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”

Airspeed Oxford

2nd September 1941
Oxford Mk.I V3210
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”

Wreckage at the crash site of Oxford T1287 on Shalloch on Minnoch, Ayrshire

10th October 1941
Oxford Mk.I T1287
Shalloch on Minnoch, South Ayrshire

On the 10th October 1941 Oxford T1287 was being used for a training flight from RAF West Freugh near to Stranraer. There were two trainee Observers onboard the aircraft with … Continue reading “1941-10-10|Oxford Mk.I|T1287|No.4 AOS, RAF|Shalloch on Minnoch, South Ayrshire”

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

2nd November 1941
Oxford Mk.I AT486
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
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.

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

2nd March 1942
Oxford Mk.I L4597
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”

Airspeed Oxford

15th January 1943
Oxford Mk.I DF408
No.1531 BAT Flt, RAF
Sutton, Macclesfield

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”

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 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 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”

Wreckage at the crash site Airspeed Oxford Mk.I DF471 on Great Coum, Cumbria

29th August 1943
Oxford Mk.I DF471
No.427 Sqn, RCAF
Great Coum, Cumbria

On the 27th August 1943 a number of Halifax aircraft from No.427 Squadron took part in a raid against Nurnberg. Among them was Halifax Mk.V DK234, about 5 minutes after … Continue reading “1943-08-29|Oxford Mk.I|DF471|No.427 Sqn, RCAF|Great Coum, Cumbria”

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”

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 Airspeed Oxford BM837 on Winter Hill, Bolton, Lancashire

24th December 1943
Oxford Mk.I BM837
No.410 Sqn, RCAF
Winter Hill, Lancashire

Flt Lt Cybulski appeared in the famous photograph of Mosquito DZ757, RA-Q, with most of the canvas burnt off the aircraft and no rudder. This occured when he attacked a … Continue reading “1943-12-24|Oxford Mk.I|BM837|No.410 Sqn, RCAF|Winter Hill, Lancashire”

Crash site of Airspeed Oxford Mk.II X7064 on Moel y Gamelin, Llangollen, Denbighshire

20th February 1944
Oxford Mk.II X7064
No.11 (P)AFU, RAF
Moel y Gamelin, Denbighshire

During the evening of the 20th February 1944 Oxford X7064 took off from RAF Wrexham with two crew aboard for a night training flight. The flight was authorised as a … Continue reading “1944-02-20 |Oxford Mk.II|X7064|No.11 (P)AFU, RAF|Moel y Gamelin, Denbighshire”

Wreckage at the crash site of Airspeed Oxford Mk.I LX745 on Shining Tor, Derbyshire

12th March 1944
Oxford Mk.I LX745
No.11 (P)AFU, RAF
Shining Tor, Buxton

The aircraft was being used for a night cross country exercise from RAF Calveley near Nantwich. The briefed route was to have been Calveley – Wrexham – Lichfield – Calveley … Continue reading “1944-03-12|Oxford Mk.I|LX745|No.11 (P)AFU, RAF|Shining Tor, Buxton”

Wreckage at the crash site of Airspeed Oxford Mk.I HN429 on Axe Edge near Buxton

3rd November 1944
Oxford Mk.I HN429
No.11 (P)AFU, RAF
Axe Edge, Buxton

On the 3rd November 1944 the crew of three boarded (including an instructor) HN429 for a Beam Approach training exercise from RAF Cranage in Cheshire where No.1531 Beam Approach Training … Continue reading “1944-11-03|Oxford Mk.I|HN429|No.11 (P)AFU, RAF|Axe Edge, Buxton”

Small quantity of wreckage at the crash site of Airspeed Oxford LB537 on Cornel Min near Llyn Crafnant

13th January 1945
Oxford Mk.I LB537
No.418 Sqn, RCAF
Cornel Min, Conwy

On the morning of the 13th January 1945 four personnel from No.418 Sqn took off in the unit’s Airspeed Oxford to fly to RAF Abbotsinch near to Glasgow (now the … Continue reading “1945-01-13|Oxford Mk.I|LB537|No.418 Sqn, RCAF|Cornel Min, Conwy”

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

4th March 1945
Oxford Mk.I NM683
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”

Tiny fragments of wreckage found at the crash site of Airspeed Oxford L4601 on Shutlingsloe, Wildboarclough, Cheshire

4th April 1945
Oxford Mk.I L4601
Shutlingsloe, Wildboarclough

The aircraft was being used for a day cross country flight from RAF Cranwell in Lincolnshire. The aircraft had taken off from Cranwell at about 09:30 and had flown for … Continue reading “1945-04-04|Oxford Mk.I|L4601|No.17 SFTS, RAF|Shutlingsloe, Wildboarclough”

Crash site of Airspeed Oxford Mk.I HN594 on Brown Knoll between Chinley and Edale, Derbyshire

28th December 1945
Oxford Mk.I HN594
No.21 (P)AFU, RAF
Brown Knoll, Edale

One of the two pilots, Ted Croker, went on in life to play football for Charlton Athletic, who he was already playing for in 1945, and be Chief Executive of … Continue reading “1945-12-28|Oxford Mk.I|HN594|No.21 (P)AFU, RAF|Brown Knoll, Edale”

Crash site of Airspeed Oxford PH242 on Hay Bluff near Hay-on-Wye

7th January 1946
Oxford Mk.I PH242
No.21 (P)AFU, RAF
Hay Bluff, Herefordshire

It may be of interest that 4 days latter Oxford LX673 of No.21 (P)AFU was lost in a fatal accident in the Peak District.

Crash site of Airspeed Oxford Mk.I LX673 in Wildboarclough near Macclesfield, Cheshire

11th January 1946
Oxford Mk.I LX673
No.21 (P)AFU, RAF
Wildboarclough, Macclesfield

The pupil pilot was receiving training in the use of Standard Beam Approach equipment and had been airborne from Wheaton Aston for some 37 minutes when, at 09:45 the aircraft … Continue reading “1946-01-11|Oxford Mk.I|LX673|No.21 (P)AFU, RAF|Wildboarclough, Macclesfield”

Armstrong Siddeley Cheetah engine at the crash site of Airspeed Consul (Oxford) TF-RPM on Crow Stone Edge, Howden Moors

12th April 1951
Consul TF-RPM
Icelandic Airline
Crow Stone Edge, Howden Moors

The aircraft was being ferried from Croydon to Iceland via Liverpool and Prestwick.  The crew became disorientated in cloud and flew into high ground. The aircraft was built as an … Continue reading “1951-04-12|Consul|TF-RPM|Icelandic Airline|Crow Stone Edge, Howden Moors”

Armstrong Siddeley Cheetah engine at the crash site of Airspeed Oxford Mk.2 V3910 on Maol an Taillier, Nairn, Highland

6th December 1951
Oxford Mk.2 V3910
Maol an Taillier, Highland

Nineteen year old Acting Pilot Officer Drury from Rotherham in South Yorkshire was a pupil on No.4 Course at 8 Advanced Flying Training School which was stationed at Dalcross near … Continue reading “1951-12-06|Oxford Mk.2|V3910|No.8 AFTS, RAF|Maol an Taillier, Highland”