Miles Master Mk.III W8761 of No.16 (Polish) Flying Training School RAF crashed in a force landing at Camp Hill on the 21st March 1943


E. Suszynski Flight Lieutenant PAF Pilot (Instructor) Ok
H. Raczkowski Sergeant PAF Pilot (Pupil) Ok


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 of the flight and decided to force land the aircraft in an appropriate location.

The instructor took over control of the aircraft and spotted the gliding club on Camp Hill at Great Hucklow near Tideswell, which although out of use for the war years had its wind sock in place. He landed in the field but overshot and the Master tipped onto its nose damaging the engine and struck a wall with one wing and undercarriage leg.

It was noted on the Air Ministry accident card that in “such weather the instructor should not let pupil lead formations. Only instructors allowed to lead in bad weather.”

The aircraft was not badly damaged by the crash being declared as category AC which was a low damage category.