1944 Incident Logs

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DateTypeSerialUnitLocationNotes
01/01/1944BeaufighterLZ440236 SqnNorth CoatesTime: 0720 - While taking-off for an operational reconnaissance flight in heavy rain, the aircraft swung before becoming airborne. F/Sgt J.C. Stacey managed to get the aircraft up but the undercarriage caught a fence on the airfield boundary, bringing the aircraft down 100 yards from the boundary. F/Sgt Stacey was unhurt, but his navigator F/Sgt Morris sustained minor injuries. The aircraft was deemed beyond the units capacity to repair and sent off-site.
01/01/1944BeaufighterNE346236 SqnNorth CoatesTime: 0730 - Shortly after take-off for a solo reconaisance flight, the aircraft caught fire due to fault and crashed. Pilot F/Sgt S.R. Simpson and navigator F/Sgt Jones received some minor injuries in the incident, and the aircraft was written off.
01/01/1944LancasterJB12961 SqnSkellingthorpeTime: 2359 - On returning to the airfield from a training flight, the aircraft suffered a heavy landing. This landing in turn caused the undercarriage to collapse on the aircraft. No injuries were reported to either P/O F.J. Mason or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
02/01/1944LancasterJB738460sqnBinbrook villageCoded AR-T, airborne 2330 from Binbrook for Berlin. The aircraft crashed 6 minutes after takeoff near Binbrook village. F/Lt B.A. Knyvett DFC (Australian), killed, Sgt R.D. Trett killed, F/Sgt J. Dobinson (Australian) killed, F/Sgt J.W.A. Farthing (Australian) killed, F/Sgt H.J. Gill (Australian) killed, P/O E.J. Ross DFM (Australian) killed, F/O C.R. Pickworth (Australian) killed.
02/01/1944HalifaxW78461662 HCUBlytonTime: 2330 - The aircraft taxied in to an obstruction off the perimeter track after failing to follow the marshalls instructions. No injuries were reported to either F/Sgt M.A. Baram (Canadian) or his crew. The aircraft itself had to be sent off-site for repair with a maintenance unit/contractor.
02/01/1944WellingtonJA129300 (Polish) SqnInghamTime: 1155 - On returning from a cross-country flight, the aircraft bounced on landing. This caused the port tyre to burst and the aircraft swerve off the runway. No injuries were reported to either F/O K.W. Brochocki (Polish) or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
02/01/1944LancasterDV345550sqnWhaplode DroveCoded BQ-? Airborne 0005hrs from Grimsby for Berlin. On return, the aircraft caught fire and crashed at 0708hrs at Whaplode Drove, 8 miles SE of Spalding. F/O R.H.Mawle killed, Sgt P.P.O'Meara killed, F/O G.M.H.F.de Menten de Horne (Belgian) killed, Sgt J.E.Rounding killed, Sgt C.W.Taylor (Canadian) killed, Sgt E.Skelton killed.
03/01/1944SpitfireAR343416sqnBlytonTime: 1255 - After suffering a heavy landing on returning from a training flight, the aircraft was hit from behind by another Spitfire (EP114). F/Lt D.E. Moonan (Canadian) suffered some injuries in the incident. The aircraft itself was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
03/01/1944SpitfireEP114416sqnBlytonTime: 1255 - On returning from a training flight, the aircraft ran in to the back of another Spitfire (AR343) that had just landed in front of him. No injuries were reported to F/O J.L. Campbell (Canadian) and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
03/01/1944BlenheimV6511527 SqnDigbyTime: 1045 - On landing back at the airfield, the port undercarriage leg collapsed causing a small fire. No injuries were reported to either F/Sgt J.S. Marshall or his crew. The aircraft itself was tasked to another unit on-site for repair.
03/01/1944P-51 Mustang43-12174CCRC2/8thFCKirton LindseyCoded FT:1 from the 353FS/354FG, this aircraft was flown from Goxhill to Kirton-in-Lindsey on a trip for administrative duties by pilot Cpt Wilson V Edwards. At 1052hrs the aircraft bounced on touchdown and during Cpt Edwards' recovery actions, the left wing dropped, damaging the flying controls. Cpt Edwards elected to try to go around again, but caught the undercarriage on the airfield perimeter fence, causing it to crash through a hedge and cartwheel across the road into another hedge.
04/01/1944BeaufighterNE226254 SqnDonna NookTime: 1115 - While on a survey flight, the aircraft lost oil pressure and temputure in the starboard engine causing the aircraft to lose height. As a result of this the aircraft made a forced landing in sleet with the undercarriage retracted. No injuries were reported to S/Ldr J.L. Norton, but the aircraft was deemed beyond the units capacity to repair and sent off-site.
04/01/1944HalifaxEB1931667HCUFaldingworthAirborne from Faldingworth at 2012 for a night navigation exercise. During the flight, oil problems were experienced first with the starboard outer, and then whilst on approach with the port outer, which then burst into flames. Unable to reach the runway, the aircraft force-landed in a field near the airfield under the approach at 0047.
04/01/1944LancasterDV304101sqnLudford MagnaTime: 1308 - While landing back at the airfield after completing a training flight, the undercarriage hit a hedge just before touch down. This impact caused the starboard leg to collapse on touch down. No injuries were reported to F/Sgt E.J. Holland (Australian) or his crew. The aircraft itself was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
04/01/1944ArgusEV7877 FPPWaddingtonTime: 1450 - While taxying out the dispersal for a ferry flight, a strong gust of wind tipped the aircraft over on to it's starboard wing. No injuries were reported to 3rd Officer N. Jaffa, but the aircraft was deemed beyond the units capacity to repair. An outside contractor or unit was brought in to make the necessary repairs.
05/01/1944MasterN741653 OTUNorth CoatesTime: 1525 - On approach to the airfield the undercarriage failed lower, forcing the pilot to make a wheels-up landing. No injuries were reported to either F/O A.G. O'Shaughnessy or his navigator, but the aircraft had to be sent off-site for repair by a maintenance unit/contractor.
05/01/1944SpitfireP836753 OTUnr Kirton LindseyTime: 1130 - Shortly after take-off for a training flight, the aircrafts engine cut out due to overheating. This resulted in the aircraft a belly landing near the airfield. No injuries were reported to F/O H. Taymans (Belgian) , but the aircraft sent off-site for repair by a maintenance unit/contractor.
06/01/1944BeaufighterLZ413254 Sqnnr MablethorpeTime: 1135 - While taking part in a flight affiliation exercise, the aircraft stalled at 5,000ft and spun in to the ground 1 mile west of Mablethorpe Hall. The pilot, Sgt J.D. McDermid and navigator Sgt Rhodes were killed in the incident.
06/01/1944OxfordT1016RAFC - SFTSWainfleet All SaintsTime: 1155 - While on solo flying training, the aircraft lost the starboard engine causing the aircraft to suddenly drop to 800ft. Despite the lack of power, the pilot managed to make a wheels-up landing in a near-by field. No injuries were reported to LAC J. Brock, but the aircraft had to be sent off-site for repair by a maintenance unit/contractor.
07/01/1944HalifaxDG2901662HCUBlytonAirborne from Blyton at 1550 for circuit practise with 8 on board. On landing with the unnamed pupil pilot in control, the aircraft swung to a degree that the instructor could not correct and the undercarriage collapsed. No injuries were reported to instructor P/O DG Edwards DFC or the crew, the aircraft was wrecked in the incident.
07/01/1944LancasterME57444sqnDunholme LodgeCoded KM-W. Airborne 1545 7Jan44 from Dunholme Lodge. On return to base on completion of the training exercise the throttles jammed and while trying to go round again, the Lancaster crashed 1630 into a small spinney some 2 miles SW of the airfield. F/O E.Mercer, Sgt H.G.Capps, P/O V.D.Purvis, Sgt L.H.Barker, P/O A.C.Baker, Sgt W.J.Manley all unhurt, Sgt W.H.Welch killed.
07/01/1944SpitfireR7199510 SqnNorth CoatesTime: 1155 - Suffered a heavy landing at the airfield causing the port undercarriage to collapse. No injuries were reported to Sqn/Ldr J. Passmore and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
07/01/1944B-17 Fortress42-29821508BS/351BGWhaplode DroveMid-air structural failure, P 1st Lt Harvey J Anderson killed, CP 2nd Lt Benjamin L Finnell Inj-Broken Leg, N 2nd Lt Douglas E Webb killed, B 2nd Lt William H Udick killed, TT T/Sgt William F Reilly Inj - chest injury, RO T/Sgt Domenick E Curcio Inj - ankle injury, LWG S/Sgt Richard J Allen killed, RWG S/Sgt Buddie Wolfe Inj -Laceration Scalp, BT S/Sgt Frank H McNamara killed, TG S/Sgt Leonard Edwards killed.
08/01/1944LancasterJB42149 SqnFiskertonTime: 1130 - While being bombed up in the dispersal with practice bombs, the last bomb fell after having the safety pin removed. Upon hitting the ground the bomb exploded injuring a number of ground personnel, and causing minor damage to the aircraft.
08/01/1944SpitfireP938053 OTUHibaldstowTime: 1225 - Returning to the airfield after completing a training flight, the aircraft was hit by a gust of wind on touch-down. This caused the aircraft to drift and the starboard undercarriage to collapse. No injuries were reported to Sgt R.N.M. Brown and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
08/01/1944BeaufighterNE201236 SqnNorth CoatesTime: 1345 - On returning to the airfield after completing rocket firing training, the aircraft made a heavy landing causing the tailwheel to collapse. No injuries were reported to F/Sgt R.N.B. Bames, but the aircraft was deemed beyond the units capacity to repair and sent off-site.
08/01/1944WellingtonBJ70518OTUPointonTime: 1430 - During a cross country flight the aircraft suffered engine failure on the starboard side. This caused the aircraft to lose height and make a forced landing in a field. No injuries were reported to P/O B.R. Moss or his crew, but the aircraft had to be sent off-site to a maintenance unit/contractor for repair.
08/01/1944HalifaxDG2871667HCUSwallowAirborne from Faldingworth at 1850 for a night cross-country flight with 6 on board. During the flight, the weather deteriorated to such a degree that the crew were ordered to divert to another airfield. By midnight, the wether was so poor that the crew were unable to ascertain their own position, and at 0125 the aircraft was abandoned, being almost out of fuel.The crew exited safely and the aircraft crashed at Swallow.
08/01/1944LancasterDV274463sqnWaddingtonTime: 0310 - The aircraft suffered a number of problems while taxying out for a training flight, and during take-off. No injuries were reported to either F/Sgt J.F. Fillerman (Australian) or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
09/01/1944MustangFZ1364FPPHolbeachTime: 1700 - While on a ferry flight the pilot lost his bearings and overshot his landing. His overshoot was not helped by the wet grass which caused to the aircraft to skid. No injuries were reported to 1st Off P.A. Bertram, but the aircraft had to be sent off-site for repair by a maintenance unit/contractor.
11/01/1944P-47 Thunderbolt42-75097367FS/358FGGoxhillThis aircraft sustained repairable (cat 3) damage in a taxying accident on this date. Pilot was Lt Joe R Holloway Jr
11/01/1944SpitfireP859853 OTUHibaldstowTime: 0030 - On returning to the airfield from a training flight, the pilot forgot to lower the under carraige before landing, resulting in a belly landing. No injuries were reported to Sgt J.P.H. Peterson (Danish) and the aircraft was repaired by another unit/contractor on-site.
12/01/1944StirlingEF2391660 HCUSwinderbyTime: 2005 - During an engine run up, the port chock moved causing the aircraft to swing and hit a tractor. The aircraft was later repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
13/01/1944LancasterW41971 LFSFaldingworthTime: 1213 - On returning to the airfield after completing a training flight, the aircraft ran-off the runway and in to water logged ground. This resulted in the aircraft's undercarriage collapsing.No injuries were reported to either F/O A.H. Probert (Australian) or his crew, but the aircraft had to be sent off-site for repair by a maintenance unit/contractor.
13/01/1944LancasterED82615sqnin the WashCoded LS-? On a training flight. Crashed in the Wash 13 miles SW of Skegness, Lincs, following an engine fire. F/S.W.A.Houston (Canadian) killed, Sgt R.A.Andrews killed, WO2 W.J.Hynes (Canadian) killed, F/Sgt C.W.Christie (Canadian) killed, Sgt J.Johnston killed, Sgt K.Talbot killed, NB. These were the first casualties sustained by 15 Sqdn since converting from Stirlings to Lancasters.
14/01/1944LancasterEE197207sqnSpilsbyCoded EM-N, Airborne 1647 14Jan44 from Spilsby for Braunschweig. Outbound, the port outer failed and was feathered. After jettisoning part of the bomb load, the crew continued to the target where they came under sustained attack from a Fw190. Damage was inflicted on the port inner, flying controls and both turrets before the fighter was shaken off. Then a burst of Flak rendered both ailerons useless. After a difficult return flight, the Lancaster touched down at 2254 and broke up on the runway, injured. uring F/Sgt Stewart. For his outstanding skill and tenacity in the face of all odds, P/O Gallagher gained an immediate DSO and F/Sgt Stewart a DFM, both awards Gazetted 18Feb44. P/O F.w.Gallagher F/Sgt C.E.D.Stewart injured. W/O A.Young F/Sgt R.P.Scott Sgt S.Fawcett Sgt K.waddington Sgt M.Serman (Canadian).
14/01/1944LancasterJB602100sqnWalthamCoded HW-A, Airborne 1713 14Jan43 from Grimsby for Braunschweig. Very severely damaged during an engagement with a Ju88 and crash-landed at 2132hrs on return to Grimsby. Sgt Sanders was mortally wounded during the action. W/O P.R.M.Neal, Sgt R.Cull, Sgt C.Storr, Sgt R.G.Evans, Sgt H.A.T.Warner, Sgt J.Mason all unhurt, Sgt T.S.Sanders killed.
15/01/1944SpitfireP766353OTUHibaldstowThis aircraft was damaged when it undershot on landing on this date, assessed category B, incident is not recorded in 53OTU's ORB so no injuries resulted. Pilot's name not recorded.
15/01/1944BlenheimT19571AASManbyTime: 0930 - On returning to the airfield, the port wheel collapsed on landing. This in turn caused the aircraft to swing causing further damage to the starboard side of the aircraft. No injuries were reported to F/O L.F Spencer or his crew, but the aircraft was a write-off.
15/01/1944WellingtonLN707300sqnnr InghamCoded BH-R, airborne at 1837hrs from Ingham for minelaying off the French coast. The mines were laid from 1200 feet at 2132hrs, and on return to base the aircraft was wrecked when it undershot on landing at 0018hrs, coming to rest across the Lincoln road. The bomb aimer (unidentified in the crew list) was slightly injured in the crash.
19/01/1944HalifaxDG3861667 HCUFaldingworthTime: 1250 - While on a training flight the tail unit of the aircraft hit an obstruction due to the aircrafts low height. The aircraft was able to make it back to it's home airfield without any further incident. Some injuries were reported to members of the crew, but not the pilot F/Lt A.D. Kemp (Australian). The aircraft itself was tasked to another unit/contractor on-site for repair.
