4th December 1918
Avro Biplane
RAF
Nr Buxton, Derbyshire

The identity of the aircraft and its pilot are a mystery, and probably will now remain so for ever, the small amount that is known was reported in the Buxton … Continue reading “1918-12-04|Avro Biplane||RAF|Nr Buxton, Derbyshire”

17th October 1919
DH.9
RAF
Torside, Derbyshire

For sometime there has been a report of a late 1st World War biplane crash near Torside Reservoir, this it would now seem possibly did not happen, though an aircraft … Continue reading “1919-10-17|DH.9||RAF|Torside, Derbyshire”

14th July 1922
Avro 504 E9431
No.5 FTS, RAF
Earl Sterndale, Derbyshire

The pilot of the aircraft had originally taken off from Shotwick Aerodrome (later re-named RAF Sealand) near Chester he was forced to land at Fairfield Common on the north eastern … Continue reading “1922-07-14|Avro 504|E9431|No.5 FTS, RAF|Earl Sterndale, Derbyshire”

1st May 1927
Biplane
RAF
Standedge, Oldham

Crash site of Bristol Fighter J8432 on Matlock Moor, Derbyshire the day the aircraft crashed

16th July 1928
Bristol Fighter Mk.III J8432
No.8 AC Flt, RAF
Matlock, Derbyshire

The aircraft was one of the last 30 Bristol Fighters to be built, all 30 being the dual control trainer version, on this occasion the pilot was flying the aircraft … Continue reading “1928-07-16|Bristol Fighter Mk.III|J8432|No.8 AC Flt, RAF|Matlock, Derbyshire”

Wreckage at the crash site of Armstrong Whitworth Atlas J9043, Grinton Moor, Yorkshire

6th November 1928
Atlas Mk.I J9043
No.26 Sqn, RAF
Grinton Moor, North Yorkshire

The aircraft was on a flight from RAF Catterick, near Richmond, when in poor weather a little over 10 miles from the airfield it dived near vertically into the ground … Continue reading “1928-11-06|Atlas Mk.I|J9043|No.26 Sqn, RAF|Grinton Moor, North Yorkshire”

Crash site of de Havilland DH60X Cirrus Moth on Burbage Edge near Buxton

11th October 1934
DH60X Moth G-EBWA
Civil
Burbage Edge, Buxton

For many years it had been thought that a much earlier aircraft had come to grief on Burbage Edge, this being a DH-10 but this has now been proved not … Continue reading “1934-10-11|DH60X Moth|G-EBWA|Civil|Burbage Edge, Buxton”

Crash site of Bristol Bulldog K3939 at Onecote near Leek, Staffordshire

26th November 1934
Bulldog T.M. K3939
No.3 FTS, RAF
Onecote, Leek

The aircraft dived into the ground shortly after being abandoned by its pilot who had become lost in cloud. He had been part of a formation of Bulldog aircraft from … Continue reading “1934-11-26|Bulldog T.M.|K3939|No.3 FTS, RAF|Onecote, Leek”

Bristol Bulldog at the Royal Air Force Museum, Hendon

4th January 1936
Bulldog T.M. K3936
No.3 FTS, RAF
Butterton, Leek

The pilot of the aircraft was on a solo training flight from RAF Grantham when the aircraft’s Jupiter engine failed. LAC Maurice-Gwillyn attempted to force land in a field on … Continue reading “1936-01-04|Bulldog T.M.|K3936|No.3 FTS, RAF|Butterton, Leek”

The view towards Clatteringshaws Loch from the crash site of Dragonfly G-AEHC

2nd February 1937
Dragonfly G-AEHC
London Express Newspapers Ltd
Darnaw, Dumfries & Galloway

The Croydon based aircraft was being used to prove a safe air route from Renfrew to Speke under the sponsorship (and ownership) of the Daily Express in an unofficial response … Continue reading “1937-02-02|Dragonfly|G-AEHC|London Express Newspapers Ltd|Darnaw, Dumfries & Galloway”

Crash site of Hawker Hart K4931 on Esclushm Mountain, Wrexham

12th February 1937
Hart K4931
No.5 FTS, RAF
Esclusham Mountain, Wrexham

The pilot was carrying out a day cross country exercise from RAF Sealand near Chester, the weather was reported to be low cloud with frequent snow showers. When A/P/O Simpson … Continue reading “1937-02-12|Hart|K4931|No.5 FTS, RAF|Esclusham Mountain, Wrexham”

Wreckage at the crash site of Handley Page Heyford Mk.III K6875 on Broadlee Bank Tor, Edale

22nd July 1937
Heyford Mk.III K6875
No.166 Sqn, RAF
Broadlee Bank Tor, Edale

On the 22nd July 1937 the 6 man crew of Heyford K6875 were briefed to carry out a night cross country exercise from RAF Leconfield in east Yorkshire, the weather … Continue reading “1937-07-22|Heyford Mk.III|K6875|No.166 Sqn, RAF|Broadlee Bank Tor, Edale”

de Havilland DH60X Cirrus Moth

18th July 1938
DH60M Moth K1112
No.17 EFTS, RAF
Buxton, Derbyshire

The pilot of the aircraft, a member of the RAF Volunteer Reserve, was on a cross country exercise from Barton aerodrome via Brough in East Yorkshire and Tollerton in Nottinghamshire. … Continue reading “1938-07-18|DH60M Moth|K1112|No.17 EFTS, RAF|Buxton, Derbyshire”

Crash site of Avro Anson L7949 on Lairdside Hill near Lochwinnoch

19th September 1938
Anson Mk.I L7949
No.12 E&RFTS, RAF
Lairdside Hill, Renfrewshire

The crash was reported in the Scotsman as occurring while the aircraft was descending through cloud towards Prestwick while flying from Newcastle.  The aircraft’s pilot John Charlesley walked the mile … Continue reading “1938-09-19|Anson Mk.I|L7949|No.12 E&RFTS, RAF|Lairdside Hill, Renfrewshire”

Crash site of Fairey Battle K7589 on Pumlumon Cwmbiga, Hafren Forest, Powys

6th October 1938
Battle K7589
No.226 Sqn, RAF
Pumlumon Cwmbiga, Powys

The crew were on a cross country flight from Harwell to Bardsey Island and back when they entered poor weather over mid-Wales. To the west of Llanidloes P/O MacEwan lost … Continue reading “1938-10-06|Battle|K7589|No.226 Sqn, RAF|Pumlumon Cwmbiga, Powys”

Wreckage at the crash site of Bristol Blenheim L1252 on Staple Moss, Hargill Beck, Teesdale

28th October 1938
Blenheim Mk.I L1252
No.34 Sqn, RAF
Hargill Beck, County Durham

Blenheim Mk.I L1252 / H of No.34 Squadron crashed on Staple Moss around the head of Hargill Beck to the South East of Mickle Fell in the North Pennines on the 26th October 1938 while on a training flight from RAF Upper Heyford in Oxfordshire   John Owen Sowerbutts Pilot Officer Pilot Killed William Ashbridge … Continue reading “1938-10-28|Blenheim Mk.I|L1252|No.34 Sqn, RAF|Hargill Beck, County Durham”

Wreckage at the crash site of Avro Anson Mk.I L9153 on Corserine, Rhinns of Kells

9th January 1939
Anson Mk.I L9153
No.12 E&RFTS, RAF
Corserine, Dumfries & Galloway

The aircraft had left Prestwick for a navigation training flight, the burnt out wreck was discovered the following day by a shepherd on the lower slopes of Corserine. One of … Continue reading “1939-01-09|Anson Mk.I|L9153|No.12 E&RFTS, RAF|Corserine, Dumfries & Galloway”

Crash site of Bristol Blenheim Mk.I L1476 on Sykes Moor, Bleaklow

30th January 1939
Blenheim Mk.I L1476
No.64 Sqn, RAF
Sykes Moor, Bleaklow

The crew had taken off from Church Fenton to carryout a local flying exercise, both of the crew where fairly new to the Squadron and Church Fenton so were familiarising … Continue reading “1939-01-30|Blenheim Mk.I|L1476|No.64 Sqn, RAF|Sykes Moor, Bleaklow”

Crash site of Hawker Hart K3864 near Rushton Spencer

23rd May 1939
Hart Mk.I K3864
No.28 EFTS, RAF
Nr Ruston Spencer

No.28 EFTS was one of several in the UK prior to the Second World War which was tasked with maintaining the proficiency of the RAF Volunteer Reserve, they were largely … Continue reading “1939-05-23|Hart Mk.I|K3864|No.28 EFTS, RAF|Nr Ruston Spencer”

Crash site of Supermarine Spitfire K9888 on Great Dun Fell, Appleby, Cumbria

18th July 1939
Spitfire Mk.I K9888
No.41 Sqn, RAF
Great Dun Fell, Cumbria

Sergeant Mitchell was on a flight from Catterick in North Yorkshire to Dumfries, he had taken off at around 10:55 and had flown west via Bowes where he entered into a … Continue reading “1939-07-18|Spitfire Mk.I|K9888|No.41 Sqn, RAF|Great Dun Fell, Cumbria”

Engine at the crash site of Blenheim P4848 on the lower slopes of Ben Inner, Carsphairn

8th November 1939
Blenheim Mk.IV P4848
Special Duties Flight, RAF
Ben Inner, Dumfries & Galloway

During the 8th November 1939 the Special Duties Flight, a unit which was testing radio and radar equipment among other things for the Air Ministry Research Establishment, were ferrying 5 … Continue reading “1939-11-08|Blenheim Mk.IV|P4848|Special Duties Flight, RAF|Ben Inner, Dumfries & Galloway”

Wreckage from Handley Page Hampden P1260 below the crash site on the northern side of Snaefell

1st January 1940
Hampden Mk.I P1260
No.7 Sqn, RAF
Snaefell, Sulby

The crew of P1260 were on a daytime cross country navigation exercise from RAF Upper Heyford, they flew to Blackpool and then out over the Irish Sea.  The weather over … Continue reading “1940-01-01|Hampden Mk.I|P1260|No.7 Sqn, RAF|Snaefell, Sulby”

Crash site of Lockheed Hudson N7294 near Captain Cooks Monument, Easby Moor

11th February 1940
Hudson Mk.I N7294
No.220 Sqn, RAF
Easby Moor, Great Ayton

The aircraft was being used to carry out a patrol from Thornaby. Shortly after take off the aircraft’s windscreen iced up blocking forward vision, shortly after this occurring the aircraft … Continue reading “1940-02-11|Hudson Mk.I|N7294|No.220 Sqn, RAF|Easby Moor, Great Ayton”

