1940 Incident Logs

Select a month below to see the incidents for that month.

DateTypeSerialUnitLocationNotes
01/01/1940HampdenL4205185sqnnr Gunby, north of CottesmoreCoded GL-? The aircraft crashed after it stalled on overshooting Cottesmore. The sole occupant of the aircraft was the pilot, P/O E.A.C. Hill, who was killed in the crash.
02/01/1940WallaceK39111AASSkidbrookeThis aircraft was wrecked during a target-towing sortie when the target cable fouled the aircraft's elevators in a turn - the pilot made a banked turn instead of a flat one. The aircraft crashed and burned out. Pilot P/O MV Reynolds killed, AC2 J Lewis killed.
04/01/1940HartK586812SFTSGranthamThis aircraft was damaged during night-flying training when the aircraft swung violently on landing, causing the wing to hit the ground and the undercarriage to collapse. Pilot Sgt A Heaton was unhurt.
04/01/1940HindK5408RAFCnr CaythorpeThis aircraft was wrecked when it struck HT cables and crashed whilst low flying. Pilot F/Cdt JAG Chomley was injured.
05/01/1940HartK579912SFTSGranthamThis aircraft was damaged during dual instruction in the procedure for dealing with engine failure after take-off. The pilot allowed the aircraft to lose too much height and the undercarriage struck a tree. Instructor F/O PR Vincent and his unnamed pupil were unhurt.
05/01/1940AudaxK734812SFTSGranthamThis aircraft was damaged slightly when Acting P/O D G Hayward turned it sharply in an unsuccessful attempt to avoid a landing aircraft.
06/01/1940BlenheimL6339233sqnCleethorpesThis aircraft was damaged when it force-landed on South Beach, Cleethorpes, due to thick fog.
06/01/1940BlenheimL8718233sqnLow StantonThis aircraft was damaged when it force-landed in a field at Low Stanton near Scunthorpe after running low on fuel in foggy conditions on return from a patrol over the North Sea. The aircraft ran through a hedge and the tailwheel was broken. Pilot Sgt Tubbs and crew were unhurt.
08/01/1940BlenheimL1511219sqnnr GranthamThis aircraft was wrecked when it force-landed in a field in foggy conditions on a ferry flight from Hendon to Catterick. The aircraft overran the landing field as the pilot was unable to swing the aircraft due to the wheels not gripping on the wet grass. The aircraft tipped onto its nose in a ploughed field. Pilot P/O AJ Skidmore and crew were unhurt.
09/01/1940BlenheimL8678229sqnDigbyThis aircraft was damaged when it landed wheels-up on the airfield after the pilot became distracted by frost forming on the windscreen whilst landing at night, causing him to forget to lower the wheels. Pilot P/O MA Bussey and crew were unhurt.
09/01/1940AnsonN515212SFTSGranthamThis aircraft was damaged in a night landing accident due to the pilot being dazzled by the glare of hangar lighting in ice which had formed on the windscreen. Pilot Acting P/O P F Berry was uninjured.
09/01/1940AudaxK513412SFTSnr GranthamThis aircraft was written off when it hit a telegraph pole and crashed into a bank during a forced landing 1 mile northwest of the airfield on a night solo flight. Pilot Acting P/O H L G Green was unhurt in the crash.
10/01/1940SpitfireL1033611sqnDigbyThis aircraft was damaged when it ran through the airfield boundary hedge as it the pilot was unable to stop the aircraft after the engine failed on take-off. Pilot F/Lt KM Stoddart was unhurt.
10/01/1940BlenheimN6203110sqnManbyCoded VE-? The aircraft was airborne at 1015hrs from Wattisham for a reconnaissance sortie. The aircraft was severely damaged after it was intercepted by a flight of 5 Me110s. The aircraft crash-landed at 1425hrs. No injuries were reported to pilot P/O GH Pemberton and crew.
11/01/1940AudaxK524812SFTSGranthamThis aircraft sustained minor damage in a heavy landing on a night sorties by pilot Acting P/O W P Oleson.
11/01/1940HampdenL4165144sqnHemswellThis aircraft was damaged whilst taxying during a night cross-country sortie. The undercarriage collapsed as all of the locks had been broken in a heavy landing. Pilot S/Ldr AN Luxmoore and crew were unhurt.
12/01/1940OxfordP18272CFSCranwellThis aircraft was wrecked when it overshot on landing with insufficient flap set. The aircraft ran into a hut on the airfield. Pilot P/O RPC Thompson was unhurt.
12/01/1940HartK3746RAFCWelbournThis aircraft was wrecked in a heavy landing after the pilot misjudged his altitude and stalled onto the runway. One tyre burst, the aircraft swung violently and the undercarriage collapsed. Pilot P/O JW Lund was unhurt.
16/01/1940HartK4945RAFCBarkston HeathThis aircraft was wrecked whilst force landing in a snowstorm on a cross-country flight from South Cerney to Cranwell. The pilot stalled the aircraft at 30 feet whilst attempting to land. The aircraft tipped onto its nose after touching down. Pilot P/O RGA Barclay was unhurt.
16/01/1940DemonK59021AASDonna NookThis aircraft was damaged when it was blown into a hedge near the petrol dump after a sudden gale blew up before the ground staff had time to tie the aircraft down.
16/01/1940DemonK59071AASDonna NookThis aircraft was damaged when it was blown into a hedge near the petrol dump after a sudden gale blew up before the ground staff had time to tie the aircraft down.
16/01/1940DemonK81841AASDonna NookThis aircraft was damaged when it was blown into a hedge near the petrol dump after a sudden gale blew up before the ground staff had time to tie the aircraft down.
16/01/1940BattleL5348266sqnEast KirkbyThis aircraft was wrecked whilst force-landing in a field during a heavy snowstorm near East Kirkby village after the engine failed in flight. The pilot could not see the ground until he was below 50 feet, the aircraft hit a bank and a hedge whilst landing. Pilot P/O JL Wilkie and P/O EHG Mitchell were unhurt.
16/01/1940AnsonK625612SFTSLincolnshireThis aircraft was damaged when it made a forced landing during a snowstorm.
16/01/1940AnsonN513912SFTSLincolnshireThis aircraft was damaged when it made a forced landing during a snowstorm.
16/01/1940HartK4945RAFCnr Great PontonThis aircraft was slightly damaged in a forced landing in a snowstorm whilst on a cross-country flight from South Cerney to Cranwell. No further details recorded.
16/01/1940WallaceK60601E&WSnr WoolsthorpeThis aircraft made a forced landing in a field during a snowstorm. The aircraft was undamaged and the crew were unhurt.
17/01/1940BlenheimK7130254sqnSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged when the pilot selected undercarriage up instead of flaps up at the end of the landing run. The undercarriage retracted, leaving the aircraft on its belly. Pilot P/O Killingworth and crew were unhurt.
17/01/1940BattleP5244266sqnSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged in a forced landing when the engine failed shortly after takeoff. The pilot put the aircraft down in a snow-covered field where it ran into a ditch. Pilot P/O DL Armitage was unhurt.
18/01/1940AudaxK51377FTSDorringtonThis aircraft was written off when pilot Midshipman(A) I R Webb RN force-landed whilst lost. On landing, the aircraft hit a snow-filled ditch and overturned.
23/01/1940BlenheimK7132254sqnSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged during a training flight when it landed fast after the airframe began breaking up in flight after a high-speed dive. The aircraft was uncontrollable below 110mph, and landed heavily, collapsing the undercarriage. Pilot Sgt TK Rees and crew were unhurt.
25/01/1940OxfordN4848RAFCWelbournThis aircraft was damaged when the pilot misjudged his approach to land and was unable to stop or turn in time as the grass was wet. The aircraft struck a gatepost. Pilot P/O PD Arup was unhurt.
30/01/1940HurricaneL1791 46 sqnDigbyThis aircraft was damaged when it ran into a bank of snow after landing too close to the preceding aircraft on return from North Coates. The aircraft tipped onto its nose. Pilot F/O RP Plummer was unhurt.

February

DateTypeSerialUnitLocationNotes
02/02/1940HurricaneL179646 sqnDigbyThis aircraft was damaged at 1630hrs whilst landing on return from North Coates when it skidded off the runway into a snow bank and tipped onto its nose. P/O LGB Bunker was unhurt.
13/02/1940BlenheimK7117229sqnDigbyThis aircraft was damaged whilst taxying across the snow-covered airfield. One wheel sank into a frozen-over water-filled depression and the aircraft tipped onto its nose. Pilot Sgt GB Johns and crew were unhurt.
24/02/1940DemonK57361AASDonna NookThis aircraft was destroyed when it crashed whilst on an air fring exercise. Pilot P/O WB Hunter (Canadian) killed, A/P/O GW Winder injured, but died the following day.
24/02/1940DemonK81961AASDonna NookThis aircraft was damaged in an unspecified accident on this date, not recorded in the unit's ORB and no mid-air collision is mentioned in relation to Demon K5736.
24/02/1940BlenheimL6742229sqnToynton St PeterThis aircraft was destroyed when it crashed out of control after the pilot was dazzled by searchlights whilst on a searchlight cooperation sortie. The aircraft was flying lower than authorised and did not fire the colours of the day to get the searchlight to switch off. The aircraft burned out on the ground. Pilot P/O PFN Lomax killed, LAC GA Carter killed, Lt JG Winks (Royal Engineers) killed.
25/02/1940BlenheimL144418sqnnr North CoatesDamaged by enemy action over Germany on a reconnaissance flight to Metz, and after crossing the North Sea crash landed near North Coates. P/O J.A.E.Monette injured, Sgt J.A.H.Potter killed, LAC A.C.Whitehill unhurt.
26/02/1940BattleP22603Gp TTFGosberton RisegateAirborne from Mildenhall for a target-towing sortie. The pilot lost control trying to descend out of low cloud in misty conditions, the aircraft dived in and crashed, exploding on impact. Both aircrew were from 98sqn. Sgt T. Owens killed, AC2 W. Mahon killed.
27/02/1940HampdenL415344sqnGrimsbyCoded KM-? Airborne at 1825hrs 26/Feb/40 from Waddington for a patrol sortie. The aircraft ran short of fuel on the return flight and was wrecked when a wheels-up forced landing was made at 0250hrs in low cloud and mist, 3 miles S of Grimsby. S/L N.B.Norris, Sgt T.L.S.Smythe, Sgt P.Nixon, AC1 H.E.Preston all uninjured.
27/02/1940MagisterL592383sqnWeltonThis aircraft was wrecked at 1100hrs during local flying practice. There was miscommunication between the pilots, each thinking the other had control until it was too late to recover and the aircraft crashed. Pilots P/O EK Kitson and P/O OH Launders were unhurt.
29/02/1940SpitfireL1052611sqnDigbyThis aircraft was damaged whilst taxying fast downwind on the airfield at 1435hrs. A gust of wind lifted the aircraft's tail when the pilot braked sharply and tipped it onto its nose. Pilot P/O VG Penney was unhurt.

March

DateTypeSerialUnitLocationNotes
01/03/1940BlenheimP4844235sqnNorth CoatesThis aircraft was damaged at 1110hrs when it struck telegraph wires whilst undershooting on approach. Pilot P/O P Weil and crew were unhurt.
02/03/1940HartK58867SFTSStowgate, nr Deeping St James stationThis aircraft was wrecked during dual forced-landing training when the engine failed in flight and the aircraft sank back onto the ground. The wheels stuck in soft mud and the aircraft overturned when the propellor hit the ground. Instructor F/Lt VAH Tuck and his unnamed pupil were unhurt.
04/03/1940HampdenL408644sqnWaddingtonThis aircraft was wrecked at 1620hrs on return from an air test flight. On touchdown, the pilot selected undercarriage up instead of flaps up and the undercarriage collapsed. Pilot Sgt JR Tonkiss was unhurt.
05/03/1940BothaL6129Blackburn(mfr)FlixboroughThis aircraft was destroyed on a test flight from Brough when it dived into the ground 300 yards north of Sheardown's Farm. Pilot F/O BR Rolfe, a test pilot for Blackburn's and his flight test observer, Mr JBE Johnson were killed in the crash.
05/03/1940MentorL4425235sqnNorth CoatesThis aircraft was damaged whilst taxying when it tipped onto its nose after the brakes jammed on. Pilot P/O RL Patterson was unhurt.
05/03/1940BlenheimP4829248sqnNorth CoatesThis aircraft was damaged when it belly-landed on the airfield during a formation landing. The pilot became absorbed watching the formation leader's position that he forgot to lower the undercarriage. Pilot P/O EH McHardy and crew were unhurt.
06/03/1940HurricaneL185746 sqn1m N of DigbyThis aircraft was wrecked at 2000hrs when it hit a tree after take-off for a night patrol. Pilot F/O WT Scott was killed in the crash.
07/03/1940BlenheimP4833235sqnNorth CoatesThis aircraft was damaged at 1650hrs on return from a cross-country flight to Hullavington. The pilot approached too fast, overshot the runway and the aircraft ran into a ditch. Pilot P/O JR Cronan and crew were unhurt.
07/03/1940HindL7192RAFCRoxholm Hall, LeasinghamThis aircraft was damaged at 1315hrs when it force-landed after becoming lost in poor visibility. The aircraft braked sharply on landing and overturned. Pilot P/O DP Bailey was injured.
07/03/1940HampdenL411161sqnScopwickCoded QR-? The aircraft was airborne from Hemswell at 2018hrs on a patrol sortie. After 3 hours of flying up and down the coast, the aircraft finally asked for bearings and was directed to Digby. The aircraft attempted a right-hand circuit of the airfield, but the flarepath was not lit, and it crashed in a nearby field at 0530hrs. The aircraft may have been damaged by fighters as LAC Wood's body had sustained gunshot wounds. F/O D.C.G. Clinkard killed, Sgt C.C. Hobbs killed, Sgt R.P. Glasson killed, LAC W.K. Wood killed. This was 61 squadron's first loss of the war.
08/03/1940HindK66491AASManbyThis aircraft was damaged at 1200hrs whilst being cleaned inside a hangar. The airman cleaning it forgot to attach a counterweight to the tail and the aircraft tipped onto its nose.
12/03/1940BlenheimL6790235sqnNorth CoatesThis aircraft was damaged on landing at 1115hrs after the undercarriage failed to retract fully on take-off, followed by the starboard wheel failing to lower at all on approach to land. Pilot P/O AJ Algeo and crew were unhurt.
12/03/1940BlenheimK70486MUnr DigbyThis aircraft was damaged whilst on a cross-country flight from Wittering to Brize Norton. The aircraft force-landed in a field due to low cloud and poor visibility.
12/03/1940HampdenL408544sqnWaddingtonThis aircraft was damaged on landing from a night-flying sortie when the port undercarriage collapsed after it hadd failed to lock down. Pilot Sgt LA Paskell and crew were unhurt.
12/03/1940HampdenP131750sqnWaddingtonThis aircraft was damaged on landing when the undercarriage collapsed on touchdown having been damaged on take-off. Pilot P/O GR Taylor and crew were unhurt.
14/03/1940HurricaneL20116 OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was slightly damaged after it bounced and stalled whilst landing too fast. Pilot P/O A Mc Fadden is not recorded as being injured.
16/03/1940BlenheimL1299236sqnNorth CoatesThis aircraft was damaged at 1515hrs when the pilot retracted the undercarriage instead of the flaps whilst still moving on the runway. Pilot P/O AR DeL Inniss and crew were unhurt.
16/03/1940BlenheimP4850236sqnNorth CoatesThis aircraft was damaged at 1520hrs whilst taxying out for a training flight. The aircraft ran into soft ground, the pilot braked and the aircraft tipped onto its nose. Pilot P/O RH Rigby and crew were unhurt.
16/03/1940HampdenL409944sqnWaddingtonThis aircraft was damaged at 0214hrs on return from a night patrol. The pilot flew low towards the airfield and clipped a tree. Pilot F/O WG Taylor and crew were unhurt.
19/03/1940HurricaneL1786229 sqnDigbyThis aircraft was damaged when the pilot force-landed in a field following engine failure in flight shortly after take-off. Pilot Sgt SA Hillman was unhurt.
20/03/1940HampdenL4137144sqnScotterCoded PL-? The aircraft crashed and burned out at 2235hrs after the pilot lost control & was unable to recover from a dive whilst on a night training sortie. F/O R.H. Bullard-Davies killed, Sgt A. Woodward killed, LAC D.G. Dowty killed.
22/03/1940HurricaneL20726 OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was seriously damaged when the pilot force- landed in an unsuitable field following engine failure in flight. Pilot Sgt HDB Jones was unhurt.
25/03/1940HurricaneL18966 OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was severely damaged when it crashed into a ploughed field shortly after take-off. Pilot P/O Lamb was unhurt.
27/03/1940HurricaneL160146 sqnDigbyThis aircraft was slightly damaged on return from an evening patrol sortie when the pilot force-landed in a field near the airfield with the undercarriage partially retracted after engine failure in flight. Pilot P/O JF Drummond suffered minor injuries in the incident.
27/03/1940SpitfireN3055611sqnDigbyThis aircraft was damaged at 1145hrs whilst taxying. The pilot turned into wind with the control column pulled back and one brake on, and the aircraft tipped onto its nose. Pilot Sgt AS Darling was unhurt.
27/03/1940Tiger MothN6934610sqnDigbyThis aircraft was damaged at 1520hrs whilst taxying out to take off for a cross-country flight. The aircraft was caught by a gust of wind and tipped onto its nose. Pilot P/O CE English was unhurt.
28/03/1940HartK3151RAFCCranwellThis aircraft was wrecked in a bad landing during solo night circuits and landings training. Pilot P/O PHV Wells was unhurt.