20/01/1944LancasterED698207sqnSpilsbyCoded EM-? Airborne 1657 20Jan44 from Spilsby for Berlin and crashed almost immediately. Details pertaining to the crew are omitted from Sqdn records. P/O V.J.Glann (Australian)
21/01/1944MasterDL486RAFC - SFTSCranwell SouthTime: 1055 - At the end of a dual training flight the aircraft landed heavily, breaking the tail wheel off the aircraft. It was found later that the student pilot was at the controls at the time and was reluctant to leave the controls for the instructor to take over. No injuries were reported to either F/O R.J. Graham (Australian) or LAC B. Arnold and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
21/01/1944BeaufighterLZ416254 SqnNorth CoatesThis aircraft was damaged at 2220hrs when it was hit by another Beaufighter (LZ436) while on the ground. No injuries were reported, but the aircraft was deemed beyond the units capacity to repair and sent off-site.
21/01/1944BeaufighterLZ436254 SqnNorth CoatesThis aircraft was damaged at 2220hrs when it struck parked beaufighter LZ416 whilst taxying. Pilot's name not recorded, no injuries.
21/01/1944LancasterJB71812 SqnWickenbyTime: 2010 - While taking off on an operational mission, the aircraft swung and ran off the runway. This resulted in the undercarriage collapsing on the aircraft due to the rough terrain. No injuries were reported to either F/Sgt H.H. Tuck or his crew, but the aircraft had to be sent off-site for repair at a maintenace unit/contractor.
22/01/1944LancasterND366460sqnCaistorCoded AR-?. Airborne 1958 21Jan44 from Binbrook for Magdeburg. Homebound, both starboard engines cut, due to fuel starvation, and the Lancaster crashed 0314 22Jan44 on Whitegate Hill near Caistor. All were injured. Sgt Allison and Sgt Norwood particularly so and both needed extensive treatment. F/Sgt P.A.Teece (Australian) injured. Sgt R.S.Hollingum injured. F/Sgt W.McIntyre injured. Sgt J.Allison injured. F/Sgt R.mansfield (Australian) injured. Sgt P.C.Robins injured. Sgt G.T.Norwood injured.
22/01/1944HalifaxDT6931662HCUNr CorringhamAirborne from Blyton at 2214 for night circuits and landings, but crashed at Scroggs Farm shortly after takeoff. F/Sgt E.J. Rayner killed, Sgt A.E. Chaffe killed, F/Sgt A.K. Hill (New Zealander) killed, Sgt G. Brand injured. but died shortly afterwards in Blyton SSQ, Sgt A.M. Griffiths injured.
23/01/1944SpitfireP735753 OTUHibaldstowTime: 1530 - Belly landed the aircraft on returning from a training flight. It was later found that there was a fault with the locking system on the undercarriage. No injuries were reported to P/O F.H. Holmes and the aircraft was repaired by another unit/contractor on-site.
23/01/1944OxfordW483816 (P) SFTSInghamTime: 1220 - The aircraft was parked when it was hit by another unidentified aircraft which was taxying. W4838 was not crewed at the time and was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
23/01/1944SpitfireP8083AFDUKelsternTime: 1546 - While on a fighter affiliation flight the aircraft landed at the airfield with the undercarriage being locked in postion. This led to it collapsing on touch-down. No injuries were reported to F/Sgt Scriven (Australian) and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
25/01/1944BlenheimL929412(P)AFUGrantham (Spitalgate)Time: 1345 - After completing a training exercise, the aircraft suffered a heavy landing on returning to the airfield. This landing resulted in the port undercarriage collapsing on the aircraft. No injuries were reported to either F/O J.C. Scott or his crew, but the aircraft was deemed beyond the units capacity to repair, so was tasked to another unit on-site.
26/01/1944LancasterR58931 LFSFaldingworthTime: 1648 - While taxying out for a training flight, the aircraft ran-off the runway due to low brake pressure. The pilot tried to correct this by steering the aircraft back to the runway, but lost a wheel in the process. No injuries were reported to P/O R.W. Tasker (Australian), F/Sgt L.S. Bennett (Canadian) or the rest of the crew. The aircraft itself was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
26/01/1944P-38 Lightning42-6749276FS/20FGin the WashThis aircraft took off from KingsCliffe on a sortie to practice dive-bombing targets in the Wash. The pilot, 2nd Lt Esburn D. Otis was killed when he made a bombing run at far too steep an angle and was unable to pull out of the dive before hitting the water.
26/01/1944BeaufighterLX824236 SqnNorth CoatesTime: 1210 - The aircraft swung on take-off causing the undercarriage to collapse. No injuries were reported to F/Sgt T.F.G. Buffey, but the aircraft had to be sent off-site for repairs.
27/01/1944LancasterND51944 SqnDunholme LodgeTime: 1847 - Bounced on landing during a night landing practice. The heavy impact resulted in the undercarriage on the aircraft collapsing. No injuries were reported to either F/O E. Evans or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
27/01/1944P-51 Mustang43-12222355FS/354FGGoxhillCoded GQ:U, this aircraft was written off in a landing accident in bad weather. The pilot, 2nd Lt Rob Roy McIntosh lost control of the aircraft in extremely gusty winds at 1350 whilst on approach to Goxhill on a cross-country flight from his home base at Boxted and crashed on the runway.
27/01/1944LancasterDV274463sqnWaddingtonTime: 2036 - The aircraft received heavy damage over it's target while on bombing operations, but managed to return to base. No injuries were reported to either S/Ldr Bull or the rest of his crew, and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
27/01/1944LancasterLM425467sqnWaddingtonTime: 2058 - On returning to the airfield after completing a night flying operational sortie, the pilot misread his altimeter and hit a tree while on approach. While managing to land the aircraft, damage was sustained to the starboard mainframe. No injuries were reported to F/Sgt A.H. Jefferies or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired by another unit/contractor on-site.
29/01/1944StirlingEF2461660HCUin the Humber off North KillingholmeCoded -C, airborne from Swinderby for a combined Bullseye and a searchlight cooperation exercise. At approximately 2200, the aircraft dived in, after the pilot was possibly dazzled by searchlights and lost control after violent evasive action. F/O J.M. Greig DFC killed, P/O V.F. Dickinson killed, Sgt A. Spence killed, Sgt G.J. Williams killed, F/O E.P. Neary killed, Sgt S. Walker killed, Sgt D.L. Helsby killed, F/Sgt J.P. Hayden (Australian) killed
29/01/1944MasterDL192RAFC - SFTSnr RuskingtonTime: 1215 - During a solo aerobatic session, the pilot lost control and the aircraft dived in to the ground. LAC R. Grewhitt was killed in the incident.
29/01/1944SpitfireEN895402sqnnr ScopwickTime: 1715 - While on approach to the airfield the engine lost power causing the aircraft to lose height. This resulted in the pilot making a forced wheels-up landing in a field, just short of the airfield. No injuries were reported to F/Sgt E.P. Wool (Canadian), but the aircraft had to be sent off-site for repair by a maintenance unit/contractor.
29/01/1944HalifaxLL150431sqnoff the coastCoded SE-N, Airborne 2358 28Jan44 from Croft for Berlin. Hit by flak and after reaching the Lincolnshire coast, the crew were ordered to bale out. All landed in the sea, from where four were rescued by the combined efforts of the coastal minesweepers, Property, Prospect and Varanga and taken into Grimsby. F/Sgt J.T.R.Corriveau (Canadian) killed, Sgt G.S.Webber unhurt, WO2 J.D.Barrie (Canadian) killed, F/Sgt M.J.Charlebois unhurt, Sgt S.C.B.Parker unhurt, Sgt J.P.Raymond (Canadian) killed, Sgt R.S.Cole unhurt.
30/01/1944LancasterJA812630 SqnEast KirkbyTime: 1530 - Overshot the runway on landing and ran off the end of the runway, causing heavy damage to the port leg and wheel. No injuries were reported to F/O K.R. Ames or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired by another unit/contractor on-site.
30/01/1944LancasterEE143467sqnWaddingtonTime: 1245 - While taxying out for a pre-operational flight test, the tail wheel collapsed on the aircraft. It was found that due to the wheel being at a right angle and a slope in the dispersal, caused the aircraft to roll backwards snapping the wheel off. No injuries were reported to either P/O N.R. McDonald (Canadian) or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
31/01/1944StirlingEF2321660HCUCarlton-le-MoorlandAirborne from Swinderby for a night exercise, the crew included a pupil pilot and 2 flight engineers. The aircraft crashed at 2132 shortly after takeoff. F/O J.H. Mason DFC (Canadian) injured (died the following day), F/Sgt S.E. Martin injured (died the following day), Sgt R.H. Appleton killed, Sgt G.B. Lamb injured (died the following day), W/O J.B. McKnight killed, F/O H.G. Trueman (Canadian) killed, Sgt R.E. Duke killed, Sgt H. Nelson killed.

February

DateTypeSerialUnitLocationNotes
01/02/1944HalifaxDG3381667 HCUFaldingworthTime: 1217 - While doing a circuits and landings exercise, the aircraft suffered a heavy landing. This landing resulted in the undercarriage collapsing on the aircraft. No injuries were reported to either P/O B.A. Templeman-Rooke or his crew. The aircraft itself was tasked another unit/contractor on-site for repair.
01/02/1944SpitfireX465453 OTUHibaldstowTime: 1630 - While taxying out for a training flight, the aircraft collided with another Spitfire (X4659). No injuries were reported to F/Lt C.M. Stone, but the aircraft had to be sent off-site for repair by a maintenance unit/contractor.
01/02/1944SpitfireX465953 OTUHibaldstowThis aircraft was damaged at 1630hrs when it was struck by Spitfire X4654 whilst taxying. No injuries were reported, the pilot's name was not recorded.
02/02/1944LancasterW41321 LFSElsham WoldsTime: 1910 - While doing dual circuits and landings, the pilot overshot his landing and ran off the end of the runway. This resulted in the aircraft's undercarriage collapsing due to the rough ground. No injuries were reported to P/O A.W. Rudge, W/O R. Rember (Canadian) or the rest of the crew. The aircraft itself had to be sent off-site to a maintenance unit/contractor for repair.
02/02/1944SpitfireAB825AFDUNorth CoatesTime: 1040 - Whilst taxying the aircraft hit a parked Beaufighter X (LX941). No injuries were reported to F/O H.D. Johnson and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
02/02/1944BeaufighterLX941236sqnNorth CoatesThis aircraft was damaged whilst parked at 1040hrs when it was struck by taxying Spitfire AB825.
02/02/1944ProctorP62291 RSWarren Farm, nr GranthamTime: 1450 - The aircraft spun in to the ground after taking action to avoid a Blenheim which was also on approach to the airfield. Sgt F.V. Brade and LAC LAC Wallis were killed.
03/02/1944BlenheimL872712(P)AFUHarlaxtonTime: 0200 - On finishing their night circuits and landings training, the aircraft undercarriage failed to lock on their final landing. Despite the attempts of the crew to manually lock it, the undercarriage collapsed on landing. No injuries were reported to either F/O M.R. Sihuarty or his crew. The aircraft itself was deemed beyond the units capacity to repair, so was tasked to another on-site unit.
04/02/1944SpitfireMK232416sqnDigbyTime: 1045 - Whilst taxying out for a squadron formation flying practice, the aircraft got caught in another aircraft's slipstream. This resulted in the aircraft being tipped on it's nose. No injuries were reported to F/O R.R. St George (Canadian), but the aircraft had to be sent off-site for repair by a maintenance unit/contractor.
04/02/1944P-47 Thunderbolt41-61932GTTF/496FGGoxhillThis aircraft was airborne from Goxhill at 1952hrs with the pilot 1st Lt Wayne E. Downing making his first flight on the type. At 1115hrs whilst downwind to land, the undercarriage was lowered and the pilot reduced the throttle. The engine did not appear to respond, so the pilot tried full/half/full throttle, still with no response from the engine, so he elected to crash-land about 500 yeards north-east of the airfield. The accident was found to have been caused by the pilot not being familiar with the lag in response between throttle movement and engine response on the type. The aircraft was written off as a result of the crash-landing.
04/02/1944WellingtonLN390300 (Polish) SqnInghamTime: 0815 - While taxying out for an operational flight, the aircraft collided with another aircraft (LN544). No injuries were reported to either F/Sgt W. Fudali (Polish), and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
04/02/1944WellingtonLN544300 (Polish) SqnInghamTime: 0815 - While taxying out for an operational flight, the aircraft collided with another aircraft (LN390). No injuries were reported to either F/O L. Ingling (Polish) or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
05/02/1944HalifaxW77811662HCUBlytonWhilst attempting takeoff at 2135 from Blyton, the aircraft swung violently and ground-looped, shearing the undercarriage in the process. Pilot Sgt GG Hingley and crew were unhurt.
05/02/1944OxfordHM619RAFC - SFTSCranwell NorthTime: 1700 - On landing back at the airfield, the pilot overshot his landing to avoid another aircraft. In doing so, he had to apply the brakes hard which resulted in the aircraft swinging. No injuries were reported to either F/Lt W.A.W. Strachan or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
05/02/1944SpitfireP8320AFDUKirmingtonThis aircraft was wrecked when it overturned after overshooting during an emergency landing after the engine failed in flight. Pilot's name not recorded, but believed to be uninjured.
05/02/1944LancasterDV176550 SqnNorth KillingholmeTime: 1848 - During take-off the aircraft swung causing the undercarriage to collapse.No injuries were reported to either F/Sgt R.P. Maxwell or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
05/02/1944StirlingLJ5611660 HCUSwinderbyTime: 1930 - While taxying out for a training flight, the aircraft hit a tree stump near the dispersal. No injuries were reported to F/O J.A. Birch, F/Lt K.R. Percy or the rest of the crew. The aircraft itself was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
07/02/1944HalifaxV99831662HCUHaxeyAirborne from Blyton at 2013 for night circuits and landings. Crashed at approx 2018 after losing control during evasive action to avoid a mid-air collision. The aircraft impacted near the East Lound - Craizelound road. F/Sgt W.H.A. Daly (Australian) killed, Sgt T.R. Davison killed, Sgt L.N. Singer killed, Sgt J.E.G. Nowlan killed, Sgt R.J. Payne killed, Sgt H.R. Freeman killed.
08/02/1944WellingtonHE41782OTUSkellingthorpeTime: 1230 - On returning from a fighter affiliation flight, the aircraft suffered engine failure. This led to the aircraft making a belly landing on the airfield. No injuries were reported to either F/O W. Moseley-Williams or his crew. But the aircraft itself had to be sent off-site for repair by a maintenance unit/contractor.
11/02/1944LancasterDV16644 SqnDunholme LodgeTime: 1845 - During take-off for a operation bombing sortie, the aircraft swung to the port and went off the runway. Once on the rough ground the aircraft violently swung to the starboard causing the undercarriage to collapse. No injuries were reported to either P/O R.M. Hayes or his crew, but the aircraft had to be sent off-site for repair at a maintenance unit/contractor.
11/02/1944SpitfireP8261AFDU WitteringSwinderbyTime: 1545 - Due to the engine overheating during a fighter affiliation flight, the pilot opted to land at the nearest airfield. But failed to completely lower the undercarriage fully before touching down. No injuries were reported to W/O T.C. Heppell (Australian) and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
12/02/1944LancasterJB734460sqnBinbrookTime: 0030 - After completing an operational training flight and returning to the airfield, the aircraft's flaps jammed while landing. Despite this the pilot attempted to glide the aircraft in, but hit some obstructions shortly after touching down. No injuries were reported to either F/Sgt S.V. Mackrell or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired by another unit/contractor on-site.