Wreckage at the crash site on Foel Wen of Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV L4873

23rd March 1940
Blenheim Mk.IV L4873
No.90 Sqn, RAF
Foel Wen, Powys

The bodies of the three crew of the aircraft were removed from the crash site by medical personnel from No.11 FTS at RAF Shawbury. They were all buried at St … Continue reading “1940-03-23|Blenheim Mk.IV|L4873|No.90 Sqn, RAF|Foel Wen, Powys”

Bristol Mercury engine from Blenheim Mk.IV L9039 at the Craig yr Ysfa cliffs

8th April 1940
Blenheim Mk.IV L9039
No.13 OTU, RAF
Craig yr Ysfa, Conwy

The aircraft was on a formation cross country flight with two other Blenheim aircraft when it flew into the top of Craig yr Ysfa, after contact was lost with the … Continue reading “1940-04-08|Blenheim Mk.IV|L9039|No.13 OTU, RAF|Craig yr Ysfa, Conwy”

Avro Tutor

7th May 1940
Tutor K3308
Duxford Stn Flt, RAF
Edale, Derbyshire

While flying from Duxford to Kirkbride the pilot became lost and low on fuel, this is despite the fact that he had actually flown less than half way to Kirkbride, … Continue reading “1940-05-07|Tutor|K3308|Duxford Stn Flt, RAF|Edale, Derbyshire”

Crash site of Handley Page Hampden Mk.I L4055 near Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

23rd May 1940
Hampden Mk.I L4055
No.83 Sqn, RAF
Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

The crew of L4055 had taken off from RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire on at 21:00 on the 22nd May to carry out an attack on Munchen Gladbach. They had been … Continue reading “1940-05-23|Hampden Mk.I|L4055|No.83 Sqn, RAF|Holmfirth, West Yorkshire”

Miles Magister at the Shuttleworth Collection

31st July 1940
Magister Mk.I N3811
No.16 EFTS, RAF
Darley Dale, Derbyshire

The pilot was on an afternoon training flight from RAF Burnaston on the edge of Derby. He became disorientated in poor weather and realising that he was in the vicinity … Continue reading “1940-07-31|Magister Mk.I|N3811|No.16 EFTS, RAF|Darley Dale, Derbyshire”

Miles Magister at the Shuttleworth Collection

4th September 1940
Magister Mk.I
No.5 EFTS, RAF
Cheddleton, Leek

Field in which Supermarine Spitfire P9563 crashed at Hartington, Derbyshire

5th September 1940
Spitfire Mk.I P9563
No.64 Sqn, RAF
Hartington, Derbyshire

The pilot, Flight Sergeant Lloyd was on combat air patrol, from Ringway, his unit was normally stationed at Boscombe Down but there was a detached flight at Ringway for the … Continue reading “1940-09-05|Spitfire Mk.I|P9563|No.64 Sqn, RAF|Hartington, Derbyshire”

Wreckage at the crash site of Blackburn Skua near High Bentham, Lancashire

12th September 1940
Skua L2969
No.4 FPP, ATA
High Bentham, Lancashire

Pilot Officer Strachan was attached to No.4 Ferry Pilots Pool at RAF Kemble, he was detailed to collect the aircraft from No.10 Maintenance Unit at Hullavington in Wiltshire and deliver … Continue reading “1940-09-12|Skua|L2969|No.4 FPP, ATA|High Bentham, Lancashire”

The small pieces of Wreckage at the crash site of Handley Page Hampden L4189 on Black Edge, Buxton

30th September 1940
Hampden Mk.I L4189
No.106 Sqn, RAF
Black Edge, Buxton

At close to 20:30 on the 30th September 1940 Hampden L4189 left RAF Finningley near Doncaster for a night navigation exercise, the weather that night consisted of 10/10ths low cloud.  … Continue reading “1940-09-30|Hampden Mk.I|L4189|No.106 Sqn, RAF|Black Edge, Buxton”

Scraps of aluminium wreckage at the crash site of Whitley T4225 on Bingley Moor, Yorkshire

16th October 1940
Whitley Mk.V T4225
No.4 FPP, ATA
Bingley Moor, West Yorkshire

The aircraft was being ferried to Prestwick in Ayrshire by an RAF pilot who was seconded to the ATA.

Crash site of Avro Anson Mk.I N9858 at Wildboarclough, Cheshire

14th November 1940
Anson Mk.I N9858
No.10 FTS, RAF
Wildboarclough, Macclesfield

The pilot of the aircraft was on a solo cross country navigation exercise from RAF Ternhill near Market Drayton in Shropshire when he became lost in low cloud and flew … Continue reading “1940-11-14|Anson Mk.I|N9858|No.10 FTS, RAF|Wildboarclough, Macclesfield”

Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV

17th November 1940
Blenheim Mk.I L6800
No.2 SoAC, RAF
Monyash, Derbyshire

The pilot was on a cross country navigation flight from Andover to Desford near Leicester and back to Andover when he became lost in poor visibility, he had wandered some … Continue reading “1940-11-17|Blenheim Mk.I|L6800|No.2 SoAC, RAF|Monyash, Derbyshire”

Wreckage at the crash site of Supermarine Spitfire P7593 at Upper Hulme, Leek, Staffordshire

17th November 1940
Spitfire Mk.IIA P7593
No.4 FPP, ATA
Upper Hulme, Leek

The aircraft was being ferried from No.12 MU at RAF Kirkbride near Carlisle, an aircraft storage depot at the time, to RAF West Malling in Kent by an RAF pilot … Continue reading “1940-11-17|Spitfire Mk.IIA|P7593|No.4 FPP, ATA|Upper Hulme, Leek”

Undercarriage leg at the crash site of Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk.V P5090 in Fathan Glinne, Balquidder

24th November 1940
Whitley Mk.V P5090
No.502 Sqn, RAF
Fathen Glinne, Stirlingshire

The crew had been on convoy escort duties over the Atlantic and were returning to Limavady in Northern Ireland in very poor weather. They overshot their base and had become … Continue reading “1940-11-24|Whitley Mk.V|P5090|No.502 Sqn, RAF|Fathen Glinne, Stirlingshire”

Miles Magister at the Shuttleworth Collection

26th November 1940
Magister Mk.I
No.5 EFTS, RAF
Nr Leek, Staffordshire

View towards the crash site of Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV T1884 on Harrop Edge, Matley

27th November 1940
Blenheim Mk.IV T1884
No.105 Sqn, RAF
Harrop Edge, Matley

While returning from operations against Koln, the crew flew into extensive low cloud which prevented them from landing at their home station of Swanton Morley in Norfolk. The crew flew … Continue reading “1940-11-27|Blenheim Mk.IV|T1884|No.105 Sqn, RAF|Harrop Edge, Matley”

Wreckage from Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk.V P5009 scattered about the shore of Loch Enoch

27th November 1940
Whitley Mk.V P5009
No.10 B&GS, RAF
Loch Enoch, Dumfries & Galloway

The aircraft had taken off from Dumfries for a short flight to West Freugh near Stranraer, though the unit ORB recorded the flight as being the opposite direction, so that … Continue reading “1940-11-27|Whitley Mk.V|P5009|No.10 B&GS, RAF|Loch Enoch, Dumfries & Galloway”

Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV

3rd December 1940
Blenheim Mk.I
No.29 Sqn, RAF
Wooley Bridge, Glossop

Wreckage at the crash site of Armstrong Whitworth Whitley T4138 on Arden Great Moor, North Yorkshire

16th December 1940
Whitley Mk.V T4138
No.77 Sqn, RAF
Arden Great Moor

Three of the crew, P/O Miller, Sgt Gilbert and Sgt Thorpe had previously survived the ditching of Whitley T4151 off the Northumbrian coast a month before this crash.

Crash site of Handley Page Hampden Mk.I X3154 on Rushup Edge near Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire

21st December 1940
Hampden Mk.I X3154
No.106 Sqn, RAF
Rushup Edge, Derbyshire

The crew of the aircraft were on a night cross country navigation exercise from RAF Finningley near Doncaster.

Miles Magister at the Shuttleworth Collection

5th January 1941
Magister Mk.I
No.5 EFTS, RAF
Nr Bottom House, Leek

Memorial at the crash site of Hurricane P3522 on Caldbergh Moor, Colsterdale, Yorkshire

10th January 1941
Hurricane Mk.I P3522
No.213 Sqn, RAF
Caldbergh Moor, North Yorkshire

Hawker Hurricane Mk.I P3522 of No.213 Squadron RAF dived into the ground on Caldbergh Moor in North Yorkshire on the 10th January 1941 while on a training flight from Leconfield in East Yorkshire   Eric Gordon Bruce Sergeant Pilot Killed  

Crash site of Lockheed Hudson T9371 on Pamperdale Moor near Ingleby Arncliffe, North Yorkshire

22nd January 1941
Hudson Mk.II T9371
No.220 Sqn, RAF
Pamperdale Moor, Ingleby Arncliffe

The aircraft was on ferry flight from St Eval in Cornwall back to Thornaby. At about 11:30 the aircraft crashed on Pamperdale Moor and burned out. Thomas Joseph McHugh was … Continue reading “1941-01-22|Hudson Mk.II|T9371|No.220 Sqn, RAF|Pamperdale Moor, Ingleby Arncliffe”

Undercarriage from Armstrong Whitworth Whitley P5041 at Balmavicar, Mull of Kintyre

23rd January 1941
Whitley Mk.V P5041
No.502 Sqn, RAF
Balmavicar, Kintyre

The aircraft had taken off from Aldergrove in Northern Ireland on convoy escort duties, the crew became lost in bad weather (most likely while returning to Aldergrove) and flew too … Continue reading “1941-01-23|Whitley Mk.V|P5041|No.502 Sqn, RAF|Balmavicar, Kintyre”

Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV

26th January 1941
Blenheim Mk.IV Z5746
No.2 OTU, RAF
Ox Stones, Ringinglow

The crew were on a night cross country navigation flight from Catfoss in Yorkshire when the aircraft flew into Burbage Moor near Ringinglow. The aircraft was recorded as having strayed … Continue reading “1941-01-26|Blenheim Mk.IV|Z5746|No.2 OTU, RAF|Ox Stones, Ringinglow”