April

DateTypeSerialUnitLocationNotes
01/04/1940GauntletK78861AASDonna NookThis aircraft was damaged whilst taxying at 0950hrs when the port wheel stuck in a mole-hole and the aircraft tipped onto its nose. Pilot P/O JA Dixon was unhurt.
01/04/1940DemonK81261AASDonna NookThis aircraft was wrecked at 1300hrs when it was blown over by a strong gust of wind as it turned across the wind whilst taxying. Pilot F/O JK Lawrence was unhurt.
01/04/1940BlenheimN6194248sqnNorth CoatesThis aircraft was damaged at 1140hrs when the pilot retracted the undercarriage instead of the flaps whilst still moving on the runway. Pilot P/O GB Atkinson and crew were unhurt.
06/04/1940HampdenL405082sqnScamptonThis aircraft was damaged at 2100hrs when the it struck an unlit airfield light whilst landing after a night cross-country flight. Pilot Sgt KJ Sewell and crew were unhurt.
06/04/1940HampdenP177450sqnScamptonThis aircraft was damaged at 2150hrs when it flew into the ground after engine failure as the aircraft was opening up to go around after overshooting the landing area. Pilot F/O JD Haskins and crew were unhurt.
07/04/1940SpitfireN31951AASManbyThis aircraft was wrecked at 1040hrs when the engine failed on take-off for an air-test flight. The aircraft belly-landed as the pilot had no time to lower the undercarriage and overturned. Pilot P/O VM Bright was unhurt.
07/04/1940WhitleyK903210sqnnr GrimsbyCoded ZA-? Airborne at 2050hrs 6/Apr/40 from Dishforth on a reconnaissance sortie. The aircraft was wrecked on return at 0544hrs when the pilot struck a tree while attempting an emergency landing near Fairfield House, Scartho. F/O G.W.Prior, Sgt Green, Sgt Mathers, AC1 Henry, AC1 Miller all uninjured.
08/04/1940HindK5547RAFCCranwellThis aircraft was wrecked at 2330hrs whilst the pilot was landing at night using the airfield floodlight. He forgot to flatten out on approach and flew into the ground on the airfield, causing the aircraft to overturn. Pilot F/O NG Cranna was injured.
08/04/1940BattleN20831AASnr GrimoldbyThis aircraft was damaged at 1200hrs when it was forced-landed wheels-up in a field 1/2 mile east of Grimoldby station after the engine failed in flight on the pilot's first solo on the type. Pilot Lt EG Clutton (Royal Navy) was unhurt in the incident.
09/04/1940AnsonN514812SFTS200 yards south of Grantham airfieldThis aircraft was substantially damaged whilst landing at night. The aircraft undershot the flarepath due to having insufficient height on approach, and crashed through a hedge in a field 200 yards outside the airfield boundary. The pilot, Acting P/O G J M Hart was uninjured.
10/04/1940HindK5455RAFCCranwellThis aircraft was wrecked at 1040hrs whilst taxying on the airfield. The tailwheel caught in a hole, the pilot opened the throttle too sharply in an attempt to pul the wheel out, and the aircraft tipped onto its nose. Pilot P/O CH Bacon was unhurt.
10/04/1940OxfordL9650RAFCWelbournThis aircraft was damaged at 1500hrs when it belly-landed on the airfield after the pilot forgot to lower the undercarriage. Pilot P/O PR Crompton was unhurt.
13/04/1940AnsonN519350sqnPimlico, nr LimberCoded VN-? Airborne from Waddington at 1745 to search for the crew of Hampden L4064. The aircraft crash-landed in a field at Riggall's farm at 2335hrs after running out of fuel. The pilot was attempting to return to his home station but force-landed into a small field when the aircraft's fuel ran out. P/O R.D. Wann injured, Sgt B. Pollard injured, Sgt A. Wappnett injured, Cpl R.L.H. Smith injured.
14/04/1940GauntletK53341AASDonna NookThis aircraft was damaged at 1225hrs when it tipped onto its nose due to excessive braking on landing. Pilot P/O WG Mellor was unhurt.
14/04/1940HampdenL406550sqnoff MablethorpeCoded VN-? Airborne 2215hrs 13/Apr/40 from Waddington on a mine-laying sortie. The aircraft is believed to have crashed in the sea off Mablethorpe. F/Lt R.J.Cosgrove (Australian) killed, Sgt F.W.Batchelor killed, Sgt G.W.Everatt killed, Cpl J.Doran killed.
15/04/1940GauntletK78831AASDonna NookThis aircraft was wrecked at 0755hrs when it struck the beach whilst flying extremely low over it during a weather test flight. The aircraft overturned, killing pilot P/O P de G Fry.
16/04/1940HartK5793RAFCCranwellThis aircraft was damaged after landing slightly out of wind when a wing dropped, touched the ground and the aircraft tipped onto its nose. Pilot P/O GN Gaunt was unhurt.
17/04/1940HampdenL411661sqnHemswellCoded QR-? The aircraft was written off after it overran the landing area and ran through a hedge into a ditch whilst landing at night. Pilot P/O SB Morley and crew were unhurt.
17/04/1940HampdenL4163144sqnHemswellCoded PL-? Airborne from Hemswell on a 'secret operational' sortie at 2236hrs but was unable to make any height after take-off. The aircraft was destroyed when it collided with, and demolished a cottage on the airfield perimeter and crashed, killing the entire crew and catching fire. Sgt J.Windsor killed, Sgt R.F.Carter killed, AC1 D.Burnside killed, Sgt W.Cuthbert killed. The civilian family in the cottage were unhurt.
17/04/1940AnsonN518761sqnHemswellThis aircraft was damaged in a taxying incident. The pilot, P/O A H Gould was taxying downwind after landing and braked late to avoid a fence. The aircraft's tail struck the fence as the aircraft swung, damaging the airframe to a degree that required off-site repair.
17/04/1940BeaufortL451722sqnNorth CoatesThis aircraft was wrecked at 2307hrs on return from operations when it overran the runway and crashed through a hedge. The standard landing strip length was found to be insufficient for heavy aircraft landing in no wind. Pilot P/O J Willis and crew were unhurt.
17/04/1940BlenheimP4836235sqnNorth CoatesThis aircraft was damaged at 2235hrs whilst the pilot was practising night landings. The pilot approached too fast, overshot the runway and the aircraft ran into ditches on the airfield perimeter. Pilot F/O JH Laughlin and crew were unhurt.
18/04/1940HurricaneL180146sqnnr NavenbyThis aircraft was destroyed when it crashed after being abandoned following loss of control during a mock dogfight. The starboard aileron failed in flight, the pilot baled out and the crashed 1 mile southwest of Navenby railway station. Pilot P/O Banks was unhurt.
20/04/1940BlenheimL13581AASManbyThis aircraft was damaged at 0940hrs on return from a bombing exercise. The aircraft landed fast, tail-up in conditions of no wind. The aircraft overshot the runway into the bomb dump and came to rest tipped on its nose. Pilot P/O PD Sharp and crew were unhurt.
21/04/1940BattleP668612SFTSGranthamThis aircraft was damaged when it tipped onto its nose after the pilot used too much throttle & brake whilst turning the aircraft as he taxied downwind. Pilot Sgt RJ Dunton was unhurt.
22/04/1940AudaxK737012SFTSGranthamAt 0100hrs, this aircraft was written off when the undercarriage collapsed on the second landing attempt after a very heavy landing on the first attempt. The aircraft came to rest on its nose, pilot Sgt H N Hunt was uninjured.
22/04/1940HampdenL4143144sqnKirton in LindseyCoded PL-? The aircraft crashed at 1415hrs in a field 70 yards off the Scunthorpe road, 1/2 mile north of the crossroads whilst on airtest. P/O A. Robson injured, AC1 Elcoat injured.
22/04/1940BattleP667512SFTSnr HarlaxtonThis aircraft was wrecked shortly after takeoff when it flew into the ground under power with wheels down after the pilot became distracted trying to remove a safety clip from the undercarriage selector lever. The clip should have been removed on the ground before flight. Pilot Sgt BO Whitely was killed.
22/04/1940HampdenP117549sqnScamptonCoded EA-? Airborne from Scampton on a mine-laying sortie. On return, at 0308hrs in very bad visibility, the aircraft was wrecked when it over-ran the runway on landing. The pilot swung the aircraft and braked hard, but it ran into excavations and the undercarriage was torn off, damaging the aircraft beyond repair. Pilot F/O D.White, Sgt N.L.Jones, Sgt P.J.Hurst, LAC N.Hornsby all unhurt.
23/04/1940HampdenP133144sqnWaddingtonCoded KM-? Airborne from Waddington on a patrol sortie. The undercarriage was damaged on take-off, and the Hampden was wrecked at 2030hrs in the forced-landing that followed. Pilot P/O L.J.Ashfield and crew were unhurt.
25/04/1940HindL72161AASManbyThis aircraft was damaged at 1605hrs when the undercarriage collapsed on the second landing attempt, tipping the aircraft onto its nose. The undercarriage bracing wire had broken on the first attempt. Pilot Sgt B Tilbury and his unnamed passenger were unhurt.
25/04/1940HartK5801RAFCWelbournThis aircraft was wrecked whilst practising forced landings. The pilot held off too high and stalled the aircraft with slight drift. One wing dropped and struck the ground and the aircraft tipped onto its nose. Pilot P/O JP Crossman was unhurt.
26/04/1940HurricaneL1829229 sqnDigbyThis aircraft was damaged whilst taxying to dispersal after landing when it ran into a grass cutter on the airfield. Pilot Sgt JC Harrison was unhurt.
27/04/1940SpitfireN3072611sqnDigbythis aircraft was damaged at 2230hrs when the pilot mistook the airfield boundary in the dark and taxied into a ditch. Pilot F/O RK Crompton was unhurt.
28/04/1940GauntletK78791AASManbyThis aircraft was damaged at 0820hrs when it overshot on landing from a weather test flight and collided with a picketed instructional Overstrand airframe on the pilot's third landing attempt in extremely poor visibility. Pilot P/O JA Dixon was unhurt.

May

DateTypeSerialUnitLocationNotes
01/05/1940WellingtonP927699sqnin the WashCoded LN-? Airborne 1800hrs 30/Apr/40 from Newmarket for Stavanger. The aircraft crashed in the Wash, the cause was not established. There were no survivors, but all the bodies were eventually recovered from the water. F/Sgt J.W.L.G.Brent killed, F/O H.G.Miller killed, Sgt P.C.Cunningham killed, AC1 M.J.O'Sullivan killed, AC1 D.Lilley killed, P/O G.A.H.Poole killed. The wreck may have been rediscovered on 23/Jun/41 and reported to Lincolnshire Constabulary.
02/05/1940HampdenL409844sqnWaddingtonCoded KM-? The aircraft was wrecked when the undercarriage failed to lock down, causing it to collapse on touchdown at 1615hrs. The warning hord only sounded intermittently due to a severed wire, and the caption lights were not visible under the extra covers placed on them for night-flying. Pilot P/O Dingwall (Irish) and crew were unhurt.
04/05/1940AnsonN983414OTUGranthamAirborne for a formation practice flight, one engine failed in mid-air and on landing one wing hit a tree on approach, puncturing the port wheel. Pilot P/O G R Johns was uninjured.
05/05/1940WallaceK36751AASTheddlethorpe beachThis aircraft was damaged at 1300hrs when it made a forced landing on the beach after the engine failed in flight on a target-towing sortie. The aircraft ran into a patch of soft sand and tipped onto its nose. Pilot Sgt GF Parker was unhurt.
06/05/1940HurricaneL1889229 sqnDigbyThis aircraft was damaged when the undercarriage collapsed after a heavy landing, and the aircraft tipped onto its nose. Pilot P/O AS Linney was unhurt.
06/05/1940HurricaneL1989229 sqnDigbyOn return to the airfield this aircraft landed heavily causing the undercarriage to collapse. Pilot P/O JEM Collins was unhurt.
06/05/1940BattleP667712SFTSGranthamThis aircraft was damaged at 0300hrs when the undercarriage collapsed after the pilot turned the aircraft sharply whilst taxying due to thinking that a reflected light in the canopy was another aircraft heading towards him. Pilot Sgt JWM Jensen was unhurt.
07/05/1940GauntletK53421AASManbyThis aircraft was damaged at 1020hrs when the undercarriage collapsed in a heavy landing after the engine failed on take-off. Pilot P/O PB Gough was unhurt.
07/05/1940BeaufortL446422sqnNorth CoatesThis aircraft was severely damaged by flak & a fighter during attack on shipping, crash-landing on return at 1920hrs. Pilot W/Cdr HM Mellor, P/O INM MacDonald and AC1 AD MacKenzie were unhurt, gunner AC Traynor was wounded by perspex splinters.
07/05/1940BeaufortL446622sqnNorth CoatesThis aircraft was written off at 1530hrs when it stalled whilst approaching to land and dived into the ground. Pilot P/O JT Berryman (Canadian) was killed. At the time of the crash, P/O Berryman had 3hrs dual and 2hrs solo time on type.
08/05/1940BattleP668512SFTSGranthamThis aircraft was damaged in a heavy landing at 1100hrs when the pilot became distracted by his goggles flying up over his eyes whilst on approach. Pilot F/O EM Halse was unhurt.
12/05/1940HurricaneL1780229 sqnDigbyThis aircraft was damaged when a heavy landing caused the undercarriage to collapse. Pilot P/O AM Dillon was unhurt.
14/05/1940BattleL50031AASGreat CarltonThis aircraft was damaged at 1530hrs when the pilot overshot on landing. The aircraft ran through the airfield boundary hedge and crashed into a ditch. Pilot P/O PB Gough was unhurt.
15/05/1940OxfordL4583RAFCCranwellThis aircraft was damaged at 1440hrs when the pilot retracted the undercarriage instead of the flaps at the end of the landing run. Pilot P/O JGI Acheson was unhurt.
15/05/1940HampdenL406983sqnLouthCoded OL-O. Airborne at 2229hrs 14/May/40 from Scampton for the Ruhr. The aircraftwas destroyed when it crashed on return at 0210hrs near Louth. The aircraft suddenly circled sharply, sped up and dived into the ground shortly after responding correctly to an anti-aircraft battery challenge. The aircraft exploded on impact. F/O N.Johnson killed, P/O E.A.Vagg killed, Sgt D.Wolstenholme killed, AC1 J.G.Pickard killed.
19/05/1940HartK6442RAFCCranwellThis aircraft was wrecked when the pilot landed downwind after the wind suddenly changed direction. The aircraft swung, leading the pilot to believe he was about to hit another aircraft, so he swung his shaprly in the opposite direction. One tyre was pulled off the rim, the wing hit the ground and the aircraft tipped onto its nose. Pilot P/O LBR Way was unhurt.
21/05/1940BattleP663012SFTSGranthamThis aircraft was damaged when it landed on one wheel. Pilot Sgt DG Ross was unhurt.
21/05/1940BeaufortL451822sqnNorth CoatesThis aircraft was wrecked at 2300hrs when it force-landed in a field near the airfield after an engine failed on take-off. The aircraft would not maintain height on one engine. Pilot P/O WDG McCaw was injured and hospitalised.
21/05/1940GauntletK78891AASTheddlethorpeThis aircraft was damaged when the undercarriage collapsed after the aircraft swung through 90 degrees at the end of its landing run. Pilot F/O RGL Baxter was unhurt.
23/05/1940HurricaneL20116 OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was severely damaged when the pilot overshot the runway and hit a ditch on the airfield boundary. Pilot P/O DC Leary was unhurt.
23/05/1940OxfordL4621RAFCWelbournThis aircraft was damaged at 1545hrs when the aircraft landed heavily, breaking off one wheel. The wheel damaged the fuselage and tail unit. Pilot LAC BP Erskine was unhurt.
24/05/1940AnsonL796812SFTSGranthamOn landing from a night flight, the aircraft was damaged on overrunning the flarepath after landing fast with throttles partly open and flaps not fully down. Pilot Sgt R T Richardson was uninjured in the accident.
24/05/1940HurricaneN2540229 sqnnr WaddingtonThis aircraft was damaged whilst making a forced landing in small field, hard braking caused the aircraft to overturn. P/O DARG LeRoy DuVivier (Belgian) was unhurt.
27/05/1940HampdenL4135144sqnHemswellCoded PL-? The aircraft's back broke when the pilot turned the aircraft sharply and braked harshly whilst taxying with full bomb load at 1615hrs. Pilot P/O AAG Trueman and crew were unhurt.
28/05/1940DemonK57271AASManbyThis aircraft was wrecked at 1050hrs on return from a gunnery sortie. The pilot made a heavy landing, causing the undercarriage to collapse. This was his first solo on the type. Pilot P/O DK Redford was unhurt.
29/05/1940OxfordP1980RAFCCranwellThis aircraft was wrecked at 0215hrs when it undershot the flarepath and was some 400 yards wide of the correct landing line. The aircraft crashed into two wooden huts on the airfield. This was the first night solo flight the pilot had undertaken. Since earning his wings 5 years and 2 months before the accident, he had accrued only 131 hours solo including 45 on this type. Pilot F/O HS Smith killed.
29/05/1940HurricaneN20706 OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged on landing when it ballooned and stalled after hitting a small ridge on the runway, causing the undercarriage to collapse and the aircraft to tip onto its nose. Pilot Sgt AD Meredith was on his first solo on type and was unhurt.
29/05/1940HurricaneN26176 OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged on landing when it ballooned and stalled after hitting a small ridge on the runway, causing the undercarriage to collapse and the aircraft to tip onto its nose. Pilot Sgt RV Ellis was unhurt.
29/05/1940HampdenP133844sqnWaddingtonThis aircraft suffered damage to the tail unit whilst taxying over a high, cambered ridge on the airfield after a bumpy landing with a full bombload. Pilot Sgt ED Farmer and crew were unhurt.
30/05/1940BattleP668212SFTSBarkston HeathThis aircraft was damaged at 1500hrs after landing normally when the undercarriage collapsed as the pilot swung the aircraft to avoid a wall. Pilot Sgt J DeLittle was unhurt.
30/05/1940BattleP668312SFTSBarkston HeathThis aircraft was damaged at 1030hrs when it force-landed in a small field and ran through a hedge after the engine failed whilst on approach to land. Pilot Sgt EW Dunkling was unhurt.
30/05/1940SpitfireN3057611sqnDigbyThis aircraft was damaged on landing at 2100hrs when a latch on a plate holding a flare in place failed, allowing the flare to fall out and damage the fuselage. Pilot P/O PSC Pollard was unhurt.
30/05/1940MagisterL835974sqnHibaldstowReported as making a forced landing in a wheat field belonging to mr Reid at Cliff Farm, Hibaldstow, whilst on a ferry flight from Hornchurch to Leconfield. Pilot Sgt Skinner 740078 was unurt. Information from Lincolnshire Constabulary records.
31/05/1940BeaufortL446922sqnNorth CoatesThis aircraft was damaged at 2015hrs when the pilot stalled the aircraft to lock the undercarriage in place before landing. The port wing dropped and struck the ground. Pilot Sgt RJ Farthing was unhurt.