12/02/1944LancasterLL773101sqnLudford MagnaTime: 1315 - While on an air test flight both the port outer and starboard outer engines caught fire. Both fires were extigushed while in the air, and the aircraft managed to return to base and make a safe landing.No injuries were reported to either F/Sgt D. Langford or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
12/02/1944LancasterW411950sqnnr East KirkbyCoded VN-Q. Airborne 1510 12Feb44 from Skellingthorpe for a fighter affiliation exercise. During the course of the sortie, a fire broke out in the port outer engine and after attempts were made to douse the blaze, the order to bale out was given. Before all could comply, part of the outer section of the port main-plane broke off and the Lancaster spun and crashed at 1555hrs on East Kirkby Airfield. F/Lt M.J.Beetham unhurt, P/O D.A.Jennings (Australian) unhurt, Sgt E.D.Moore killed, F/O Swinyard unhurt, F/Sgt Bartlett unhurt, Sgt R.Payne unhurt, Sgt Higgins unhurt, Sgt F.C.Ball killed, Sgt H.G.Puddock killed, Sgt C.King killed. F/Lt Beetham, became ACM Sir Michael Beetham GCB CBE DFC ADC. Chief of Air Staff.
12/02/1944StirlingEE9501660 HCUSwinderbyTime: 1830 - During take-off for a night conversion training flight, the aircraft swung to the starboard. The pilot corrected this, but the aircraft swung back to the starboard again. But this time the swing caused the port undercarriage to collapse on the aircraft. No injuries were reported to either F/O B.A. Buckham (Australian) or the rest of the crew, and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
14/02/1944P-38 Lightning42-6777327ATG/310FESSouth LincolnshireThis aircraft flew into the ground in bad weather (thick fog) whilst on a ferry flight, exact location is not recorded. The pilot F/O K.A. Maloney was killed in the crash
14/02/1944LancasterEE197207sqnSpilsbyCoded EM-N, Airborne 1647 14th Jan from Spilsby for Braunschweig. Outbound, the port outer failed and was feathered. After jettisoning part of the bomb load, the crew continued to the target where they came under sustained attack from a Fw190. Damage was inflicted on the port inner, flying controls and both turrets before the fighter was shaken off. Then a burst of Flak rendered both ailerons useless. After a difficult return flight, the Lancaster touched down at 2254 and broke up on the runway, injuring F/Sgt Stewart. For his outstanding skill and tenacity in the face of all odds, P/O Gallagher gained an immediate DSO and F/Sgt Stewart a DFM, both awards Gazetted 18th Feb. P/O F.W.Gallagher, F/Sgt C.E.D.Stewart inj, W/O A.Young, F/Sgt R.P.Scott, Sgt S.Fawcett, Sgt K.Waddington, Sgt M.Serman (Canadian).
14/02/1944LancasterJB602100sqnWalthamCoded HW-A, Airborne 1713 14th Jan from Grimsby for Braunschweig. Very severely damaged during an engagement with a Ju88 and crash-landed 2132 on return to Grimsby. Sgt Sanders was mortally wounded during the action, the remainder of the crew were unhurt. W/O P.R.M.Neal, Sgt R.Cull, Sgt C.Storr, Sgt R.G.Evans, Sgt H.A.T.Warner, Sgt J.Mason, Sgt T.S.Sanders killed.
15/02/1944BlenheimL8599RAFCCranwell SouthTime: 1605 - Upon completing night flying training and landing back at the airfield, the tail wheel strut collapsed after being fractured in the landing. Luckily the aircraft had just parked in it's dispersal when this happened, and no injuries were suffered by F/O B.M. Kaplansky (Canadian) or his crew. The aircraft was deemed beyond the units capacity to repair and tasked to another unit on-site.
15/02/1944P-38 Lightning42-67500554FS/496FGnr GoxhillCoded CL:M, this aircraft force-landed 2 miles northwest of the airfield. Pilot 1st Lt Ernest R. Wilson took off from Goxhill at 1545hrs on a check-ride during his conversion to the type. Visibility was poor on the day so he remained in the vicinity of the airfield. Not long into the flight, he noticed fuel pressure problems, and then in quick succession both engines stopped, with Wilson being unable to restart either. He made a forced landing at 1618hrs, during which the aircraft was written off. The crash was attributed to pilot error due to inexperience on the type.
16/02/1944LancasterED655630sqnOld BolingbrokeCoded PG-? Loaned to 619 Sqdn, Berlin 15/16Feb44- aircraft crashed whilst attempting to land at Coningsby on return. Squadron ORB states; "Visibility poor on return to base, and after overshooting due to another aircraft being slow to clear, it made another circuit at 700 feet. When coming into the funnel it hit the ground, the rear-gunner being severely injured. and the aircraft wrecked. The rest of the crew suffered minor injuries.” P/O K.Roberts Sgt J.F.J.Forrest Sgt J.Lett Sgt DeVeill Sgt J.H.Tucker Sgt L.E.Williams Sgt L.F.Virgo There is some confusion as to which Sqdn 'lost' this aircraft since it was a 630 Sqdn aircraft, with a 630 Sqdn crew.
16/02/1944LancasterJA89950 SqnSkellingthorpeTime: 0100 - While being towed from one dispersal to another, the aircraft hit a Bedford van. No injuries were reported, and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
16/02/1944LancasterJB534106sqnTimberland FenCoded ZN-? Airborne 1720 15Feb44 from Metheringham for Berlin. On return to base crashed 0010 16Feb44, while avoiding another Lancaster on Timberland Fen near the Lincolnshire villages of Timberland and Martin, some 11 miles SW of Horncastle. Sgt Hills died that same day from his grievous injuries. Those killed were buried in their home towns. F/O R.W.Dickerson killed, Sgt G.H.Boffey killed, F/O R.H.Lewis killed, F/Sgt F.O.W.Pauley killed, Sgt W.C.Hills injured. Sgt B.Krukowski (Canadian) injured. F/O W.H.C.Ramsay injured.
19/02/1944BlenheimL837112(P)AFUHarlaxtonTime: 2016 - After completing a training excercise and returning to the airfield, the pilot held-off too high resulting in a heavy landing on the port wheel. This impact resulted in the port side undercarriage collapsing. No injuries were reported to either F/Sgt J.R. Manterfield or his crew, but the aircraft was tasked to another on-site unit for repair.
19/02/1944SpitfireP865253 OTUKirton LindseyTime: 1430 - On approach to the airfield the aircraft's engine failed, resulting in the pilot overshooting his landing. In order to stop the aircraft, the pilot had to raise the undercarriage putting the aircraft on it's belly. No injuries were reported to F/O W.J. Windeler (Canadian) and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
19/02/1944HalifaxDG3141667HCUSandtoftAirborne from Sandtoft at 2215 for night flying practice. At 2245 whilst accelerating along the runway to go around for another circuit, the port tyre exploded. Despite attempted corrective action by the pilot, the aircraft left the runway and the undercarriage collapsed, wrecking the aircraft. Pilot Sgt L Hint and crew were unhurt.
19/02/1944LancasterLL792467sqnWaddingtonTime: 2350 - While taxying out of the dispersal for an operational bombing sortie, the port mainplane struck the starboard engine of another Lancaster (LM440). No injuries were reported to F/Lt J. Symonds (Australian), F/Sgt R.R. Cowan (Australian) or the rest of the crew. The aircraft itself was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
19/02/1944LancasterLM440467sqnWaddingtonTime: 2350 - While taxying out of the dispersal for an operational bombing sortie, the starboard engine was hit by the port mainplane of another Lancaster (LL792). No injuries were reported to F/O A.C. Harvey (Australian), F/O J.S. Marshall (Australian) or the rest of the crew. The aircraft itself was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
20/02/1944LancasterND563630sqnEast KirkbyCoded LE-? Started the take-off run at 2340hrs for Stuttgart but swung out of control and after crashing through the boundary fence the Lancaster ran over the Stickney road and lost its undercarriage. Moments later, the bomb load exploded. P/O E.J.Murray killed, Sgt F.Westhead killed, Sgt P.G.Mottram killed, F/O H.K.Battye killed, Sgt K.J.Wallbey killed, Sgt D.W.Remole (Canadian) killed, Sgt W.Davies slightly injured.
20/02/1944LancasterJB530103 SqnElsham WoldsCoded PM-? Airborne 2322 19Feb44 from Elsham Wolds for Leipzig. On return to Base and while preparing to land, collided with another aircraft from the Sqdn (ND334). Despite the damage caused, F/Sgt Gumbrell managed to crash-land without serious injury to his crew. F/Sgt H.Gumbrell Sgt T.V.Shaw F/O H.J.Hearn Sgt F.G.F Osborne F/Sgt J.Seward Sgt D.W.Evans Sgt R.A.Boulton.
20/02/1944HalifaxLW46578 SqnElsham WoldsTime: 0344 - On returning from a night operational sortie, the port engine failed. Due to the lack of control the pilot made the decision to make a wheels-up landing at the airfield. No injuries were reported to Sgt S. Hampson or his crew, but the aircraft had to be sent off-site to a maintenance unit/contractor for repair.
20/02/1944LancasterND334103 SqnElsham WoldsCoded PM-? Airborne 2350 19Feb44 from Elsham Wolds for Leipzig. On return to base, collided in the air with another Sqdn Lanc, (see JB530), and crashed. W/O J.C.Warnes injured, Sgt D.H.J.Cunningham killed, F/O R.H.Fuller killed, F/Sgt C.Bagshaw killed, Sgt E.S.Gunn killed, Sgt S.Clapham injured, Sgt A.O.Haines killed.
20/02/1944LancasterND385576 SqnElsham WoldsTime: 0700 - While taxying out of the dispersal for an operational bombing mission, the aircraft suffered a loss of brake pressure. This resulted in the aircraft leaving the peritrack and causing damage to the undercarriage. No injuries were reported to either W/O Rollins or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired by another unit/contractor on-site.
20/02/1944LancasterLL78650 SqnSkellingthorpeTime: 0700 - While taxying to the dispersal, the aircraft struck an obstruction with no lights and broke the starboard leg. No injuries were reported to either P/O J.L. Dobbyn (Canadian) or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
20/02/1944LancasterLM448467sqnWaddingtonTime: 0715 - On returning to the airfield from an operational bombing sortie, the aircraft ballooned on landing. This resulted in a tyre bursting and the starboard leg collapsing and the aircraft swinging to the port side. No injuries were reported to P/O N.R. McDonald (Australian) or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired by another unit/contractor on-site.
21/02/1944LancasterND49849sqnFiskertonCoded EA-? Airborne at 0007hrs from Fiskerton for Stuttgart, but swung during the takeoff run. The aircraft crashed and caught fire, and the crew escaped unhurt before it exploded. P/O F Clark, Sgt F Shaw, Sgt D Rolfe, Sgt D Adams, Sgt T Connatty, Sgt FJ Castle, Sgt E Gilbert all unhurt.
21/02/1944C-47 Dakota42-10050773TCS/434TCGFulbeckCollided with CG-4A 77432, aircraft suffered damage to the left wing tip, left wing, left de-icer boot and aileron. Repaired and returned to service.
21/02/1944C-47 Dakota42-2403973TCS/434TCGFulbeckCollided with CG-4A 77432, aircraft suffered damage to the left wing and wing tip, the left propeller and aileron and accessory cowling section, that swung the glider around the front of the plane causing damage to the right wing leading edge and de-icer boot. Aircraft was repaired and returned to service.
21/02/1944CG-4A Hadrian42-7743273TCS/434TCGFulbeckThis glider was involved in a landing accident colliding with C-47s 42-100507 and 42-24039 whilst practising stream landings. Pilot F/O Leon C. Doelger and co-pilot F/O George F Heath were unhurt. The accident is attributed to the pilot releasing the towline too early and catching prop-wash from the C-47s.
21/02/1944LancasterND388100sqnGrimsby/WalthamTime: 0707 - On landing back at the airfield after an operational bombing mission, the aircraft bounce in a cross wind. The aircraft then drifted off the runway on to the grass, finally coming to rest in a ploughed field and tipped on it's nose. No injuries were reported to either F/O V.L.B Jones or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
21/02/1944SpitfireX994053 OTUKirton LindseyTime; 1615 - On returning from a weather test, the undercarriage failed to come down. This resulted in the aircraft making a belly landing at the airfield. No injuries were reported to Lt F.P.M. Roos (French) and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
21/02/1944LancasterND419460sqnNorth WithamCoded AR-? Airborne 2330 20Feb from Binbrook for Stuttgart. On return encountered near blizzard conditions and while trying to establish their position, the Lancaster flew into trees just to the south of North Witham, 9 miles S of Grantham, Lincolnshire. The (Australian) crew members are buried in Cambridge City Cemetery. F/O F.A.Cleveland (Australian) killed, Sgt P.D.Rawson killed, P/O G.A.Grant (Australian) killed, F/Sgt E.H.Lawrie (Australian) killed, F/Sgt A.G.Young (Australian) killed, Sgt J.E.McCarthy killed, F/Sgt J.A.Dietman (Australian) killed.
22/02/1944HalifaxBB2131662HCUBlytonAirborne 1430 from Blyton for a Gee training sortie. On return to Blyton at 1605, the aircraft bounced on touchdown, and on the second contact with the runway the undercarriage collapsed.
22/02/1944HalifaxDK1141668 HCUSandtoftTime: 0140 - While on a solo night circuits and landings exercise, the port tyre burst. This in turn caused the aircraft to swing and the starboard undercarriage leg to collapse as well. No injuries were reported to Sgt T.E. Astbury, but the aircraft had to be sent off-site for repair at a maintenance unit/contractor.
23/02/1944SpitfireEP575441sqnDigbyTime: 1430 - On returning from a training flight, the pilot held-off to high and stalled the aircraft. This resulted in the aircraft tearing-off the undercarriage on landing. No injuries were reported to F/Lt J.W.H. Gilmartin (Canadian), but the aircraft had to be sent off-site for repair by a maintenance unit/contractor.
23/02/1944SpitfireP768153 OTUKirton LindseyTime: 1350 - During take-off the starboard tyre burst causing the leg to collapse. The pilot managed to keep control and take -off. On coming back to the airfield, the aircraft made a wheels-up landing. No injuries were reported to F/O D.W. Connor and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
23/02/1944OxfordLW992RAFCnr Market RasenThis aircraft was destroyed when it hit a tree whilst undertaking bombing training, crashing 4 miles east-southeast of Market Rasen, possibly near Sixhills. Pilot's name is not recorded and the incident does not appear in the RAFC ORB.
23/02/1944MasterDL893RAFC - SFTSnr SwinesheadTime: 1200 - During a training flight, the aircraft flicked out of a tight turn and dived in to the ground from 1500ft. LAC G.A. Vose was killed in the incident.
23/02/1944BeaufighterJM172143sqnoff North CoatesThis aircraft was destroyed at 2159hrs whilst taking off to return to Donna Nook. The aircraft struck the sea wall, damaging 2 nissen huts and tearing off its undercarriage. The aircraft came to rest in low water off the beach, and a search and rescue operation was mounted through the night to try to locate the crew, who were believed to have survived the crash. Pilot F/Sgt FR Bennett and navigator F/Sgt RH Sharp were killed in the crash.