Wreckage at the crash site of Bristol Blenheim K7076 on Arnagill Moor, Pateley Bridge, Yorkshire

27th January 1941
Blenheim Mk.I K7076
No.54 OTU, RAF
Arnagill Moor, North Yorkshire

The pilot of the aircraft was on a training flight from RAF Church Fenton when the aircraft crashed on Arnagill Moor between Pateley Bridge and Colsterdale. P/O Graham was later … Continue reading “1941-01-27|Blenheim Mk.I|K7076|No.54 OTU, RAF|Arnagill Moor, North Yorkshire”

Crash site of Vickers Wellington L7811 at Concksbury Bridge, Lathkill Dale near Bakewell

12th February 1941
Wellington Mk.IC L7811
No.149 Sqn, RAF
Conksbury Bridge, Bakewell

The aircraft from 149 Squadron, piloted by Sgt Turner, had taken part in a raid against the German city of Breman, home of Mercedes Benz, during the night of the … Continue reading “1941-02-12|Wellington Mk.IC|L7811|No.149 Sqn, RAF|Conksbury Bridge, Bakewell”

Crash site of Avro Anson Mk.I K6283 at Bradnop near Leek, Staffordshire

17th February 1941
Anson Mk.I K6283
No.2 SoAN, RAF
Bradnop, Leek

While on a navigation training flight from Cranage near Holmes Chapel the pilot encountered cloud, he attempted to fly out of the cloud but the weather conditions were rapidly decreasing, … Continue reading “1941-02-17|Anson Mk.I|K6283|No.2 SoAN, RAF|Bradnop, Leek”

Upper extent of the wreckage trail on Sgurr nan Ceannaichean, crash site of Armstrong Whitworth Whitley P4996

27th February 1941
Whitley Mk.V P4996
No.78 Sqn, RAF
Glen Carron, Wester Ross

The crew had participated in a raid against the German city of Köln, having taken off from their home station of Dishforth in North Yorkshire. While returning from the raid … Continue reading “1941-02-27|Whitley Mk.V|P4996|No.78 Sqn, RAF|Glen Carron, Wester Ross”

Wreckage from Lockheed Hudson Mk.I N7235 near Loch Bradan

3rd March 1941
Hudson Mk.I N7235
No.224 Sqn, RAF
Loch Bradan, Ayrshire

The aircraft was being flown from No.224 Sqn’s home station of RAF Leuchars to RAF Aldergrove in Northern Ireland. It had taken off at 12:00 but failed to arrive at … Continue reading “1941-03-03|Hudson Mk.I|N7235|No.224 Sqn, RAF|Loch Bradan, Ayrshire”

Port wing at the crash site of Lockheed Hudson N7310 on Withi Gill, Isle of Hoy

19th March 1941
Hudson Mk.I N7310
No.220 Sqn, RAF
Withi Gill, Orkney

Lockheed Hudson Mk.I N7310 of No.220 Sqn RAF, flew into Withi Gill on the island of Hoy, Orkney on the 19th March 1941. The crew had become lost in atrocious weather and was getting D/F bearings to guide it to safety when it crashed   Richard Douglas Harris Sergeant Pilot Killed Gerald Edward Towe Sergeant … Continue reading “1941-03-19|Hudson Mk.I|N7310|No.220 Sqn, RAF|Withi Gill, Orkney”

LAC Atherton's grave at Horwich Ridgmont Cemetery.

25th March 1941
Master Mk.I T8324
No.5 FTS, RAF
Nr Hathersage, Derbyshire

The pilot was on a cross country training flight from Ternhill in Shropshire when the aircraft struck high ground in the Outseats area above Hathersage while flying in low cloud. … Continue reading “1941-03-25|Master Mk.I|T8324|No.5 FTS, RAF|Nr Hathersage, Derbyshire”

26th March 1941
Master Mk.I N7870
No.5 FTS, RAF
Youlgreave, Bakewell

The pilot was on Local Flying Practice from RAF Ternhill when he became lost after carrying out a series of steep turns and entered poor weather. He carried out a … Continue reading “1941-03-26|Master Mk.I|N7870|No.5 FTS, RAF|Youlgreave, Bakewell”

Crash site of Hawker Hurricane Mk.I V6987 on Birkhouse Moor near Glenridding, Ullswater

29th March 1941
Hurricane Mk.I V6987
No.601 Sqn, RAF
Birkhouse Moor, Glenridding

The pilot of V6987 was ferrying the aircraft, along with Flying Officer John Wilfred Seddon in V7539, from RAF Northolt in North London to RAF Crosby-on-Eden near Carlisle. Around the … Continue reading “1941-03-29|Hurricane Mk.I|V6987|No.601 Sqn, RAF|Birkhouse Moor, Glenridding”

Wreckage in the scree below the crash site of Hawker Hurricane V7539 on Scar Crags, Keswick

29th March 1941
Hurricane Mk.I V7539
No.601 Sqn, RAF
Scar Crags, Keswick

Flying Officer Seddon was ferrying the aircraft, along with Pilot Officer Smith in V6987, from RAF Northolt in North London to RAF Crosby-on-Eden near Carlisle. Around the Lake District were … Continue reading “1941-03-29|Hurricane Mk.I|V7539|No.601 Sqn, RAF|Scar Crags, Keswick”

Crash site of Hawer Hurricane L1670 on Ravenseat Moor, Whitsun Dale, Keld, North Yorkshire

31st March 1941
Hurricane Mk.I L1670
No.55 OTU, RAF
Ravenseat Moor, North Yorkshire

Pilot Officer Hill was on formation flying exercise from Usworth near Sunderland when the engine of L1670 began to overheat and caught fire. With glycol coolant leaking from the engine … Continue reading “1941-03-31|Hurricane Mk.I|L1670|No.55 OTU, RAF|Ravenseat Moor, North Yorkshire”

12th April 1941
Defiant Mk.I N1766
No.96 Sqn, RAF
Rowlee Pasture, Derwent Valley

The two crew were carrying out a night air test from Cranage near Middlewich in Cheshire. The radio receiver suffered a partial failure which prevented the two crew from communicating … Continue reading “1941-04-12|Defiant Mk.I|N1766|No.96 Sqn, RAF|Rowlee Pasture, Derwent Valley”

Engine from Avro Anson N9857 at the crash site on Imir Fada, Ben More Assynt

13th April 1941
Anson Mk.I N9857
No.19 OTU, RAF
Ben More Assynt, Sutherland

F/O Steyn’s Distinguished Flying Cross was Gazetted on the 17th January 1941, he was a Pilot Officer serving with No.10 Squadron at the time The aircraft had taken off from … Continue reading “1941-04-13|Anson Mk.I|N9857|No.19 OTU, RAF|Ben More Assynt, Sutherland”

Tail section at the crash site of Lockheed Hudson T9432 on Ben Lui

15th April 1941
Hudson Mk.III T9432
No.233 Sqn, RAF
Ben Lui, Stirlingshire

Sgt Aylott was from Buckhurst Hill in Essex, there is a photograph of his grave on the Buckhurst Hill history website. The aircraft had been on a patrol from RAF … Continue reading “1941-04-15|Hudson Mk.III|T9432|No.233 Sqn, RAF|Ben Lui, Stirlingshire”

15th April 1941
Reliant Mk.I
No.1 CU, RAF
Brassington, Ashbourne

Miles Magister at the Shuttleworth Collection

20th April 1941
Magister Mk.I
No.5 EFTS, RAF
Meerbrook, Leek

Miles Magister at the Shuttleworth Collection

27th April 1941
Magister Mk.I
No.5 EFTS, RAF
Nr Cheddleton, Leek

Remaining wreckage at the crash site Lockheed Hudson T9292 near Brora, Sutherland

1st May 1941
Hudson Mk.I T9292
No.269 Sqn, RAF
Brora, Sutherland

The aircraft had taken off from Wick on convoy escort duties in the early evening, upon return the pilot could not safely break through cloud cover near Wick or over … Continue reading “1941-05-01|Hudson Mk.I|T9292|No.269 Sqn, RAF|Brora, Sutherland”

Impact scar at the crash site of Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk.V P5070 on East Scaraben, Berriedale, Caithnes

1st May 1941
Whitley Mk.V P5070
No.612 Sqn, RAF
East Scaraben, Caithness

The crew had taken off on an anti U-Boat patrol from Wick on the 30th April 1941 and were returning early from the flight in the early hours of the … Continue reading “1941-05-01|Whitley Mk.V|P5070|No.612 Sqn, RAF|East Scaraben, Caithness”

Crash site of Ju88 0662 M2+CK at Lennoxtown, East Dunbartonshire

7th May 1941
Ju88A-5 0662/M2+CK
3/ Kü Fl Gr 906, Luftwaffe
Lennoxtown, East Dunbartonshire

The aircraft had taken off from a base in Holland on the 6th May 1941 as part of a large attack against Glasgow and Greenock. At 02:00 on the 7th … Continue reading “1941-05-07|Ju88A-5|0662/M2+CK|3/ Kü Fl Gr 906, Luftwaffe|Lennoxtown, East Dunbartonshire”

Airspeed Oxford

22nd May 1941
Oxford Mk.I N4641
No.11 FTS, RAF
Nr Tissington, Derbyshire

Cpl Branton was on a solo cross-country training flight from RAF Shawbury near Shrewsbury, he had been briefed to fly a tri-angular course and then carry out some single-engine flying … Continue reading “1941-05-22|Oxford Mk.I|N4641|No.11 FTS, RAF|Nr Tissington, Derbyshire”

Miles Magister at the Shuttleworth Collection

24th May 1941
Magister Mk.I L6909
No.5 EFTS, RAF
Calton, Ashbourne

The pilot was carrying out dual instruction from RAF Meir on the edge of Stoke on Trent with an un-named pupil when they encountered poor weather and decided to force … Continue reading “1941-05-24|Magister Mk.I|L6909|No.5 EFTS, RAF|Calton, Ashbourne”

Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV

3rd July 1941
Blenheim Mk.IV Z5870
No.12 Group AAC Flt, RAF
Crowden Tower, Edale

Sgt Plotek was flying to aircraft from RAF Digby in Lincolnshire to Ringway, he was accompanied by three personnel from Digby who were visiting Manchester on leave, and flew into … Continue reading “1941-07-03|Blenheim Mk.IV|Z5870|No.12 Group AAC Flt, RAF|Crowden Tower, Edale”