June

DateTypeSerialUnitLocationNotes
01/06/1940HampdenL4132144sqnHemswellThis aircraft was damaged at 1610hrs when the undercarriage collapsed on touchdown after the pilot landed with it unlocked. Pilot W/Cdr JJ Watts and crew were unhurt in the accident.
01/06/1940OxfordL4583RAFCWelbournThis aircraft was damaged at 1145hrs when it overshot on landing and ran through the airfield boundary hedge. Pilot P/O TPE Barlow was unhurt.
02/06/1940HampdenP428544sqnWaddingtonThis aircraft was damaged at 0230hrs on return from operations with a full bombload when it overshot the runway and struck the airfield's boundary hedge. The airfield lighting was dimmed at the time due to an air raid alert. Pilot A/F/Lt JA Siebert and crew were unhurt.
06/06/1940HurricaneP36666 OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged when the pilot made a successful belly landing on the airfield after the undercarriage selector jammed, preventing the undercarriage from lowering. Pilot Sgt RB Sim was unhurt. This incident is not mentioned in 6OTU's records.
07/06/1940HampdenL412061sqnHemswellThis aircraft was damaged whilst taxying at 1530hrs when the brakes failed and the aircraft ran into a fence. Pilot P/O K Jones and crew were unhurt.
07/06/1940HurricaneN2436253sqnKirton LindseyThis aircraft was severely damaged in a wheels-up forced landing in a wheatfield off Ings Lane at 1955hrs after the engine failed in flight. Pilot Sgt ICC Clenshaw was unhurt. Just over a month after this accident Sgt Clenshaw would be the first RAF pilot to die in the Battle ofBritain.
08/06/1940OxfordR6275RAFCBarkston HeathThis aircraft was damaged at 1245hrs when it landed downwind and the pilot braked sharply, causing it to overturn. Pilot P/O AB Tisdall was unhurt.
08/06/1940HampdenP428950sqnColeby GrangeCoded VN-X, the aircraft was wrecked when it crashed at Coleby Grange at 2040hrs whilst on a ferry flight from RAF Waddington. The aircraft had an engine fail on approach and made a hard landing, causing the undercarriage to collapse. The aircraft ran through the airfield boundary hedge and across the road at Boothby Graffoe, catching fire. The bombload exploded a short time later. Pilot P/O KRK Smettem and crew were unhurt.
08/06/1940HampdenL404449sqnNorth CarltonCoded EA-R, this aircraft was airborne from Scampton for Amiens, but crashed at 2307hrs on the top of Carlton Hill near North Carlton due to engine failure. Take-off had been delayed as the navigator had to fetch a replacement parachute, and the pilot did not start the engines himself. The port engine cut out due to oiled-up sparkplugs, causing the aircraft to swing to port in flight, crashing and burning out on the ground. All four crew members sustained injuries of varying severity. P/O Parker was awarded the GC for his efforts in saving the life of his wireless operator. P/O E.D.Parker injured, P/O Lockhead injured, Sgt Lloyd injured, Sgt Robinson injured.
09/06/1940HampdenP433861sqnHemswellThis aircraft was damaged whilst taxying to take off for night operations. The aircraft was on the runway and turning into the wind to start its take-off run, when the brakes failed, causing the aircraft to continue its turn until one of the propellors struck a concrete air-raid shelter. Pilot F/Sgt CA Saunders and crew were unhurt.
09/06/1940HurricaneP36216 OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was slightly damaged in a belly landing on the airfield after the undercarriage selector jammed, preventing the wheels from lowering. Pilot Sgt FJ Cullen was unhurt and later that day was posted to join 145sqn at Tangmere.
10/06/1940OxfordL9645RAFCnr South RaucebyThis aircraft was wrecked at 1840hrs when the pilot stalled in a steep turn, failed to regain control in the available height and crashed 1/2 mile south of South Rauceby whilst attempting a forced landing with undercarriage retracted. Pilot P/O CPW Hildyard injured.
11/06/1940BattleP662612SFTSBarkston HeathThis aircraft was damaged at 1355hrs when the pilot landed with undercarriage retracted after forgetting to lower it. Pilot Sgt CR Corney was unhurt.
11/06/1940OxfordP6809RAFCCranwellThis aircraft was damaged at 0830hrs when it belly-landed on the airfield after the pilot forgot to lower the undercarriage. Pilot F/O MAL Williams was unhurt.
11/06/1940HampdenP1164144sqnHemswellThis aircraft was damaged on return from operations at 0015hrs when the aircraft overshot at the second attempt to land after approaching too fast and too far down the flarepath. Thea ircraft ran through the airfield boundary hedge. Pilot Sgt S Fuller and his crew were unhurt.
11/06/1940BeaufortL445122sqnNorth CoatesThis aircraft was wrecked when it force-landed on the airfield after engine failure whilst taking off. Pilot P/O GGN Barrett and observer P/O Peters were unhurt.
12/06/1940HurricaneL18956 OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was seriously damaged in a heavy landing after the pilot apprached to slowly and stalled whilst practising formation landings. Pilot Sgt RC MacIntosh was unhurt.
13/06/1940BattleP662512SFTSGranthamThis aircraft was damaged when it belly-landed on the airfield after the undercarriage failed to lower. Pilot F/Lt MV Peters-Smith and pupil were unhurt.
14/06/1940HarvardN588210FTSGranthamThis aircraft was damaged at 1545hrs on landing from a solo cross country flight. The aircraft swung on touchdown and one wing dropped and hit the ground. Pilot Sgt JW McLaughlin was unhurt.
15/06/1940OxfordP6818RAFCBarkston HeathThis aircraft was damaged at 2359hrs when the pilot made a steep, slow descent to land, hitting the ground hard and collapsing the undercarriage. Pilot F/Lt Amlot was unhurt.
15/06/1940BattleR736912SFTSGranthamThis aircraft was damaged at 1200hrs when the pilot force-landed wheels-up in a field after failure of an indicator buld led him to believe that one wheel had failed to lower. Pilot Sgt BP Hanson was unhurt.
15/06/1940HerefordL600814OTUPickworthAirborne from Cottesmore for a bombing training sortie to be flown at 1000 feet. One engine failed in flight and the aircraft was wrecked when it hit the ground almost out of control whilst force-landing at 1300hrs, 1/2 mile south-west of Pickworth, near Sleaford. Pilot Sgt DS Matthews and crew were unhurt.
18/06/1940HurricaneP5538253 sqnKirton in LindseyThis aircraft was damaged in a heavy landing after the undercarriage failed to fully retract on take off. Pilot P/O GCT Carthew was unhurt.
19/06/1940HampdenP4364144sqnnr ScamptonCoded PL-? The aircraft crashed half a mile east of RAF Scampton following an engine failure during a ferry flight. There was insufficient time to lower the undercarriage so a forced-landing was made wheels-up in a field. The aircraft was written off. There were no injuries reported to pilot P/O BA Taylor, P/O CD Frost, Sgt DH Dunt or Sgt HG Cumpstey.
20/06/1940HindK6635RAFCBarkston HeathThis aircraft was wrecked in a very heavy landing at 0210hrs when the aircraft was dropped onto the runway from 'extreme height' with drift causing the undercarriage to collapse. Instructor F/Lt EH Thomas and his unnamed pupil were unhurt.
20/06/1940UNKUNKUNKIn the Humber area1 claim for an enemy aircraft destroyed by the Humber AA belt batteries was accepted for 0116hrs.
21/06/1940HartK646912SFTSGranthamThis aircraft was wrecked on landing from an air-test flight. The aircraft landed slightly out of wind to avoid a collision with another aircraft, the aircraft swung and the pilot's foot slipped off the rudder pedal whilst correcting. One tyre burst and the aircraft tipped onto its nose. Pilot F/Lt WCSAG Cooper was unhurt.
24/06/1940BattleP668412SFTSGosberton MarshThis aircraft was damaged at 1800hrs when the pilot force-landed in a field after becoming lost on a map-reading exercise. The aircraft skidded on wet, freshly-mown grass and overshot into a ditch. Pilot Sgt AF Edmiston was unhurt.
24/06/1940HurricaneP25606 OTUSutton BridgeAfter the engine failed in flight, this aircraft was damaged when it overshot the runway on landing and tipped onto its nose in a field. P/O RW Foster was unhurt.
25/06/1940BlenheimN362182sqnWainfleet rangeThis aircraft was wrecked at 1055hrs whilst firing on the range. The pilot pulled out too low after firing at a target and struck a flagpole with one wing, causing a large bulge in it and pushing it back out of position. The crew were ordered to bale out, which they did successfully, but the aircraft crashed and exploded near Wrangle before the pilot could get out. P/O EJ Keeble killed.
26/06/1940He1115J+BL3/KG41.5 miles off Donna NookThis aircraft was destroyed after being pursued out to sea by fighters. It crashed into the sea at 0100hrs 1.5 miles from Donna Nook & the Humber lightship. A survey vessel found 1 parachute with the harness cut away near the location. Hptmnn H Schroeder (Staffelkapitaen), Lt H Furcht and 2 unnamed NCOs were killed. The body of Lt Furcht and one other were recovered from the sea by HMS Brazen a few days later and were buried at sea.
26/06/1940HampdenP434361sqnHemswellThis aircraft was damaged whilst taxying at night when it struck a lorry on the airfield after the pilot's attention was distracted by the wireless operator reporting a fault on the intercomm. Pilot Sgt HS Blakeman and crew were unhurt.
26/06/1940UNKUNKUNKIn the Humber area2 claims for enemy aircraft destroyed at 0115hrs by batteries of the Humber AA belt were accepted. No further detail is given.
26/06/1940SpitfireP9328222sqnKirton LindseyThis aircraft was damaged at 0100hrs whilst taxying out from dispersal for an operational flight. The airfield Chance light was switched on, dazzling the pilot, and the aircraft ran into a taxying post. Pilot P/O GGA Davies was unhurt.
26/06/1940SpitfireP9420222sqnnr Normanby-by-SpitalThis aircraft was damaged in a forced landing with battle damage at 0245hrs after an encounter with an He-111. the aircraft came down by the Toft-Normanby road, roughly 1 mile outside Normanby-by-Spital village. Pilot P/O RAL Morant was seriously injured in the crash.
30/06/1940HampdenP429861sqnHemswellThis aircraft was damaged at 0310hrs on return from operations. The pilot landed in light winds on a downward slope with a heavy load onboard. The aircraft overshot the flarepath, ran through a hedge and crashed onto the road. Pilot Sgt JD Wooldridge and crew were unhurt.
30/06/1940HampdenP433761sqnTorkseyThe aircraft was on a night-flying test sortie. The pilot entered a dive and began to pull out at 300 feet above the ground. Shortly afterwards, at 1555hrs, the aircraft hit HT cables whilst pulling out of the dive due to the pilot's lack of appreciation of the vertical space needed to recover the Hampden from a dive. The aircraft landed safely at Hemswell with no injuries to pilot F/O P.M. DeMestre or crew. Due to damage sustained, the aircraft was written off but classed as suitable for component recovery.

July

DateTypeSerialUnitLocationNotes
01/07/1940HindK6680RAFCCranwellThis aircraft was damaged whilst landing when corrections to swing caused the aircraft to tip onto its nose. Pilot LAC AM Phillips was unhurt.
01/07/1940BeaufortL451522sqnNorth CoatesThis aircraft was damaged on landing after an engine failure in flight. The undercarriage would not lock down fully and the flaps failed to operate. Pilot F/Lt EA Whiteley and crew were unhurt.
02/07/1940AnsonN490212SFTSHarlaxtonWhilst airborne on a night flight, this aircraft made a precautionary landing but undershot the airfield and clipped a fence with the tail, coming to rest on its nose. The pilot, F/Lt R A Wills had only 4 hours on type at the time of the accident.
02/07/1940HampdenP135583sqnScamptonThis aircraft was damaged at 0345hrs on return from operations. The pilot misjudged his height on approach to land due to poor forward visibility on the type and struck an airfield light. Pilot P/O NH Svendsen and crew were unhurt.
03/07/1940OxfordL9648RAFCCranwellThis aircraft was damaged at 1450hrs when the undercarriage collapsed on landing. Pilot F/O LE Sextone was unhurt.
05/07/1940OxfordP1828RAFCCranwellThis aircraft was damaged at 1430hrs when the undercarrige fractured and collapsed in a heavy landing. Pilot F/O NG Cranna was unhurt.
05/07/1940BlenheimK715623sqnnr DigbyThis aircraft was wrecked at 1715hrs whilst on a gun-laying cooperation sortie. The aircraft was seen in a shallow dive out of cloud at 3500 feet, after which the dive steepened and the pilot baled out. Pilot P/O JJ Kaye was injured.
09/07/1940HampdenP428850sqnBranstonCoded VN-? The aircraft was wrecked when it crashed at 1945hrs on approach to land at Waddington from a ferry flight. One engine failed in flight and the pilot was unable to control the aircraft on a single engine. It stalled and crashed after the pilot made a flat turn at too low an altitude to recover from the stall. The aircraft burned out on the ground. Pilot P/O WAC Mulloy DFC and crew were unhurt.
09/07/1940BattleR737012SFTSHarlaxtonThis aircraft was damaged at 2130hrs when the pilot taxied into a concrete post on the airfield, causing the undercarriage to collapse. Pilot P/O SH Trotter was unhurt.
09/07/1940BlenheimL11391AASManbyThis aircraft was damaged at 1645hrs on landing at Manby after being collected from 27MU when the pilot retracted the undercarriage instead of the flaps whilst still moving on the runway. Pilot Sgt GFG Cox and crew were unhurt.
09/07/1940BeaufortL448522sqnNorth CoatesThis aircraft was damaged whilst taxying when the pilot was distracted by a member of the ground staff waving to warn him of a fuel bowser in his path and the aircraft struck the bowser. Pilot S/Ldr Mack and crew were unhurt.
09/07/1940HampdenP434844sqnWaddingtonThis aircraft was damaged on return from operations at 0335hrs when the aircraft undershot the runway after the pilot throttled back too early. The aircraft dropped sharply, struck the airfield boundary road and the undercarriage collapsed. Pilot Sgt ED Farmer and crew were unhurt.
09/07/1940HampdenP439344sqnWaddingtonCoded KM-? The aircraft was wrecked when it crashed on landing from a ferry flight at 1145hrs and caught fire. The crash was due to problems with the elevator controls. Pilot F/Sgt JF Clayton and crew were unhurt.
10/07/1940OxfordL9685RAFCBarkston HeathThis aircraft was damaged at 0315hrs whilst landing by floodlight at night. The aircraft overshot the flarepath and struck a low stone wall on the airfield. Pilot LAC PR Casement was unhurt.
10/07/1940BlenheimL13581AASGreat CarltonThis aircraft was wrecked whilst trying to land after engine failure in flight during a local reconnaissance flight. The aircraft was gliding in to the airfield with flaps down when it turned steeply, stalled and crashed into the ground during a thunderstorm. Pilot F/O JA Lincoln killed, Cpt RON Curzon (1st Derbyshire Yeomanry) killed, 2/Lt RH Jelf (1st Derbyshire Yeomanry) killed, 2/Lt Bate (1st Derbyshire Yeomanry) seriously injured.
10/07/1940HurricaneP3359253 sqnIrby-upon-HumberThis aircraft was destroyed at 0700hrs when it crashed into a field near Irby church after losing contact with the formation and descending through heavy rain on return to Kirton Lindsey. The aircraft caught fire on impact and burned out. Pilot Sgt ICC Clenshaw was killed in the crash, becoming the first casualty of the Battle of Britain.
12/07/1940HurricaneN24686 OTUMoulton Marsh, nr HolbeachFollowing engine failure in flight, this aircraft was slightly damaged when it tipped onto its nose after the pilot made a good forced landing in cornfield. Pilot F/O J Gillan was unhurt.
12/07/1940BlenheimL664629sqnWellingoreThis aircraft was damaged at 0250hrs when it belly-landed on the airfield on return from an operational srtie after the hydraulic system failed due to a fractured pipe. Pilot P/O JRD Braham and his crew were unhurt.
13/07/1940OxfordP8991RAFCCranwellThis aircraft was damaged at 1205hrs when the pilot braked sharply as the aircraft was overshooting, tipping it onto its nose. Pilot Sgt PC Humphries was unhurt.
15/07/1940HartK6545RAFCBarkston Heaththis aircraft was wrecked at 0050hrs whilst practising solo night landings using the airfield floodlight. The aircraft swung on landing, one wing struck the ground and the aircraft tipped onto its nose. Pilot P/O RH Wheeler was unhurt.
15/07/1940SpitfireN3060611sqnDigbyThis aircraft was damaged at 1900hrs when it struck a starter battery unit whilst taxying back to dispersal. Pilot Sgt EN Kelsey was unhurt.
15/07/1940HampdenP4391144sqnHemswellThis aircraft was wrecked at 0045hrs when the undercarriage collapsed after landing. The pilot overshot the runway as the brakes were ineffective on the wet grass airfield. He swung the aircraft to avoid another one, hit the airfield boundary wall and the undercarriage collapsed. Pilot F/Lt JS Sherwood and crew were unhurt.
16/07/1940HindL7176RAFCCranwellThis aircraft was damaged at 1700hrs whilst taxying after landing. The pilot braked too sharply and the aircraft tipped onto its nose. Pilot P/O CD Strickland was unhurt.
17/07/1940HurricaneL20216OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged when it struck stationary Hurricane N2647. No further detail is recorded, the unnamed pilot was reported unhurt. The aircraft was ex-RCAF and still carried the Canadian serial 327 at the time of the incident.
17/07/1940HurricaneN26476OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged when it was struck whilst stationary by Hurricane 327.
18/07/1940SpitfireN3244266sqnHeckingtonThis aircraft was damaged at 1550hrs when the pilot force-landed wheels-up in a field following engine failure in flight. Pilot P/O RJB Roach was unhurt.
18/07/1940HurricaneN26166 OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged when it balloned and stalled while landing. The incident is not listed in the unit's records. Pilot LAC Z Urbanczyk (Polish) was unhurt.
19/07/1940SpitfireP9324222sqnKirton LindseyThis aircraft was damaged at 1900hrs when the pilot landed heavily in rough ground short of the runway, tearing the undercarriage off. P/O TA Vigors was unhurt.
19/07/1940HurricaneL17636 OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged when it tipped onto its nose after the pilot force-landed in a cornfield north-east of the airfield after the engine failed in flight. P/O HC Mayers was unhurt. The aircraft was ex-RCAF and still carried the Canadian serial 314 at the time of the incident.
22/07/1940HindK5515RAFCBarkston HeathThis aircraft was damaged at 2310hrs whilst landing at night. The aircraft drifted whilst landing and the undercarriage collapsed. Instructor P/O O Barson and pupil Sgt AJ Page were unhurt.
22/07/1940BattleL540412sqnBinbrookThis aircraft was damaged when it bounced on landing and overshot the runway after approaching to land too fast. Pilot Sgt DH Preston was unhurt.
22/07/1940HurricaneN23546 OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged on landing when the undercarriage collapsed after not being locked down. P/O W Rozycki (Polish) was unhurt.
23/07/1940HindK5432RAFCBarkston HeathThis aircraft was wrecked at 2150hrs when the pilot overshot whilst landing and the aircraft struck a stone wall. Pilot Sgt RM Allen was unhurt.
23/07/1940HartK3149RAFCCranwellThis aircraft was damaged at 1505hrs on return from a solo aerobatic sortie. The aircraft landed downwind, swung and one whing hit the ground, causing the aircraft to tip on its nose. Pilot Sgt JEI Grey was unhurt.
24/07/1940HindK5447RAFCBarkston HeathThis aircraft was damaged when it overshot on landing at night and struck a wall on the airfield. Pilot Sgt EF Jessop was unhurt.
25/07/1940SpitfireP9325222sqnKirton LindseyThis aircraft was damaged on return from an operational flight after attacking an He-111. the aircraft force-landed on the airfield Pilot P/O JW Cutts was unhurt. Less than a fortnight later he was killed when his Spitfire was shot down by a Bf109 over kent.
26/07/1940HartK6477RAFCBarkston HeathThis aircraft was damaged at 1600hrs when the pilot stalled the aircraft onto the runway from 20 feet whilst landing over an obstacle. Pilot Sgt RA Johnston was unhurt.
27/07/1940OxfordP8617RAFCBarkston HeathThis aircraft was damaged at 0040hrs when it belly-landed on the airfield after the pilot forgot to lower the undercarriage whilst over-concentrating on approach and not seeing the red warning lights. Pilot Sgt JC Ryan was unhurt.
28/07/1940SpitfireK9970611sqnDigbyThis aircraft was damaged at 0815hrs on return from an air-firing exercise. The aircraft belly-landed on the airfield after the pilot forgot to lower the undercarriage. Pilot P/O JW Lund was unhurt.
28/07/1940HampdenP4369144sqnInghamThis aircraft was damaged at 1600hrs when the undercarriage collapsed as the aircraft swung whilst landing out of wind. Pilot Sgt B Wescombe and crew were unhurt.
28/07/1940HurricaneN94356 OTUSouth KymeThis aircraft was damaged when the pilot made a forced landing with undercarriage retracted in a cornfield. Pilot SC Carpenter
30/07/1940HindK5386RAFCBarkston HeathThis aircraft was wrecked at 0145hrs when the pilot undershot the airfield on approach, the aircraft striking the ground 1 mile south-east of the airfield. Pilot Sgt RM Allen was unhurt.
30/07/1940HindK6731RAFCBarkston HeathThis aircraft was wrecked at 0025hrs when the pilot undershot the airfield on approach, the aircraft striking the ground 3/4 of a mile mile south-east of the airfield. Pilot P/O CD Strickland was unhurt.
30/07/1940OxfordL9659RAFCCranwellThis aircraft was damaged at 1250hrs when it belly-landed on the airfield after the pilot forgot to lower the undercarriage. Pilot P/O R Walton was unhurt.
30/07/1940SwordfishL2759812sqn FAANorth CoatesCollided with P4161 whilst simulating a divebomb attack on 'enemy troops' 0.4 miles south of the airfield, pilot Lt D Groome (Royal Navy) killed, observer Lt JH Barnes (Royal Navy) killed.
30/07/1940SwordfishP4161812sqn FAANorth CoatesCollided with L2759 whilst simulating a divebomb attack on 'enemy troops' 0.4 miles south of the airfield, Pilot S/Lt J Gaillard (Royal Navy) killed, observer S/Lt RM Andrews (Royal Navy) killed.
31/07/1940BattleP663012SFTSGranthamThis aircraft was damaged at 1240hrs when it landed on one wheel after the undercarriage failed to lower fully. Pilot Sgt JT Hitching was unhurt.
31/07/1940HurricaneN23656 OTUSutton BridgeThis arcraft was damaged when it tipped onto its nose whilst landing. Pilot Sgt EM de Scitivaux was unhurt.