23/02/1944BeaufighterNE201236 Sqnoff North CoatesTime: 0630 - The aircraft exploded shortly after take-off for a fighter affiliation flight. The wreckage of the aircraft fell in to the sea. Pilot F/O R. Barr and navigator F/O F Jones were killed in the incident.
24/02/1944HalifaxBB3651662HCUBlytonAirborne 1725hrs for a night cross-country exercise. The aircraft was returning to base after problems with the port inner engine when the starboard inner engine failed on approach. The pilot elected to make a wheels-up landing on the airfield at 2245hrs, an action which was endorsed and praised by his commanding officer. Pilot Sgt LV Honor and crew were unhurt.
24/02/1944WellingtonBK55191 G.S.U.HemswellTime: 1530 - On lowering the undercarriage after returning to the airfield from air test after modification, the port side jammed and failed to lower fully. On landing the port side undercarriage collapsed causing the aircraft to swerve off the runway. No injuries were reported to P/O O.G. Lighton or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
24/02/1944LancasterJB547460sqnKirmingtonTime: 2005hrs - While on a training flight the aircraft collided with another Lancaster (ME641) causing damage to the port side of the aircraft. Some injuries were reported to F/Sgt D.H. Stitt's (Australian) crew as they baled out. The aircraft crashed at Willoughton Manor near Kirton Lindsey.
24/02/1944LancasterLM335166sqnKirmingtonCoded AS-O, Started take-off 2000hrs from Kirmington for Schweinfurt but swung to port and ended up in a field 500 yards from the runway. No crew injuries, though the Lancaster was assessed as beyond economical repair and struck off charge. Sgt G.D.Jones Sgt H.T.Gregory F/O R.D.Crone (Canadian) F/O G.C.Neville (Canadian) Sgt J.McGuire Sgt B.T.Williams Sgt C.E.Mayne .
24/02/1944LancasterME641166sqnKirmingtonCoded AS-B. Airborne 2000 24Feb44 from Kirmington for Schweinfurt but collided in the air with a No.460 Sqdn Lancaster (JB547) out of Binbrook, and crashed 2220 near Bully Hill, Market Rasen, Lincolnshire. Sgt Connolly died the next day from his injuries. P/O A.H.Hullah killed, Sgt J.Oldfield unhurt, WO2 G.A.Andrews (Canadian) killed, F/O R.J.Barton (Canadian) unhurt, Sgt A.J.Wolfe killed, Sgt T.L.Connolly (Canadian) injured, Sgt W.P.Martin killed.
24/02/1944P-38 Lightning42-67761385FS/364FGNew LeakeThe aircraft took off from Honington at 1617hrs on a local high-altitude flight to 30000 feet. The pilot, Cpt Harold E. Brown was killed at 1715hrs when the aircraft crashed 440 yards north of the New Leake crossroads in Eastville, exploding on impact. Debris was scattered over an area of 300 x 50 yards.
24/02/1944StirlingEH9771660 HCUSwinderbyTime: 0240 - On returning to the airfield from a night conversion training flight, the pilot overshot his landing. In doing so, the aircraft ran off the end of the runway and through a hedge. No injuries were reported to F/Lt C.S. Reay or the rest of his crew. The aircraft itself was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
25/02/1944LancasterW5005460sqnBinbrookTime: 0436 - On returning from a night operational bombing mission, the pilot overshot his landing. In an attempt to avoid going off the end of the runway he tried to turn the aircraft, but this resulted in the starboard undercarriage collapsing. Some injuries were reported to F/Sgt J. McCleery's crew though none serious. The aircraft itself was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
25/02/1944SpitfireP823853 OTUKirton LindseyTime: 1140 - Suffered a heavy landing on returning to the airfield from a training flight. This landing resulted in the aircraft swinging and the starboard leg collapsing. No injuries were reported to F/O J.K. Nandi (Indian) and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
25/02/1944HalifaxW78661662HCULaughtonAirborne 2144 from Blyton for the pilot's first night solo,and circuits/landing practise. Aircraft climbed out normally until it reached 500 feet, then dived steeply into a wheat stack, bursting into flames on impact. No fault was found on the aircraft by investigators. Sgt K. Walmsley killed, Sgt M.A. Bowles killed, Sgt C.T. James killed, Sgt F.N. Bower killed.
25/02/1944LancasterJB71612 SqnWickenbyTime: 0107 - While on an operational bombing mission the aircraft sustained heavy damage to the starboard side over the target. But the aircraft managed to return to base and land safely. No injuries were reported to either Sqn/Ldr J.B.R. Brown or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired by another unit/contractor on-site.
26/02/1944LancasterW4815207sqnSpilsbyCoded EM-C. Airborne 1842 25Feb43 from Spilsby for Augsburg. Overshot on return to Spilsby and crashed with great force. P/O J.E.Derbyshire killed, Sgt G.Cannock killed, F/Sgt Cooke killed, Sgt C.T.L.Clement killed, Sgt G.E.Wright killed, Sgt J.S.Barker killed, Sgt J.W.Linfoot killed.
28/02/1944HalifaxDG3151662 HCUBlytonTime: 2050 - On returning to the airfield after completing height flying training, the aircraft landed on some ice on the runway. The pilot was unable to control the aircraft and it ran in to snow which in turn caused the undercarriage to collapse. No injuries were reported to either F/Sgt W. Boocock (New Zealander) or his crew, but the aircraft had to be tasked to another unit/contractor on-site for repair.
28/02/1944SpitfireAR528411sqnDigbyTime: 1345 - On landing at the airfield on a ferry flight, the pilot failed to hold the aircraft straight and the port wheel hit a snow bank at the side of the runway. This resulted in the undercarriage collapsing on the aircraft. No injuries were reported to F/O J. McDonagale (Canadian) and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
28/02/1944MartinetMS8171AASManbyTime: 0850 - On completing a weather test and returning to the airfield, the engine cut while on approach. Despite the lack of power, the pilot managed to make a safe belly landing. Pilot S/Ldr HH Harvey was injured in the crash and taken to Louth hospital. The aircraft itself was a total write-off.
29/02/1944HalifaxJD3861666HCUBroughtonCoded -T, airborne 1230 from Wombleton for a daytime navigation sortie. Lost control at high altitude, possibly due to rudder stall, witnesses stated that the pilot appeared to be using differential throttle to try to recover control. At 800 feet, the aircraft went into a spiral dive and crashed nr Bridge Farm. P/O J. Sigurdson (Canadian) killed, Sgt R.T.G. Loughrin killed, F/O G.L. Muskett (Canadian) killed, F/O J.B. Eaton (Canadian) killed, WO1 J.M. Healey (Canadian) killed, Sgt F.E. Wilts (Canadian) killed, Sgt P. Zayets (Canadian) killed.

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DateTypeSerialUnitLocationNotes
01/03/1944SpitfireBD429443sqnDigbyTime: 1505 - While practicing aerobatics and landings, the aircraft suffered a heavy landing. The impact from this caused damage to the port wheel and stall the aircraft. No injuries were reported to F/O C.E. Scarlett (Canadian) and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
01/03/1944BeaufighterME225254 SqnDonna NookTime: 1808 - On returning to the airfield after completing its operational anti-shipping sortie, the aircraft made a heavy landing causing the undercarriage to collapse. No injuries were reported to F/O T McAlene (Canadian), but the aircraft was deemed beyond the units capacity to repair and sent off-site.
01/03/1944P-51 Mustang43-12424555FS/496FGGoxhillThe aircraft was airborne from Goxhill on a transition flight, with the pilot 2nd Lt William C Hawkins converting onto the type. After overshooting the runway, the pilot failed to go around for another attempt at landing after overshooting his landing point and hit an obstruction beyond the end of the runway. The aircraft was repaired and returned to service.
01/03/1944HalifaxEB1701667 HCUSandtoftTime: 1103 - After completing a dual control training exercise and returning to the airfield, the port wing dropped while landing. This resulted in the aircraft running off the runway and the undercarriage collapsing. No injuries were reported to either P/O E.J. Presland or Sgt G.J. Hammond. The aircraft itself was deemed beyond the units capacity to repair, so was tasked to another on-site unit/contractor for this.
02/03/1944LancasterR58425 LFSSkellingthorpeTime: 2025hrs - On returning to the airfield after completing a training flight, the pilot undershot his landing. In doing so the tail wheel hit a snow bank and broke. No injuries were reported to either F/O L.M. McClelland (Australian), P/O G.A. Skinnes (Australian) or the rest of the crew. The aircraft itself was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
02/03/1944SpitfireP8180AFDUSwinderbyTime: 1545 - On returning to the airfield after completeing a fighter affiliation flight, the pilot undershot his landing. In doing so the aircraft's undercarriage hit a 3ft snow bank causing damage to it. No injuries were reported to W/O F.C. Heppell (Australian), but the aircraft had to be sent off-site for repair by a maintenance unit/contractor.
02/03/1944LancasterDV281626 SqnWickenbyThis aircraft was damaged at 0820hrs when it struck parked Lancaster LM395 just off the runway after landing with no brakes. Crew names not recorded, no injuries reported.
02/03/1944LancasterLM395101sqnWickenbyTime: 0820 - Upon landing the port tyre burst and the aircraft was parked up just off the runway due to heavy snow at the airfield. While parked there the aircraft was hit by another aircraft (DV281), which had landed without any brakes. The aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
03/03/1944SpitfireEE617443sqnDigbyTime: 1425 - During take-off for formation practice and a cannon test, the aircraft's tail raised too high causing the aircraft to overturn. No injuries were reported to F/O A.J. Horrell (Canadian), but the aircraft was deemed a total write-off.
03/03/1944LancasterED7565 LFSEast KirkbyTime: 1310 - Whilst taxying out for a dual instruction day flying training exercise, the aircraft started to swing and the fire brake was applied. This resulted in the starboard wheel coming to rest on soft ground and getting stuck. So the pilot applied throttles to free the wheel, but upon freeing the wheel, the tail wheel hit the entrance to a drain and sheared off. No injuries were reported to either F/O A.M. Singer (New Zealander), S/Ldr Leatherland or the rest of the crew. The aircraft itself was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
03/03/1944HalifaxLW64976sqnnr ScunthorpeCoded MP-B, airborne from Holme-on-Spalding Moor on a practice bombing sortie. The rudder controls stiffened in flight, resulting in a loss of control and a steep dive. The aircraft broke up in the dive and the aircraft crashed at 1615hrs. Pilot P/O G.H. Smith and crew all baled out safely, the Halifax crashed into the grounds of a school.
03/03/1944StirlingEF2351660 HCUSwinderbyTime: 2350 - While taxying out for a training flight, the aircraft struck a snow bank near the runway. The impact caused damage to the aircraft's fuselage. No injuries were reported to either S/Ldr H.R. De Bellesache or his crew. The aircraft itself was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
04/03/1944SpitfireP950153OTUKirton LindseyTime: 1020 - Suffered a problem during take-off for a training flight. The pilot throttled back but the aircraft turned slightly to the port and hit a snow bank. The impact with the snow bank then caused the aircraft to overturn. No injuries were reported to P/O W.L. Beatty (Canadian) and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
04/03/1944StirlingEF4031660 HCUSwinderbyTime: 1130 - While taxying out for a conversion training flight, the aircraft hit a snow bank. The impact caused damage to the aircraft's tail wheel. No injuries were reported to either Sgt J.G. Thompson or his crew. The aircraft itself was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
05/03/1944HalifaxHX271466sqnGoxhillTime: 1605 - On landing at the airfield after completing a cross country and fighter affiliation flight, the aircraft suffered a heavy landing. First the aircraft wheels hit the runway causing the aircraft to bounce and come back down on the tail wheel. This impact broke the tail wheel clean off. No inuries were reported to either F/Sgt M.D. Watson (Australian) or his crew, but the aircraft had to be tasked to another on-site unit/contractor for repairs.
05/03/1944MasterW864153 OTUHibaldstowTime: 1435 - On returning to the airfield after completing an air test, the aircraft stalled on landing. This resulted in a heavy landing and the starboard wheel collapsing.No injuries were reported to F/Lt G.A. Harrison and the aircraft was repaired by another unit/contractor on-site.
05/03/1944SpitfireX477153OTUHibaldstowTime: 2240 - On approaching the airfield after finishing a training flight, the pilot passed out and undershot the runway, landing in a field. The pilot had reported feeling unwell before the flight, but well enough to fly. Pilot P/O H. Crow (Canadian) suffered head injuries and was hospitalised, the aircraft was deemed a total write-off.
06/03/1944SpitfireP750353OTUKirton LindseyTime: 1230 - On landing back at the airfield after a training flight, the pilot held-off to high on approach and suffered a heavy landing. The impact with the runway caused heavy damage to the undercarriage. No injuries were reported to P/O F.H. Holmes, but the aircraft had to be sent off-site for repair by a maintenance unit/contractor.
07/03/1944LancasterJA687460sqnBinbrookCoded AR-? This aircraft was destroyed by the explosion of a 4000lb bomb onboard Lancaster ME646 whilst uncrewed on the ground.
07/03/1944LancasterME646460sqnBinbrookCoded AR-? This aircraft was destroyed whilst parked and uncrewed when a 4000lb bomb loaded onboard exploded.
07/03/1944HalifaxEB1841667HCUnr CraizeloundCoded GG-D, airborne 1835 from Sandtoft for general night flying. Collided with Halifax HR657 over Misson bombing range, aircraft crashed nr Craizelound. Sgt P.A. Street killed, Sgt H. Russon killed, Sgt A. Fox killed, F/O E.G. Bayer (Canadian) killed, Sgt H.W. Green killed, Sgt L.F. Woods killed, Sgt J.W. Henderson killed, Sgt W.N. Farrell killed.
07/03/1944HalifaxHR6571662HCUnr CraizeloundAirborne 1800 from Blyton for a night navigation exercise, crew attached from 300 (Polish) sqn. During the flight, the aircraft collided with Halifax EB184 over Misson bombing range, and crashed nr Craizelound. F/O Z. Ingling (Polish) killed, Sgt B. Kot (Polish) killed, F/O K. Lenartowicz (Polish) killed, F/O H.J. Jarnicki (Polish) killed, Sgt G. Liskiewicz (Polish) killed, Sgt A. Loksza (Polish) killed, Sgt B. Machulak (Polish) killed
08/03/1944SpitfireP938053OTUHibaldstowThis aircraft was damaged when it overran on landing. No further details are known, and no accident record card or mention in the unit's records were seen.
08/03/1944StirlingEF1461660 HCUSwinderbyTime: 1432 - On landing back at the airfield after completing a conversion training flight, the starboard undercarriage collapsed. No injuries were reported to either Sgt J.G. Thompson or his crew, but the aircraft itself had to be sent off-site for repair by a maintenance unit/contractor.
09/03/1944HalifaxDJ9981667HCUBelton ParkCoded GG-E, Airborne from Sandtoft at 1330 for dual circuits and landings. Spun in at 1335 from 700 feet and burst into flames as it impacted. F/O S. Burton DFC killed, P/O E.J. Patterson (New Zealander) killed, Sgt G.R. Marshall killed, Sgt R.G. Williams killed, Sgt J. MacMillan-Clarke killed, Sgt D. StClair killed, Sgt D.R.W. Hall killed, Sgt A. Forsyth killed.