Wreckage at the crash site of Consolidated Catalina AH533 on the slopes of Cruach na Seilcheig, Jura

15th July 1941
Catalina Mk.I AH533
No.210 Sqn, RAF
Cruach na Seilcheigh, Isle of Jura

The aircraft, normally stationed at Oban, had been to Helensburgh for an overhaul. Once this was completed the aircraft was to be ferried back to Oban. When the aircraft approached … Continue reading “1941-07-15|Catalina Mk.I|AH533|No.210 Sqn, RAF|Cruach na Seilcheigh, Isle of Jura”

The crash site of Hawker Hurricane Mk.I W9112 on Lowther Hill

21st July 1941
Hurricane Mk.I W9112
No.59 OTU, RAF
Lowther Hill, South Lanarkshire

The pilot was on a local flying exercise with elements of blind flying, map reading and D/F homing from RAF Crosby-on-Eden when he flew into the northern side of Lowther … Continue reading “1941-07-21|Hurricane Mk.I|W9112|No.59 OTU, RAF|Lowther Hill, South Lanarkshire”

The crash site of Lockheed Hudson AE640 at Feorlan, Mull of Kintyre

25th July 1941
Hudson Mk.V AE640
OADF, RAF
Feorlan, Kintyre

The aircraft was a newly built aircraft which was being ferried from the Lockheed factory to the UK. It had been flown across the USA and Canada before being flown … Continue reading “1941-07-25|Hudson Mk.V|AE640|OADF, RAF|Feorlan, Kintyre”

Crash site of Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV Z7646 on Bowbeat Hill, Moorfoot Hills, Peebles, Scottish Border

30th July 1941
Blenheim Mk.IV Z7646
No.18 MU, RAF
Bowbeat Hill, Borders

No.18 Maintenance Unit were stationed at RAF Dumfries where they prepared aircraft for active service, they had large numbers of aircraft on charge at any one time and so stored … Continue reading “1941-07-30|Blenheim Mk.IV|Z7646|No.18 MU, RAF|Bowbeat Hill, Borders”

Crash site of Vickers Wellington Mk.IC R1093 on Carn Garbh near Brora, Sutherland

30th July 1941
Wellington Mk.IC R1093
No.20 OTU, RAF
Carn Garbh, Sutherland

The crew were on a navigation training flight from RAF Lossiemouth when they flew into the north western end of Carn Garbh, a 1770ft high hill to the west of … Continue reading “1941-07-30|Wellington Mk.IC|R1093|No.20 OTU, RAF|Carn Garbh, Sutherland”

View of the crash site of Vickers Wellington W5719 on Far Upper Tor, Kinder Scout, Edale

31st July 1941
Wellington Mk.IC W5719
No.150 Sqn, RAF
Upper Tor, Edale

No.150 Squadron, which in the summer of 1941 had recently moved to RAF Snaith in Yorkshire, was ordered to provide 8 Wellington aircraft for a planned raid against the German … Continue reading “1941-07-31|Wellington Mk.IC|W5719|No.150 Sqn, RAF|Upper Tor, Edale”

Impact point of Consolidated LB-30A Liberator AM261 on Mullach Buidhe near Goat Fell on the Isle of Arran

10th August 1941
LB-30A Liberator AM261
ATFERO, RAFFC
Mullach Buidhe, Isle of Arran

The aircraft had take off from Heathfield (Ayr) to fly to Gander in eastern Canada with ferry crews onboard with the intention of those crews ferrying new aircraft back across … Continue reading “1941-08-10|LB-30A Liberator|AM261|ATFERO, RAFFC|Mullach Buidhe, Isle of Arran”

Section of wing spar at the crash site of Hawker Hurricane V6565 on Slight Side, Sca Fell

12th August 1941
Hurricane Mk.I V6565 & V7742
No.55 OTU, RAF
Slight Side, Sca Fell

The two aircraft had taken off from Usworth, near Sunderland, for a two ship formation flying exercise over the north of England, with Sgt Karubin as the flight leader.  At … Continue reading “1941-08-12|Hurricane Mk.I|V6565 & V7742|No.55 OTU, RAF|Slight Side, Sca Fell”

Wreckage at the crash site of Boulton Paul Defiant N1651 near Marshaw, Forest of Bowland, Lancashire

18th August 1941
Defiant Mk.I N1651
No.256 Sqn, RAF
Hawthornthwaite Fell, Lancashire

Boulton Paul Defiant Mk.I N1651 / JT-Z of No.256 Squadron, RAF, crashed on Hawthornthwaite Fell near Abbeystead in the Forest of Bowland on the 18th August 1941 while on a night training flight from Squires Gate   Norman Jack Sharpe Pilot Officer Pilot Killed  

Wreckage at the crash site of Westland Lysander V9403 at Featherbed Moss, Chew Reservoir, Peak District

18th August 1941
Lysander Mk.IIIA V9403
No.6 AACU, RAF
Slate Pit Moss, Oldham

LAC Chadwick died of his injuries on the 24th August 1941. The aircraft was on an anti-aircraft co-operation exercise from Ringway (Manchester) to Rhyl in North Wales, the aircraft’s gyro-compass … Continue reading “1941-08-18|Lysander Mk.IIIA|V9403|No.6 AACU, RAF|Slate Pit Moss, Oldham”

Crash site of Short S23 Empire Class Flying Boat AX659 / G-AETY 'Clio' near Bruichladdich on the Isle of Islay

22nd August 1941
S.23/M AX659
No.119 Sqn, RAF
Bruichladdich, Isle of Islay

The aircraft involved in this accident was a requisitioned Imperial Airways Empire Flying Boat, its pre-war civil registration being G-AETY. While in service with Imperial Airways it had carried the … Continue reading “1941-08-22|S.23/M|AX659|No.119 Sqn, RAF|Bruichladdich, Isle of Islay”

Wreckage at the crash site of Armstrong Whitworth Whitley T4234 on Widdale Fell, Dent, Yorkshire

23rd August 1941
Whitley Mk.V T4234
No.10 Sqn, RAF
Widdale Fell, Cumbria

The crew were returning to RAF Leeming near Northallerton from a raid against Le Harve, which had been their first as a crew and first sortie for more than one … Continue reading “1941-08-23|Whitley Mk.V|T4234|No.10 Sqn, RAF|Widdale Fell, Cumbria”

Fairey Battle Mk.I at the Royal Air Force Museum

24th August 1941
Battle Mk.I
No.16 FTS, RAF
Dore, Sheffield

Miles Magister at the Shuttleworth Collection

27th August 1941
Magister Mk.I L6908
No.16 EFTS, RAF
Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire

The pilot was on a training flight from RAF Burnaston near Derby when he became lost and force landed the aircraft near to Chapel-en-le-Frith. However the aircraft struck a tree … Continue reading “1941-08-27|Magister Mk.I|L6908|No.16 EFTS, RAF|Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire”

Crash site of Boulton Paul Defiant N3378 at Near Bleaklow Stones, Derbyshire

29th August 1941
Defiant Mk.I N3378
No.255 Sqn, RAF
Bleaklow Stones, Bleaklow

The exact reason for the flight is uncertain, N3378 was assigned to No.255 Squadron at RAF Hibaldstow in Lincolnshire but it had been to RAF Turnhouse at Edinburgh. Onboard were … Continue reading “1941-08-29|Defiant Mk.I|N3378|No.255 Sqn, RAF|Bleaklow Stones, Bleaklow”

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”

Airspeed Oxford

2nd September 1941
Oxford Mk.I V3210
RAFC, RAF
Nr Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire

The pilot was carrying out a solo cross country navigation flight from the Royal Air Force College at Cranwell, he had flown above cloud cover and while descending back down … Continue reading “1941-09-02|Oxford Mk.I|V3210|RAFC, RAF|Nr Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire”

Crash site of Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV L9261 on Sandness Hill, Walls, Shetland

3rd September 1941
Blenheim Mk.IV L9261
No.235 Sqn, RAF
Sandness Hill, Shetland

The crew of the aircraft had taken off from RAF Sumburgh at the southern end of the Shetland Mainland at 22:00 on the 2nd September 1941 to carry out an … Continue reading “1941-09-03|Blenheim Mk.IV|L9261|No.235 Sqn, RAF|Sandness Hill, Shetland”

Single piece of wreckage at the crash site of Lockheed Hudson N7337 on North Barrule

9th September 1941
Hudson Mk.I N7337
No.1 (C)OTU, RAF
North Barrule, Ramsey

The crew were on a training flight from Silloth in Cumbria.  They had been briefed to remain in areas free of fog and low cloud, however the aircraft ended up … Continue reading “1941-09-09|Hudson Mk.I|N7337|No.1 (C)OTU, RAF|North Barrule, Ramsey”

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”

Crash site of Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIB Z3253 at Snaefell Mines near Laxey, Isle of Man

8th October 1941
Hurricane Mk.IIB Z3253
No.133 (Eagle) Sqn, RAF
Snaefell Mines, Laxey

During early October 1941 No.133 (Eagle) Sqn was being moved from Duxford near Cambridge to Eglinton in Northern Ireland for advanced training.  Advanced parties had travelled to Eglinton 4th and … Continue reading “1941-10-08|Hurricane Mk.IIB|Z3253|No.133 (Eagle) Sqn, RAF|Snaefell Mines, Laxey”

Crash site of Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIB Z3677 below North Barrule

8th October 1941
Hurricane Mk.IIB Z3677
No.133 (Eagle) Sqn, RAF
North Barrule, Maughold

During early October 1941 No.133 (Eagle) Sqn was being moved from Duxford near Cambridge to Eglinton in Northern Ireland for advanced training.  Advanced parties had travelled to Eglinton 4th and … Continue reading “1941-10-08|Hurricane Mk.IIB|Z3677|No.133 (Eagle) Sqn, RAF|North Barrule, Maughold”

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”

Crash site of Airspeed Oxford Mk.I AT486 on Caw Fell, Ennerdale

2nd November 1941
Oxford Mk.I AT486
No.2 AOS, RAF
Caw Fell, Ennerdale

The aircraft was being used for a navigation exercise from RAF Millom on the coast to the south of the Lake District when it flew into Caw Fell.

View towards the crash site of Airspeed Oxford Mk.II V3626 on Fawside Edge near Longnor, Staffordshire

16th November 1941
Oxford Mk.II V3626
No.12 SFTS, RAF
Fawside Edge, Longnor

The pilot had become disorientated in poor weather and had probably descended to determine his position when the aircraft crashed and was destroyed by fire.

