Miles Magister Mk.I N3811 of No.16 Elementary Flying Training School, crashed at Darley Dale on the 31st July 1940

Miles Magister at the Shuttleworth Collection


Kenneth Percy Glassborow Leading Aircraftman Pilot Uninjured


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 of high ground decided to force land the aircraft in a suitable field. However LAC Percy could not find a suitable landing ground as the fields in the area had been sown with anti-invasion posts. Eventually he found a field that was clear of posts and attempted to land, but the field dipped “sharply” and the aircraft did not stop in time to prevent it from crashing into the stone wall at the far end.

The impact wrote off the aircraft, though there was no fire, the pilot was recorded as being uninjured.

The pilot, Kenneth Glassborow was killed on the 14th June 1941 while serving with No.102 Squadron. The aircraft he was piloting, Whitley Mk.V Z6510, was shot down by anti-aircraft fire near the German town of Kirchhellen near Essen while on a raid against Schwerte, he and his crew are buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.