09/03/1944LancasterND57444 SqnDunholme LodgeTime: 2106 - On returning to the airfield after completing a squadron exercise, the starboard wheel burst on landing. This resulted in the aircraft swinning off the side of the runway. No injuries were reported to P/O R.M. Higgs or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
09/03/1944SpitfireP738853OTUKirton LindseyTime: 1700 - Suffered a heavy landing on returning from a training flight. But managed to get the aircraft airborne again for another attempt. But unknown to him the heavy landing had damaged the aircraft causing a loss of oil. On his second attempt the undercarriage failed to come down and the engine stalled due to lack of oil, resulting in a belly landing. No injuries were reported to F/O W.J. Windeler (Canadian) and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
10/03/1944WellingtonBK45791 G.S.U.HemswellTime: 1545 - Aircraft damaged after it was hit by a tractor. The tractor driver had fainted and fallen off the vehicle, leaving the machine to run away. The aircraft was not crewed at the time and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
10/03/1944SpitfireN316353OTUHibaldstowTime: 1250 - While on approach to the airfield the engine cut out on the aircraft, leaving the pilot powerless in a strong cross-wind. This resulted in the pilot having to make a belly landing on the airfield. Some injuries were reported to F/O A.S. Latie. The aircraft itself was deemed a total write-off.
10/03/1944SpitfireP813453OTUKirton LindseyTime: 1230 - Shortly after take-off for an air firing exercise, the aircraft's engine cut. The pilot managed turn back and make a belly landing at the airfield. No injuries were reported to F/O D.J.M. Souvie (Belgian) and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
11/03/1944SpitfireEP445402sqnDigbyTime: 2200 - While doing circuits and landings training, the aircraft slightly undershot it's landing hitting the ground hard. The impact caused the undercarriage to collapse on the aircraft. No injuries were reported to F/O W. O'Hagen (Canadian) , but the aircraft had to be sent off-site for repair by a maintenance unit/contractor.
11/03/1944BeaufighterJM228143 SqnNorth CoatesTime: 0653 - On take-off for an anti-shipping strike, the observers cupola blew open after the catches had failed to lock correctly. No injuries were reported to either S/Ldr J.G. Lingard or his crew. The aircraft itself was deemed beyond the units capacity to repair and sent off-site.
13/03/1944SpitfireEP661441sqnDigbyTime: 1020 - While taxying out for aerobatics training in a 45mph gale, the aircraft swerved to the port. The pilot corrected but the tail came up and the prop struck the ground. No injuries were reported to F/O L.A. Plummer (Canadian), but the aircraft had to be sent off-site for repair by a maintenance unit/contractor.
13/03/1944A-20 Havoc41-33882GTTF/496FGGoxhillThis aircraft sustained repairable (cat 3) damage in a landing accident on this date and was returned to service afterwards. Pilot was Lt Dorsey L Martin
13/03/1944P-38 Lightning42-67686554FS/496FGGoxhillThis aircraft, coded CY:T, was airborne from Goxhill on a training sortie as #2 in a pair. On return to base the pilot, 2nd Lt James R Korecky landed behind his element leader but quite a way down the runway and a little fast, requiring him to brake harder than normal. Under braking, the right tyre exploded, preventing Lt Korecky from braking further. The aircraft overran the runway, exited the airfield through the perimeter fence, crossed a road and came to rest in a ploughed field. The aircraft was repaired and returned to service.
13/03/1944P-38 Lightning42-67490554FS/496FGNorth KillingholmeAircraft landed wheels-up at RAF North Killingholme after apparently running out of fuel. Damage was repairable (cat 3), pilot was Lt John L Armstrong
13/03/1944StirlingEF4631660HCUSwinderbyCoded TV-D- Airborne at 2235hrs from Swinderby for a night conversion exercise. Returned to Swinderby at 0200hrs with the port outer engine unserviceable, and landed heavily on the starboard wheel, causing the aircraft to bounce back into the air, swing to the left and touch down again with sufficient force to collapse the undercarriage. the aircraft was damaged beyond repair in the incident. F/O BK Purdie (Australian), F/O Hornsby, Sgt Frost, F/Sgt Hind, F/O Papworth, W/O Needham, F/Sgt Schmerl and Sgt Beaver were all unhurt.
14/03/1944MasterEM35416 SFTSDawsmereTime: 1000 - While doing a roll during aerobatics practice at 4,000ft, the engine cut on the aircraft. The pilot managed to gain control and force-landed in a field. No injuries were reported to AC2 J. Kaweczynski (Polish) and the aircraft was repaired by another unit/contractor on-site.
14/03/1944BlenheimL674512(P)AFUGrantham (Spitalgate)Time: 1700 - While on approach to the airfield, the aircraft suffered engine failure in it's port engine. The aircraft crashed in the south east corner of the airfield after being caught in the slipstream of another aircraft. No injuries were reported to either Sgt A.P. Crawford or his crew, but the aircraft was written-off.
14/03/1944MasterW895253 OTUKirton LindseyTime: 1645 - During take-off for a ferrying flight the aircraft suffered engine failure. This resulted in the aircraft crashing at the end of the runway. F/Lt T.C. Vigors was injured. in the incident and the aircraft was deemed a total write-off.
14/03/1944BlenheimV59731AASManbyTime: 0950 - The aircraft undershot it's landing causing damage to the undercarriage. No injuries were reported to either P/O A. Jeziorski (Polish) or his crew. The aircraft itself was sent off-site to a Maintenance Unit/Contractor or repair.
14/03/1944BeaufighterJM329254 SqnNorth CoatesThis aircraft was damaged at 2130hrs when it was struck by taxying Beaufighter LZ221 in the dispersal area. No further details recorded.
14/03/1944BeaufighterLZ221254 SqnNorth CoatesTime: 2130 - Having successfully completed a navigation exercise and returning to the airfield, the aircraft collided with another aircraft (JM329) while being marshalled to the dispersal. No injuries were reported to F/Sgt F.J. Florenstein (Danish) or his crew. The aircraft itself was deemed beyond the units capacity to repair and sent off-site.
14/03/1944StirlingEF1201660HCUNorton DisneyAirborne from Swinderby at 1315hrs for conversion training. The aircraft descended from 11000 feet with the starboard outer engine feathered (it is not stated whether this was due to a problem or part of the exercise) but overshot the runway at Swinderby and crash-landed near Norton Disney at 1615hrs, wrecking the aircraft. F/Sgt LL Pemberton (Australian), Sgt L Peace, Sgt J Orr, Sgt LW Bryan, F/O A Clarkson, Sgt JH Morrison, Sgt L Hilder and Sgt I Bowley were all unhurt.
15/03/1944HalifaxW12121662HCUBlytonOn takeoff for a training sortie at 2025hrs from Blyton, the aircraft swung slightly. One wheel left the runway and hit a ditch, ripping the undercarriage off and damaging the aircraft beyond repair. Pilot Sgt DC Barton and crew were unhurt.
16/03/1944LancasterED606463sqnBranstonCoded JO-E. Airborne 1924hrs 15/Mar/44 from Waddington for Stuttgart. While returning to Waddington this aircraft was destroyed when it was involved in a mid-air collision with a 625 Sqdn Lancaster (ND637) whilst circling the airfield in the stack awaiting permission to land, both aircraft falling near Branston, 4 miles SE of Lincoln. P/O W.A.Graham (Australian) killed, Sgt D.McA Munro killed, Sgt J.A.Coates killed, Sgt J.G.B.Jameson killed, Sgt H.A.Baxter killed, Sgt T.H.Jones killed, F/Sgt A.S.Humphreys (Australian) killed.
16/03/1944LancasterND637625sqnBranstonCoded CF-L. Airborne 1908hrs 15/Mar/44 from Kelstern for Stuttgart. On return, this aircraft was destroyed when it was involved in a mid-air collision with a 463 Sqdn Lancaster (ED606), after apprently flying straight through the stack of aircraft circling Waddington awaiting their turn to land, both aircraft crashing near Branston, 4 miles S of Lincoln. F/Sgt F.G.Hodgkins killed, Sgt N.S.Allan killed, F/Sgt A.J.D.Fox (Canadian) killed, Sgt A.E.R.Ward killed, Sgt A.Smith killed, Sgt J.McD McIntyre killed, Sgt H.E.Chapman killed.
16/03/1944HalifaxLW67751 SqnSwinderbyTime: 0333 - On returning from an operational sortie the aircraft's port outer engine cut on a down wind landing. This was quickly followed by the starboard outer and port inner engines cutting while on approach due to lack of fuel. The aircraft managed to make it to the runway for a wheels up landing, but skidded off the runway. No injuries were reported to either F/Sgt Wilkins (Australian) or his crew, but the aircraft was tasked to another on-site unit/contractor for repairs.
17/03/1944LancasterED597619 SqnConingsbyTime: 1454 - During take-off for cross-country exercise, the aircraft incounted a technical problem causing the pilot to cut throttle. But due to the aircraft's speed, it carried on along the runway before coming to a stop on rough ground. Upon hitting the rough ground the undercarriage had collapsed. No injuries were reported to F/Sgt N. Donnelly or his crew, but the aircraft had to be sent off-site for repair at a maintenance unit/contractor.
17/03/1944LancasterW48591 LFSHemswellTime: 1430 - shortly after engnie start for a training flight, an airman was hit by the propellers while doing a final check. None of the crew including Flt/Lt H.C. Harrower (Canadian) and Sgt Beer were hurt, but the airman sustained major injuries. No damage was reported to the aircraft itself.
17/03/1944WellingtonJA1301481 FltInghamTime: 1653 - On returning to the airfield the port tyre burst on landing. This in turn caused the aircraft to swing and the undercarriage to collapse. No injuries were reported to either F/Lt V. Wood DFC or his crew, but the aircraft had to be sent off-site for repair by a maintenance unit/contractor.
18/03/1944HalifaxDG2701662HCUBlytonAirborne 2048 from Blyton for dual circuits and landings at night. At 2055hrs the trainee pilot misjudged his rate of descent, touched down and bounced back into the air. The instructor pilot could not open the throttles fast enough to prevent airspeed decaying, and the aircraft stalled onto the runway, bursting the port tyre in the process and collapsing the undercarriage, causing sufficient damage to write the aircraft off. Pilots F/O RJ Bunter, F/O DA Josey and crew were unhurt.
18/03/1944HalifaxDT4851662HCUBlyton VillageAirborne at 1130 from Blyton for a training sortie with 8 on board. At 1405 the aircraft overshot the runway and the flight engineer discovered that the undercarriage would not retract. Due to this and having full flap deployed, the aircraft lost height rapidly and force-landed near Blyton village, wrecking the aircraft. Pilot Sgt AE Slade and crew were unhurt.
18/03/1944L-4B43-728315SrS/97SrGBourneThis aircraft sustained repairable damage in a landing accident on this date. Pilot was Cpt Thomas E Beaird Jr. DFC. Cpt Beaird had been awared his DFC on March 7th 1944 and was promoted to Major on April 4th 1944.
19/03/1944JU188UNK2/KG66In the sea off MablethorpeThis aircraft was shot down at 2202hrs by battery H31 of the Humber AA belt from 16000' . The aircraft crashed into the sea near the Humber lightship, all onboard were killed, their bodies were not recovered.
19/03/1944BlenheimAZ96612(P)AFUNorth Lodge Farm, nr GranthamTime: 1620 - While practising the overshoot procedure for the aircraft, the port engine failed. The lack of power resulted in the aircraft losing height and making a belly landing in a ploughed field. No injuries were reported to either F/Sgt C.W. Thresh or Sgt L.E. Twigg in the incident. But the aircraft was sent off-site to a maintenance unit/contractor for repairs.
19/03/1944HalifaxEB1491667HCUnr CrowleCoded GG-C, airborne from Sandtoft for a night cross-country sortie. The starboard outer engine overheated in flight and was shut down. Shortly before 0024, the pilot was on final approach to Sandtoft with the starboard outer engine feathered when he flew into a pylon line and crashed heavily near Crowle. P/O J. Hetherington injured. Sgt D.C. Orme injured. F/O W.B. Handy (Canadian) killed, Sgt R.C.A. Rollo (Canadian) killed, Sgt D.A. Edwards killed, Sgt E. Crossthwaite killed, Sgt E.R.H. Hynes injured.
19/03/1944He1776N+OK2/KG100off SkegnessThis aircraft was shot down and destroyed at 2146hrs by P/O J Bruchioci/F/Lt Ziolkowski in a Mosquito of 307sqn. Hptmn H Mueller killed, Obergefr F Kuechler killed, Uffz E Guendner killed, Uffz E Hockauff killed, Uffz H Rodenstein killed, Oberfw W Utikal killed.
19/03/1944Do217U5+RL2/KG2Vicarage Fields, LegbourneThis aircraft was shot down by F/O RLJ Barbour/F/O Payne in a 264sqn Mosquito at 2204hrs. The aircraft was set on fire in the air, dived into the ground inverted from 18000 feet at a 45-degree angle and was destroyed on impact. Uffz H Jakob killed, Uffz K Doelling killed, Uffz L Osterhuber killed, Gefr W Meinel baled out and was taken prisoner near Alford.
21/03/1944SpitfireAA880402sqnDigbyThis aircraft, named 'Manchester Smithfield Market' (a presentation aircraft) was destroyed at 1330hrs whilst the squadron was moving to Digby from Wellingore. On arrival over the dispersal area at Digby, this aircraft commenced an unnanounced slow roll towards his wingman in Spitfire AB897 who noticed the move at the last minute and tried to avoid the collision. AA880 struck the starboard wing of AB897 twice, and spun into the ground, killing pilot F/O AJ Morris (Canadian) instantly.
21/03/1944SpitfireAB897402sqnDigbyThis aircraft was severely damaged in a mid-air collision at 1330hrs whilst the squadron was moving from Wellingore to Digby. On arrival over the dispersal area at Digby, the element lead in Spitfire AA880 made an unannounced slow roll towards his wingman, who saw the manoeuvre at the last minute and tried to avoid a collision. AA880 struck AB897's starboard wing twice, buckling it and jamming the controls, flipping the aircraft onto its back. The aircraft was righted with some difficulty and landed safely at Digby. Pilot F/O D Sherk (Canadian) was uninjured.
21/03/1944HalifaxEB1281667 HCUSandtoftTime: 0015 - During take-off for night flying cross country training, the pilot noticed the ASI was not registering and cut the engines. This action resulted in the aircraft running off the runway and in to a ditch, damaging the undercarriage. The pilot was deemed to have taken the correct action in light of his inexperience. No injuries were reported to either F/Sgt J. Orr or his crew, but the aircraft was tasked to another on-site unit/contractor for repairs.
22/03/1944LancasterJA848576 SqnElsham WoldsTime: 1900 - During take-off for a night bombing sortie, the aircraft got caught in the slipstream from another aircraft. This caused the aircraft to swing to the port side and hit a pole. No injuries were reported to either F/Sgt L.J. Collis or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired by another unit/contractor on-site.