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”

Miles Magister at the Shuttleworth Collection

5th December 1941
Magister Mk.I T9823
No.16 EFTS, RAF
Atlow, Ashbourne

Pilot Officer Saunders was carrying out a flight test of T9823 from Burnaston near Derby, additionally he was to fly a to Wolverhampton to collect spare parts for the aircraft … Continue reading “1941-12-05|Magister Mk.I|T9823|No.16 EFTS, RAF|Atlow, Ashbourne”

de Havilland Tiger Moth

17th December 1941
Tiger Moth
No.20 EFTS, RAF
Nr Matlock, Derbyshire

Crash site of Miles Master W8479, Arant Haw Fell, Sedburgh, Cumbria

19th December 1941
Master Mk.III W8479
TFPP, ATA
Arant Haw Fell, Cumbria

Master W8479 was being ferried by the Air Transport Auxiliary from Woodley in Berkshire to RAF Lossiemouth via Shawbury and Kirkbride. The aircraft was collected on the 17th December at … Continue reading “1941-12-19|Master Mk.III|W8479|TFPP, ATA|Arant Haw Fell, Cumbria”

Rear fuselage of Armstrong Whitworth Whitley N1498 which crashed on Carn a Choire Mhoir, near Tomatin, at the Midland Air Museum, Coventry

6th January 1942
Whitley Mk.V N1498
No.19 OTU, RAF
Carn a Choire Mhoir, Inverness-shire

Whitley Mk.V N1498 of No.19 Operational Training Unit, flew into Carn a Choire Mhoir near Tomatin whilst on an evening training flight from RAF Kinloss on the 6th January 1942   John George Irvine Pilot Officer RNZAF Pilot Killed John Graham Castling Pilot Officer RNZAF Pilot Killed Cecil Spencer George DFM Sergeant Pilot (Instructor) Killed … Continue reading “1942-01-06|Whitley Mk.V|N1498|No.19 OTU, RAF|Carn a Choire Mhoir, Inverness-shire”

crash site of Catalina Z2148 on Willa-mina Hoga, Isle of Yell, Shetland

19th January 1942
Catalina Mk.I Z2148
No.240 Sqn, RAF
Isle of Yell, Shetland

The crew of the aircraft had flown from their normal home station of RAF Castle Archdale on Lough Erne to RAF Invergordon on the Cromarty Firth north of Inverness before … Continue reading “1942-01-19|Catalina Mk.I|Z2148|No.240 Sqn, RAF|Isle of Yell, Shetland”

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”

Looking from the crash site of Wellington N2848 towards Great Whernside

30th January 1942
Wellington Mk.IC N2848
No.18 OTU, RAF
Starbotton Fell, North Yorkshire

The Polish crew of Wellington N2848 were on a cross-country navigation training flight from RAF Bramcote in Warwickshire to Carlisle, Newcastle and Hull. The weather on the 30th January 1942 … Continue reading “1942-01-30|Wellington Mk.IC|N2848|No.18 OTU, RAF|Starbotton Fell, North Yorkshire”

Area of White Edge Moor near Sheffield where Vickers Wellington Z8491 crashed

6th February 1942
Wellington Mk.II Z8491
No.12 Sqn, RAF
White Edge Moor, Totley

On the 6th February crews from No.12 Squadron at RAF Binbrook in Lincolnshire were tasked with bombing the French port of Brest, among them was the crew of Z8491, a … Continue reading “1942-02-06|Wellington Mk.II|Z8491|No.12 Sqn, RAF|White Edge Moor, Totley”

No.83 MU Personnel at the crash site of Wellington T2714

8th February 1942
Wellington Mk.IC T2714
No.22 OTU, RAF
Burn Tod, Uldale

The crew were on a cross country navigation training flight from RAF Wellesbourne Mountford near Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire when their aircraft crashed near the summit of Burn Tod in the … Continue reading “1942-02-08|Wellington Mk.IC|T2714|No.22 OTU, RAF|Burn Tod, Uldale”

Smashed Bristol Pegasus engine at the crash site of Vickers Wellington T2707 in Glen Affric

13th February 1942
Wellington Mk.IC T2707
No.20 OTU, RAF
Glen Affric, Inverness-shire

The crew were on a night cross country training flight from Lossiemouth when the starboard propeller came off, the aircraft could not maintain height on a single engine in icing … Continue reading “1942-02-13|Wellington Mk.IC|T2707|No.20 OTU, RAF|Glen Affric, Inverness-shire”

Wreckage at the crash site of Handley Page Halifax L9619

16th February 1942
Halifax Mk.II L9619
No.10 Sqn, RAF
Keld, North Yorkshire

The crew were one of six crews from No.10 Squadron, stationed at RAF Leeming, detailed to attack the French port of St Nazaire during the night of the 15th/16th February … Continue reading “1942-02-16|Halifax Mk.II|L9619|No.10 Sqn, RAF|Keld, North Yorkshire”

Gipsy Major engine at the crash site of de Havilland Queen Bee V4793 on Clogwyn Du'r Arddu, Snowdon

24th February 1942
Queen Bee V4793
No.1 AACU, RAF
Clogwyn Du’r Arrddu, Gwynedd

The de Havilland Queen Bee was a modification of the Tiger Moth bi-plane trainer, it was intended to be used a remotely operated target aircraft. The main modifications were the … Continue reading “1942-02-24|Queen Bee|V4793|No.1 AACU, RAF|Clogwyn Du’r Arrddu, Gwynedd”

Crash site of Airspeed Oxford L4597 beside Loch Laidon, Rannoch Moor

2nd March 1942
Oxford Mk.I L4597
No.4 FPP, ATA
Rannoch Moor, Perthshire

The pilot was ferrying the aircraft to No.45 Maintenance Unit at RAF Kinloss from Cambridge in poor weather. While over Rannoch Moor the starboard engine of the aircraft failed, unable … Continue reading “1942-03-02|Oxford Mk.I|L4597|No.4 FPP, ATA|Rannoch Moor, Perthshire”

Crash site of Spitfire P8563

27th March 1942
Spitfire Mk.VA P8563
No.81 Sqn, RAF
Stanhope, County Durham

No.81 Squadron were, in early 1942, stationed at Ouston to the North-west of Newcastle upon Tyne and were one of the Squadrons tasked with providing fighter defence of the North … Continue reading “1942-03-27|Spitfire Mk.VA|P8563|No.81 Sqn, RAF|Stanhope, County Durham”

Wreckage at the crash site of Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Z9221 on Kirkby Malzeard Moor, Ripon, Yorkshire

28th March 1942
Whitley Mk.V Z9221
No.77 Sqn, RAF
Kirkby Malzeard Moor, North Yorkshire

The crew were returning to RAF Leeming near Northallerton from an unsuccessful sortie against the French port of St Nazaire when the aircraft crashed on Kirkby Malzeard Moor to the … Continue reading “1942-03-28|Whitley Mk.V|Z9221|No.77 Sqn, RAF|Kirkby Malzeard Moor, North Yorkshire”

Armstrong Siddeley Cheetah engine at the crash site of Avro Anson W2630 on Cairnsmore of Fleet

17th April 1942
Anson Mk.I W2630
No.1 AOS, RAF
Cairnsmore of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

The pilot was flying the aircraft on a night air test from RAF Wigtown, with a wireless operator and passenger who was an employee of Airwork Ltd, when they flew … Continue reading “1942-04-17|Anson Mk.I|W2630|No.1 AOS, RAF|Cairnsmore of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway”

Crash site of Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vb W3244 on Bullhope Law, Gifford, Lammermuir Hills

5th May 1942
Spitfire Mk.Vb W3244
No.242 Sqn, RAF
Bullhope Law, Lammermuir Hills

No.242 Squadron were stationed at RAF Turnhouse near Edinburgh, with a detached flight at RAF Drem in East Lothian. On the 5th May 1942 three aircraft took off on a … Continue reading “1942-05-05|Spitfire Mk.Vb|W3244|No.242 Sqn, RAF|Bullhope Law, Lammermuir Hills”

14th May 1942
Master Mk.III W8455
No.3 ADF, RAF
Lyme Green, Macclesfield

The aircraft was being used for delivering spares to an unrecorded destination, No.3 A.D. Flt being based at Hawarden, when the pilot became lost in bad weather and decided to … Continue reading “1942-05-14|Master Mk.III|W8455|No.3 ADF, RAF|Lyme Green, Macclesfield”

Crash site of Vickers Wellington Z1566 at Grindon, Staffordshire, in September 2004

22nd May 1942
Wellington Mk.III Z1566
No.75 Sqn, RNZAF
Grindon, Leek

The crew where on a night cross country flight from Feltwell when according the accident card they had flown into un-forecast bad weather and while trying to descend through the … Continue reading “1942-05-22|Wellington Mk.III|Z1566|No.75 Sqn, RNZAF|Grindon, Leek”

Mynydd Moel near Dolgellau, crash site of Vickers Wellington HX433

28th May 1942
Wellington Mk.IC HX433
No.1443 (F) Flt, RAF
Mynydd Moel, Gwynedd

The crew of Wellington HX433 were carrying out a fuel consumption test flight from RAF Harwell near Didcot prior to the aircraft being ferried to the Middle East. The weather … Continue reading “1942-05-28|Wellington Mk.IC|HX433|No.1443 (F) Flt, RAF|Mynydd Moel, Gwynedd”

Westland Lysander at the Royal Air Force Museum

30th May 1942
Lysander Mk.IIIA V9729
No.6 AACU, RAF
Cronkstone, Buxton

The aircraft was being used to provide night anti-aircraft co-operation with ground units at Rhyl and had taken off from Sealand near Chester. While returning from the Rhyl area to … Continue reading “1942-05-30|Lysander Mk.IIIA|V9729|No.6 AACU, RAF|Cronkstone, Buxton”

Small amount of wreckage at the crash site of Short Stirling N6075 on Merryton Low near Leek, Staffordshire

13th July 1942
Stirling Mk.I N6075
No.101 Sqn Con. Flt, RAF
Merryton Low, Leek

It while on a cross country navigation flight from RAF Oakington in Cambridgeshire that the aircraft flew into high ground at Merrytown Low to the east of Leek a short … Continue reading “1942-07-13|Stirling Mk.I|N6075|No.101 Sqn Con. Flt, RAF|Merryton Low, Leek”

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”