August

DateTypeSerialUnitLocationNotes
01/08/1940BattleL556812sqnAnderby CreekCoded PH-? Intercepted and shot down at 0020hrs 2000 feet above Anderby Creek by a Blenheim nightfighter of 29sqn piloted by P/O Rhodes with gunner Sgt Service after Rhodes was advised by the ground-controlled intercept controller handling the contact that no friendly aircraft were operating in the area and the Battle had switched off its navigation lights. The aircraft crashed at Robinson's farm, 1 1/4 miles south-west of the village. F/O B.E. Moss killed, Sgt B.C. Long killed, Sgt T.J. Radley killed.
01/08/1940WallaceK60251E&WSCranwellThis aircraft was damaged when the pilot stalled at 15 feet whilst avoiding another aircraft as he was landing. The undercarriage collapsed and the aircraft tipped onto its nose. Pilot P/O HT Hill was unhurt.
01/08/1940BattleR736112SFTSGranthamThis aircraft was damaged when the engine failed on approach, causing the aircraft to undershoot the runway. It cleared the boundary hedge, but struck a petrol bowser whilst undershooting. Pilot Sgt JB Agnew was unhurt.
01/08/1940HudsonN7362206sqnover the HumberThis aircraft was damaged on return from operations when it was attacked by an armed trawler after the pilot ent the recognition code of the day. Unfortunately the pilot had been given the wrong code before take-off. The aircraft landed at Bircham Newton. Pilot Sgt AD Bentley and crew were unhurt.
01/08/1940BlenheimL850929sqnWellingoreThis aircraft was wrecked on landing at 0410hrs on return from a searchlight cooperation sortie when the pilot failed to operate the undercarriage correctly. Pilot P/O RJB Barber. Accident record card states 1 crew injured but no name given.
02/08/1940HampdenP437683sqnCammeringhamCoded OL-E. Airborne at 2145hrs from Scampton for Hanover. The aircraft returned early due to engine failure and crashed at 2340hrs at Lockwood's Field, Cammeringham, some 300 yards west of Ermine Street, after stalling from 60 feet. Sgt S.Harpham injured, Sgt R.Beales killed, Sgt E.J.Clarke killed, Sgt A.E.Jackson injured.
02/08/1940MasterN7682Kirton Lindsey Stn FltKirton LindseyThis aircraft was damaged at 1000hrs when the pilot made a heavy tail-first landing. The instructor was slow in trying to correct the landing. Instructor F/Lt AI Robinson and unnamed pupil were unhurt.
02/08/1940OxfordN6283RAFCnr CranwellThis aircraft was damaged at 0945hrs when it struck a lorry on a road outside the airfield wilst approaching to land. The pilot was distracted by other aircraft converging on the airfield at the time. Pilot P/O HT Morgan injured.
03/08/1940SpitfireP951665sqnSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged at 1540hrs when it overturned after the undercarriage collapsed on landing as it had failed to lower properly. Pilot P/O ES Gregory was unhurt.
04/08/1940BattleP6572142sqnBinbrookThis aircraft was damaged on return from a night cross-country flight when the undercarriage collapsed after the pilot overshot the runway and braked sharply to avoid the airfield boundary, causing a tyre to burst and the aircraft to swing. Pilot P/O RJE Boulding was unhurt.
04/08/1940HampdenP211249sqnHarlaxtonThis aircraft was wrecked on return from operations when it crash-landed in poor visibility after running low on fuel. Pilot P/O TR Fox and 2 crew were unhurt, though P/O RAG Paramore was injured.
04/08/1940HampdenP435149sqnoff SkegnessCoded EA-? Airborne from Scampton for Kiel. On return, the aircraft ran out of fuel and ditched 10 miles east of Skegness and close to the SS Sheraton at 0640hrs. The crew were rescued with no reported injuries. Sgt J.Unsworth, Sgt D.S.Imber, Sgt McDonald, LAC Allwood.
05/08/1940HartK6495RAFCBarkston HeathThis aircraft was damaged at 2300hrs during night dual instruction. The aircraft made a heavy landing, bounced and stalled. The undercarriage then collapsed and the aircraft ended up on its nose. Instructor F/Lt HA Chater and his unnamed pupil were unhurt.
05/08/1940HampdenL412483sqnScamptonThis aircraft was damaged at 1625hrs on return from a night-flying test when the undercarriage failed to lock down and collapsed on touchdown. Pilot F/O DWF Barker and crew were unhurt.
05/08/1940HurricaneL17416 OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged when the undercarriage collapsed after swinging during landing. Pilot Sgt JP Morrison was unhurt.
06/08/1940HampdenP440061sqnHubbert's BridgeThis aircraft was damaged at 0445hrs on return from operations. The aircraft was unable to reach Hemswell, and the pilot was told to divert to Waddington, which was unable to be used due to thick fog. The pilot eventually decided to force-land in a field as fuel was running low. On landing, the aircraft overshot the field and ran into a ditch. Pilot P/O PM deMestre and crew were unhurt.
07/08/1940HampdenL4187106sqnOwston FerryCoded ZN-?. The aircraft was destroyed when it crashed after pilot lost control due to being dazzled by searchlights whilst on a training flight. The correct recognition signals were given, but were not seen by the searchlight crew due to the weakness of the signal lamps on the aircraft and the glare from the searchlight. The aircraft dived to the ground at a very steep angle. Sgt R.F. Wilson killed, Sgt A.S. Dalgress killed, Sgt W.C. Goldsmith killed, Sgt D.K. Mills killed.
08/08/1940BattleP668312SFTSBarkston HeathThis aircraft was damaged at 1540hrs when it landed wheels-up on the airfield on return from an instrument flying sortie after the pilot had forgotten to check that it was properly lowered. Pilot LAC CM Thompson was unhurt.
09/08/1940HurricaneP375646 sqnDigbyThis aircraft was damaged when the undercarriage collapsed while taxying. P/O PW Lefevre was unhurt.
09/08/1940LysanderL4779613sqnScamptonThis aircraft was damaged at 0430hrs on return from a recce of the coast. The aircraft dropped onto the runway from 10 feet, landed heavily and the tailwheel structure collapsed when it hit rough ground. Pilot P/O JC Ward was unhurt.
09/08/1940HampdenP439344sqnWaddingtonThis aircraft was wrecked at 1145hrs on approach to land from a delivery flight after the aircraft had been repaired. The control column would not move fully back, the aircraft sank and hit the ground. Pilot F/Sgt JF Clayton and crew were unhurt.
11/08/1940WhitleyN143658sqnHemswellThis aircraft was damaged at 0355hrs on return from operations. The aircraft was short of fuel so the pilot force-landed at Hemswell. The undercarriage collapsed on touchdown. Pilot P/O L Crooks and crew were unhurt.
12/08/1940BattleL495412SFTSGranthamThis aircraft was damaged at 1045hrs when it landed on one wheel after the starboard undercarriage failed to lower. Pilot Sgt CH Hawkins was unhurt.
12/08/1940MasterN79596OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged at 1630hrs when it force-landed wheels-up in a field after engine failure in flight. Pilot S/Ldr GC Tomlinson was unhurt.
14/08/1940HampdenP211149sqnScamptonThis aircraft was damaged at 0510hrs when it crashed on landing from a long operational flight. Pilot Sgt RG Cooke and crew were unhurt.
16/08/1940LysanderL6861613sqnFriskney FlatsThis aircraft was wrecked at 0615hrs whilst on a recce flight along the coast. The pilot was flying practice evasion manoeuvres at 200 feet, when he became distracted by trying to pinpoint the position of troops on his map. The aircraft lost height, with the undercarriage being torn off when it struck the ground. The aircraft subsequently crash-landed. Pilot P/O JG Lecky was injured.
16/08/1940HampdenP434261sqnHemswellThis aircraft was wrecked on landing from an early return from an operational flight at 0120hrs. The intercomm had failed and the crew were unable to locate the fault, so were landing to have it fixed. The aircraft landed heavily, bounced and flew into the ground after the pilot's spare helmet became tangled in the controls and interfered with the landing. Pilot Sgt RGW Oakley and crew were unhurt.
17/08/1940OxfordN6804RAFCBarkston HeathThis aircraft was damaged at 1220hrs when it belly-landed on the airfield after the pilot forgot to lower the undercarriage whilst over-concentrating on approach and did not heed the warning devices. Pilot LAC KO Blunden was unhurt.
17/08/1940HartK57997FTSDeeping St NicholasThis aircraft was wrecked at 1100hrs when it stalled at the top of a steep climb and dived into the ground whilst on an instrument flying training sortie. Pilots L/A EG Culley (Royal Navy) and L/A CB Irving (Royal Navy) were killed in the crash.
17/08/1940HampdenP4365144sqnHemswellCoded PL-? Airborne from Hemswell to attack the Leuna oil refinery at Merseburg. Destroyed in a fatal crash on return to base. Cause not established. S/L P.H.Rebbeck killed, P/O D.Hutchins killed, Sgt B.H.Foster killed, Sgt H.Dickinson killed.
17/08/1940HampdenL417844sqnnr GranthamThis aircraft was damaged on return from operations at 0545hrs when the pilot foce-landed wheels-up in a field 1 mile north-east of Grantham after running low on fuel. The aircraft overshot the landing field and struck a stone wall. Pilot Sgt RC Harbourne and crew were unhurt.
18/08/1940HurricaneL18876OTUnr Sutton BridgeMid-air collision with Hurricane L2082 2 miles east of the airfield. Pilot S/Ldr K Niedzwiecki was killed. This aircraft was ex-RCAF and still carried the Canadian serial 324.
18/08/1940HurricaneL20826OTUnr Sutton BridgeMid-air collision with Hurricane numbered 324 2 miles east of the airfield. Pilot Sgt DMP McGee was killed.
18/08/1940HampdenL410683sqnScamptonCoded OL-?, the aircraft was wrecked when it hit trees 1000 yards short of the runway whilst on a training flight at 1640hrs. One engine failed in flight, and the aircraft lost height whilst the pilot was returning it to an even keel. It struck trees, crashed and burned out. Pilot F/O DWF Barker and crew were unhurt.
18/08/1940HampdenP441283sqnScamptonThis aircraft was damaged at 0500hrs on return from operations when the undercarriage collapsed on touchdown, having failed to lock into place correctly. Pilot P/O MJC Harwood and crew were unhurt.
19/08/1940OxfordP8993RAFCBarkston HeathThis aircraft was destroyed at 2215hrs when the pilot lost sight of the flarepath whilst in the airfield circuit and flew into the ground whilst looking for it. The aircraft caught fire on impact and burned out. Fatigue may have played a significant part in this accident as the pilot had had little or no sleep in the preceding 3 days. Pilot LAC RP Warner was killed.
19/08/1940HampdenP213744sqnWaddingtonthis aircraft was damaged on the ground at 1111hrs when the pilot, in response to the undercarriage warning horn sounding, inadvertently moved the undercarriage lever to the 'up' position instead of the 'down' one, causing the undercarriage to collapse. Pilot Sgt RC Harbourne and crew were unhurt. This was the crew's second accident in 2 days.
20/08/1940BattleR736112SFTSBarkston HeathThis aircraft was damaged at 1400hrs when it belly-landed on the airfield after the pilot forgot to lower the undercarriage. Pilot LAC JI Douglas was unhurt.
20/08/1940BattleP667612SFTSnr BarkstonThis aircraft was damaged at 1445hrs when it force-landed in a field 1 mile west of Barkston after engine failure in flight. The aircraft partially caught fire on the ground. Pilot Sgt JL Lilburn was unhurt.
20/08/1940BattleL57146OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged at 1030hrs when it belly-landed on the airfield after the pilot forgot to lower the undercarriage. Pilot P/O J Macinski was unhurt.
21/08/1940Do17Z-25K+BP6/KG3BilsbyThis aircraft crashed at 1330hrs after colliding with Do17 5K+AP whilst under attack from Spitfires of 611sqn. Uffz G Poellmann, Uffz F Paterrok and Gefr H Langer were injured when they baled out, Gefr K Ludwig baled out unhurt. All 4 were taken prisoner.
21/08/1940Do17Z-35K+AP6/KG3FarlesthorpeThis aircraft was destroyed when it collided with Do17 5K+BP whilst under attack from Spitfires of 611sqn. The pilot lost control and the aircraft exploded in the air at 1330hrs. Oberlt H Schwarz (Staffelkapitaen) and Oberlt U Matschoss baled out and were taken prisoner, Oberfw W Loos and Uffz H Lehman were killed in the incident.
21/08/1940Do17Z-2UNKKG3off IngoldmellsThis aircraft was destroyed when it was shot down by Spitfires of 611sqn at 1235hrs. The aircraft burst into flames and dived into the sea. Fw M Zimmermann, Uffz V Wiegand, Uffz B Skibitzki and Gefr E Schlafer baled out and were killed. The bodies of Uffz Skibitzki and Gefr Schlafer were washed up on the Norfolk coast on 9/Sep/40 and 17/Sep/40 respectively. Despite a search by the Skegness lifeboat, the bodies of Uffz Wiegand and Fw Zimmermann were never found.
21/08/1940HurricaneL20226 OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged in a crash-landing on the airfield after glycol from a burst coolant tank obscured the instruments during an air test. Pilot Sgt CJ Saward was unhurt.
22/08/1940SpitfireP949274sqnKirton LindseyThis aircraft was damaged at 1630hrs whilst taxying downwind after landing on wet grass. The aircraft was caught by a gust and struck stationary lorries. Pilot P/O HM Stephen was unhurt.
22/08/1940HurricaneL17596 OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged when it was caught by gust of wind while landing, causing undercarriage collapse. P/O J Himr (Czech) was unhurt. The aircraft was ex-RCAF and still carried the Canadian serial 310 at the time of the incident.
24/08/1940He111UNKKG55in the HumberThis aircraft was claimed as shot down into the sea on fire and destroyed by P/O JRD Braham/ Sgt Wilsden in a Blenheim of 29sqn.
25/08/1940BattleK939212SFTSCastertonThis aircraft was damaged in a heavy forced landing after the engine failed in flight on a cross-country sortie. Pilot Sgt HH Jennings was unhurt.
25/08/1940HampdenP435344sqnnr Welton waterworksCoded KM-?, The aircraft was on an air-test sortie when it failed to gain height on takeoff, due to an engine failure, and crashed shortly afterwards, catching fire. Pilot P/O FG Quick was unhurt, but 2 unnamed members of the crew are recorded as injured.
25/08/1940BlenheimL133029sqnWainfleet HavenThis aircraft was destroyed when it was shot down by an enemy aircraft, crashing into the sea just off Wainfleet Haven. Pilot P/O RA Rhodes killed, Sgt RJ Gouldstone killed, AC2 N Jacobson killed. AC2 Jacobson was the youngest recorded casualty in the Battle of Britain.
26/08/1940HindK5512RAFCBarkston HeathThis aircraft was wrecked at 2300hrs when the pupil pilot flattened out too high whilst landing and the instructor was unable to prevent an excessively heavy touchdown. Pilot P/O KA sayers and the unnamed instructor were unhurt.
26/08/1940HampdenP438083sqnoff GrimsbyCoded OL-Z, Airborne 2050hrs from Scampton for Berlin, the aircraft was wrecked when it ran out of fuel on return and ditched. The crew were rescued from their dinghy 7 hours later. Pilot P/O AJG Mills, P/O JD Mundy, Sgt E Groves, Sgt T Highton.
26/08/1940HampdenP135483sqnoff SkegnessCoded OL-Y Airborne from Scampton for Berlin. This aircraft was wrecked when it ditched in the mouth of The Wash on return at 0535hrs after 10.5 hours' flying. The crew were unhurt and were picked up by a passing ship. F/O N.H.Svendson DFC, Sgt J.C.Threlfall, Sgt S.R.Gear, Sgt S.Dale.
27/08/1940HampdenP131750sqnHemswellCoded VN-? Airborne from Lindholme for Leipzig. The aircraft was damaged by flak and later crashed while trying to land at Hemswell. No injuries. Sgt Abbott, Sgt Bryce, AC1 Green, Sgt Barney.
27/08/1940BattleL513212SFTSnr GranthamThis aircraft was damaged when it force-landed wheels-up in a field 1 mile west of the airfield after the engine failed on take-off at too low an altitude for the pilot to make a good forced landing. Pilot Sgt RJ Parrott was unhurt.
28/08/1940BattleN204712SFTSnr BourneThis aircraft was damaged whilst practising forced landings when the engine failed to pick up after a glide approach to a field and the aircraft struck HT cables 5 miles north-west of Bourne. Pilot Sgt RW Gear was unhurt.
29/08/1940BattleP663512SFTSGreat GonerbyThis aircraft was damaged at 1500hrs when it force-landed wheels-up in a field after the engine failed shortly after take-off. Pilot F/O HF Truscott and his pupil were unhurt.
29/08/1940HampdenP133483sqnnr ScamptonCoded OL-? Airborne from Scampton to attack the oil installations at Gelsenkirchen. The aircraft returned early due to engine failure and crashed at 2150hrs when it struck brabed wire near the bomb dump as it undershot the runway while trying to land. No serious injuries reported. S/Ldr Collier DFC, P/O Turner, Sgt Johnson, P/O B.A.de Bressey.
29/08/1940HampdenX289783sqnoff SkegnessCoded OL-? Airborne from Scampton 2110hrs 28/Aug/40 for Berlin. The aircraft ditched next to a trawler on return at 0620hrs after running out of fuel. No injuries to the crew, who were all rescued. F/Lt J.A. Pitcairn-Hill DSO DFC, F/O Watson, Sgt T. Byrne, F/O R. Stannion.
29/08/1940HurricaneV7247303 sqnSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged when the undercarriage collapsed during landing. F/O W Lapkowski (Polish) was unhurt. This accident happened just before 303sqn were declared operational.
30/08/1940HurricaneL20636 OTUHolbeachThis aircraft was damaged when the pilot made a forced landing in a field due to engine failure in flight. Pilot Sgt NF Finch was unhurt.
30/08/1940HurricaneL17696 OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged when the undercarriage collapsed after a heavy landing. P/O J Bryks (Czech) was unhurt.
30/08/1940BattleP2309300sqnSwinderbyThis aircraft was damaged at 1600hrs on return from a test flight when it landed with one wheel retracted. Pilot F/Lt S Krynski (Polish) was unhurt.
31/08/1940HampdenP213549sqnScamptonCoded EA-? Airborne from Scampton at 1615hrs on a ferry flight. The aircraft stalled after turning at insufficient speed with undercarriage down after takeoff, dived into the ground and crashed near the western edge of the airfield, catching fire and burning out. Sgt R.F. Roberts killed, AC1 T. Robinson killed, AC1 G.W. Snowden killed, AC1 S. Hall killed.
31/08/1940BattleP22525Gp TTFSwatonThis aircraft was damaged at 1045hrs when it force-landed and tipped onto its nose after engine failure in flight. Pilot P/O LC Edwards was unhurt.