22/03/1944P-51 Mustang43-12419555FS/496FGGoxhillThis aircraft sustained category 3 repairable damage in an accident during takeoff on this date. Pilot was 1st Lt Thomas L Donohoo
22/03/1944BeaufighterME666143 SqnNorth CoatesTime: 1252 - After arriving at the airfield at the end of a transit flight, the undercarriage failed to lower, leaving the aircraft to make a wheels up landing. No injuries were reported to 1st Officer F.F. Alexandre (American), but the aircraft was deemed beyond the units capacity to repair and sent off-site.
24/03/1944OxfordED182139sqn1mile NE of Ingham, nr GranthamTime: 2040 - Whilst returning from RAF Waddington, the pilot lost his bearings in bad visibility. This resulted in the aircraft making a belly landing in a field. Some injuries were reported to F/O A.S.C. Brown and F/O D.S. Taylor. The aircraft itself was deemed to be a total write-off.
25/03/1944LancasterLM462101sqnFiskertonTime: 0226 - On returning to the airfield from operations, a tyre burst upon landing. This resulted in the aircraft swinging and the undercarriage collapsing. No injuries were reported to either F/Sgt G. Jivoy or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired by another unit/contractor on-site.
25/03/1944HalifaxL95771662 HCUHemswellTime: 1545 - While taxying out for flying training, the aircraft hit a building after avoiding a car. It was later found that flying control had failed to warn the pilot of an obstruction. No injuries were reported to either F/Lt Newitt (Canadian) or F/Sgt Daniluk (Polish), but the aircraft was deemed beyond the units capacity to repair, so was tasked to another on-site unit/contractor for this.
25/03/1944BeaufighterJM338254 SqnNorth OrmsbyTime: 1215 - While on a navigation exercise the aircraft suffered engine failure at 600ft. This resulted in F/O J. Care making a forced wheels up landing. Only minor injuries were reported to the crew, but the aircraft was deemed beyond the units capacity to repair, so it was passed over to on-site unit/contractor.
25/03/1944BostonAE458304 FTUnr KeisbyTime: 1615 - Shortly after take-off on an air test, the starboard engine failed on the aircraft. This left the aircraft unable to make it back to it's home airfield and having to make a belly landing in a ploughed field. Some injuries were reported to F/Sgt R.D. Toynton and his crew. The aircraft itself was sent off-site for repair with a maintenance unit/contractor.
25/03/1944HalifaxDG2931667HCUSandtoftCoded GG-M Airborne at 1945hrs from Sandtoft for a night exercise, during which the port outer engine failed necessitating a return to base. Having touched down safely at 0105hrs, the aircraft overran the flarepath, and the pilot was forced to swing the aircraft violently from its course to avoid a hangar. Seconds later, the aircraft hit Halifax EB144 which was parked on its dispersal and was damaged beyond repair. Pilot Sgt RJB Cann and crew were unhurt.
25/03/1944HalifaxEB1441667HCUSandtoftCoded -A This aircraft was wrecked at 0105hrs when it was struck by Halifax DG293 whilst parked uncrewed on dispersal.
26/03/1944HalifaxW12461662HCUBlytonAirborne from Blyton at 1645 for night and dusk training. At 2245 whilst accelerating down the runway, the port tyre burst, and the aircraft veered off the runway before the pilots could control it, causing the undercarriage to collapse, damaging the aircraft beyond repair. Pilots F/Lt WG Cole, P/O WJD Charles (Canadian) and crew were unhurt.
26/03/1944WellingtonBK15183OTUHemswellTime: 1147 - On landing after a ferrying flight, the pilot braked to hard causing the aircraft to swing violently. This then led to the aircraft leaving the runway and coming to rest on it's nose on soft ground. No injuries were reported to F/O F. Baldwin or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired by another unit/contractor on-site.
26/03/1944BlenheimT18481AASManbyTime: 1550 - Suffered port engine failure at 2500 ft during a low flying exercise. The pilot managed to make it back to the airfield on one engine, but misjudged his approach and was unable to correct due to the lack of power. The lack of power resulted in the aircraft crashing on to the station sports field. P/O WE Illingworth and his 3 unnamed crew received minor injuries in the incident. The aircraft itself was written-off.
26/03/1944MosquitoDZ3881655MTUNr BillingboroughAirborne from Warboys at 1908 for an operational training sortie. Spun in and crashed at 1930 at Aslackby Farm nr Billingborough. The inquiry considered that the pilot flew into a situation that was to prove his undoing in conditions bordering on instrument flying rules. S/L V. Allport DFC (New Zealander) killed, F/Lt T.W. Matthews killed.
27/03/1944LancasterND402103 SqnElsham WoldsCoded PM-? Airborne 1951 26mar44 from Elsham Wolds for Essen. Turned back with engine trouble. On touchdown at 0005 27Mar44 at Elsham, the brakes failed and the Lancaster veered from the runway, losing its undercarriage in the process. a fire broke out but there were no injuries. Sadly, this entire crew were to lose their lives 11/12May44 in JB733 F/Sgt R.Whitley Sgt W.C.Benstead WO2 J.A.Carter (Canadian) F/Sgt R.B.webb Sgt P.N.Crutchfield Sgt J.W.Smith Sgt K.M.Martin
27/03/1944SpitfireX455853OTUHibaldstowTime: 1510 - On returning from a training flight, the aircraft suffered a heavy landing off centre. The aircraft then ran in to a sand pit at the side of the runway. No injuries were reported to Sgt P. Thomsen (Danish), but the aircraft had to be sent off-site for repair by a maintenance unit/contractor.
27/03/1944HalifaxDG3051667HCUSandtoftCoded GG-D, on takeoff from Sandtoft at 0023 for night circuit practise the aircraft swung off the runway and the undercarriage collapsed. The same pilot also wrecked DG307 on 31/Mar/44 when it swung off the runway whilst doing circuits and landings. Sgt DR Harkin and crew were unhurt.
28/03/1944LancasterLM4329sqnnr HorsingtonCoded WS-O. On a transit flight. Airborne 1900hrs 29/Mar/43 from Manston. The aircraft was destroyed when it crashed at Fir Grove Farm near Poolham Hall, Horncastle. Weather conditions in the area were described as very poor with limited visibility. P/O Porter, a First Class Diploma Student from Wimbledon Technical School, is buried in Sutton and Cheam (Cuddington) Cemetery. His crew, who are not identified, escaped injury, but Cpl W Linley, a member of the groundcrew flying as a passenger is reported to have been killed. P/O K.L.Porter killed
30/03/1944HalifaxW78461662HCUBlytonCoded -B2, at 0029 the aircraft's Aldis lamp failed whilst taxying at Blyton, and the aircraft ran off the perimeter track into a ditch and was wrecked. Pilot P/O GJR Clark and crew were unhurt.
30/03/1944LancasterLM48361 SqnConingsbyTime: 2210 - On taking-off for a bombing sortie, the aircraft hit an SBA mast. On returning immediately to the airfield, the pilot overshot his landing due to the damage sustained from the mast, but managed to control the aircraft. No injuries were reported to either P/O E.W. Hallett or his crew, but the aircraft had to be sent off-site to a maintenance unit/contractor for repair.
30/03/1944ProctorDX2401 RSCranwell Time: 1525 - On landing back at the airfield after a W/T exercise, the aircraft swung and tipped due to strong winds. Some injuries were reported to Sgt F.P. Cann and his navigator. The aircraft itself was sent off-site for repair by a maintenance unit/contractor.
30/03/1944P-38 Lightning42-67517554FTS/496FTGGoxhillCoded B9:F, the pilot 2nd Lt Robert J. Rubel was taxying out of his squadron's dispersal area at Goxhill when he inadvertently left the taxiway and the aircraft ran into a ditch, causing major unrepairable damage (cat 4).
30/03/1944MartinetJN64653 OTUHibaldstowTime: 1900 - On completing a target-towing flight, the aircraft spun-in to the airfield during a snow storm. W/O PDAG D'Arcy was killed, his target operator, AC2 GH Prosser was seriously injured and admitted to Scunthorpe hospital.
30/03/1944LancasterW493350sqnSkellingthorpeCoded VN-? Started the take-off 2215 30Mar44 from Skellingthorpe for Nuremburg but a tyre burst and the Lancaster skidded out of control and was so severely damaged that it was eventually struck off charge. No injuries. F/Sgt G.C.Bucknell (Australian). It is reported that this Lancaster had been funded from part of Andover's magnificent total of _232,787 raised in a Wings for Victory campaign. When lost it had completed 47 operational sorties.
30/03/1944StirlingEF2311660 HCUSwinderbyTime: 0443 - On entering the dispersal after landing from a conversion training flight, the aircraft was marshalled in to an obstruction. No injuries were reported to either F/Sgt J. Scholefield (Australian) or his crew. The aircraft itself was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
31/03/1944LancasterEE17661 SqnConingsbyTime: 0540 - On returning to the airfield, the aircraft was struck by lightning. This caused the pilot to initally lose control of the aircraft. At this point he ordered the crew to bail out. The pilot managed regain control of the aircraft and land safely. Two members of P/O J.A. Forrest's crew, F/Sgt HW Pronger (Australian) and Sgt LG Darben were killed in the incident when they baled out near the coast. The aircraft itself received only minor damage which was repaired by the unit.
31/03/1944P-51 Mustang43-12195555FTS/496FTGGoxhillThis aircraft sustained repairable (cat 3) damage in a landing accident on this date and was subsequently returned to service. Pilot was 1/Lt Philip M.N. McHugh.
31/03/1944SpitfireP766161OTUKirton LindseyTime: 1455 - On returning to the airfield after completing a cross-country training flight, the aircraft suffered a heavy landing after holding-off too high. On hitting the runway, the port leg buckled so the pilot opened the throttles to go round again. But instead caused the port wing to hit the ground bringing the aircraft back down. No injuries were reported to Sgt O.B. McMillan (Canadian) and the aircraft was repaired by another unit/contractor on-site.
31/03/1944HalifaxLW683420sqnLeadenhamTime: 0628 - On returning from an operational bombing mission, the aircraft was unable to switch to No.3 tank and the engines cut. So the pilot had no option but to make a wheels up landing in a field. No injuries were reported to either F/Sgt J.G. Ward (Canadian) or his crew. The aircraft itself was sent off-site for repair at a maintenance unit/contractor.
31/03/1944BeaufighterLX806254 SqnNorth CoatesTime: 0100 - On returning to the airfield after completing dropping flares and cannon firing exercise, the aircraft overshot it's landing and hit an obstruction 65 yards from the end of the runway. No injuries were reported to either F/O D.F. McIntyre or his crew, but the aircraft was deemed beyond the units capacity to repair and sent off-site.
31/03/1944HalifaxDG3071667HCUSandtoftAirborne from Sandtoft at 2248 for a solo night flight with 5 crew onboard. After 5 successful circuits, the aircraft swung violently on touching the runway on the 6th and ended up on the grass with broken undercarriage. The same pilot also wrecked DG305 on 27/Mar/44 when the aircraft swung off the runway on takeoff. Sgt DR Harkin and crew were unhurt.
31/03/1944LancasterHB66012 SqnWickenbyThis aircraft was damaged on return from operations at 0534hrs when it collided on the runway with Lancaster LM509 which had landed with flat tyres and come to a halt. HB660 had been shot up over France on return, holing the bomb bay and starboard outer engine. Pilot F/Sgt JB Starr and crew were unhurt.
31/03/1944LancasterLM50912 SqnWickenbyTime: 0534 - On returning from an opertional sortie, the aircraft landed with the fuselage extensively holed, no hydraulics, the starboard outer engine stopped and both tyres flat after being attacked by a nightfighter on the return leg. The aircraft came to a stop on the runway. While there the aircraft was hit by another landing aircraft (Lancaster JB559). Pilot F/Sgt AFT L'Estrangem (Canadian) and crew were unhurt in the accident, although the rear gunner, Sgt A Davenport was wounded in the fighter attack.

April

DateTypeSerialUnitLocationNotes
01/04/1944P-51 Mustang43-12210555FTS/496FTGGoxhillThis aircraft sustained repairable (cat 3) damage during a forced landing on this date, pilot was 2/Lt Wayne W. James
01/04/1944HalifaxDG3551667HCUSandtoftCoded -G, Swung on takeoff from Sandtoft at 1804, the aircraft was wrecked when the undercarriage collapsed after pilot over-corrected. Pilots F/O BA Templeman-Rourke, P/O GR Davies and their crew were unhurt.
02/04/1944BeaufighterLZ416254sqnDonna NookThis aircraft was damaged at 0220hrs when it landed wheels-up after being hit by flak during a convoy attack. Crew names not recorded.
03/04/1944LancasterL75405LFSWaddingtonThis aircraft was reported to have been damaged beyond repair in an unspecified ground accident, subsequently allocated 4092M, no accident card has been traced.
05/04/1944HalifaxLL4181662 HCUBlytonTime: 1940 - The aircraft was taxying out at speed, swung and struck a parked aircraft (HR930 Halifax). The collision caused the aircraft to swing again, but this time on to wet grass. The pilot applied the brakes but to no effect on the wet grass, and the aircraft skidded. No injuries were reported to either F/O J.O. Holland, P/O J.F. Moore (Canadian) or the rest of the crew. The aircraft itself had to be dismantled and sent off-site for repair at a maintenance unit/contractor's.
05/04/1944C-47 Dakota41-1854145TCS/319TCGFolkinghamThis aircraft sustained repairable (cat 3) damage in a landing accident on this date. Pilot was Lt Howard V Young.
06/04/1944LancasterDV380617 SqnWoodhall SpaTime: 1645 - After returning to the airfield from an operational sortie, the aircraft was taxying to to the dispersal to fast and swung on to the grass. This led to the tail lifting off the ground after the pilot had braked to also avoid another aircraft. When the tail came down it broke on impact with the ground. No injuries were reported to P/O H.J. Pryer or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
08/04/1944C-47 Dakota42-10092297TCS/440TCGBottesfordThis aircraft sustained repairable (cat 3) damage as a result of an accident on take-off run on this date, pilot was Lt Bob W. Turner.
08/04/1944HalifaxDG3861667HCUEpworthAirborne at 0120 from Sandtoft for the pilot's first night solo on type. At 0135 whilst flying at 600 feet the port outer engine failed due to a fractured tappet. The aircraft was brough back under control by stopping the starboard outer engine, and the aircraft turned to port and force-landed in a field at Epworth. P/O D.W. Lee (New Zealander) injured.
08/04/1944MasterW863153 OTUHibaldstowTime: 1500 - On returning from a training flight the starboard undercarriage collapsed on landing. It was found later that the starboard undercarriage had not locked properly. No injuries were reported to either F/O L. Foster (Canadian) or F/Sgt C.G. Hollingworth and the aircraft was repaired by another unit/contractor on-site.
08/04/1944SpitfireP827453OTUKirton LindseyTime: 1625 - On returning to the airfield from a training flight, the undercarriage collapsed. No injuries were reported to Sgt W.F. Edwards, but the aircraft had to be sent off-site for repair by a maintenance unit/contractor.