Crash site of Miles Master Mk.III W8474 at Mottram-in-Longdendale

19th July 1942
Master Mk.III W8474
No.16 FTS, RAF
Mottram, Hyde

LAC Gowkowski was on a cross country flight from RAF Newton near Nottingham. His aircraft was seen circling around the Mottram area before the aircraft struck a high tension cable … Continue reading “1942-07-19|Master Mk.III|W8474|No.16 FTS, RAF|Mottram, Hyde”

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”

Wreckage at the crash site of Hawker Hurricane P3385 on Allt-y-Ceffylau near Blaenau Ffestiniog

9th August 1942
Hurricane Mk.I P3385
MSFU, RAF
Allt-y-Ceffylau, Gwynedd

The pilot was on a flight from Speke near Liverpool to RAF Valley on Anglesey where he was to take part in an air-to-air firing exercise. He had entered cloud … Continue reading “1942-08-09|Hurricane Mk.I|P3385|MSFU, RAF|Allt-y-Ceffylau, Gwynedd”

Wreckage at the crash site of Vickers Wellington T2715 on Dufton Fell, Appleby, Cumbria

20th August 1942
Wellington Mk.IC T2715
No.25 OTU, RAF
Dufton Fell, Cumbria

From all of the available records only the pilot’s name has ever been found. Sgt Crew was latter commissioned and became a Squadron Leader before being killed on the 5th … Continue reading “1942-08-20|Wellington Mk.IC|T2715|No.25 OTU, RAF|Dufton Fell, Cumbria”

Memorial cairn at the crash site of Avro Anson DJ106 on Ben MacDui, Cairngorm Mountains

21st August 1942
Anson Mk.I DJ106
No.19 OTU, RAF
Ben MacDui, Inverness-shire

The crew of DJ106 was on a day time cross country navigation flight from RAF Kinloss. It was while returning to base that the aircraft flew into the western side … Continue reading “1942-08-21|Anson Mk.I|DJ106|No.19 OTU, RAF|Ben MacDui, Inverness-shire”

Crash site of Blackburn Botha Mk.I L6318 on Tal-y-Fan near Conwy

23rd August 1942
Botha Mk.I L6318
No.3 SGR, RAF
Tal-y-Fan, Conwy

(*) Contemporary records show Pendal as a Flight Sergeant, it is probable that he was due to be promoted to the rank of Warrant Officer and this was applied after … Continue reading “1942-08-23|Botha Mk.I|L6318|No.3 SGR, RAF|Tal-y-Fan, Conwy”

Crash site of Bristol Beaufort L4479 on Goat Fell, Isle of Arran

30th August 1942
Beaufort Mk.I L4479
No.5 OTU, RAF
Goat Fell, Isle of Arran

The three crew members were all buried at Dunure Cemetery to the south of Ayr.

Crash site of Bristol Beaufort N1180 on Tor Mhor, Mull of Kintyre

2nd September 1942
Beaufort Mk.I N1180
No.1 TTU, RAF
Tor Mhor, Kintyre

While normally stationed at RAF Abbotsinch (now Glasgow Airport), the crew had been detatched to operate from RAF Turnberry on the Ayrshire coast. They had been briefed for a night … Continue reading “1942-09-02|Beaufort Mk.I|N1180|No.1 TTU, RAF|Tor Mhor, Kintyre”

Crash site of Wellington DV718 on Blake Hill, Great Whernside, Kettlewell, Yorkshire

2nd September 1942
Wellington Mk.IC DV718
No.11 OTU, RAF
Riggs Moor, North Yorkshire

The crew of DV718 were similarly tasked to the crew of Z8808, but had taken off from RAF Bassingbourne to complete a night cross country navigation flight. During the flight … Continue reading “1942-09-02|Wellington Mk.IC|DV718|No.11 OTU, RAF|Riggs Moor, North Yorkshire”

Crash site of Wellington Z8808 on Gouthwaite Moor near Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire

2nd September 1942
Wellington Mk.IC Z8808
No.11 OTU, RAF
Ashfold Gill Head, North Yorkshire

Several trainee crews from No.11 OTU were briefed to fly a night cross country flight for the night of the 2nd September 1942, some took off from the unit’s main … Continue reading “1942-09-02|Wellington Mk.IC|Z8808|No.11 OTU, RAF|Ashfold Gill Head, North Yorkshire”

Crash site of Vickers Wellington Mk.IC DV600

4th September 1942
Wellington Mk.IC DV600
No.25 OTU, RAF
High Doat, Seatoller

The crew of DV600 were tasked with a night cross county flight, they departed RAF Finningley near Doncaster at about 21:00. At around 22:30 the aircraft flew into the wooded … Continue reading “1942-09-04|Wellington Mk.IC|DV600|No.25 OTU, RAF|High Doat, Seatoller”

View from the crash site of Lockheed Hudson N7325 on Cross Fell

6th September 1942
Hudson Mk.I N7325
No.1 (C)OTU, RAF
Cross Fell, Cumbria

The crew had taken off from RAF Silloth late on the 5th September for a night navigation exercise. The planned route was from Silloth to South Rock light off Northern … Continue reading “1942-09-06|Hudson Mk.I|N7325|No.1 (C)OTU, RAF|Cross Fell, Cumbria”

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”

Crash site of Whitley BD232 on Foel Fras near Llyn Dulyn, Carneddau

25th September 1942
Whitley Mk.V BD232
No.24 OTU, RAF
Foel Fras, Conwy

The crew of BD232 were on a night cross country flight from Honeybourne near Evesham in Worcestershire with its outward leg being over Wales and out over the Irish Sea … Continue reading “1942-09-25|Whitley Mk.V|BD232|No.24 OTU, RAF|Foel Fras, Conwy”

12th October 1942
Master Mk.III
No.5 FTS, RAF
King Sterndale, Buxton

Wreckage at the crash site of Beech AT-7 on the Old Man of Coniston

14th October 1942
Beech AT-7 Unknown
USAAF
Old Man of Coniston, Coniston

The number of Beech Model 18 aircraft in the UK was always low, and this aircraft would have been either the first or one of the first of the type … Continue reading “1942-10-14|Beech AT-7|Unknown|USAAF|Old Man of Coniston, Coniston”

The view towards the crash site of Avro Anson Mk.I L7968 near Buxton, Derbyshire

15th October 1942
Anson Mk.I L7968
CNS, RAF
Moss Ridge, Buxton

The crew had been returning to Cranage but had mistaken one of the navigation beacons so instead of flying towards the airfield flew away from it towards the high ground … Continue reading “1942-10-15|Anson Mk.I|L7968|CNS, RAF|Moss Ridge, Buxton”

Wreckage at the crash site of Douglas Boston Z2186 on Carnedd Dafydd, Snowdonia, Wales

17th October 1942
Boston Mk.III Z2186
No.418 Sqn, RCAF
Carnedd Dafydd, Gwynedd

The interesting fact that I noticed with the crew was that two of them were navigators, since Air Observer was the term used used for the combined role of navigator … Continue reading “1942-10-17|Boston Mk.III|Z2186|No.418 Sqn, RCAF|Carnedd Dafydd, Gwynedd”

17th October 1942
Master Mk.III W8560
No.5 FTS, RAF
Bollington, Cheshire

The pilot was on a training flight with the purpose of practicing forced landing approaches, however while conducting this he became lost on bad weather and found himself having to … Continue reading “1942-10-17|Master Mk.III|W8560|No.5 FTS, RAF|Bollington, Cheshire”

Circular scar at the crash site of Avro Anson Mk.I DG787 on Corserine, Rhinns of Kells

23rd October 1942
Anson Mk.I DG787
AN&BS, RAF
Corserine, Dumfries & Galloway

The aircraft was on a night navigation exercise from Jurby on the Isle of Man when it failed to return, after being reported missing nothing more was heard for two … Continue reading “1942-10-23|Anson Mk.I|DG787|AN&BS, RAF|Corserine, Dumfries & Galloway”

Crash site of Bristol Blenheim N3567 close to Ashbourne Airfield, Derbyshire

7th November 1942
Blenheim Mk.IV N3567
No.42 OTU, RAF
Ashbourne, Derbyshire

At 23:40 on the 7th November 1942 N3567 took off from Ashbourne on a local training flight, the aircraft was barely airborne when it suffered an engine failure and stalled. … Continue reading “1942-11-07|Blenheim Mk.IV|N3567|No.42 OTU, RAF|Ashbourne, Derbyshire”

Crash site of Lockheed Hudson Mk.V AM680 at Beda Head near Ullswater

10th November 1942
Hudson Mk.V AM680
No.1 OTU, RAF
Beda Head, Martindale

The aircraft, coded B-68, took off from RAF Silloth on the Solway Firth west of Carlisle at 00:50 on the 10th November for a night navigation exercise. At 01:14 the … Continue reading “1942-11-10|Hudson Mk.V|AM680|No.1 OTU, RAF|Beda Head, Martindale”

Crash site of Avro Anson Mk.I N4981 on Moel Elilio, Betws Garmon, Caernarfon

20th November 1942
Anson Mk.I N4981
No.9 (O)AFU, RAF
Moel Eilio, Gwynedd

The crew of N4981 were on a cross country training flight from RAF Penrhos on the Lleyn Peninsular near Pwllheli when after only 25 minutes at around 14:35 the aircraft … Continue reading “1942-11-20|Anson Mk.I|N4981|No.9 (O)AFU, RAF|Moel Eilio, Gwynedd”

View of the crash site of Hawker Henley L3334 on Craig Cwm Silyn

20th November 1942
Henley L3334
No.1605 (TT) Flt, RAF
Craig Cwm Silyn, Gwynedd

The pilot was carrying out target towing duties from Towyn, near Barmouth, when he disappeared. The aircraft was reported overdue and a search initiated, it was a couple of days … Continue reading “1942-11-20|Henley|L3334|No.1605 (TT) Flt, RAF|Craig Cwm Silyn, Gwynedd”

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 Mustang AP208 on Holdron Moss, Lancashire

29th November 1942
Mustang Mk.I AP208
No.4 Sqn, RAF
Holdron Moss, Lancashire

North American Mustang Mk.I AP208 of No.4 Squadron RAF flew into Holdron Moss in the Forest of Bowland on the 29th November 1942 whilst on a photographic training flight from Clifton near York   Sohlto Paton Marlatt Flying Officer RCAF Pilot Killed  

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”