September

DateTypeSerialUnitLocationNotes
01/09/1940OxfordN4574RAFCCranwellThis aircraft was damaged at 1450hrs when the undercarriage collapsed in a heavy touchdown. The aircraft became airborne before flying speed was reached, one wing dropped and struck the ground, and the pilot closed the throttles. The aircraft landed heavily, braked and the undercarriage collapsed. Pilot LAC WE Cochrane was unhurt.
01/09/1940AnsonN526312SFTSHarlaxtonWhilst taking off, this aircraft was damaged when it collided with a Chance light on the airfield. Pilot LAC E James was uninjured.
01/09/1940BlenheimZ5724235sqnnr LincolnThis aircraft was wrecked at 1500hrs when it force-landed wheels-up in a field and crashed through a hedge after engine failure in flight whilst flying to Hooton park for training. Pilot P/O JC Kirkpatrick and crew were unhurt.
01/09/1940HampdenX290483sqnSpilsbyThis aircraft was damaged at 0515hrs on return from operations when the pilot force-landed wheels-up in a filed due to fuel shortage. Pilot Sgt WG Noble and crew were unhurt.
02/09/1940BeaufortL987922sqnNorth CoatesThis aircraft was wrecked at 2320hrs when the pilot approached the airfield too low, undershot the runway and landed in a field 450 yards short of the airfield. Pilot W/Cdr FJStG Braithwaite, P/O Hatton, Sgt Coulson and F/O E Pennington were all uninjured.
03/09/1940HampdenP2063144sqnHemswellThis aircraft was damaged at 1800hrs on return from an air-test flight when it overshot the runway and the pilot left it too late to take off again with a full load of bombs onboard. Pilot Sgt F Harwood and crew were unhurt.
03/09/1940MasterN79646OTUnr HolbeachThis aircraft was damaged at 1350hrs when it force-landed in a field after running low on fuel due to the pilot becoming lost. The aircraft ran into a ditch when it overran the landing field. Pilot Sgt G Hardie was unhurt.
03/09/1940HurricaneL19246 OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged when it force-landed with the undercarriage retracted just outside the airfield after the engine failed in flight. It was stopped by a ditch on the airfield boundary. P/O S Fejfar (Czech) was unhurt.
03/09/1940MasterN78056OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged at 1551hrs when it force-landed wheels-up in an unsuitable field after engine failure on take-off. Pilot Sgt FJ Twitchett was unhurt.
04/09/1940WallaceK60371SSMartin DalesThis aircraft was wrecked at 0920hrs when it struck telegraph wires and thick HT cables whilst flying below 40 feet. The aircraft swung out of control and crashed nose-first into the ground. Pilot Sgt R Williams killed, his unnamed passenger was injured.
04/09/1940DefiantN1628264sqnNorthorpeThis aircraft was destroyed when it flew into the ground near Northorpe, 3 miles west of the airfield, at 2130hrs after remaining at very low altitude after taking off from Kirton Lindsey on a night operational sortie. Pilot F/O DK O'Malley killed, Sgt LAW Rasmussen (New Zealander) killed.
04/09/1940BattleL57116OTUnr Sutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged at 1120hrs when it force-landed wheels-up following engine failure in flight after take-off. Pilot P/O GDN Noel-Johnson was unhurt.
06/09/1940HampdenX289361sqnnr LincolnThis aircraft was damaged on return from operations at 0505hrs when it force-landed after engine failure in flight. The undercarriage would not lower on approach to the airfield, the pilot was ordered to jettison his bombs and circle a radio beacon until daylight. The starboard engine then failed, leaving the pilot no other option but to belly-land the aircraft in a field at Burton, 2 miles north of Lincoln. Pilot P/O RP Earl and crew P/O Hermon, Sgt Sinclair and one other were unhurt.
08/09/1940HampdenL404244sqnWaddingtonThis aircraft was damaged at 2150hrs whilst taxying to the bomb fusing point under an air raid alert. Due to the reduced lighting in use, the pilot did not see a cutting in the ground ahead of him and the aircraft subsided into it. Pilot F/Sgt JF Clayton and crew were unhurt.
09/09/1940HurricaneL17276 OTUGedney DykeThis aircraft was damaged when the pilot made a forced landing with the undercarriage retracted after engine failure in flight. Pilot P/O CK Gray was unhurt.
09/09/1940HurricaneL15966 OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged when the undercarriage collapsed after a tyre burst whilst landing on rough ground. Pilot Sgt J Zaluski (Polish) was unhurt.
09/09/1940HurricaneL19866 OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged when it hit a starter trolley on landing after the pilot failed to use flaps. Pilot Sgt G Hardie was unhurt.
10/09/1940HampdenP440561sqnHemswellThis aircraft was damaged at 0230hrs on return from operations when it dropped over the airfield hedge and landed heavily, causing the tail boom to collapse. Pilot F/Lt GA Basket and crew were unhurt. This was their 29th operation of their tour.
10/09/1940BattleP676812SFTSnr Barkston HeathThis aircraft was damaged at 1000hrs when it force-landed wheels-up in a field 1 mile south of the airfield after engine failure on take-off. Pilot A/F/Lt DW Gathercole and his pupil were injured in the incident.
10/09/1940HurricaneP36446 OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged in a heavy landing. The aircraft stalled after the pilot misjudged his approach and held off too high on landing. P/O E Jereczek (Polish) was unhurt.
12/09/1940HampdenP213883sqnScamptonThis aircraft was damaged on landing from operations at 0535hrs when it overshot the runway after the pilot mistook obstruction lights on the bomb dump for airfield lights. The aircraft struck barbed wire around the bomb dump. Pilot Sgt G Loveluck and crew were unhurt.
13/09/1940HindK5573RAFCCranwellThis aircraft was damaged when it was overturned by a gust of wind in a line squall whilst stationary at 1525hrs. Pilot Sgt A Gillegin was unhurt.
13/09/1940HindK6679RAFCCranwellThis aircraft was damaged at 1525hrs when it was tipped onto its nose by a gust of wind as a line-squall passed across the airfield. Pilot Sgt Johnston was unhurt.
13/09/1940BattleK92311AASManbyThis aircraft was damaged at 1615hrs when it force-landed wheels-up following engine failure in flight. Pilot P/O JM Viney was unhurt.
13/09/1940MagisterN39581RSnr SpaldingThis aircraft was damaged when the engine failed in flight at 1005hrs whilst the pilot was performing unauthorised aerobatics. The pilot had no choice but to force-land in an unsuitable field, the aircraft overran and crashed through a hedge. Pilot P/O K Laverty was unhurt.
14/09/1940AnsonN512412SFTSHarlaxtonWhilst taxying back to the dispersal area after landing, the undercarriage collapsed due to strains imposed some time before. The aircraft required off-site repair fiollowing the accident, though the pilot LAC K P James was uninjured.
14/09/1940HurricaneN24796 OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged in a heavy landing. It hit uneven ground on the airfield, bounced and stalled, the wing tip hit the ground and the undercarriage collapsed. Pilot Sgt P Pearson was unhurt.
15/09/1940BlenheimP4833235sqnNorth CoatesThis aircraft was damaged at 1815hrs when it force-landed wheels-up short of the airfield whilst attempting to land back on after one engine failed in flight on take-off. Pilot Sgt HJ Naughtin and crew were unhurt.
16/09/1940OxfordN4849RAFCGosbertonThis aircraft was damaged at 1645hrs whilst making a forced landing in a ploughed field in poor visibility. It overran the landing field, struck a dyke and tipped onto its nose. Pilot LAC DM Napier was unhurt.
16/09/1940OxfordL9694RAFCnr Barkston Heath airfieldThis aircraft was damaged at 1545hrs when the aircraft stalled on approach and dropped onto the runway from 30 feet, collapsing the undercarriage. Pilot LAC DW Thompson was unhurt.
16/09/1940LysanderP1724613sqnScothernThis aircraft was wrecked at 0540hrs on return from an operational patrol. The engine failed in flight, the aircraft force-landed in a field but overran through a hedge, tearing the undercarriage off in a ditch. Pilot P/O HJC Tudge and observer Sgt Bell were unhurt.
16/09/1940BattleR7402300sqnSwinderbyThis aircraft was damaged at 1555hrs when it landed on one wheel after the undercarriage failed to lower fully. Pilot P/O Kurowski (Polish) and safety pilot F/O Konarzewski (Polish) were unhurt.
17/09/1940HindK6784RAFCCranwellThis aircraft was damaged at 1700hrs when it was tipped onto its nose by a strong gust of wind whilst taxying. Pilot Sgt JEI Grey was unhurt.
17/09/1940HindK6843RAFCCranwellThis aircraft was damaged when it was overturned by a strong gust of wind whilst landing. Pilot P/O J Brotherton-Ratcliffe was injured.
17/09/1940HurricaneR4185151sqnnr BiscathorpeThis aircraft was wrecked at 1800hrs when it flew into the side of a hill due to the low height of the cloud base. The aircraft had been on a patrol which had attempted to intercept an He111. Pilot Sgt Winstanley was injured and hospitalised.
18/09/1940HampdenL4125144sqnHemswellThis aircraft was damaged at 1925hrs on take-off for operations when the undercarriage collapsed after the aircraft swung sharply as it hit several bumps on the airfield surface. Pilot F/O SO Tudor and crew were unhurt.
18/09/1940MagisterL78036OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged at 1530hrs whilst taxying when it was caught by a strong gust of wind and tipped onto its nose. Pilot P/O R Barrett was unhurt.
19/09/1940WallaceK60331SSCranwellThis aircraft was damaged at 1215hrs when the undercarriage collapsed after a heavy landing. Pilot P/O K Laverty was unhurt.
19/09/1940HurricaneL19426 OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged when the pilot stalled on landing after holding off too high. Pilot F/O BA Hanbury was unhurt.
20/09/1940OxfordN6400RAFCCranwellThis aircraft was damaged at 1430hrs when it became airborne before flying speed had been reached. The aircraft stalled and the pilot force-landed wheels-up on the airfield. Pilot F/O J Korndorffer was unhurt.
20/09/1940HampdenP2081144sqnHemswellThis aircraft was damaged o landing from operations at 0415hrs when it overshot slightly in rain and struck a floodlight after the brakes were ineffective on the wet ground. Pilot P/O WJ Kerr and crew were unhurt.
20/09/1940HampdenP440161sqnHemswellThis aircraft was damaged at 0100hrs whilst taking off for operations. One engine failed as the aircraft started its run, but there was insufficient room for it to stop on the airfield. The pilot swung the aircraft, but it struck a tractor. Pilot Sgt SE Harrison and crew were unhurt.
20/09/1940MagisterN3857264sqnKirton LindseyThis aircraft was damaged at 1115hrs whilst trying to land in a strong wind. The aircraft was making a second circuit of the airfield when it struck telephone wires on approach, landing heavily. Pilot P/O EG Curtice was unhurt.
21/09/1940OxfordL9693RAFCBarkston HeathThis aircraft was destroyed when it struck a tree whilst taking off at night. Pilot LAC P Chapman killed.
21/09/1940OxfordP6811RAFCBarkston HeathThis aircraft was damaged at 0145hrs when the pilot retracted the undercarriage instead of the flaps at the end of the landing run. Pilot LAC Webb was unhurt.
21/09/1940BattleP663012SFTSHarlaxtonThis aircraft was damaged at 1455hrs when the undercarriage collapsed on touchdown due to damage inflicted on previous heavy landings. Pilot LAC JWE Holmes was unhurt.
21/09/1940AnsonN516112SFTSnr GranthamWhilst making a practice forced landing, the aircraft struck a horse on approach to the pilot's chosen field. The aircraft sustained minor damage and pilot Sgt K A Major was able to land safely at base.
22/09/1940HampdenL410561sqnHemswellThis aircraft was damaged on return from a cross-country flight at 1630hrs. The aircraft landed heavily in poor visibility, damaging the undercarriage. Pilot Sgt GE Cowan and crew were unhurt.
24/09/1940HampdenP439761sqnHemswellCoded QR-? This aircraft was damaged at 2303hrs when it was struck by Hampden X2911 whilst it was taking off. P4397 was repaired and later served with No.14 OTU. No injuries to the crew were reported.
24/09/1940HampdenX291161sqnHemswellCoded QR-? Attempting to take off at 2303hrs from Hemswell for Calais, this aircraft was wrecked when it collided with another 61 Sqdn Hampden P4397. P4397 was repaired and later served with No.14 OTU. Sgt J.E.Hills killed, Sgt Mills injured, Sgt Keet injured, Sgt T.P.Fenwick injured.
24/09/1940HurricaneP3306151sqnLinwood MoorThis aircraft was destroyed at 1020hrs when it crashed after the tail was torn off in a mid-air collision with Hurricane V7432 whilst on a formation flight. Pilot Sgt McPhee baled out unhurt.
24/09/1940SpitfireNK616sqnnr Kirton LindseyThis aircraft was damaged in a forced landing at 1905hrs after the aircraft ran out of fuel whilst the pilot was tring to locate the airfield. Pilot P/O J Rowden was unhurt. The serial is not recorded in the squadron records.
24/09/1940OxfordP8829RAFCnr South RaucebyThis aircraft was destroyed at 0905hrs when it struck a 3 foot high wall whilst in flight. Instructor Sgt WR Clements killed, pupil LAC F Dennison killed, 2 others listed as injured but unnamed on the accident record card or unit ORB.
24/09/1940HurricaneV7432151sqnnr WaddingtonThis aircraft was severely damaged when it collided in flight with Hurricane P3306 whilst on a formation sortie. Pilot P/O JK Havilland was unhurt and force-landed the aircraft at 1025hrs in a paddock near Waddington.
24/09/1940HurricaneL18796 OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged when it struck a ridge on the aerodorme after a fast approach, bounced and the undercarriage collapsed. Sgt EE Croker was unhurt.
26/09/1940OxfordL4625RAFCBarkston HeathThis aircraft was damaged at 1150hrs when it belly-landed on the airfield after the instructor failed to open the throttles on approach with sufficient height in hand. Instructor P/O FR Flynn and unnamed pupil were unhurt.
27/09/1940AnsonL797212SFTSGranthamOn takeoff, one engine failed, causing the aircraft to swing to one side and run through a hedge. The aircraft was damaged but the pilot Sgt L V Rosser was uninjured.
27/09/1940HampdenP209683sqnnr ScamptonCoded OL-?, the aircraft was wrecked when it crashed on approach to Scampton during a night-flying test at 1630hrs. The aircraft encountered stabilised yaw on approach, the undercarriage was partly retracted and the aircraft struck a hedge, crashed and burned out. Pilot Sgt TA Whitehead and crew were unhurt.
27/09/1940HurricaneN23576OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft is reported to have been damaged on this date when it spun in on approach to land. No further details known and the unit's records do not mention this incident.
28/09/1940WallaceK60231SSCranwellThis aircraft was wrecked at 1450hrs in a very heavy landing in bad weather. Pilot F/Lt J Cugier (Polish) was unhurt.
28/09/1940HampdenP439283sqnLincolnCoded OL-P, Airborne from Scampton for Lorient. The aircraft was abandoned over Lincolnshire on return after the crew were unable to locate Scampton and fuel ran low. The Hampden crashed on to the St.Matthias Church in Lincoln and exploded. P/O D.D.Snooke killed, P/O C.L.Turner, Sgt K.McKenzie and P/O E.C.Brighouse were uninjured. According to different sources, P/O Snooke is reported to have died after being impaled on railings in Yarborough Road, or after his parachute became entangled with the Hampden. There is a memorial to this accident at Westgate School in Lincoln.
29/09/1940OxfordR6324RAFCBarkston HeathThis aircraft was damaged whilst taxying in blackout conditions due to an air-raid alert at 2145hrs. The pilot mistook a torch carried by an airfield guard for a flashing marshalling lamp and taxied through the airfield boundary wall. Pilot LAC A Watson was unhurt.
29/09/1940HampdenP439961sqnHemswellThis aircraft was damaged at 0750hrs on return from operations. A landing was made on one wheel after the other failed to lock down due to damage caused by previous heavy landings. Pilot P/O KP Massey and crew were unhurt.
29/09/1940HurricaneN23596 OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged when the pilot retracted the undercarriage by mistake after stalling on landing. Pilot Sgt RL Baker was unhurt.
30/09/1940OxfordP1034RAFCBarkston HeathThis aircraft was damaged on landing when the aircraft struck a bump on the airfield, causing one wing to hit the ground. Pilot LAC JE Whiting was unhurt.
30/09/1940OxfordP1080RAFCBarkston HeathThis aircraft was damaged when it overshot on landing and ran through the airfield boundary hedge. Pilot LAC MM Wayman was unhurt.
30/09/1940DefiantN1562264sqnCaistorThis aircraft was damaged at 2030hrs whilst taxying when it struck an airfield light directly in front of it. The pilot's view forward was obstructed by the nose. Pilot P/O MH Clive and gunner were unhurt.
30/09/1940OxfordN4850RAFCCranwellThis aircraft was damaged at 1210hrs when it belly-landed on the airfield after the pilot forgot to lower the undercarriage whilst dealing with the aircraft losing height rapidly on approach after an engine failure in flight. Pilot LAC R Cowman was unhurt.
30/09/1940OxfordL4621RAFCFulbeckThis aircraft was damaged whilst taxying in blackout conditions due to an air-raid alert at 2335hrs. The pilot taxied into a ditch on the airfield. Pilot P/O Betts was unhurt.