08/04/1944LancasterR56721LFSnr CaistorAirborne from Hemswell on an air test, crashed at approx 1700 having been seen diving steeply from approx 1000 feet. Destruction was so great that the cause of the accident was not ascertainable by the investigators. Given the non-aircrew status of 5 of those on board, it must be assumed that they were groundcrew who had been invited along on the flight as a 'jolly'. Noteworthy are the rank of the pilot and the presence onboard of an ATA pilot. W/Cdr E.F.K. Campling DSO DFC killed, 2nd Officer T. Whittall(ATA) killed, Sgt T.D. Regan killed, LAC R.P. Freer killed, AC1 T. King killed, AC1 H. Quinton killed, AC1 A.H. Spiller killed, AC1 E.R. Steventon killed, AC2 G.V.F. Killick killed
09/04/1944BlenheimAZ96412(P)AFUHarlaxtonTime: 1930 - During take-off the aircraft suffered a technical failure, causing the pilot to abort the take-off. But due to the wet conditions, the brakes failed to hold the aircraft and it hit a fence on the airfield boundary. No injuries were reported to either F/O R.H. Poole or his crew. The aircraft itself was tasked to another unit on-site for repair.
09/04/1944LancasterME727460sqnnr BinbrookCoded AR-X2. Airborne 2124 9Apr44 from Binbrook to bomb the railway yards at Villeneuve-St-Georges, but crashed six minutes later into Scallows Wood, roughly 5 miles E of Binbrook. The four Australian crew members and both Air Gunners are buried in Cambridge City Cemetery; Sgt Barber is buried in Acock's Green (St Mary) Churchyard. He was 35 years of age. P/O W.D.McKenzie (Australian) killed, Sgt S.Barber killed, F/Sgt W.D.Weekes (Australian) killed, F/Sgt B.J.J.Simpson (Australian) killed, F/Sgt R.Mansfield (Australian) killed, Sgt J.L.Crouch killed, Sgt J.S.Pyne killed,
10/04/1944LancasterDV365576 SqnElsham WoldsTime: 2340 - During take-off for operations, the pilots foot slipped on the port rudder pedal causing the aircraft to swing. This resulted in the aircraft hitting a chance light. No injuries were reported to either F/Sgt D.G.C. Thorpe or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
10/04/1944P-38 Lightning42-67207554FTS/496FTGGoxhillThis aircraft was damaged in a taxying accident on this date and sustained repairable damage - pilot Lt Arthur Marcus unharmed.
10/04/1944P-38 Lightning42-67225554FTS/496FTGGoxhillCoded B9:Q, this aircraft was airborne from Goxhill on a training flight. On return to Goxhill, the port engine failed. The pilot, 2nd Lt Edward M Bale, made a good circuit, but ran wide turning finals causing him to have to go around again. He retracted the undercarriage and completed a second circuit and approach, but forgot to lower the undercarriage before landing. The aircraft came to rest at 1145hrs on the grass by the side of the north-east end of runway 25. The aircraft was severely damaged in this accident and was salvaged for parts.
10/04/1944P-38 Lightning42-67524554FTS/496FTGGoxhillCoded B9:D, this aircraft sustained repairable (cat 3) damage in a taxying accident at Goxhill on this date, pilot Lt Arthur Marcus was unhurt. This is recorded as being Lt Marcus' second accident on this date.
10/04/1944LancasterND407625 SqnKelsternTime: 0120 - On returning to the airfield after completing a night cross-country and bombing practice, overshot it's landing. At the same time the F/Eng slipped and pulled off part of the throttles causing the aircraft to swing. This swing resulted in the port wing tip hitting the ground and the starboard tyre bursting on impact, and the undercarriage collapsing. When the aircraft finally came to a halt it caught fire. Some injuries were reported to P/O H. Winder's crew, but no fatalities. The aircraft itself was a total write-off.
10/04/1944P-38 Lightning42-67815554FTS/496FTGLouth ParkThis aircraft was airborne from Goxhill for a practice formation flight. During the sortie, the pilot, 2nd Lt Emmanuel Levin, used up the fuel from the wing tanks, and switched to other fuel tanks as per standard procedure. Some minutes later, the port engine stopped from fuel starvation, followed shortly afterwards by the starboard engine failing for the same reason. The aircraft was belly-landed on Louth Park, and was severely damaged in the crash, though the pilot was uninjured.
10/04/1944LancasterND820635 Sqnnr BickerCoded F2-W. Time: 1120 - During a Y bombing run and bombing practice, the aircraft started turning to the port and diving while at 8,000ft. Despite the pilots best efforts he was unable to regain control of the aircraft while in the dive, and the rotation of the aircraft increased until it hit the ground and burst in to flames. It was found later that the autopilot had caused the aircraft to crash. F/Sgt D.J. Farrent killed, Sgt R.H.F. Malthouse killed, W/O RT Lord killed, F/O TF Wilson (Canadian) killed, F/Sgt JB Bannan killed, F/Sgt AIG Hunter killed, Sgt JW Nixon (Canadian) killed.
10/04/1944LancasterEE200166sqnnr KirmingtonCoded AS-F, Take-off 2311 10Apr44 at Kirmington tasked to bomb railway yards at Aulnoye, but crashed almost immediately. The wreckage caught fire, but all the crew members got clear of the wreckage before the bombload exploded. P/O D.C. Gibbons Sgt L.A.Lewis Sgt T.F.Millett Sgt C.T.Rose Sgt R.F.Scott Sgt E.Ashton Sgt M.R.Walsh
11/04/1944LancasterND84344 SqnDunholme LodgeTime: 0525 - On returning to the airfield after completing bombing operations, the aircraft suffered a heavy landing after the pilot held off too high on his approach. This resulted in the starboard undercarriage collapsing. No injuries were reported to either F/Sgt E.C. Binion or his crew. The aircraft itself had to be sent off-site for repair by a maintanance unit/contractor.
11/04/1944P-38 Lightning42-66718554FTS/496FTGGoxhillThis aircraft was involved in a ground accident at Goxhill on this date and sustained repairable (cat 3) damage. Pilot Lt JA Shirley.
11/04/1944P-38 Lightning42-67682554FTS/496FTGGoxhillThis aircraft was involved in a ground accident at Goxhill on this date and sustained repairable (cat 3) damage. Pilot's details not recorded.
11/04/1944B-17 Fortress42-37931304BS/305BGGrimsby Coded WF-A, named 'Bertie Lee'. This aircraft crash-landed on return from Stettin after being severely damaged by fighters, setting the bomb-bay on fire. The aircraft was attacked again causing even more damage and destroying the bombardier's parachute. 7 of the crew baled out over Germany and were captured: 2/Lt MM Calvert, T/Sgt RH Evens, Sgt JW Phillips (injured), S/Sgt FO Wilkins, S/Sgt AJ Russo, S/Sgt AJ Kosino and S/Sgt CJ Luce. The pilot regained control, and the remaining crew returned to England at tree-top height across Germany and Holland. On reaching Waltham, a successful crash-landing was made, and pilot 1/Lt ES Michael, co-pilot 1/Lt FA Westburg and bombardier 2/Lt JL Leiber escaped unhurt. The aircraft was written off due to damage. Lt Michael was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, Lts Westburg and Leiber the Silver Star.
11/04/1944LancasterED58850 SqnSkellingthorpeTime: 2230 - The aircraft suffered a heavy landing on returning to the airfield from an operational bombing sortie. It was discovered after landing that this was due to the aircraft receiving unknown damage over it's bombing target. No injuries were reported to either P/O E. Berry (Australian) or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
11/04/1944BlenheimK708912(P)AFUSpitalgate (Grantham)Time: 1640 - While taxying out for a solo practice, the undercarriage on the aircraft collapsed. No injuries were reported to Sgt T.E. Lang, and the aircraft was tasked to another unit on-site for repair.
11/04/1944StirlingEF2391660 HCUSwinderbyTime: 0410 - On returning from a conversion training flight, the aircraft's tail wheel was damaged while the aircraft was taxying off the runway due to getting caught in a hole. No injuries were reported to F/O L.C. Deignan (Australian) or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
12/04/1944StirlingLJ4501654HCUHilltop Farm, CaythorpeAirborne from Wigsley for a long night navigation and bombing exercise at the Bassingham ranges. Whilst in the range area, shot downat 0125 by Me410 intruder thought to be from 2/KG51. Aircraft crashed at Hilltop Farm, Caythorpe. The farmer, Mr Theaker, erected a memorial at the crash site. Of the 8 crew on board, 4 were killed: F/Sgt J.J.G. Nicholson, Sgt J.E. Lowe, Sgt G.J. Lewis, Sgt K.L. MacFarlane
12/04/1944MosquitoLR26660OTUnr GranthamDamaged by an intruder during a night navigation exercise. The aircraft was abandoned by its crew and crashed near Grantham. Crew names are not recorded.
13/04/1944HalifaxDG3511667 HCUBeltonTime: 1726 - On returning to the airfield after completing a training flight, the port outer engine failed. While making his third attempt at landing due to aligning problems, the aircraft lost height and made a forced landing. No injuries were reported to either P/O C.D. McIvor (Canadian) or his crew, but the aircraft was a total write-off.
13/04/1944WellingtonDF59822OTUSandtoftAirborne from Wellesbourne Mountford for a night-flying sortie. The aircraft crash-landed at 2237hrs following fire in the starboard engine. No injuries reported to the crew: Sgt RE Jones (Canadian), P/O Weber (Canadian), Sgt Hyde (Canadian).
13/04/1944MasterDL88916 (P) SFTSSutton BridgeTime: 1100 - Suffered a problem during take-off for a training flight, resulting in the aircraft turning over. No injuries were reported to Lt A. Ruschill (Polish) and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
14/04/1944HalifaxJD3071662 HCUBlytonTime: 0045 - During take-off for a training flight, the undercarriage failed to retract and full flaps crept on. The pilot managed to do a circuit at 300ft and land back at the airfield. But on landing the aircraft swung breaking the tail wheel fork of the drive. No injuries were reported to either F/Sgt J. Parkinson, P/O I.W. Castle or the rest of the crew. The aircraft itself was tasked to another unit/contractor on-site for repair.
14/04/1944BlenheimDJ70212(P)AFUHarlaxtonTime: 2230 - On returning to the airfield after completing a night flying excersise, the aircraft suffered a heavy landing. This landing caused the undercarriage to collapse on the aircraft. No injuries were reported to either Sgt I.M. Graham or his crew. But the aircraft had to sent off-site to a maintenance unit/contractor for repair.
14/04/1944HalifaxDG3451667 HCUSandtoftTime: 0146 - During take-off for a triaing flight, the aircraft developed a swing to the starboard which was corrected by the pilot using the throttles. But in doing so the aircraft started to swing to the port, and again the pilot corrected using the the throttles. The pilot decided to throttle back but forgot to do the same on all the engines. This caused the aircraft to swing to the starboard and ground looped, causing the starboard undercarriage leg to collapse. No injuries were reported to F/Sgt G.T. Harrison or his crew, and the aircraft was tasked to another on-site unit/contractor for repair.
15/04/1944MasterAZ76817 SFTSCranwell SouthTime: 1530 - On landing after a training flight, the pilot applied full brake causing the nose to hit the runway. No injuries were reported to either P/O A. Kane (New Zealander) or Lt S. Aykilic (Turkish) and the aircraft was repaired by another unit/contractor on-site.
15/04/1944SpitfireP766753OTUNr FaldingworthTime: 1625 - Suffered engine failure at 1300ft while on a training flight. The pilot managed to make the nearest airfield and make a wheels-up landing 200 yards short of the airfield. No injuries were reported to Sgt W.H. Quinton, but the aircraft had to be sent off-site to a maintenance unit/contractor for repair.
17/04/1944MasterAZ54516 (P) SFTSSutton BridgeTime: 1715 - During circuits and landing training, the aircraft suffered a heavy landing on the pilot's second attempt. The impact was hard enough to cause the undercarriage on the aircraft to collapse. No injuries were reported to AC2 Woropaj-Hordziejewic (Polish) and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
18/04/1944LancasterJB662460sqnBinbrookStarted the take-off roll at 2226 from Binbrook for Rouen but swung out of control and crashed. A fire developed and before the blaze could be brought under control there was an explosion and the Lancaster was wrecked. No crew injuries. Note: 460 Sqdn Records omit details of this loss and the information reported here has been taken from the Accident Record Card. Although 460 Sqdn visited Rouen on this date, it also fulfilled a Gardening sortie. W/O R.H.White (Australian)
18/04/1944C-47 Dakota42-10092297tCS/440TCGBottesfordThis aircraft sustained major but repairable damage in a crash on the runway on take off. The accident was caused by an elevator lock being left in place. The crew were unhurt and returned to duty. Pilot Lt Riffel, copilot 1st Lt Turner, radio operators Cpl Fralick and S/Sgt Weiss and crew chief S/Sgt Boozer. This aircraft was repaird and served post-war with the Venezualan air force.
18/04/1944P-38 Lightning42-67870554FTS/496FTGnr GoxhillThis aircraft departed Goxhill at 1621hrs on a high-altitude formation practice sortie. Around 40 minutes later the aircraft was seen north of the airfield in a dive with smoke trailing from it. The pilot, 2/Lt John M Kiefer pulled out of the dive at around 5-6000 feet, at which point ground observers noted that one engine was on fire.The aircraft crashed 2 miles north of the airfield, possibly at Goxhill Haven, killing the pilot.
19/04/1944LancasterME734625sqnnr KelsternCoded CF-J, Airborne 2216 18Apr44 from Kelstern to attack the railway yards at Rouen. Shot down by an Intruder near Kelstern on return. P/O J.P.Cosgrove (Canadian) killed, Sgt A.Bennett killed, F/Sgt R.A.Mercer killed, Sgt G.E.Jeeves killed, Sgt C.Williams killed, Sgt C.J.Page killed, Sgt D.H.Beechey killed, This was the first operation for this aircraft.
19/04/1944AnsonEG24316 (P) SFTSSutton BridgeTime: 1600 - While on a solo navigation test flight, the starboard burst while in flight. This led to the aircrft having to make a landing back at the airfield with the undercarriage retracted. No injuries were reported to F/Lt J.P. Praglowski (Polish AF), but the aircraft was was deemed beyond he unit's capacity to repair so another unit was tasked with this.
20/04/1944BeaufighterJL879143 SqnIn the sea, ˝ mile East of North CoatesTime: 1030 - During a rocket-firinging practice at near-by Donna Nook, the aircraft suffered a high speed stall. This resulted in the aircraft diving in to the water at high speed. Both 1st Lt R.E. Niven (American) and his navigator F/O WT Davy were killed.
21/04/1944C-47 Dakota43-1518315TCS/61TCGBarkston HeathThis aircraft sustained repairable damage in a taxying accident on this date, pilot Lt Lawrence C. McMurtry was unhurt and returned to duty.
21/04/1944BeaufighterJM333254 SqnHaille sands, nr North CoatesTime: 1100 - The aircraft suffered a starboard engine failure at 500ft while on a familiarisation flight. This forced the pilot to make a forced wheels-up landing on the beach just ouside the perimeter of the airfield. No injuries were reported to either Sgt A.W. Burborough or his navigator. The aircraft was deemed a total write-off and the wreck is still visible today.
