Crash site of Avro Anson R9583 on Carn nan Tri-tighearnan, Moy, Inverness

27th July 1940
Anson Mk.I R9583
No.20 OTU, RAF
Carn nan Tri-tighearnan, Inverness-shire

The crew of the aircraft were on a night cross country exercise from RAF Lossiemouth on the Moray coast, they had departed at 22:15 on the 26th July. After completing … Continue reading “1940-07-27|Anson Mk.I|R9583|No.20 OTU, RAF|Carn nan Tri-tighearnan, Inverness-shire”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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

23rd August 1942
Botha Mk.I L6318
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 N1180 on Tor Mhor, Mull of Kintyre

2nd September 1942
Beaufort Mk.I N1180
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 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”

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”

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”

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 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”

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 DV732
No.11 OTU, RAF
Nr Eyam, Derbyshire

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 Airspeed Oxford Mk.I LX518 on Featherbed Moss, Outer Edge, Margary Hill

18th October 1943
Oxford Mk.I LX518
No.21 (P)AFU, RAF
Margary Hill, Derwent Valley

At 20:45pm on the 18th October 1943 P/O Denis Kyne took off from Wheaton Aston, which is between Stafford and Telford, for a solo night cross country navigation flight along … Continue reading “1943-10-18|Oxford Mk.I|LX518|No.21 (P)AFU, RAF|Margary Hill, Derwent Valley”

Crash site of Vickers Wellington Mk.IC DV435 near Belper, Derbyshire

24th November 1943
Wellington Mk.IC DV435
No.14 OTU, RAF
Belper, Derbyshire

The aircraft had taken off at 16:50 for a Bullseye exercise, just short of 4.5 hours later the aircraft was abandoned by its crew due to severe icing conditions causing … Continue reading “1943-11-24|Wellington Mk.IC|DV435|No.14 OTU, RAF|Belper, Derbyshire”

Wreckage in a stone enclosure at the crash site of Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIC LF207 near Kilchoan, Ardnamurchan

6th February 1944
Hurricane Mk.IIC LF207
No.516 Sqn, RAF
Kilchoan, Inverness-shire

Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIC LF207 of No.516 Squadron crashed near Kilchoan, on the Ardnamurchan peninsular, on the 6th February 1944   Arthur John Woodgate Flight Lieutenant RNZAF Pilot Killed  

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”

crash site of Hawker Hurricane V6793 on Fleet Green, Merryton Low, near Leek, Staffordshire

27th July 1944
Hurricane Mk.I V6793
No.5 (P)AFU, RAF
Merryton Low, Leek

Hawker Hurricane Mk.I V6793 of No.5 (P)AFU dived into the ground at Merryton near Leek, on the 27th July 1944 while flying from Tern Hill on an aerobatics and sector reconnaissance exercise   Roswell Howard Tourle Martin Flight Sergeant RNZAF Pilot Killed  

Wreckage at the crash site of Avro Lancaster NF963 near Ellingstring, Yorkshire

4th October 1944
Lancaster Mk.I NF963
No.550 Sqn, RAF
Ellingstring, North Yorkshire

Lancaster Mk.I NF963 broke up in mid air on killing 6 of the 7 crew, the pilot escaping when the cockpit disintegrated around him. Some of the crew did manage … Continue reading “1944-10-04|Lancaster Mk.I|NF963|No.550 Sqn, RAF|Ellingstring, North Yorkshire”

Wreckage at the crash site of de Havilland Tiger Moth T6464 on Blindstones Moss, Chew Brook, Oldham

12th April 1945
Tiger Moth Mk.II T6464
Blindstones Moss, Dovestones

The pilot had taken off from Sealand at 09:50 for a cross-country flight, just over 1.5 hours into the flight the pilot lost control of the aircraft in cloud and … Continue reading “1945-04-12|Tiger Moth Mk.II|T6464|No.24 EFTS, RAF|Blindstones Moss, Dovestones”