October

DateTypeSerialUnitLocationNotes
01/10/1940SpitfireP7376611sqnDigbyThis aircraft was damaged at 1700hrs on return from a training flight. The aircraft belly-landed on the airfield after the undercarriage failed to lower. Pilot Sgt RA Angus was unhurt.
01/10/1940HampdenP439661sqnHemswellThis aircraft was damaged at 0515hrs on return from operations. The pilot undershot the flarepath, striking a hedge with the undercarriage. This caused the starboard leg to collapse. The pilot landed on one wheel. Pilot F/O PM deMestre and crew were unhurt.
01/10/1940HurricaneL18916 OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged when it crashed after stalling on approach after engine failure in flight. Pilot Sgt P Brazda (Czech) was unhurt. The incident is not recorded in the unit's logs, the serial has also been recorded as L1871.
01/10/1940MasterN77786OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged at 1900hrs when it force-landed wheels-up in an unsuitable field after engine failure on take-off. Pilot W/Cdr AWB MacDonald was unhurt.
02/10/1940OxfordP1982RAFCBarkston HeathThis aircraft was damaged at 0420hrs when it overshot the flarepath on landing and struck a stone wall. Pilot LAC F Harper was unhurt.
02/10/1940He111H-5A1+CH1/KG53off Chapel St LeonardsOn a recce flight, the port engine was damaged by by P/O IS Smith in a Hurricane of 151sqn. The aircraft ditched at 1820hrs. Oberlt H Seidel, Oberfw V Weidner, Oberfw W Zickler, Oberfw K Zinner and Uffz A Kreuzer all swam ashore and were taken prisoner. The wreck was blown up by the Royal Navy in March 1973.
02/10/1940HurricaneL15816OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged when it force-landed on the airfield following engine failure in flight. Pilot Sgt V Brejcha (Czech) was unhurt.
03/10/1940OxfordL4542RAFCCranwellThis aircraft was damaged at 1030hrs when the pilot retracted the undercarriage instead of the flaps whilst stationary on the ground at the end of the landing run. Pilot LAC WE Cochrane was unhurt.
03/10/1940BattleK769012SFTSHarlaxtonThis aircraft was damaged at 0120hrs whilst on return from a night-flying sortie. The aircraft struck a telegraph pole when it undershot the flarepath. Pilot LAC IE Brennan was unhurt.
03/10/1940BattleL530012SFTSHarlaxtonThis aircraft was damaged at 0550hrs whilst on return from a night-flying sortie. The aircraft struck the airfield boundary hedge when it undershot the flarepath. Pilot LAC GRG Sarll was unhurt.
04/10/1940OxfordL4585RAFCBarkston HeathThis aircraft was damaged at 1145hrs when the undercarriage collapsed during a heavy landing. Pilot LAC DW Fry was unhurt.
04/10/1940WallaceK60611SSCranwellThis aircraft was damaged at 0950hrs when it struck a ridge on the airfield, ballooned and landed heavily, causing the undercarriage to collapse. Pilot P/O JH Tavener was unhurt.
04/10/1940SpitfireP7296266sqnLittle BythamThis aircraft was damaged at 1815hrs when it force-landed wheels-up in a field after the pilot became separated from his formation and lost his bearings in bad weather, His radio had also failed. Pilot Sgt SS Goodwin was unhurt.
04/10/1940WallaceK60301SSnr SleafordThis aircraft was destroyed in a mid-air collision with Oxford R5950 over Sleaford. The aircraft crashed just outside the town. Pilot S/Ldr K Eberhardt (Polish) killed. LAC JP Fleming killed. LAC Fleming was the first pupil of 1RSS to be killed in a flying accident.
04/10/1940OxfordR59502FISnr SleafordThis aircraft was destroyed when it collided mid-air with Wallace K6030 over Sleaford, coming down near the town. Instructor F/O MJ Berry (New Zealander) and pupil Sgt L Kendray were both killed in the crash.
04/10/1940HurricaneL18826 OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged when the undercarriage collapsed after the pilot held off too high and the aircraft stalled on landing. Pilot P/O RS Merritt was unhurt. The aircraft was ex-RCAF and still carried the Canadian serial 319 at the time of the incident.
04/10/1940HurricaneL19276 OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged when the undercarriage collapsed after a heavy landing. Pilot Sgt J Plasil (Czech) was unhurt.
05/10/1940HampdenX2963144sqnHemswellCoded PL-? Airborne from Hemswell for a mine-laying sortie in the Elbe Estuary. The aircraft was wrecked when it undershot on return while trying to land in a near gale. The undercarriage was torn off, but the crew escaped without injury. S/L G.F.Lerwill, Sgt C.Gibson, Sgt R.H.Black, Sgt Duckworth.
05/10/1940SpitfireL1001616sqnKirton LindseyThis aircraft was damaged at 0930hrs on return from a training flight. Another aircraft bounced into the path of this one, the pilot opened the throttle to take off again, but the aircraft swung to starboard, stalled and crashed. Pilot Sgt DK Parker was unhurt.
05/10/1940HampdenX297783sqnnr HemswellCoded OL-? Airborne from Scampton for Gelsenkirchen. En route, the aircraft encountered severe icing and the crew elected to make an early return. The aircraft crashed and was destroyed 1/2 mile north of Hemswell airfield at 2055hrs while trying to land there as the crew were unable to locate Scampton due to bad weather. It dived in from 300 feet due to loss of control caused by the speed dropping below safe levels. Sgt Hawkes injured, Sgt C.A.Sherwood killed, Sgt Gilmour injured, Sgt E.S.Phillips injured.
05/10/1940HurricaneL19666 OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged when it stalled on landing. Pilot P/O R Borovec (Czech) was unhurt.
05/10/1940HurricaneN23416 OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged when it crashed onto the airfield following engine failure. Pilot Sgt E Cizek was unhurt.
07/10/1940OxfordP1994RAFCBarkston HeathThis aircraft was damaged when the port undercarriage oleo fractured in a heavy landing. Pilot P/O Cox was unhurt.
07/10/1940HampdenX297561sqnHemswellThis aircraft was damaged when the pilot retracted the undercarriage too soon whilst flying circuits and landings. One engine faltered immediately afterwards and the aircraft landed on one wheel. Pilot Sgt HG Loadsman and his crew were unhurt.
07/10/1940BattleN22401AASManbyThis aircraft was damaged at 1155hrs on return from an air gunnery exercise when the undercarriage collapsed on touchdown - the pilot had not checked it was fully locked in place before landing. Pilot LAC F Skrzypczak (Polish) was unhurt.
07/10/1940HampdenL406049sqnScamptonThis aircraft was wrecked in a heavy landing at 2140hrs on return from a night flying test. The pilot held off too high and stalled the aircraft onto the runway from 25 feet, collapsing the undercarriage. Pilot Sgt L Ball and crew were unhurt.
08/10/1940TutorK61032FISAncasterThis aircraft was wrecked at 1705hrs whilst low-flying on a training flight. The aircraft struck HT wires and crashed. Pilot P/O JB Mackill killed, pupil Sgt ED Stapleton killed.
08/10/1940HurricaneL20836OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was destroyed when it crashed on the airfield and burned out after catching fire in the air. Pilot P/O DC Brown was killed.
09/10/1940Ju88UNKUNKIn sea off SkegnessThis aircraft was claimed as destroyed according to Lincolnshire Constabulary reports which state that the aircraft was shot down into the sea by fighters at 1130hrs.
09/10/1940HurricaneV73761sqnin the WashThis aircraft was lost at 1115hrs when it disappeared whilst on a formation flight over the wash. Unconfirmed reports quote it as being shot down by a Ju88. Pilot Sgt S Warren was killed.
09/10/1940HurricaneN23676OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged when the undercarriage collapsed as the aircraft was being taxied in a strong wind. Pilot Sgt J Dygryn (Czech) was unhurt.
10/10/1940AnsonN488512SFTSColmbeers Farm, EdenhamWhilst on a night circuits & landings sortie, the pilot Sgt J H Bevans became lost and made a forced landing. In the course of this, the aircraft struck an obstruction and a hedge damaging the aircraft.
10/10/1940HarvardN71001RSCranwellThis aircraft was damaged at 1000hrs when it force-landed wheels-up on the airfield after the engine stopped due to fuel starvation on take-off. The pilot had forgotten to change fuel feed to the main tanks before the centreline tank emptied. Pilot P/O RH Wiens was unhurt.
10/10/1940BattleN20631AASManbyThis aircraft was damaged at 1640hrs on return from an air test when it landed on one wheel after the undercarriage failed to lower fully. Pilot Sgt H Featherby was unhurt.
10/10/1940BattleL545112sqnnr LudfordThis aircraft was damaged when it made a forced landing in a field after the engine failed on take-off. The pilot had taken off with bomb-doors open, the aircraft failed to climb and lost height rapidly. On landing, the starboard wheel was broken off. Pilot Sgt DH Preston was unhurt.
10/10/1940HurricaneL17326OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged when the pilot landed on the airfield with the undercarriage retracted. Pilot P/O WB Shimmons was unhurt.
10/10/1940HurricaneL20456OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged when the pilot stalled whilst landing. Pilot P/O DSF Winsland was unhurt.
10/10/1940BattleN2083142sqnWainfleetThis aircraft was damaged at 2030hrs when the pilot force-landed in a field after becoming lost. Pilot Sgt Livermore was unhurt.
12/10/1940HampdenL412483sqnScamptonThis aircraft was wrecked at 2000hrs when it touched down fast and too far along the runway. The aircraft overshot, ran through a hedge onto the road outside the airfield. Pilot F/O R Anderson and crew were unhurt.
12/10/1940LysanderP9104613sqnWainfleetThis aircraft was damaged at 0855hrs whilst making a forced landing from an operational flight in poor visibility. The aircraft struck HT cables whilst flying at 30 feet then hit a furrow in the filed whilst landing, causing the aircraft to overturn. Pilot P/O RD Robertson and observer Sgt Bickley were unhurt.
12/10/1940BlenheimL147229sqnWellingoreThis aircraft was wrecked at 1550hrs when an engine failed at 15 feet on take-off for a flight to Digby. Pilot P/O J Buchanon and his 2 crew were injured.
13/10/1940HampdenX2921106sqnHemswellThis aircraft was damaged at 1500hrs whilst taxying. The brakes failed and the aircraft struck the airfield watch office. Pilot Sgt KG Cooper and crew were unhurt.
13/10/1940BattleL5428142sqnnr TorkseyCoded WT-? Airborne at 1820hrs from Binbrook for operations against Calais. The aircraft ran out of fuel on return, after being unable to land at Waddington due to extremely bad weather. The pilot ordered the crew to bale out, and the aircraft crashed 2 miles north of Torksey. Pilot P/O T Stevenson, Sgt Green and Sgt Whitcher were unhurt.
13/10/1940HampdenP209549sqnScamptonThis aircraft was wrecked at 0115hrs on return from operations when it overshot on landing and ran through a hedge. Pilot Sgt RE Richman and crew were unhurt.
14/10/1940BattleP663112SFTSHarlaxtonThis aircraft was damaged when it belly-landed on the airfield after the pilot forgot to lower the undercarriage. Pilot LAC HAS Johnston was unhurt.
14/10/1940SpitfireX4330616sqnKirton LindseyThis aircraft was damaged on return from operations at 1607hrs. The aircraft's undercarriage failed to lock down, resulting in a crash landing causing damage to the mainplanes & fuelage. Pilot Sgt RV Hogg was uninjured.
15/10/1940HurricaneL17136OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was wrecked in a forced landing near airfield after engine failure in flight. Pilot P/O R Borovec (Czech) was slightly injured in the crash.
16/10/1940AnsonR338614OTUDigbyThis aircraft sustained minor damage when Sgt G P Penberthy made a forced landing in a stubble field after losing sight of the airfield's flarepath due to the sudden appearance of a fog bank whilst he was practising circuits and landings at night.
16/10/1940HurricaneL20036 OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged in a heavy landing after the pilot stalled on a high approach. Pilot Sgt GH Williams was unhurt.
16/10/1940HurricaneN23436 OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged when it stalled through holding off too high on landing while waiting for other aircraft to land. P/O S Bachurek (Czech) was unhurt.
17/10/1940HampdenP2122144sqnCaenbyThis aircraft was damaged at 0330hrs on return from operations when it force-landed wheels-up in a field near an illuminated searchlight after becoming lost and running low on fuel. Pilot F/O CGC Rawlins and crew were unhurt.
17/10/1940BattleP66327FTSLangtoftThis aircraft was damaged at 1530hrs when it force-landed wheels-up in a field following engine failure in flight. Pilot Sgt BJ Balchin was unhurt.
17/10/1940GladiatorN5594RAF Met Fltnr CowbitThis aircraft was damaged on a routine weather flight when it force-landed due to radio failure in foggy conditions. The undercarriage struck a wire fence as the aircraft was about to touch down, causing it to swing to starboard and tip onto its nose. Pilot F/Lt GP Miers was unhurt.
17/10/1940BeaufortL985622sqnSutton BridgeThis aircraft returned from operations with flak damage on this date, the gunner and navigator are listed as injured, but no further information is recorded.
17/10/1940HurricaneN23386OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged whilst parked and unoccupied when it was struck by taxying Harvard N7178.
17/10/1940HarvardN71786OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged when it taxied into parked Hurricane N2338. Pilot Sgt AG Simmons unhurt.
17/10/1940HampdenP441444sqnWaddingtonThis aircraft was damaged at 0325hrs on return from operations in severe adverse weather whilst short of fuel. The aircraft overshot on landing and struck brickwork on the airfield. Pilot F/Lt DG Ogilvie and crew were unhurt.
17/10/1940HampdenX299744sqnWaddingtonCoded KM-? Airborne from Waddington for the Leuna synthetic oil plant at Merseburg. The aircraft was diverted to Bircham Newton on return due to thick fog at waddington, but there was insufficient fuel remaining to do this. The pilot elected to try landing at Waddington but crashed into a hangar on the airfield after undershooting, tearing the undercarriage off. S/Ldr H.P.Broad injured, Sgt Hammond injured, Sgt H.Rossiter injured, Sgt J.M.McLean injured.
18/10/1940SpitfireN3066616sqnBroughtonThis aircraft was damaged when it force-landed on return from a training flight due to running out of fuel. Pilot Sgt R Ivey was unhurt.
18/10/1940HurricaneN23456 OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft had its undercarriage damaged on take off after hitting rough ground, and was further damaged on landing. Pilot Sgt J Wright was unhurt.
18/10/1940HampdenP441544sqnWaddingtonThis aircraft was damaged at 1130hrs whilst taxying. The undercarriage warning horn sounded and the pilot inadvertently selected undercarriage up whilst trying to secure the undercarriage locks in place. Pilot Sgt LA Paskell and crew were unhurt.
19/10/1940OxfordL4622RAFCBarkston HeathThis aircraft was damaged at 1055hrs when the pilot stalled the aircraft onto the runway from 15 feet, landing heavily. Pilot LAC L Baron was unhurt.
21/10/1940WhitleyP505858sqnoff CleethorpesCoded GE-F. Airborne at 1800hrs from Linton-on-Ouse to bomb the Skoda armament factory at Pilsen. The aircraft was wrecked on return when it ditched at 0540hrs in the River Humber due north of Scunthorpe. The aircraft had run short of fuel and the pilot was forced to ditch as he was unable to see land to make a forced landing on. Despite being close to the shore, the crew spent 3 hours in their dinghy before being rescued. For three members of this crew, this was their second crash in less than a week. F/O B.Brooke injured, Sgt C.S.Halley (Australian), Sgt Henderson, Sgt Greene and Sgt Duncan were unhurt.
21/10/1940HampdenP440449sqnWaddingtonThis aircraft was damaged on return from operations in bad visibility. The pilot allowed the aircraft to drift off the flarepath, causing the undercarriage to collapse on touchdown. Pilot Sgt JC Shaw and crew were unhurt.
22/10/1940BattleP2327142sqnBinbrookCoded WT-? The aircraft was wrecked on a training flight when it crashed after stalling in a turn into wind at low altitude in poor visibility on the airfield boundary. Pilot P/O DL McGregor-Macdonald unhurt, Sgt Woodruff injured, Sgt Duckers injured.
22/10/1940BattleL5391142sqnHatcliffeThe aircraft was on a photographic training sortie when it was wrecked in a wheels-up forced landing due to poor visibility in fog at Hatcliffe. Pilot P/O PEA Carr and crew, Sgt Price and Sgt Holman were unhurt.
23/10/1940SpitfireX4175616sqnKirton LindseyThis aircraft was damaged at 1120hrs on return from a training flight. The pilot misjudged his landing in high winds, touched down on one wheel and the starboard undercarriage collapsed. Pilot Sgt S Wilson was unhurt but sent for further training on the type.
24/10/1940TutorK481351sqnEastoftThis aircraft was wrecked at 1400hrs whilst on a flight to and from Hemswell carrying spare parts. The aircraft force-landed in a potato field after the engine failed in flight. Pilot P/O AW Millson was unhurt.
25/10/1940OxfordN6282RAFCCranwellThis aircraft was damaged at 1300hrs when the pilot landed heavily in a rainstorm and poor visibility, collapsing the undercarriage. This was the pilot's first solo on type. Pilot LAC NEM Smith was unhurt.
25/10/1940OxfordN6321RAFCCranwellThis aircraft was damaged at 1400hrs when the tailwheel collapsed after a heavy landing. Pilot LAC HB Seddon was unhurt.
25/10/1940HurricaneL2047151 sqnDigbyThis aircraft was damaged when it crashed on landing at 2145hrs. Pilot Sgt IAC Grant was unhurt.
26/10/1940HurricaneL15486 OTU1m N of Sutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged when it force-landed in a field with undercarriage retracted following engine failure in flight. Pilot P/O JH Taverner was unhurt.
26/10/1940HurricaneL19316 OTU1m N of Sutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged when it force-landed in field with undercarriage retracted following engine failure in flight, apparently the lack of undercarriage was due to the excitement of the pilot on his 3rd flight in a Hurricane. Pilot Sgt SD Ormiston was unhurt.
26/10/1940AnsonN513712SFTSHarlaxtonThis aircraft was seriously damaged when it stalled and hit the airfield boundary fence. The pupil under tuition allowed his speed to drop off to a point where he was going to undershoot the airfield, and the instructor, P/O N B Freeman opened the throttles to corrct the error too late.
26/10/1940HurricaneR4184151 sqnnr Coleby GrangeThis aircraft was destroyed at 2035hrs when it crashed making a left turn shortly after take-off whilst practising night circuits and landings. Pilot Sgt R Holder (British born but living in NewZealand when he volunteered) was killed.
26/10/1940HurricaneV7434151 sqnnr Coleby GrangeThis aircraft was wrecked when it crashed at 2040hrs 500 yards outside the airfield boundary after taking off whilst practising circuits and landings at night. The aircraft caught fire on impact. Pilot Sgt DO Stanley (New Zealander) was pulled from the wreckage but died of his injuries in Lincoln hospital later that night. it is possible that Sgt Stanley may have been distracted by the nearby crash of Hurricane R4184 some 5 minutes earlier.
26/10/1940HampdenX2998144sqnUptonThis aircraft was wrecked on return from operations at 0005hrs. On approaching the airfield to land, the aircraft was given a red signal, and circled to approach again. Shortly after being cleared to land off the second circuit, one engine failed in flight. The pilot ordered the crew to bale out, but the aircraft was by then too low for a safe parachute jump to be made. All 4 crew stayed with the aircraft when it force-landed in a field. Pilot Sgt RJ Curtis injured, Sgt A Goulder injured, Sgt EH Woods injured, Sgt WC Anderson injured.
26/10/1940BlenheimL137529sqnWellingoreThis aircraft was damaged at 2000hrs on early return from operations with a faulty radio. The undercarriage had been damaged on take-off and failed to lock into position, collapsing on touchdown. Pilot P/O JD Humphreys and his crew were unhurt.
27/10/1940HurricaneL15746 OTU4 miles north-east of Sutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged when it force-landed in a field following engine failure in flight. Pilot Sgt GS Sutcliff was unhurt.
27/10/1940OxfordP1875RAFCBarkston HeathThis aircraft was damaged at 1400hrs when the undercarriage collapsed after the aircraft landed heavily on one wheel. Pilot LAC AS Morrow was unhurt.
27/10/1940HurricaneL15816 OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged in a heavy landing. The aircraft stalled, bounced and overturned. Pilot Sgt WA Lack was unhurt.
28/10/1940AnsonN514312SFTS5 miles north-east of BourneThis aircraft was damaged when it hit high tension cables during an unauthorised session of low flying. Pilot LAC A E ward was uninjured and landed the aircraft safely at Grantham
28/10/1940OxfordR5953RAFCFulbeckThis aircraft was damaged at 1600hrs during an instructional sortie. The starboard engine failed in flight, and flames from it set fire to the covering of the wing, which had been soaked in petrol due to the tank being overfilled. The aircraft landed safely at the airfield. Pilot P/O M Papworth and his unnamed pupil were unhurt.
28/10/1940DefiantN1560307sqnKirton in LindseyThis aircraft was wrecked at 1950hrs when it landed short of the runway and hit the airfield fence after approaching to land without permission and misjudging distances as the airfield lighting was still being set up. Pilot Sgt S Grondowski and his gunner were unhurt.
28/10/1940SpitfireX4330616sqnKirton LindseyThis aircraft was damaged on landing at 1313hrs when the pilot landed downwind and overshot the runway, causing the aircraft to overturn. Pilot P/O PWE Heppell was unhurt.
28/10/1940BattleL50271AASoff Donna NookThis aircraft was lost at 1200hrs in the sea 3 miles off Donna Nook when it stalled in a right-hand climbing turn away from the target during an air-firing exercise. Pilot LAC F Skrzypczak (Polish) killed, F/O DM Robertson killed, P/O EW Blackwell killed.
28/10/1940HampdenX302749sqnoff Skegness pierCoded EA-A. Airborne from Scampton for Hamburg. Outbound, the aircraft was shot down by an intruder (Lt.Volker, 2/NJG2) at 0030hrs and crashed into the sea off Skegness. The body of P/O Ballas-Andersen was never found. P/O J.R.Bufton killed, P/O K.Ballas-Andersen killed, Sgt R.F.Robertson killed, Sgt F.J.W.Bichard killed.
28/10/1940HurricaneL18516 OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged on landing due to the starboard undercarriage leg collapsing after failure of the locks. The aircraft swung round on its starboard wingtip. Pilot P/O MH Wellmon was unhurt.
29/10/1940Ju88NKNKbetween Donna Nook & North CoatesThis aircraft was claimed as destroyed at 1834hrs when it was shot down in flames into the sea by ground defences.
29/10/1940BattleP662912SFTSHarlaxtonThis aircraft was damaged at 1215hrs when it belly-landed on the airfield after the pilot forgot to lower the undercarriage whilst flying on instruments. Pilot LAC DW Rose was unhurt.
29/10/1940BeaufortL980022sqnoff North CoatesThis aircraft was destroyed at 0548hrs immediately after take-off for operations. The aircraft became airborne but crashed into the sea 800 yards off shore on a very dark night, possibly as a result of the pilot taking his eyes off the instruments to check whether the formation leader had taken off. Pilot Sgt JP Rylands killed, Sgt DD Palmer killed, Sgt PW Ripley killed, Sgt NH Jackson killed.
29/10/1940BlenheimL150329sqnWellingoreThis aircraft was wrecked when it struck a tree on take-off. Pilot Sgt AJA Roberts and crew were unhurt.
30/10/1940BlenheimT2246101sqnnr ColebyThis aircraft crashed into a wood near Coleby at 2300hrs in bad weather on return from operations. The aircraft was destroyed. Pilot P/O JM Cave killed, Sgt CJ Gooderick killed, Sgt JG Hitchen killed.
31/10/1940AnsonN964912SFTSBoothby PagnellThe pilot, LAC T J R Marsham lost control at 1000' whilst taking violent avoiding action. The aircraft was seen to enter a steeply banked turn, then a vertical dive, following which it crashed into a wood. Both LAC Marsham and the other occupant were killed and the aircraft was destroyed in the crash.
31/10/1940OxfordP1876RAFCCranwellThis aircraft was damaged when the undercarriage collapsed after the aircraft bounced during a heavy landing. This was the pilot's second accident in 4 days. Pilot LAC AS Morrow was unhurt.

