mountain on … Continue reading “1944-11-04|Anson Mk.I|MG827|No.10 (O)AFU, RAF|Criffel, Dumfries & Galloway”

Crash site of Avro Anson Mk.I AX177 on Cronk ny Arrey Laa

13th November 1944
Anson Mk.I AX177
No.1 (O)AFU, RAF
Cronk ny Arrey Laa, Port Erin

The aircraft was on a night navigation exercise from Wigtown in southern Scotland, the aircraft’s route was to be from Wigtown to Eggerness Point > Whithorn > Ballyquinton Point > … Continue reading “1944-11-13|Anson Mk.I|AX177|No.1 (O)AFU, RAF|Cronk ny Arrey Laa, Port Erin”

Armstrong Siddeley Cheetah engine at the crash site of Avro Anson EG693 on Craigronald, Dumfries & Galloway

6th December 1944
Anson Mk.I EG693
No.2 (O)AFU, RAF
Craigronald, Dumfries & Galloway

The aircraft had taken off from Millom in southwest Cumbria for a navigation and bombing exercise, while flying south over the mountains of southern Scotland the aircraft struck the snow … Continue reading “1944-12-06|Anson Mk.I|EG693|No.2 (O)AFU, RAF|Craigronald, Dumfries & Galloway”

Crash site of Avro Lancaster NF908 on the Roaches near Leek, Staffordshire

3rd January 1945
Lancaster Mk.I NF908
No.467 Sqn, RAAF
The Roaches, Leek

The crew of NF908 had not been at No.467 Sqn for long, being posted in from No.5 Lancaster Finishing School in at the beginning of December 1944. Though from available … Continue reading “1945-01-03|Lancaster Mk.I|NF908|No.467 Sqn, RAAF|The Roaches, Leek”

Memorial plaque at the crash site of Avro Lancaster Mk.III NE132, Foel Ddu, Rhinog Fawr, Harlech

6th February 1945
Lancaster Mk.III NE132
No.1653 HCU, RAF
Foel Ddu, Gwynedd

The crew of NE132 were briefed to carry out a night cross country navigation exercise from RAF North Luffenham, near Oakham in Rutland, following a route of just over 700 … Continue reading “1945-02-06|Lancaster Mk.III|NE132|No.1653 HCU, RAF|Foel Ddu, Gwynedd”

de Havilland Mosquito

2nd March 1945
Mosquito Mk.XX KB206
PFFNTU, RAF
Cheddleton, Leek

de Havilland Mosquito Mk.XX KB206 of the Pathfinder Navigation Training Unit, crashed near Cheddleton, Staffordshire, on the 2nd March 1945 The two crew were undergoing training to be posted to … Continue reading “1945-03-02|Mosquito Mk.XX|KB206|PFFNTU, RAF|Cheddleton, Leek”

The crash site of Airspeed Oxford Mk.I NM683 on Rushup Edge, Edale, Derbyshire

4th March 1945
Oxford Mk.I NM683
PFFNTU, RAF
Rushup Edge, Edale

As is shown above all four aircrew were holders of Distinguished Flying Crosses, and were experienced in their individual trades. The crew were briefed for a day time cross country … Continue reading “1945-03-04|Oxford Mk.I|NM683|PFFNTU, RAF|Rushup Edge, Edale”