Crash site of Desoutter G-AAPZ near Meerbrook, Leek, Staffordshire

30th November 1933
Desoutter G-AAPZ
National Flying Services
Meerbrook, Leek

The pilot had attempted to land the aircraft in a long field running uphill, though possibly touched down late, the aircraft had not slowed much by the time it came … Continue reading “1933-11-30|Desoutter|G-AAPZ|National Flying Services|Meerbrook, Leek”

23rd November 1934
DH80A Puss Moth G-AAZN
Bradnop, Leek

The 24 year old owner, and pilot, of the aircraft was flying from Southampton to Barton Aerodrome near Manchester when he encountered thick fog. While flying in these low visibility … Continue reading “1934-11-23|DH80A Puss Moth|G-AAZN|Civil|Bradnop, Leek”

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

26th November 1934
Bulldog T.M. K3939
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
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”

Miles Magister at the Shuttleworth Collection

4th September 1940
Magister Mk.I L8258
Cheddleton, Leek

On the 4th September LAC Coogan, a member of the RAFVR who was from Hobart in Tasmania, was to carry out solo aerobatics from Meir near Stoke-on-Trent, his flight was … Continue reading “1940-09-04|Magister Mk.I|L8258|No.5 EFTS, RAF|Cheddleton, Leek”

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

17th November 1940
Spitfire Mk.IIA P7593
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”

Miles Magister at the Shuttleworth Collection

26th November 1940
Magister Mk.I P2427
Nr Leek, Staffordshire

Thomas Brocklebank was only a few hours into his elementary flying training and was on an early solo flight in the local area around Meir when he became lost in … Continue reading “1940-11-26|Magister Mk.I|P2427|No.5 EFTS, RAF|Nr Leek, Staffordshire”

Miles Magister at the Shuttleworth Collection

5th January 1941
Magister Mk.I R1963
Nr Bottom House, Leek

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”

Miles Magister at the Shuttleworth Collection

20th April 1941
Magister Mk.I L8139
Meerbrook, Leek

Miles Magister at the Shuttleworth Collection

27th April 1941
Magister Mk.I T9838
Nr Cheddleton, Leek

Crash site of Junkers Ju88 6312 / F1+AD at Black Brook bear the Roaches, in the Peak District

7th May 1941
Ju88A-5 6213 / F1+AD
3/KG76, Luftwaffe
Roach End, Leek

The aircraft, from KG 76, was one of a number of aircraft tasked with bombing Liverpool on the night of the 7th / 8th May 1941. The aircraft was being flown by … Continue reading “1941-05-07|Ju88A-5|6213 / F1+AD|3/KG76, Luftwaffe|Roach End, Leek”

Miles Magister at the Shuttleworth Collection

24th May 1941
Magister Mk.I L6909
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”

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 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”

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”

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”

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 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”

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”

Small piece of wreckage at the crash site of Lockheed P-38J 42-67670 on Strines Moor near Leek, Staffordshire

22nd December 1943
P-38J 42-67670
Strines Moor, Leek

On the 22nd December 1943 2nd Lt Senesac of the 310th Ferry Squadron, 27th Air Transport Group, was tasked to fly a Lockheed P-38J from Warton near Preston to King’s … Continue reading “1943-12-22|P-38J|42-67670|27th ATG, USAAF|Strines Moor, Leek”

C-47 Dakota

13th January 1944
C-53D 42-68728
435th TCG, USAAF
Ossoms Hill, Grindon

The aircraft, a C-53D Skytrooper (dedicated paratroop variant of the Dakota), was flying from Langar, near Nottingham, to Burtonwood, near Warrington, during the early afternoon of the 13th January 1944 … Continue reading “1944-01-13|C-53D|42-68728|435th TCG, USAAF|Ossoms Hill, Grindon”

Aircraft wreckage at the crash site of Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk.V LA765 near Dilhorne, Staffordshire

31st January 1944
Whitley Mk.V LA765
No.81 OTU, RAF
Dilhorne, Staffordshire

Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk.V LA765 of No.81 OTU crashed at Dilhorne, Stoke-on-trent, 31st January 1944 while flying from Whitchurch Heath in Shropshire   Ian Leslie Wilkinson Sergeant Pilot Killed John Frederick Cusworth Flying Officer Navigator Killed George Victor Bourne Sergeant Bomb Aimer Killed Andrew Harkes Robertson Sergeant Wireless Operator Killed Thomas H. Weightman Flight Sergeant … Continue reading “1944-01-31|Whitley Mk.V|LA765|No.81 OTU, RAF|Dilhorne, Staffordshire”

Crash site of Handley Page Halifax Mk.II BB320 at Cellerhead near Leek, Staffordshire

7th February 1944
Halifax Mk.II BB320
No.1656 HCU, RAF
Cellerhead, Staffordshire

The crew were on a night navigation exercise from RAF Lindholme near Doncaster, having taken off at 17:40.  A little under an hour into the flight the aircraft was seen … Continue reading “1944-02-07|Halifax Mk.II|BB320|No.1656 HCU, RAF|Cellerhead, Staffordshire”