November

DateTypeSerialUnitLocationNotes
01/11/1940OxfordL9695RAFCBarkston HeathThis aircraft was damaged at 1400hrs when the pilot retracted the undercarriage instead of the flaps whilst stationary on the ground with engines running. Pilot LAC JS Robinson was unhurt.
01/11/1940HurricaneL185156 OTUTydd St MaryThis aircraft was destroyed when it dived into the ground from great height. Pilot P/O TM Patlejch (Czech) was killed.
02/11/1940HenleyL33821AASManbyThis aircraft was damaged at 1210hrs when it landed wheels-up on the airfield after the pilot became distracted by the cockpit door opening on approach and forgot to lower the undercarriage. Pilot Sgt T Powell was unhurt.
03/11/1940HampdenP438183sqnnr FiskertonCoded OL-? The aircraft crashed at 1230hrs after it hit a tree whilst turning at low-level 1 mile east of Fiskerton, near Fiskerton Hall. The aircraft stalled as speed was too slow for the turn. Pilot Sgt AJ Garwell and crew were unhurt.
04/11/1940HampdenX302949sqnAisthorpeCoded EA-D Airborne at 0135hrs from Scampton for Kiel in very heavy rain and crashed almost immediately at Aisthorpe Low Fields after swinging 70 degrees on take-off and hitting the edge of the dispersal field. The crew escaped the aircraft which caught fire, causing the bombload to explode shortly afterwards. Sgt R.E.Richman, Sgt G.R.Davies, LAC Upton, Sgt Reid all unhurt.
05/11/1940OxfordP1865RAFCCranwellThis aircraft was damaged at 1630hrs when the pilot overshot the runway whilst landing in poor visibility. The aircraft ran into a ploughed field and tipped onto its nose. Pilot LAC LA Martin was unhurt.
05/11/1940OxfordP1959RAFCCranwellThis aircraft was damaged at 0930hrs when the undercarriage collapsed in a heavy landing. Pilot LAC GE Poulton was unhurt.
05/11/1940HampdenX305861sqnHemswellThis aircraft was damaged at the end of a ferry flight from Ternhill. One engine failed in flight and the pilot landed the aircraft downwind as he did not think the aircraft would make a full circuit. The aircraft overran on landing, damaging the tail on a sand-trap. Pilot Sgt EF Edwin and crew were unhurt.
05/11/1940He111H-2A1+KM4/KG53In the Humber off GrimsbyThis aircraft was shot down by AA fire and crashed into the water. Oblt H Bannert, Uffz W Goehring, Gefr G Werder, Uffz E Zahn and Gefr H Schmitz all killed.
06/11/1940HampdenP441283sqnHemswellThis aircraft was damaged at 0450hrs on an early return from operations due to severe icing. The pilot was diverted to Hemswell, but overshot on landing due to the high weight of the aircraft with a full bombload onboard and soft ground and ran through the airfield boundary hedge. Pilot Sgt TVG Blanks and crew were unhurt.
06/11/1940HurricaneL170456 OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged when it overturned after braking hard to avoid a hedge. The pilot had landed too fast and overran the runway. Pilot P/O EL Neal was unhurt.
06/11/1940HurricaneL208456 OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged whilst taxying. A tyre burst and the aircraft swung into stationary Hurricane P2822. Pilot P/O FJ Soper was unhurt.
06/11/1940HurricaneN235656 OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged when it struck parked Hurricane N2591 whilst overshooting the runway after landing too fast. Pilot P/O LE Price was unhurt.
06/11/1940HurricaneN259156 OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged whilst parked when it was struck by Hurricane N2356 which overshot on landing.
06/11/1940HurricaneP282256 OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged when it was struck by taxying Hurricane L2084. Pilot Sgt CR Glover was unhurt.
07/11/1940BattleK76461AASManbyThis aircraft was damaged at 0930hrs when it collided with a hangar whilst taxying after the brakes failed. Pilot Sgt Z Brozda (Polish) was unhurt.
07/11/1940HurricaneL170656OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged whilst taxying when it struck parked Harvard N7175. Pilot Sgt GB Hind was unhurt.
07/11/1940HurricaneL187856 OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged when it landed on the airfield with the undercarriage retracted. Pilot Sgt PH Jennings was unhurt. The aircraft was ex-RCAF and still carried the Canadian serial 315 at the time of the incident.
07/11/1940HarvardN717556OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged whilst parked when it was struck by taxying Hurricane L1706.
08/11/1940OxfordV3213RAFCBarkston Heaththis aircraft was damaged at 2245hrs when it taxied too wide of the flarepath and struck the airfield boundary wall. Pilot P/O AC Toye was unhurt.
08/11/1940OxfordR5957RAFCFulbeckThis aircraft was damaged at 0150hrs whilst flying circuits under blackout conditions. The pilot failed to fly the correct circuit pattern and aircraft struck a hedge and a tree. Pilot Sgt SF Seda (Czech) was unhurt.
08/11/1940HampdenL4131144sqnHemswellThis aircraft was damaged in a heavy landing from a night-flying test at 1645hrs in poor visibility. Pilot Sgt GC Marsh and crew were unhurt.
08/11/1940SpitfireNK616sqnKingerbyThis aircraft was destroyed when it crashed at 1520hrs, after diving into the ground from 9000 feet whilst on an operational patrol following the pilot losing control, possibly due to his oxygen tube becoming detached. The aircraft burned out on the ground. Pilot P/O FS Roberts killed.
09/11/1940HampdenX290583sqnCammeringhamThis aircraft was damaged at 1900hrs whilst on approach to land. The throttles jammed and the pilot was unable to open them. The aircraft force-landed wheels-up in a field. Pilot Sgt JK Shreeve and crew were unhurt.
09/11/1940AnsonN513912SFTSGranthamThis aircraft was damaged when the undercarriage collapsed whilst the aircraft was taxying at walking speed. The pilot, F/Lt H Baker was uninjured.
09/11/1940HampdenP439961sqnHemswellThis aircraft was damaged on return from operations when the pilot landed heavily after a 9hr20m flight. At the time he touched down, he was trying to avoid another aircraft whilst landing in thick ground haze. Pilot Sgt SE Harrison and crew were unhurt.
09/11/1940OxfordR64022FISnr FulbeckThis aircraft was wrecked at 0155hrs when the pilot approached to land too low and the aircraft struck trees 100 feet from the airfield boundary. Instructor F/O JAA Read and pupil Sgt JH Battison were unhurt.
09/11/1940HampdenP2079144sqnnr HemswellThis aircraft was destroyed at 033hrs on return from operations in poor visibility. The pilot was unable to see the ground to make a safe approach to land. At this point, both engines cut out and the pilot ordered the crew to bale out. The aircraft crashed between Hemswell and Harpswell Grange, burning out on the ground. Pilot Sgt RH Pearman and crew Sgt S.R.Streeter, Sgt H.E.Turner and Sgt L.W.Jones were unhurt.
09/11/1940HampdenP440283sqnnr LouthCoded OL-D. Airborne from Scampton for Munich. On return the pilot missed the airfield flarepath in poor visibility and had to circle for 80 minutes to allow other aircraft to land. The starboard engine failed due to running out of fuel, followed 15 minutes later by the port engine. The pilot ordered the crew to bale out, and the aircraft crashed between Fotherby and North Elkington at 0245hrs and burned out on the ground. Pilot P/O J.D.Mundy, Sgt F.A.Constable, Sgt R.L.Thomas, Sgt T.Bale all uninjured.
09/11/1940HampdenX295949sqnScamptonThis aircraft was wrecked at 0205hrs on return from operations. The pilot forgot to reset his altimeter pressure after a 7 hour flight. As a consequence, it was reading 300 feet too high, and the pilot flew into the ground whilst approaching to land. Pilot Sgt PA Ball and crew were unhurt.
09/11/1940HampdenX300561sqnScamptonThis aircraft was damaged on return from operations when the pilot approached too low in poor visibility, knocking one wheel off when it struck the top of the bomb dump. The aircraft landed on one wheel.Pilot Sgt GE Cowan and crew were unhurt.
10/11/1940BattleK771012SFTSHarlaxtonThis aircraft was damaged at 1500hrs when it undershot the runway and struck a tree trunk in the airfiels boundary hedge. Pilot LAC BA Smith was unhurt.
10/11/1940HampdenX296483sqnScamptonThis aircraft was wrecked at 0135hrs on take-off for operations. It failed to become airborne until it reached the airfield boundary fence, then struck a nissen hut on the dispersal field, crashed and burned. Pilot Sgt AJ Garwell and his crew, Sgt Kirke, Sgt RJ Flux and Sgt White were unhurt. The accident record card quotes 3 killed, 1 injured. These were station ground defence personnel: AC1 RW King, AC2 W Fraser and AC2 R Rennie. The names do not appear in station or squadron records and have been collated from CWGC records. The name of the injured man has not been discovered.
11/11/1940HampdenP206849sqnScamptonThis aircraft was damaged at 1040hrs when the pilot forgot to lower the undercarriage on approach and belly-landed the aircraft on the airfield. Sgt PA Ball and crew were unhurt.
11/11/1940OxfordL9648RAFCStickneyThis aircraft was damaged at 1530hrs when it ran into a dyke whilst the pilot was making a forced landing in a field 1/2 mile south of Stickney after becoming lost on a cross-country flight. Pilot LAC GE Poulton was unhurt.
13/11/1940OxfordN47842FISFulbeckThis aircraft was damaged at 1810hrs when it overshot the runway in bad visibility and ran into a ditch on the edge of the airfield, collapsing the undercarriage. Pilot F/Lt GW Prior was unhurt.
13/11/1940SpitfireX4186616sqnKirton LindseyThis aircraft was damaged at 1830hrs on return from a dusk patrol. The pilot lost contact with his section and decided to land. He approached high and fast, the aircraft overshot the runway and hit the airfield boundary wall. Pilot Sgt NV Glew was unhurt.
14/11/1940HampdenX300661sqnHemswellCoded QR-? This aircraft began its take-off run at 0027hrs at Hemswell for Hamburg, but left the runway and struck a telegraph pole and a contractor's hut in one of the dispersals, crashing and burning out in a field 1/2 mile south of harpswell church. Pilot F/Lt A.Moncrieff killed, Sgt E.F.Edwin killed, Sgt R.Sinclair killed, Sgt C.E.Russell killed.
14/11/1940HampdenX299544sqnnr WaddingtonCoded KM-? Airborne 0115hrs from Waddington for Hamburg but stalled at 800 feet on take-off and dived into the ground 1 mile east of the airfield. P/O Cuthbert injured, P/O K.L.Millar killed, Sgt D.Pewsey killed, Sgt E.Egar injured.
14/11/1940BattleL53037FTSPinchbeckThis aircraft was destroyed at 1345hrs when it crashed after catching fire in the air following an engine failure in flight. Pilot L/H GB O'Flynn (Royal Navy) baled out and landed safely at Bertie Fen, 1.5 miles from the crash site.
15/11/1940OxfordP1839RAFCBarkston HeathThis aircraft was damaged at 1230hrs during a solo circuits and landings exercise. The aircraft overshot the runway and hit a wall on the airfield. Pilot LAC WH Dandy was unhurt.
15/11/1940OxfordL46322FISFulbeckThis aircraft was damaged at 2205hrs when the pilot braked sharply on landing, causing the aircraft to tip onto its nose. Pilot P/O RV Galt was unhurt.
15/11/1940BeaufortL451522sqnNorth CoatesThis aircraft was damaged at 2330hrs when the undercarriage collapsed in a heavy landing on return from operations on a dark night in bad weather and poor visibility. Pilot F/O INW Mackie and his crew were unhurt.
15/11/1940HurricaneL175956 OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged when it crashed on the airfield after a tyre burst during a heavy landing leading to the undercarriage collapsing. Pilot Sgt EG Mason was unhurt. The aircraft was ex-RCAF and still carried the Canadian serial 310 at the time of the incident.
16/11/1940HampdenX305749sqnScamptonThis aircraft was damaged when it struck a car on the airfield whilst taxying in rain and poor visibility. Pilot Sgt JH Morphett and crew were unhurt.
16/11/1940BeaufighterR209529sqnSilk WilloughbyThis aircraft was damaged in a forced landing at 2345hrs after an engine failed in flight. The pilot ordered the crew to bale out, but the gunner was unable to get free from his position, so the pilot returned to his seat, regained control and landed wheels-up in a field by the Sleaford to Wilsford road. Pilot S/Ldr C Widdows was unhurt, P/O L Wilson suffered a broken ankle.
16/11/1940BlenheimL150829sqnWellingoreThis aircraft was damaged at 1500hrs when the aircraft overshot after landing downwind. The pilot attempted to swing the aircraft, but it skidded in mud and ran into a hedge. Pilot Sgt TL French and crew were unhurt.
17/11/1940HampdenP212683sqnScamptonThis aircraft was damaged at 0800hrs on return from operations when it overshot on landing after poor visibility made seeing the flarepath impossible. The aircraft landed downwind, overshot and struck an ambulance and the watch office. Pilot Sgt AF Jackson and crew were unhurt.
18/11/1940HurricaneL192756 OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged when it overshot the runway and ran into an earth bank after swerving to avoid another aircraft on landing in bad visibility. Pilot P/O FD Snalam was unhurt.
19/11/1940HarvardN717756OTUnr SleafordThis aircraft was damaged at 1400hrs when the pilot force-landed in a small field at Moor Farm due to fog. The pilot was unable to locate an airfield to land at, and the aircraft carried no radio. The aircraft ran through the hedge at the end of the field. Pilot P/O JG Weir was unhurt.
19/11/1940HurricaneL165956 OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged when the undercarriage collapsed after a heavy landing caused by the pilot stalling the aircraft onto the runway from 30 feet whilst trying to spot the runway in thick mist. Pilot Sgt M Pavlovic (Czech) was unhurt. Sgt Pavlovic was one of the few Czech pilots to serve with the Polish Air Force in 1939 and was the first Czech pilot to be awarded a medal (the Polish Cross of Valour) in WW2.
20/11/1940SpitfireX4558611sqnDigbyThis aircraft was damaged at 1600hrs when the pilot landed from a training flight in a strong, gusty wind with the aircraft drifting. The aircraft landed heavily and the undercarriage collapsed. Pilot P/O WH Holland was unhurt.
20/11/1940HampdenX3056144sqnnr WithernCoded PL-? Airborne from Hemswell for Lutzkendorf. The aircraft was abandoned when it ran short of fuel after being unable to land at base due to a 50mph gale-force wind and the pilot was unable to see the ground from 400 feet.The aircraft came down near Withern and burned out on impact. Pilot P/O Hartop, Sgt Kirby, Sgt Burns and Sgt Daniels all escaped unhurt.
21/11/1940HampdenX297283sqnScamptonThis aircraft overshot on its second landing attempt on return from operations at 0335hrs. It was damaged when it ran into soft ground and tipped onto its nose. Pilot P/O MJC Harwood and crew were unhurt.
21/11/1940HurricaneL181456 OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged when the undercarriage collapsed after the aircraft bounced and stalled whilst landing in poor visibility. The aircraft came to rest tipped on its nose. Pilot Sgt AY McCombe was unhurt.
22/11/1940SpitfireX4577611sqnDigbyThis aircraft was damaged at 1100hrs on return from operations. The aircraft hit a bump on the airfield whilst landing on a gusty day, rocked heavily, one wing struck the ground, the aircraft swung and the undercarriage collapsed. Pilot Sgt NG Townsend was unhurt.
22/11/1940AnsonK625612SFTSHarlaxtonThis aircraft was seriously damaged when it struck a hedge after undershooting the airfield whilst landing at night. The pilot, LAC D I Chapman was uninjured.
22/11/1940HampdenX298761sqnHemswellCoded QR-? Airborne from Hemswell for Duisburg. This aircraft was destroyed on return at 2315hrs when the pilot approached to land too low, the aircraft struck the bomb dump, crashed and burned. Pilot Sgt R.S.C.Ivatt killed, Sgt R.Pelham killed, Sgt R.W.Smith injured, Sgt F.Bissell injured. This was Sgt Ivatt's first operational sortie.
23/11/1940HampdenP4359144sqnHemswellThis aircraft was damaged at 2215hrs whilst taxying back to dispersal after a tyre repair. The aircraft struck a car which the pilot could not see. Pilot P/O DD Haig and crew were unhurt.
24/11/1940AnsonR339814OTUnr Castle BythamAirborne from Cottesmore on a night flying sortie. Around 2005 the aircraft may have received some form of challenge signal, as P/O R D Fraser attempted to fire off the colours of the day in response from the aircraft's Verey pistol. However, whilst doing so, it went off inside the cockpit, temporarily blinding the crew and lacerating one of the pilot's eyes. The aircraft was force-landed shortly afterwards.
24/11/1940HurricaneL205256 OTUWorth's Farm, WinglandThis aircraft was damaged when it force-landed with undercarriage and flaps retracted in a field at Worth's farm after the pilot forgot to change to main fuel tanks, causing the engine to fail in flight. Pilot Sgt L Srom (Czech) was unhurt.
25/11/1940OxfordN4633RAFCCranwellThis aircraft was damaged when it overshot the runway into ploughed ground and overturned. Pilot LAC HA Hitchcock was unhurt.
25/11/1940OxfordR59542CFSFulbeckThis aircraft was wrecked at 1900hrs when it struck a tree just after take-off when the pilot corrected a swing to starboard too steeply at low altitude. The port wing struck a tree and the aircraft crashed. P/O RV Galt seriously injured, died 28/Nov/40, P/O HJR Barker killed.
25/11/1940BattleP675112SFTSHarlaxtonThis aircraft was damaged when it belly-landed on the airfield after the pilot forgot to lower the undercarriage as the warning horn failed to sound and the night-flying hood obscured the warning lights. Pilot LAC D Graham-Hogg was unhurt.
25/11/1940SpitfireP95041AASManbythis aircraft was damaged at 1620hrs whilst taxying off the runway back to dispersal. The wheels sank into an unmarked patch of soft shale filling a ditch, causing the aircraft to tip onto its nose, damaging the propellor. Pilot F/O RGL Baxter was unhurt.
25/11/1940WellingtonR117351MUnr AlfordThis aircraft was wrecked at 1950hrs when it crashed after being abandoned by the crew when they became lost. The aircraft had taken off on a flight from Honington to Lichfield, but left with no crystals for the radio sets. The pilot was unable to contact or find an airfield and ordered the crew to bale out when the aircraft ran short of fuel. Pilot F/Lt DM Barker and crew were unhurt. The aircraft crashed at Ailby Lane, 2 miles west of Alford.
25/11/1940HampdenP1320106sqnnr TickencoteCoded ZN-?, the aircraft crashed at 1900hrs after the pilot lost control during a night-flying training sortie and the aircraft spiral-dived into the ground from 1000 feet. Sgt RS Bagnall (Australian) injured, Sgt E.F. Carthew killed, Sgt M.C. Mair killed, Sgt RS Canham injured.
25/11/1940HurricaneL155256 OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged following a heavy tail-down landing. It touched down on the starboard wheel, bursting the tyre and tipping the aircraft onto its nose and swinging it through 180 degrees. Pilot P/O EL Neal was unhurt, this was the 4th aircraft he had damaged in accidents.
26/11/1940OxfordP1861RAFCBarkston HeathThis aircraft was damaged whilst taxying at 2235hrs when it collided with a vehicle being driven across the flarepath. Pilot LAC McClintock was unhurt.
26/11/1940HenleyL33781AASManbyThis aircraft was damaged at 1545hrs when the pilot left lowering the undercarriage until the aircraft was on final approach to land, giving it insufficient time to lower fully. The undercarriage collapsed on touchdown. Pilot Sgt Z Brozda (Polish) was unhurt.
26/11/1940HampdenX306461sqnNorton Place, Spital-in -the-StreetCoded QR-? Airborne from Hemswell for Kiel. The aircraft was destroyed after it made 2 wide circuits of the airfield and crashed on the third, probably due to engine failure in flight at low level whilst the pilot was fully occupied trying to land. The aircraft came down at 0140hrs. Sgt J.Hopkins killed, Sgt G.F.Williamson killed, Sgt E.P.Fenwick killed, Sgt S Clark killed.
26/11/1940HampdenX312550sqnSkidbrook, near SaltfleetCoded VN-? Airborne at 1720hrs 25/Nov/40 from Lindholme for Kiel. The aircraft was wrecked when it crash landed at 0315hrs, out of fuel, at Skidbrook. All were quite badly hurt in the crash. Sgt H.V.Crum injured, Sgt LH Adams injured, Sgt WH McAlwane injured, Sgt RG Barley injured.
26/11/1940WellingtonP9228300sqnSwinderbyThis aircraft was damaged at 1530hrs on return from a training flight when the pilot retracted the undercarriage on the ground instead of the flaps. Pilot F/O J Kaluza (Polish) and crew were unhurt.
27/11/1940BattleK769012SFTSHarlaxtonThis aircraft was damaged at 1130hrs when the undercarriage collapsed in a heavy landing. Pilot LAC AFB Griffiths was unhurt.
27/11/1940HampdenP212583sqnScamptonCoded OL-L. This aircraft got airborne at 0305hrs from Scampton for Cologne but failed to climb away and was wrecked when it struck the airfield boundary hedge, crashing adjacent to the airfield. Pilot Sgt RWH Baxter, Sgt Powell, Sgt Robinson and Sgt Hunt were all unhurt.
27/11/1940OxfordR5945RAFCUlcebyThis aircraft was damaged at 1130hrs whilst practising forced landings. The pilot got airborne after one successful forced landing, touched down again on rising ground and failed to get airborne a second time before running through a hedge. Pilot F/Lt LE Sextone was unhurt.
28/11/1940HurricaneL19106OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged whilst parked when it was struck by Spitfire X4589 of 611sqn which overshot on landing.
28/11/1940SpitfireX4589611sqnSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged when it overshot on landing and collided with parked Hurricane L1910. Pilot Sgt DA Edwards was unhurt.
28/11/1940BeaufighterR214029sqnWashingboroughThis aircraft was wrecked at 0140hrs when it crashed 200 yards south of the Heighington - Canwick road after being abandoned by the crew when the starboard engine failed in flight and the aircraft would not maintain height on one engine. Pilot P/O ED Parker and his gunner baled out safely and were unhurt. The aircraft burned out on the ground.
29/11/1940GauntletK53341AASHaughThis aircraft was damaged at 1630hrs when it overturned after hitting a deep furrow whilst making a forced landing in a ploughed field after the engine failed in flight due to fuel starvation caused by the pilot forgetting to switch fuel tanks. Pilot F/O W Szszkowski (Polish) was unhurt.
29/11/1940HampdenX296644sqnHuttoftCoded KM-? Airborne from Waddington for Le Havre. The aircraft successfully force-landed out of fuel, at 0200hrs on the beach at Huttoft after becoming lost on return from operations. The aircraft was wrecked by high tide during the early hours. Pilot Sgt JR Hubbard, Sgt Drakesford, Sgt Boswell and Sgt Williams were all unhurt.
29/11/1940BeaufortL979222sqnNorth CoatesThis aircraft was wrecked at 1915hrs on return from operations. The aircraft undershot the airfield, struck the ground, bounced, fell onto one wing and overturned. Pilot F/Lt RPM Gibbs and both crewmembers were injured.
29/11/1940HurricaneL2100 56 OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged when the pilot landed heavily after stalling high on the flarepath, causing the undercarriage to collapse on touchdown. Pilot P/O GM Robinson was unhurt.
29/11/1940BlenheimL150529sqnWellingoreThis aircraft was wrecked when it taxied into a parked aircraft at night. Sgt French and crew were unhurt.
29/11/1940BeaufighterR214129sqnWellingorethis aircraft was damaged at 1550hrs when the undercarriage collapsed in a heavy, flapless landing. Pilot F/O RB Davies was unhurt.
30/11/1940HurricaneL202256OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged whilst parked when it was struck by Hurricane N2468 which was landing in poor visibility. The aircraft was ex-RCAF and still carried the Canadian serial 328 at the time of the incident.
30/11/1940HurricaneN246856OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged when it collided with parked Hurricane L2022 whilst landing in poor visibility. Pilot P/O KS Taylor was unhurt.