Rolls Royce Merlin engine recovered from the crash site of Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IIA P7295 on Cadair Berwyn, displayed at the Wartime Aircraft Recovery Group museum at Sleap, Wem, Shropshire

14th December 1942
Spitfire Mk.IIA P7295
No.61 OTU, RAF
Cadair Berwyn, Powys

Sergeant Degail took off from RAF Rednal near Oswestry on a local training flight, at some point in the flight his aircraft struck the very top of Cadair Berwyn. He … Continue reading “1942-12-14|Spitfire Mk.IIA|P7295|No.61 OTU, RAF|Cadair Berwyn, Powys”

Bristol Mercury engine from Westland Lysander T1655 crashed between Cadair Berwyn and Cadair Bronwen on display at the Wartime Aicraft Recovery Group museum at Sleap aerodrome in Shropshire

15th December 1942
Lysander Mk.III T1655
No.61 OTU, RAF
Cadair Bronwen, Wrexham

The aircraft had taken off from RAF Rednal in Shropshire to carry out a search for Spitfire Mk.IIA P7295 which had been lost the day before. The pilot of the … Continue reading “1942-12-15|Lysander Mk.III|T1655|No.61 OTU, RAF|Cadair Bronwen, Wrexham”

Crash site of North American Mustang AG586 on Fountains Earth Moor, Pateley Bridge, Yorkshire

15th December 1942
Mustang Mk.I AG586
No.613 Sqn, RAF
Fountains Earth Moor, North Yorkshire

The pilot was on a formation flying exercise from RAF Ouston in Northumberland, in poor weather he became separated from the rest of the flight and being unable to locate … Continue reading “1942-12-15|Mustang Mk.I|AG586|No.613 Sqn, RAF|Fountains Earth Moor, North Yorkshire”

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”

Wreckage at the crash site of Avro Anson EG110 on Foel Grach, the Carneddau, Snowdonia

14th January 1943
Anson Mk.I EG110
No.9 (O)AFU, RAF
Foel Grach, Conwy

The crew of the aircraft were on a night navigation training exercise from RAF Llandwrog near to Caernarfon, while on the return leg from Shrewsbury at 21:00 the aircraft struck … Continue reading “1943-01-14|Anson Mk.I|EG110|No.9 (O)AFU, RAF|Foel Grach, Conwy”

Airspeed Oxford

15th January 1943
Oxford Mk.I
No.1531 BAT Flt, RAF
Sutton, Macclesfield

Wreckage at the crash site of Halifax DT581 on Hoar Side Moor, Todmorden, Yorkshire

21st January 1943
Halifax Mk.II DT581
No.51 Sqn, RAF
Hoar Side Moor, West Yorkshire

The crew had taken off from their base at Snaith near Selby to drop two mines (an A.108 and B.200 type) into the sea in the ‘Nectarines’ area of the … Continue reading “1943-01-21|Halifax Mk.II|DT581|No.51 Sqn, RAF|Hoar Side Moor, West Yorkshire”

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”

Wreckage at the crash site of Vickers Wellington Mk.III X3348 on Blackden Edge, Kinder Scout, Edale

26th January 1943
Wellington Mk.III X3348
No.427 Sqn, RCAF
Blackden Edge, Kinder

The crew were detailed to attack the French port of Lorient, taking off at 16:51 with a bomb load of 3,240lb of indendiary bombs in nine 360lb clusters. While returning … Continue reading “1943-01-26|Wellington Mk.III|X3348|No.427 Sqn, RCAF|Blackden Edge, Kinder”

Crash site of Halifax W1146 on Great Shunner Fell, Keld, Yorkshire

28th January 1943
Halifax Mk.II W1146
No.1659 HCU, RAF
Great Shunner Fell, North Yorkshire

The crew had taken off from Leeming for a cross county navigation exercise, while returning to Leeming the aircraft struck the ground on the north eastern side of Great Shunner … Continue reading “1943-01-28|Halifax Mk.II|W1146|No.1659 HCU, RAF|Great Shunner Fell, North Yorkshire”

Crash site of Avro Lancaster Mk.I ED481 on Hawnby Hill, North Yorkshire

30th January 1943
Lancaster Mk.I ED481
No.9 Sqn, RAF
Hawnby Hill, Hawnby

Although Flight Sergeant Nelson was serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force he was in fact American, being from Wilkinsburg Pennsylvannia. The crew had carried out a sortie against Hamburg … Continue reading “1943-01-30|Lancaster Mk.I|ED481|No.9 Sqn, RAF|Hawnby Hill, Hawnby”

The crash site of R1011 during late summer 2012 (that is if we'd had a summer in 2012).

30th January 1943
Wellington Mk.IC R1011
No.28 OTU, RAF
Birchen Bank Moss, Bleaklow

The crew were one of seven from No.28 OTU taking part in a Bullseye exercise from Wymeswold and the unit’s satellite airfield of Castle Donington (which is now in use … Continue reading “1943-01-30|Wellington Mk.IC|R1011|No.28 OTU, RAF|Birchen Bank Moss, Bleaklow”

Crash site of Vickers Wellington Mk.IC R1538 on farmland near Dilhorne, Staffordshire

30th January 1943
Wellington Mk.IC R1538
No.28 OTU, RAF
Dilhorne, Staffordshire

This aircraft had taken off at 19:00 on the 29th January Wymeswold airfield near Loughborough, five other aircraft took off regular intervals around the same time, and a sixth aircraft … Continue reading “1943-01-30|Wellington Mk.IC|R1538|No.28 OTU, RAF|Dilhorne, Staffordshire”

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 Curtiss Tomahawk AH744 on Red Gill Moss, Barnard Castle, County Durham

10th February 1943
Tomahawk Mk.I AH744
No.1472 (DB) Flight, RAF
Red Gill Moss, County Durham

The pilot was carrying out local flying practice from RAF Catterick in North Yorkshire, having taken off at 12:55. The aircraft was seen by a Royal Observer Corps post at … Continue reading “1943-02-10|Tomahawk Mk.I|AH744|No.1472 (DB) Flight, RAF|Red Gill Moss, County Durham”

Crash site of Vickers Wellington Mk.III BJ778 on Black Intake Moor, North Yorkshire

12th February 1943
Wellington Mk.III BJ778
No.427 Sqn, RCAF
Black Intake Moor, Chop Gate

Wellington Mk.III BJ778 ZL-A of No.427 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force flew into Black Intake Moor whilst returning from a raid against La Havre in France on the 12th February 1943   Oscar Philip Edwin Ronald J. Adlam Sergeant Pilot Killed Bryan Dunn Flying Officer Navigator Killed Arnold Charles Clifford Sergeant Bomb Aimer Killed William … Continue reading “1943-02-12|Wellington Mk.III|BJ778|No.427 Sqn, RCAF|Black Intake Moor, Chop Gate”

Crash site of Vickers Wellington HE466 on Foel Grach in the Carneddau area of Snowdonia

12th February 1943
Wellington Mk.X HE466
No.30 OTU, RAF
Foel Grach, Conwy

The crew of Wellington HE466 were on a cross country navigation training flight from RAF Hixon near Stafford when they flew into the north eastern side of Foel Grach in … Continue reading “1943-02-12|Wellington Mk.X|HE466|No.30 OTU, RAF|Foel Grach, Conwy”

Wreckage at the crash site of Typhoon DN366 in the Lammermuir Hills

14th February 1943
Typhoon Mk.IB DN366
No.197 Sqn, RAF
Faseny Cottage, East Lothian

  On the 14th February No.197 Squadron were carrying out a number of non-operational exercises from their home station at RAF Drem near North Berwick in East Lothian. These included … Continue reading “1943-02-14|Typhoon Mk.IB|DN366|No.197 Sqn, RAF|Faseny Cottage, East Lothian”

Crash site of Vickers Wellington Mk.III HF613 at Peakshole Water between Hope and Castleton, Derbyshire

15th February 1943
Wellington Mk.III HF613
No.22 OTU, RAF
Nr Hope, Derbyshire

The aircraft took off during the mid-morning of the 15th February 1943 from Wellesbourne Mountford near Stratford upon Avon for a cross country flight.  At just after 13:00 the aircraft … Continue reading “1943-02-15|Wellington Mk.III|HF613|No.22 OTU, RAF|Nr Hope, Derbyshire”

Airspeed Oxford

19th February 1943
Oxford Mk.I DF485
No.42 OTU, RAF
Hope, Derbyshire

At about 14:40 on the 19th February 1943 F/O Bray took off from Ashbourne for a local training flight, with him were an unknown number of aircrew / passengers (possibly … Continue reading “1943-02-19|Oxford Mk.I|DF485|No.42 OTU, RAF|Hope, Derbyshire”

The crash site of Bristol Beaufort Mk.I DX118 on Brownhart Law, Cheviot Hills, Northumberland

23rd February 1943
Beaufort Mk.I DX118
No.16 FPP, ATA
Brownhart Law, Northumberland

The aircraft was collected from No.44 Maintenance Unit at RAF Edzell with the intention of it being delivered, along with four other Beauforts, to No.5 OTU at RAF Long Kesh … Continue reading “1943-02-23|Beaufort Mk.I|DX118|No.16 FPP, ATA|Brownhart Law, Northumberland”

Crash site of Airspeed Oxford BG197 near Matlock, Derbyshire

3rd March 1943
Oxford Mk.I BG197
No.14 (P)AFU, RAF
Nr Matlock, Derbyshire

On the 3rd March 1943 Sgt George McIlraith of the Royal New Zealand Air Force took off on a night cross country flight from Ossington near Newark on Trent. At … Continue reading “1943-03-03|Oxford Mk.I|BG197|No.14 (P)AFU, RAF|Nr Matlock, Derbyshire”

Wreckage at the crash site of Avro Anson DJ453 on Cross Fell, Cumbria

18th March 1943
Anson Mk.I DJ453
No.4 AOS, RAF
Cross Fell, Cumbria

Avro Anson Mk.I DJ453 of No.4 Air Observers School, crashed on Cross Fell, the highest hill in the Pennines, after becoming iced up in cloud on the 18th March 1943 while on a navigation exercise from West Freugh   Victor Henry Hill Sergeant Pilot OK ? ? Navigator (U/T) OK ? ? Navigator (U/T)? OK … Continue reading “1943-03-18|Anson Mk.I|DJ453|No.4 AOS, RAF|Cross Fell, Cumbria”