Crash site of Short Stirling LK502 at Cliffe Park, Rudyard, Leek

27th May 1944
Stirling Mk.III LK502
No.1654 HCU, RAF
Cliffe Park, Leek

The crew were on a night cross country exercise from RAF Wigsley, with one of the objectives being to take a night photogaph of the Menai Bridge between Bangor and … Continue reading “1944-05-27|Stirling Mk.III|LK502|No.1654 HCU, RAF|Cliffe Park, Leek”

Memorial in the churchyard at Mayfield Parish Church, dedicated to the crew of Vickers Wellington Mk.X LP397

13th June 1944
Wellington Mk.X LP397
No.28 OTU, RAF
Mayfield, Staffordshire

The crash occurred while the aircraft was on a cross country exercise from Castle Donington, about 25 minutes after it took off it entered a thunderstorm, shortly afterwards the aircraft … Continue reading “1944-06-13|Wellington Mk.X|LP397|No.28 OTU, RAF|Mayfield, Staffordshire”

Memorial ceremony at Riverside Road, Upper Tean, crash site of Republic P-47D 42-22491

14th July 1944
P-47D 42-22491
495th FTG, USAAF
Upper Tean, Staffordshire

22 Year old 2nd Lieutenant Donald M. Pfaff, pictured above, of Homestead PA (to the SE of Pittsburgh) was flying in the No.3 position of a 4 ship battle formation … Continue reading “1944-07-14|P-47D|42-22491|495th FTG, USAAF|Upper Tean, Staffordshire”

The crash site of Vickers Wellington MF584 near Marchington, Staffordshire

18th July 1944
Wellington Mk.X MF584
No.27 OTU, RAF
Marchington, Staffordshire

The crew were carrying out a bombing exercise over Cannock Chase, having taken off from RAF Lichfield at 18:30. While at 9000 feet above Cannock Chase a severe vibration developed … Continue reading “1944-07-18|Wellington Mk.X|MF584|No.27 OTU, RAF|Marchington, Staffordshire”

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  

Wrecked aircraft in a photograph from the accident report, Consolidated B-24 42-52625, Brown Edge, Staffordshire

15th August 1944
B-24H 42-52625
406th BS, USAAF
Brown Edge, Endon

After take off from Warton the crew could not raise the aircraft’s undercarriage, while attempting to resolve this problem the aircraft stated to bank to the left and lose height, … Continue reading “1944-08-15|B-24H|42-52625|406th BS, USAAF|Brown Edge, Endon”

Crash site of Republic P-47C Thunderbolt 41-6628 at Thorncliffe near Leek, Staffordshire

3rd October 1944
P-47C 41-6628
495th FTG, USAAF
Thorncliffe, Leek

The photograph above shows Quentin J. Sella shortly after receiving his commission in February 1944, this appeared with his obituary in the Grand Rapids Press (one of the newspapers from … Continue reading “1944-10-03|P-47C|41-6628|495th FTG, USAAF|Thorncliffe, Leek”

Crash site of Douglas A-20G Havoc 43-9958 at Flash near Leek, Staffordshire

3rd January 1945
A-20G 43-9958
Flash, Leek

The aircraft was being ferried by a pilot from the 310th Ferry Squadron, 27th Air Transport Group from Stanstead to Burtonwood. His route was meant to have been Stanstead – … Continue reading “1945-01-03|A-20G|43-9958|27th ATG, USAAF|Flash, Leek”

Crash site of Avro Lancaster NF908 on the Roaches near Leek, Staffordshire

3rd January 1945
Lancaster Mk.I NF908
No.467 Sqn, RAAF
The Roaches, Leek

The crew of NF908 had not been at No.467 Sqn for long, being posted in from No.5 Lancaster Finishing School in at the beginning of December 1944. Though from available … Continue reading “1945-01-03|Lancaster Mk.I|NF908|No.467 Sqn, RAAF|The Roaches, Leek”

de Havilland Mosquito

2nd March 1945
Mosquito Mk.XX KB206
Cheddleton, Leek

de Havilland Mosquito Mk.XX KB206 of the Pathfinder Navigation Training Unit, crashed near Cheddleton, Staffordshire, on the 2nd March 1945 The two crew were undergoing training to be posted to … Continue reading “1945-03-02|Mosquito Mk.XX|KB206|PFFNTU, RAF|Cheddleton, Leek”

Memorial at the crash site of Handley Page Halifax RT922 at Grindon, Staffordshire

13th February 1947
Halifax A. Mk.9 RT922
No.47 Sqn, RAF
Grindon Moor, Leek

The winter of 1946 / 1947 saw some of the heaviest snowfall recorded in England, it was particularly bad in the areas of high ground with many villages in the … Continue reading “1947-02-13|Halifax A. Mk.9|RT922|No.47 Sqn, RAF|Grindon Moor, Leek”

Crash site of English Electric Canberra WH669 at Dilhorne, Staffordshire

27th March 1953
Canberra B. Mk.2 WH669
No.10 Sqn, RAF
Dilhorne, Staffordshire

The crew were carrying out Local Continuation Training from RAF Scampton near Lincoln, this included approach training from high level. The approach training was a mixture of B.A.B.S (Beam Approach … Continue reading “1953-03-27|Canberra B. Mk.2|WH669|No.10 Sqn, RAF|Dilhorne, Staffordshire”