December

DateTypeSerialUnitLocationNotes
02/12/1940OxfordR5947RAFCCranwellThis aircraft was damaged in a heavy landing in poor visibility at 1210hrs when the undercarriage collapsed. Pilot LAC TA Lumb was unhurt.
02/12/1940BlenheimT1946235sqnHolbeach rangeThis aircraft was damaged at 1245hrs after becoming lost on an unfamiliar part fo the coast in bad weather. The aircraft landed too fast and overshot the runway, the pilot swung the aircraft to avoid a truck on the landing ground and the undercarriage collapsed. Pilot Sgt Evans and crew were unhurt.
05/12/1940HampdenX311683sqnScamptonThis aircraft was damaged at 0820hrs on return from operations when the aircraft overshot on landing in a slight crosswind with a full bombload and drifted into an airfield light. Pilot Sgt GA Wilkins and crew were unhurt.
06/12/1940TutorK34122CFSCranwellThis aircraft was damaged at 1015hrs when it was blown over in a gale whilst parked.
06/12/1940HarrowK6986271sqnScamptonThis aircraft was damaged whilst parked. High winds caused the aircraft to move whilst picketted, bursting the port tyre and collapsing the undercarriage after wind lifted the starboard wing and pulled up the pickets.
07/12/1940Ju88A-5F6+HM4(F)/122Jackson's farm, SkidbrookeThis aircraft was wrecked when it crashed heavily at 1245hrs whilst attempting a forced-landing after being attacked by 3 Spitfires of 611sqn. Lt B Tietzen, Fw W Baeuerle, Uffz W Pinn and Gefr W Schenk were all taken prisoner.
07/12/1940WellingtonL7874301sqnSwinderbyThis aircraft was damaged at 0955hrs when it struck an excavator on the peritrack after swinging whilst trying to avoid it. Pilot Sgt A Weiss (Polish) and crew were unhurt.
07/12/1940WellingtonN3013301sqnSwinderbyThis aircraft was damaged at 1115hrs when the pilot stalled it from 10 feet onto the concrete peritrack whilst approaching to land too slowly. One tyre burst on touchdown and the undercarriage collapsed. Pilot P/O S Pietruszka (Polish) and crew were unhurt.
07/12/1940WellingtonP9214301sqnSwinderbyThis aircraft was damaged at 1200hrs when the tailwheel collapsed after striking a hole in the airfield surface whilst the aircraft was taxying to take off. Pilot P/O Murawski (Polish) and crew were unhurt.
07/12/1940HampdenX302849sqnWeltonCoded EA-S, Airborne from Scampton to attack airfields in NW France. The aircraft was destroyed on return and crashed at 0010hrs after the pilot lost control whilst looking for the airfield flarepath. The pilot was unaware of the change in barometric pressure which caused the altimeter to read 300 feet too high. Sgt Barrier was badly injured, but his crew did not survive. Sgt Barrier injured, F/O K.W.Michie killed, Sgt G.V.Davenport-Jones killed, Sgt T.Goldie killed.
08/12/1940OxfordP6817RAFCBarkston HeathThis aircraft was damaged when the pilot taxied into a hedge on the airfield after mistaking the lights on another aircraft for those on a taxy post, and losing his bearings on the airfield. Pilot LAC Aldridge was unhurt.
08/12/1940OxfordR5949RAFCBarkston HeathThis aircraft was damaged at 2250hrs when the pilot stalled the aircraft at 20 feet in an attempt to land on the flarepath. The undercarriage collapsed in the subsequent heavy landing. Pilot LAC Blezard was unhurt.
09/12/1940OxfordV32432FISCranwellThis aircraft was damaged at 0930hrs when it landed too far into the corner of the airfield in extremely bad visibility. The aircraft ran into a ploughed field and tipped onto its nose. Pilot F/O LLW Bamber was unhurt.
10/12/1940OxfordR5948RAFCBarkston HeathThis aircraft was damaged when the tail strut collapsed at 1100hrs whilst the aircraft was taxying. Pilot F/Lt WJ Smith was unhurt.
11/12/1940OxfordV3214RAFCBarkston HeathThis aircraft was damaged at 1820hrs when it approached to land too low and struck a floodlight on the airfield. Pilot LAC LBE Larsen was unhurt.
11/12/1940OxfordN4600RAFCnr Barkston HeathThis aircraft was damaged on landing at 1600hrs. The pupil pilot allowed speed to drop off on approach, then allowed the aircraft to lose too much height. The instructor was unable to recover from this situation and the aircraft stalled onto the airfield. Pilot P/O Butler and the unnamed instructor were unhurt.
11/12/1940OxfordN4848RAFCnr Barkston HeathThis aircraft was wrecked at 0400hrs when the pilot was advised to go around again on his third landing attempt. The aircraft turned steeply across the flarepath, lost height and crashed into the ground at Syston Grange farm, 1 mile south of the airfield. Pilot LAC JJ Huston was unhurt.
12/12/1940TutorK48352CFSCranwellThis aircraft was daaged at 1615hrs whilst on a training flight. The pilot overshot on landing, opened the throttle to go around again, but the aircraft ran into some barbed wire and overturned after the engine failed on take-off. Pilot P/O HP Connolly was unhurt.
12/12/1940OxfordP8982RAFCCranwellThis aircraft was damaged on landing at 1640hrs when it overshot on landing and ran into a hut on the airfield. The brakes were ineffective on the wet airfield surface. Pilot LAC Murray was unhurt.
12/12/1940HurricaneL186456 OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged when it landed with the starboard wheel broken off. The pilot had hit the runway hard, breaking the wheel off on his first landing. Pilot Sgt AC Kelly was unhurt.
13/12/1940WellingtonT2846311sqnBeckinghamThis aircraft was damaged when it force-landed in a field due to poor visibility. It ran into a patch of soft ground and tipped onto its nose. On being righted after the accident, the tail section collapsed. Pilot F/Lt TG Kirby -Green and crew were unhurt. F/Lt Kirby-Green was officer in charge of training for 311 (Czechoslovakian) squadron at this time. Just over 3 years later, S/Ldr Tom Kirby-Green was one of those caught and shot by the Gestapo after the Great Escape in March 1944.
13/12/1940HurricaneN239856 OTUnr Foul AnchorThis aircraft was damaged when it force-landed with undercarriage retracted in a field after engine failure in flight. Pilot Sgt HD Almond was unhurt.
13/12/1940OxfordR6247RAFCnr NavenbyThis aircraft was damaged at 1700hrs whilst making a forced landing in a field 2 miles west of Navenby due to fog. The aircraft ran into a patch of soft ground whilst landing and tipped onto its nose. Pilot Sgt VH Linthune was unhurt.
14/12/1940WhitleyN148578sqnin the WashCoded EY-? Airborne at 1636hrs 13/Dec/40 from Dishforth for Kiel. The aircraft was abandoned on return, over the Wash after an engine had failed in flight. P/O M.L. Stedman killed, Sgt D. Angell killed, Sgt F. Waldren unhurt, Sgt F.T. Allcock killed, Sgt E.A. Grunsell unhurt.
14/12/1940MasterP834056OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged whilst parked when it was struck by landing Master P8342.
14/12/1940MasterP834256OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged when it struck parked Master P8340 whilst landing. Pilot P/O IR MacIntyre was unhurt.
14/12/1940WellingtonR1227301sqnSwinderbyThis aircraft was damaged on the ground during an engine test when the pilot opened both throttles at the same time and the aircraft tipped onto its nose. Pilot F/Lt JN Piotrowski (Polish) was unhurt.
15/12/1940WellingtonN3007311sqnGreat LimberThis aircraft was damaged at 1430hrs when it force-landed in a field in bad weather whilst on a ferry flight from Silloth to Honington. No names recorded and no injuries noted.
15/12/1940HampdenP4318HQ SFPNorth ThoresbyThis aircraft was damaged when it force-landed due to icing on a misty day. The aircraft overran the landing field and went through a hedge. This was the pilot's first solo on type. Pilot Sgt Sarll was unhurt.
16/12/1940HampdenP2080144sqnnr HemswellThis aircraft was damaged on return from operations when it force-landed 2 miles north of Hemswell airfield after the starboard engine cut out due to running out of fuel and the aircraft was unable to maintain height on one engine. The crew were unhurt in this incident.
16/12/1940HampdenX306183sqnScamptonThis aircraft was damaged on return from operations at 0128hrs. The pilot was unaware that the air speed indicator was fault, causing him to approach too fast. The aircraft overshot the runway and ran into a gun-post on the airfield. Pilot Sgt SH Fox and his crew were unhurt.
17/12/1940OxfordL9643RAFCCranwellThis aircraft was damaged at 1045hrs when it bounced during a heavy landing, causing the undercarriage to collapse. Pilot LAC CH Cotton-Minchin was unhurt.
17/12/1940BattleP662612SFTSHarlaxtonThis aircraft was damaged at 1835hrs when it bounced heavily on landing in the dark and the undercarriage collapsed. Pilot LAC DJR Hopkins was unhurt.
17/12/1940HurricaneL182056OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was destroyed when it stalled on approach to land, crashed into the ground and caught fire, burning out. Pilot P/O JD Wright was slightly injured.
17/12/1940MasterN804656OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged when it landed on one wheel after all attempts at getting the other to lower failed. On touchdown the other leg collapsed. Pilot Sgt AC Kelly was unhurt. The aircraft is recorded as being a Hurricane with the same serial in the unit's records.
18/12/1940OxfordP1079RAFCCranwellThis aircraft was damaged at 1610hrs when it overshot onto ploughed land and tipped onto its nose. Pilot LAC GD Hunter was unhurt.
18/12/1940OxfordR63432FISFulbeckThis aircraft was damaged at 2105hrs when it overshot the flarepath after approaching too fast, crashed through a hedge and came to rest in a pond. Pilot P/O KC wales was unhurt.
18/12/1940AnsonL704812SFTSGranthamWhilst landing on a daytime forced landing practice sortie, this aircraft was damaged when the undercarriage collapsed due to strains imposed on previous heavy landings. Pilot P/O D C Maltby was uninjured.
18/12/1940AnsonN514712SFTSLittle PontonWhilst on his first night solo flight, the pilot LAC A E Halls was killed when the aircraft crashed into a wood at Walton's farm near Harlaxton airfield. The crash was due to the pilot losing sight of the flarepath due to a sudden fog and failing to accurately estimate his height above the ground. The aircraft was destroyed in the crash.
18/12/1940BeaufortL451622sqnMarshchapelCoded OA-W. This aircraft was destroyed at 2010hrs when the pilot stalled the aircraft on the first turn after takeoff. The aircraft hit the ground1/2/ mile outside Marshchapel and exploded. Pilot Sgt DG How was new to the squadron and this was his first solo operation and his first flight on a really dark night. PIlot Sgt DG How killed, Sgt PV Renai killed, Sgt RG Hart killed, Sgt LJ Peachey killed.
19/12/1940ProctorP63011SSCranwellThis aircraft was wrecked at 0950hrs when it crashed whilst taking off. The control column had not been correctly affixed and it detached whilst the aircraft was moving. Two unnamed passengers were injured in the crash, pilot P/O J Szejdecki (Polish) was unhurt.
19/12/1940HurricaneL2413410 sqn / 41 QSF?Elsham WoldsHit bad patch of ground while taxying after landing and tipped onto nose. Sgt WBJ Sharp
19/12/1940BlenheimL661229sqnnr LeadenhamThis aircraft was wrecked at 1210hrs when it was caught by a downdraught whilst low flying for airborne intercept radar practice. The aircraft struck trees at the corner of a small wood on the escarpment and crashed into the ground. Pilot Sgt S Stokoe killed, Sgt E Jones killed, Sgt IW Watkins killed,Sgt AA Wilsdon killed.
19/12/1940HurricaneL200656 OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged whilst landing in a strong cross-wind when the undercarriage collapsed due to the pilot not correcting the aircraft's drift on touchdown. Pilot Sgt GE Henderson was unhurt.
19/12/1940HurricaneN239956 OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged when the undercarriage collapsed in a heavy landing. Pilot Sgt DJ Scott was unhurt.
20/12/1940OxfordL4602RAFCCranwellThis aircraft was damaged at 1730hrs when the undercarriage collapsed on landing. The pilot had taken off from a small field earlier in the flight after a successful practice forced landing, but struck a stone wall with the undercarriage on take-off, damaging it. Pilot S/Ldr VC Wood was unhurt.
20/12/1940HampdenX312061sqnHemswellThis aircraft was damaged at 0337hrs when it swung on take-off for operations and struck the airfield control post caravan on the airfield boundary. Pilot Sgt CG Hughes and his crew were unhurt.
20/12/1940OxfordV3215RAFCLondonthorpeThis aircraft was wrecked at 0030hrs whilst the pilot was attempting his first solo night landing. The aircraft climed to 500 feet, turned downwind, and as permission to land was granted and the floodlight switched on, the pilot turned to starboard, away from the airfield and crashed into Belmont Wood, 2 miles away. The aircraft burned out on the ground. Pilot LAC JCD Spurgin was killed in the crash.
20/12/1940HampdenX298161sqnTheddlethorpe rangeCoded QR-? The aircraft exploded over Theddlethorpe range at 1500hrs whilst testing an Imp mine, which detonated prematurely. F/Lt F.E.H. Cooper killed, P/O E.N. Ward killed, Sgt S. Evans killed.
21/12/1940OxfordP6819RAFCCranwellThis aircraft was damaged when it belly-landed on the airfield after the pilot forgot to lower the undercarriage and the warning horn failed to sound. Pilot LAC KT Cooper was unhurt.
21/12/1940JU88C-2R4+KL3/NJG2Mill Hill, South CockeringtonHit by AA fire from RAF Manby, this aircraft was destroyed when it crashed and exploded on impact at 0815hrs. Oblt U Meyer (Staffelkapitaen), Fw F Schoettke, Obergefr W Schneider all killed.
23/12/1940OxfordP1881RAFCBarkston HeathThis aircraft was damaged at 1600hrs when the pilot braked sharply as the aircraft was overshooting the runway, causing the aircraft to tip onto its nose. Pilot LAC MF Shirley-Price was unhurt.
23/12/1940OxfordV3229RAFCBelton ParkThis aircraft was wrecked at 1815hrs whilst practising night circuits and landings at Barkston Heath. The pupil pilot took off normally, climbed to 1000 feet and lost sight of the flarepath in mist. Whilst searching for it again, the aircraft lost height and crashed into rising ground nearby. Instructor F/O DA White was seriously injured, pupil LAC RN Tait was killed.
24/12/1940OxfordV31472FISFulbeckThis aircraft was damaged at 0900hrs when the pilot retracted the undercarriage too soon on take-off and the wheels struck the ground in a semi-retracted position, damaging the undercarriage. Pilot Sgt C Denwood was unhurt.
24/12/1940BattleK767012SFTSHarlaxtonThis aircraft was damaged at 1600hrs when it belly-landed on the airfield after the pilot forgot to lower the undercarriage. Pilot LAC LEB Scott was unhurt.
24/12/1940BattleL518312SFTSHarlaxtonThis aircraft was damaged at 1205hrs when it belly-landed on the airfield after the pilot forgot to lower the undercarriage. Pilot LAC DJ Raby was unhurt.
27/12/1940HampdenX311883sqnScamptonThis aircraft was damaged at 1520hrs on return from a night-flying test. The undercarriage lights showed green after the pilot selected wheels down, but he did not hear the warning hornuntil the aircraft touched down. The undercarriage had not fully locked into position and collapsed on landing. Pilot P/O C Sells and crew were unhurt.
28/12/1940HampdenX314083sqnGreat GonerbyThis aircraft force-landed in a field at 0900hrs due to the foggy conditions. The aircraft was undamaged and all crew were unhurt.
28/12/1940HampdenX302183sqnScamptonThis aircraft was damaged on landing at 1543hrs at the end of a transit flight from Little Rissington where the aircraft had landed after operations. The pilot opened the throttles to go around again, but the engines failed to respond, and the aircraft sank onto the runway. The undercarriage was not fully locked down and collapsed on touchdown. Pilot F/O JD Mundy and his crew were unhurt.
28/12/1940WellingtonR1035300sqnSwinderbyCoded BH-? Airborne at 1625hrs from Swinderby for Antwerp. The aircraft was destroyed when it crashed 1 mile west-south-west of the airfield when it struck a tree on approach and crashed into the ground after the pilot dropped the aircraft's nose to pick up speed after thinking the aircraft was stalling while trying to land on return at 2124hrs. The pitot tube feeding the airspeed indicator had been damaged when the aircraft struck the tree, hence the false reading. The pilot was killed on impact, and Sgt Wegrzyh died from his injuries in Station Sick Quarters, Swinderby. P/O A.Krynski (Polish) killed, F/O Golko (Polish) injured, P/O Szymanski (Polish) injured, Sgt Graczyk (Polish) injured, Sgt Wegrzyn (Polish) injured, Sgt Szuczynski (Polish) injured.
29/12/1940OxfordP1071RAFCCranwellThis aircraft was wrecked at 1200hrs when it stalled and spun into the ground from 200 feet on take-off. The aircraft was trimmed tail-heavy, the wing and nose rose steeply, before the aircraft netered a right-hand spin. The aircraft crashed, killing pilot LAC VF Allen.
29/12/1940BattleN210712SFTSHarlaxtonThis aircraft was damaged at 1300hrs when it belly-landed on the airfield after the pilot forgot to lower the undercarriage. Pilot LAC ADM Gunn was unhurt.
29/12/1940BattleP676612SFTSHubbert's BridgeThis aircraft was wrecked at 1930hrs when the pilot struck the railway embankment after overshooting whilst making a forced landing after becoming lost. Pilot LAC LP Davies was unhurt.
30/12/1940OxfordN6402RAFCBarkston HeathThis aircraft was damaged at 0130hrs when the undercarriage collapsed in a heavy landing after the pilot touched down with the aircraft drifting in a crosswind. Pilot P/O CH Hunter was unhurt.
31/12/1940HurricaneN254856 OTUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged when it landed with undercarriage retracted. Pilot P/O DHT Dowding was unhurt.