21st March 1943
Master Mk.III W8761
No.16 FTS, RAF
Camp Hill, Tideswell

The aircraft was being use for formation flying practice from RAF Newton near Nottingham with the pupil leading the formation. They encountered poor visibility and became separated from the rest … Continue reading “1943-03-21|Master Mk.III|W8761|No.16 FTS, RAF|Camp Hill, Tideswell”

Wreckage at the crash site of Mosquito DD750, White Crag, Silsden, Yorkshire

23rd March 1943
Mosquito N.F. Mk.II DD750
No.25 Sqn, RAF
Silsden, West Yorkshire

The two crew of Mosquito DD750, along with two other crews, had been deployed from their home base at RAF Church Fenton near York to RAF Coltishall in Norfolk during … Continue reading “1943-03-23|Mosquito N.F. Mk.II|DD750|No.25 Sqn, RAF|Silsden, West Yorkshire”

Crash site of Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV V6099 on Elidir Fawr, Llanberis

31st March 1943
Blenheim Mk.IV V6099
No.13 OTU, RAF
Elidir Fawr, Gwynedd

The crew of the aircraft were carrying out a day cross country navigation exercise from RAF Bicester in Oxfordshire during the 31st March 1943. At some point during the flight … Continue reading “1943-03-31|Blenheim Mk.IV|V6099|No.13 OTU, RAF|Elidir Fawr, Gwynedd”

Crash site of Vickers Wellington Mk.III BK508 near Church Broughton, Derbyshire

4th April 1943
Wellington Mk.III BK508
No.27 OTU, RAF
Radbourne, Derbyshire

The aircraft which had been on a test flight from Church Broughton was on the down wind leg of its approach with the under carriage down for landing when the … Continue reading “1943-04-04|Wellington Mk.III|BK508|No.27 OTU, RAF|Radbourne, Derbyshire”

Mixed wreckage from de Havilland Mosquito DZ486 on Cranstackie, Durness

5th April 1943
Mosquito Mk.IV DZ486
No.618 Sqn, RAF
Cranstakie, Sutherland

The aircraft is reported to have flown over Durness and Balnakeil before turning south and flying down the glen towards Cranstackie, however the distribution of wreckage at the site suggests … Continue reading “1943-04-05|Mosquito Mk.IV|DZ486|No.618 Sqn, RAF|Cranstakie, Sutherland”

Crash site of Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV V6078 of No.42 OTU at Spitewinter near Matlock

7th April 1943
Blenheim Mk.IV V6078
No.42 OTU, RAF
Spitewinter, Matlock

The crew was on a night navigation exercise from Ashbourne, having completed most of the exercise they were heading in a southerly direction at low level when the aircraft struck … Continue reading “1943-04-07|Blenheim Mk.IV|V6078|No.42 OTU, RAF|Spitewinter, Matlock”

Wreckage at the crash site of Bristol Beaufighter Mk.I R2152 on Urra Moor, North Yorkshire

28th April 1943
Beaufighter Mk.I R2152
No.2 OTU, RAF
Urra Moor, Chop Gate

The crew were on a training flight from RAF Catfoss in East Yorkshire when the aircraft crashed into the heather moor land on Urra Moor causing the it to completely … Continue reading “1943-04-28|Beaufighter Mk.I|R2152|No.2 OTU, RAF|Urra Moor, Chop Gate”

Crash site of Airspeed Oxford Mk.I EB717 on Burbage Edge near Buxton, Derbyshire

12th May 1943
Oxford Mk.I EB717
No.11 (P)AFU, RAF
Burbage Edge, Buxton

During the early hours the 12th May 1943 Sergeant John H. L. Wilson took off in Oxford EB717 for a night cross country flight from Wheaton Aston to the south … Continue reading “1943-05-12|Oxford Mk.I|EB717|No.11 (P)AFU, RAF|Burbage Edge, Buxton”

Crash site of Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk.V EB338 at Alsop-en-le-Dale near Ashbourne, Derbyshire

13th May 1943
Whitley Mk.V EB338
No.81 OTU, RAF
Alsop-en-le-Dale, Ashbourne

Only half an hour in the flight, which was routed as Base – Lincoln – Peterborough – Base, the port engine failed, it was successfully re-started and it ran at … Continue reading “1943-05-13|Whitley Mk.V|EB338|No.81 OTU, RAF|Alsop-en-le-Dale, Ashbourne”

Wreckage at the crash site of Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk.V BD295 on Cawdor Moor near Inverness

17th May 1943
Whitley Mk.V BD295
No.19 OTU, RAF
Cawdor Moor, Inverness-shire

Sergeant Hartwell died of his injuries on the 19th May 1943.

Crash site of Airspeed Oxford R6271, Waterhosues, Staffordshire

21st May 1943
Oxford Mk.I R6271
No.42 OTU, RAF
Waterhouses, Staffordshire

The aircraft had taken off for a short air test from Ashbourne.  Along with the pilot, Flying Officer Archibald Forsyth of the RNZAF, were two passengers, both of whom were … Continue reading “1943-05-21|Oxford Mk.I|R6271|No.42 OTU, RAF|Waterhouses, Staffordshire”

Vickers Wellington Mk.X at the Royal Air Force Museum

2nd June 1943
Wellington Mk.IC
No.11 OTU, RAF
Nr Eyam, 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”

Crash site of Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk.V LA877 on Meallan Odhar

3rd July 1943
Whitley Mk.V LA877
No.19 OTU, RAF
Meallan Odhar, Inverness-shire

The aircraft was being used for a screened bombing exercise followed by a cross country navigation exercise. The crew took off from Forres on the Moray coast, a satellite of … Continue reading “1943-07-03|Whitley Mk.V|LA877|No.19 OTU, RAF|Meallan Odhar, Inverness-shire”

Wreckage at the crash site of Bristol Beaufighter JM223 on Croglin Fell, Penrith, Cumbria

4th July 1943
Beaufighter T.F. Mk.X JM223
No.9 (C)OTU, RAF
Croglin Fell, Cumbria

Bristol Beaufighter T. F. Mk.X JM223 of No.9 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit, dived into the ground on Croglin Fell in the North Pennines to the east of Carlisle on the 4th July 1943 while on a training flight from Crosby on Eden near Carlisle   Herman Joe Carver Flying Officer RCAF Pilot Killed Roderick Alfred … Continue reading “1943-07-04|Beaufighter T.F. Mk.X|JM223|No.9 (C)OTU, RAF|Croglin Fell, Cumbria”

Crash site of Bristol Blenheim Mk.V AZ876 near Belper. Derbyshire

9th July 1943
Blenheim Mk.V AZ876
No.42 OTU, RAF
Belper, Derbyshire

The aircraft had taken off from Ashbourne at 01:30 for a practise bombing exercise at the range then in use between Carsington and Brassington, some twenty minutes later while flying … Continue reading “1943-07-09|Blenheim Mk.V|AZ876|No.42 OTU, RAF|Belper, Derbyshire”

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”

Crash site of Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk.V Z9189 in a field near Darley Moor Airfield, Ashbourne

27th July 1943
Whitley Mk.V Z9189
No.42 OTU, RAF
Ashbourne, Derbyshire

At just after 00:20 on the 27th July 1943 Z9189 took off from Darley Moor airfield, a satellite of the larger airfield at Ashbourne. The aircraft was barely airborne when … Continue reading “1943-07-27|Whitley Mk.V|Z9189|No.42 OTU, RAF|Ashbourne, Derbyshire”

View from the crash site of Avro Anson Mk.I DJ275 on Sca Fell

9th August 1943
Anson Mk.I DJ275
No.10 (O)AFU, RAF
Cam Spout, Sca Fell

The crew were on a navigation exercise from Dumfries when they flew into the southern side of Sca Fell above Cam Spout killing all on board.

de Havilland Mosquito

16th August 1943
Mosquito N.F. Mk.II
No.410 Sqn, RCAF
Nr Matlock, Derbyshire

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”

Wreckage at the crash site of Blackburn Botha L6202 on Llwytmor

28th August 1943
Botha Mk.I L6202
No.11 RS, RAF
Llwytmor, Gwynedd

No.11 Radio School at Hooton Park was responsible for the training of new wireless operators through a course of ground school and airborne practice. On the 28th August 1943 L6202 … Continue reading “1943-08-28|Botha Mk.I|L6202|No.11 RS, RAF|Llwytmor, Gwynedd”

Wreckage at the crash site of Avro Anson N5032 near Craigencallie, Newton Stewart

1st September 1943
Anson Mk.I N5032
No.1 (O)AFU, RAF
Craigencallie, Dumfries & Galloway

The crew were on a night navigation exercise from RAF Wigtown, they were returning to their base but overshot on a northerly heading and flew into high ground to the … Continue reading “1943-09-01|Anson Mk.I|N5032|No.1 (O)AFU, RAF|Craigencallie, Dumfries & Galloway”

Wreckage at the crash site of Bristol Beaufighter Mk.X LX946 on Maol Mheadhion, Isle of Islay

12th September 1943
Beaufighter T.F. Mk.X LX946
No.304 FTU, RAF
Maol Mheadhion, Isle of Islay

The aircraft was one of a number of Beaufighters whose crews had been tasked with a long distance night cross country exercise, they were taking off at after 03:00, LX946 … Continue reading “1943-09-12|Beaufighter T.F. Mk.X|LX946|No.304 FTU, RAF|Maol Mheadhion, Isle of Islay”

Memorial plaque near the crash site of Vickers Wellington HZ251 at Low Bradley, Skipton, North Yorkshire

23rd September 1943
Wellington Mk.XI HZ251
No.6 OTU, RAF
Low Bradley, Skipton

The crew of HZ251 had flown a cross country navigation exercise on the 22nd September from their home station at RAF Silloth in Cumbria, they landed at RAF Skipton-on-Swale near … Continue reading “1943-09-23|Wellington Mk.XI|HZ251|No.6 OTU, RAF|Low Bradley, Skipton”

Crash site of Airspeed Oxford Mk.I LW959 at Henbury, Maccesfield

29th September 1943
Oxford Mk.I LW959
No.21 (P)AFU, RAF
Henbury, Cheshire

The instructor, who was onboard as a Safety Pilot, and student were carrying out a day cross country flight from Wheaton Aston near Stafford. The briefed route was Wheaton Aston … Continue reading “1943-09-29|Oxford Mk.I|LW959|No.21 (P)AFU, RAF|Henbury, Cheshire”

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”