21/04/1944BlenheimAZ96712(P)AFUHarlaxtonTime: 0455 - While doing a precision flying excersise, the aircraft suffered a hydraulics failure. Despite managing to make it back to the airfield, the aircraft crashed on landing with the undercarriage retracted. No injuries were reported to either F/Sgt G. Blackie or F/O J.W.T. Bosch, but the aircraft had to be sent off-site to a maintenance unit/contractor for repair.
21/04/1944Do217UNK9/KG2off North CoatesThis aircraft was shot down by batteries H20 (Stallingborough) and H24 (East Halton) of the Humber AA belt at 0019hrs from 11000'. The aircraft was destroyed - it was seen diving in flames into sea by an officer at RAF North Killingholme, and was observed burning on the water by RAF Regiment presonnel at North Coates.
22/04/1944LancasterLL834550 Sqn1 ˝ mile off coast of Donna NookTime: 1054 - During an air-to-air firing detail the aircraft lost both starboard engines due to a fuel shortage. This caused the aircraft to ditch in the sea, but only after the crew had bailed. Some injuries were reported to F/O D. Neilson's (Canadian) crew, but no fatalities. The aircraft itself was a total write-off.
22/04/1944LancasterLL8839sqnBardneyCoded WS-C, Started take-off run from Bardney at 2328hrs for Braunschweig (Brunswick), but swung out of control, crashed and caught fire. Later the bomb load exploded, wrecking the Lancaster. As a result of this accident, from which the crew escaped unhurt, fourteen aircraft waiting to depart for Brunswick had to be withdrawn from the operation. P/O G.F.Maule Sgt T.S.Brickley F/O L.B.Connery (Canadian) F/Sgt G.e.Ridley (Canadian) Sgt J.M.Smith Sgt H.Harvey Sgt G.Charlesworth.
22/04/1944LancasterLM4539 SqnBardneyTime: 2330 - The aircraft was hit by a fire tender while being towed by a tractor. No injuries were reported, and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
22/04/1944HalifaxHR6681662HCUBlytonAirborne 2220 from Blyton for night circuits and landings. At 2230 the aircraft landed with undercarriage retracted as was wrecked. The pilots and flight engineer all testified that the undercarriage indicators showed that the gear was in the down position. No injuries reported to pilots F/O Kelly (Australian), F/Sgt Israel (Australian) or their unnamed flight engineer.
22/04/1944LancasterED767576 SqnElsham WoldsTime: 2238 - While in the dispersal the aircraft was hit by Lancaster ND362 which had gone out of control during take-off. No injuries were reported to either P/O P.K. Thomas or his crew, but the aircraft had to be sent off-site for repair by a maintenance unit/contractor.
22/04/1944LancasterLL794576 SqnElsham WoldsTime: 2240 - During take-off the port tyre burst causing the undercarriage to collapse. This collapse in turn led to the port outer engine catching fire, but this was quickly extinguished. No injuries were reported to either W/O A. Puttock or his crew, but the aircraft had to be sent off-site for repair by a maintenance unit/contractor.
22/04/1944LancasterND362576 SqnElsham WoldsTime: 2238 - Just as the aircraft became airborne for an operational bombing sortie, the controls locked to the starboard. This caused the aircraft to swing narrowly avoiding another aircraft. The pilot managed to gain control of the aircraft again and set her down, but not before hitting another aircraft (Lancaster ED767). No injuries were reported to either F/Sgt A.Young or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired by another unit/contractor on-site.
22/04/1944StirlingEF4981660HCUnr EagleCoded -P. Airborne 2203 from Swinderby for a night navigation sortie. At 0358 whilst circling and preparing to land, the aircraft collided with EH926 and crashed noth of Morton Hall. P/O A.M. Lees killed, Sgt T. Mitchell killed, Sgt J.E. Rowley killed, F/O M.P. O'Keefe killed, Sgt P.B. Illingworth killed, Sgt L. Burman killed, Sgt N.H.B. Garrity (Canadian) killed, Sgt A.L. Stoneham (Canadian) killed
22/04/1944StirlingEH9261660HCUnr EagleCoded -T. Airborne 2103 from Wigsley for a night navigation sortie. At 0358 whilst circling and preparing to land, the aircraft collided with EF498 and crashed noth of Morton Hall. P/O G.R. Jeans killed, Sgt R.V. Searle killed, Sgt J.G. Case killed, SgtJ.W. Willies killed, Sgt A.J.G. King killed, Sgt L. Allen killed, Sgt A.D. Short killed
22/04/1944SpitfireP755453OTUnr Kirton LindseyTime: 2045 - Suffered engine failure at 1000ft while on a training flight. The pilot made for the nearest airfield and made a wheels-up landing in a field. On landing the port side of the aircraft caught fire. No injuries were reported to F/O A.F. Rowe (Australian), but the aircraft had to be sent off-site for repair by a maintenance unit/contractor.
22/04/1944HalifaxDK1861667HCUSandtoftCoded -A2. Taxying at Sandtoft at 0310, the undercarriage collapsed when aircraft swung off the taxiway and ran into a deep ditch, damaging the aircraft beyond repair. Pilot P/O RG Watts (Australian) and crew were unhurt.
22/04/1944MasterDM27316 (P) SFTSSutton BridgeTime: 1030 - The aircraft engine stalled during a low banked turn on approach to the airfield during a training flight. The lack of powere resulted in the pilot making a heavy landing, damaging the undercarriage. No injuries were reported to AC2 H. Lebioda (Polish) and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
23/04/1944LancasterW4994166 SqnKirmingtonTime: 0420 - On returning back to the airfield after completing an operational bombing sortie, the aircraft suffered a heavy landing. This landing caused the aircraft to bounce and finally the undercarriage to collapse. No injuries were reported to either P/O G.T. Harrison (Australian) or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
23/04/1944Albemarle ST2V161042OTUKirton FenShot down, most probably by an intruder aircraft, at 0400hrs whilst on a low-level cross-country training flight, killing Sgt JE Hutchinson, Sgt K Rusby and Sgt AA Whittome. Sgt J Davis and Sgt R Thurgood survived the incident
24/04/1944MosquitoHK168307sqnColeby GrangeThis aircraft was wrecked when it failed to become airborne on take-off. No further details recorded, no accident card found for this incident.
24/04/1944LancasterJB556630sqnEast KirkbyCoded LE-? Airborne 2054 24Apr44 from East Kirkby for Munich but the port inner engine burst into flames. Showing commendable skill, P/O Bailey managed to get the Lancaster into the air and then flew round the circuit before crash-landing five minutes later on the perimeter track. a fire broke out and the crew were dragged clear through the combined efforts of the Station Commander, G/C Taafe OBE, the Senior Medical Officer, S/L Elliott, F/Lt Nelson and the crash-rescue team. P/O R.W.Bailey Sgt H.Allwright killed, F/Sgt C.Richardson Sgt J.Henderson Sgt J.Cable Sgt H.Lindsay Sgt M.Murton
25/04/1944HalifaxBB3831662 HCU1 mile from BlytonTime: 1845 - During take-off for an air test, the aircraft suffered engine failure in one engine. This was enough for the aircraft to lose height and crash land, hitting a tree in the process and wrecking the aircraft. P/O RJ Bunten DFC injured, Sgt Burton unhurt, Cpl D Eyre injured, Cpl White unhurt, AC2 Malia unhurt, LACW Scadden (WAAF) unhurt.
25/04/1944OxfordAB75917 SFTSCranwell SouthTime: 1020 - While on circuits and landings training, the pilot made a bad landing which resulted in the port wing tip striking the ground. This in turn forced the starboard side to hit the ground heavy, snapping the leg clean off. No injuries were reported to either Lt R. Yelman (Turkish) or Lt S. Aydinliglea (Turkish), but the aircraft had to be sent off-site for repair by a maintenance unit/contractor.
25/04/1944LancasterND638103 SqnElsham WoldsAirborne 2146 24Apr44 from Elsham Wolds for Karlsruhe. Hit by incendiaries over the target area, causing F/O Legget to lose control. The order to bale out was given and F/O Apostilides left the aircraft. Before anyone else could follow, the pilot recovered the situation and cancelled his order. Base was reached and landed at 0354 25Apr44 without further incident. a technical inspection, however, revealed extensive damage and the Lancaster was reduced to spares and scrap. F/O T.G.Leggett Sgt W.A.Edwards F/O R.H.Beer P/O A.A.Wilks F/Sgt L.Ireland (Australian) F/O J.G.Apostilides PoW F/O A.V.M.Jones. F/O J.G.Apostilides was interned in Camp L3.
25/04/1944P-51 Mustang43-12151555FTS/496FTGGoxhillThis aircraft sustained repairable damage in a landing accident at Goxhill on this date - pilot Lt Walter M. Christensen Jr returned to duty.
25/04/1944BlenheimK715512(P)AFUHarlaxtonTime: 0340 - During a solo circuits and landings exercise, the pilot landed with the undercarriage retracted by mistake. No injuries were reported to F/Sgt F.A. Kot, but the aircraft was deemed beyond the units capacity to repair and tasked to another unit on-site.
25/04/1944SpitfireX441653OTUHibaldstowTime: 1711 - While on the landing run after a training flight, the port wing dropped causing the aircraft to swing to the right and the port leg collapsed. The aircraft then swung to the left and tipped on it's nose. No injuries were reported to Sgt A.J. Hough (Australian) and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
25/04/1944LancasterND6335 LFSin the air over CranwellTime: 0900 - During a training exercise, the mid upper hatch blew off injuring some members of the crew. The aircraft managed to land safely back at it's home airfield safely without further incident. No injuries were reported to W/O H. Player (New Zealander) or P/O L.W. Pethic (Canadian), but other unnamed members of the crew suffered slight injury.
25/04/1944LancasterND613625 SqnKelsternTime: 0500 - Landed back at the airfield after an operational bombing sortie, with the undercarriage retracted. It was found that neither the pilot or flight engineer had checked to see if the undercarriage was down. No injuries were reported to either P/O D.M. Blackmore or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
26/04/1944LancasterJB613460 SqnBinbrookTime: 2300 - During take-off for an operational bombing sortie, the aircraft swung to the port side causing the undercarriage to collapse. It was found later that the swing was due to the pilot's incorrect cockpit drill. No injuries were reported to either F/Sgt G.E.M. Linderboyh (Australian) or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired by another unit/contractor on-site.
26/04/1944P-51 Mustang43-12487355FS/354FGGoxhillCoded GQ:V, this aircraft was airborne as one of a pair from Lashenden on a cross-country flight to Goxhill. On arrival the pair were instructed to use a shorter alternate runway as the main one in use was blocked at the time. Pilot 2/Lt Charles W. Hawley landed long at a higher speed than normal. On braking, the aircraft's brakes failed and it overran the runway onto softer ground at the end where it nosed over.
26/04/1944BeaufortJM571Station FlightNorth CoatesTime: 1225 - The pilot overshot his landing back at the airfield after suffering engine failure in the starboard engine. This overshoot resulted in the aircraft coming to rest after hitting a bank. No injuries were reported to either the pilot F/O R.L. Maynard or his navigator. The aircraft itself was sent off-site for repair by a maintenance unit/contractor.
26/04/1944UC-78 Bobcat43-318041TADNorth WithamUndercarriage collapsed whilst aircraft doing practise circuits, pilot Lt Vaughan O. Stevens .
27/04/1944LancasterJB743460 SqnBinbrookTime: 0351 - While over it's operational bombing target, the aircraft received damage to it's undercarriage. Upon landing back at Binbrook the aircraft landed on it's starboard wheel only. No injuries were reported to P/O R.N.T. Wade (Australian) or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
27/04/1944P-38 Lightning42-67700554FTS/496FTGGoxhillThis aircraft sustained minor (cat 1) damage in a mid-air collision on this date. No further details known though pilot Cptn Harold O. Binkley survived the war.
27/04/1944P-38 Lightning42-67772554FTS/496FTGGoxhillCoded B9:C, this aircraft sustained damage in a landing accident on this date. No further information is known regarding the crash though the aircraft may have been scrapped as a result of this accident. Pilot was Lt William J. Noon
27/04/1944P-38 Lightning42-67307554FTS/496FTGnr GoxhillCoded B9:D. Shortly after takeoff for a training flight involving camera-gun and single-engine work, pilot 2nd Lt Robert E. Parry noticed oil and smoke coming from the starboard engine. He was cleared to land again at Goxhill and made an approach after shutting down the starboard engine. His landing was fast and further along the runway than normal, resulting in the need to brake harder than normal. Under braking the right mainwheel tyre blew out, and this caused the right main leg of the undercarriage to collapse. The aircraft sustained major damage in this incident but Lt Parry returned to duty afterwards.
28/04/1944P-38 Lightning42-67418554FTS/496FTGIn the Humber nr Sunk IslandThis aircraft was airborne from Goxhill for a solo aerobatic training flight. Shortly after the pilot 2nd Lt Earl R. Fryer had completed a roll at around 10000feet altitude, he noticed smoke from the starboard engine. This smoke filled the cockpit and became so dense after the pilot removed the canopy that he baled out, landing uninjured. in the river Humber. The aircraft crashed some 3 miles east of Immingham.
28/04/1944HalifaxDG3171667HCUSandtoftCoded UG-J, this aircraft was wrecked when it collided at 0056hrs on the ground with Halifax DG347 whilst taxying out for a night sortie. Pilot P/O WR Ireland and crew were unhurt.
28/04/1944HalifaxDG3471667HCUSandtoftCoded UG-O, this aircraft was wrecked when it was struck at 0056hrs by taxying Halifax DG317 whilst stopped at the marshalling point to have the tyres checked. Pilot P/O KA Wells and crew were unhurt.
29/04/1944P-38 Lightning42-67211HQ Sqn/496FGFolkinghamDuring a mock dogfight on a cine-gunnery training flight, the port propellor ran away, causing loss of control of the aircraft. The aircraft spiralled down through the cloud, and on breaking through the bottom of it, the pilot 2nd Lt Chester F Gerick was still unable to regain control and chose to bale out. During his egress from the aircraft, Lt Gerick hit his head on part of the airframe and was knocked out. His parachute snagged on part of the aircraft too, causing it to open. Lt Gerick landed safely, his aircraft was destroyed when it crashed at 0915hrs at Lodge farm, Walcot near Folkingham.
30/04/1944LancasterLM527576sqnnr Elsham Wolds?Coded UL-U2 Airborne 2150 30Apr44 from Elsham Wolds to bomb an ammunition dump at Maintenon but struck a hedge on take-off and severely damaged the the under surfaces. Unable to jettison the bomb load or lock down the undercarriage the crew had no option but to bale out. The aircraft was headed out to sea and they all successfully baled out close to the airfield. No injuries. P/O J.S.Griffiths Sgt J.D.Hawkswood Sgt D.C.Dint Sgt T.Atherton Sgt W.J.McCarthy Sgt M.Langmead Sgt T.Jago.
30/04/1944OxfordHM94617 SFTSWellingoreTime: 1715 - During flying practice including forced landings, the pilot forgot to lower the undercarriage on landing. The reason for this was later found be that the pilot was concentrating on another aircraft that was landing and forgot. No injuries were reported to LAC P.R. Scott and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.

May

DateTypeSerialUnitLocationNotes
01/05/1944HalifaxJD3111662 HCUBlytonTime: 1350 - After take-off for a training flight, the port wheel would not retract. So it had to be retracted by hand. On completing the flight and returning to the airfield, the aircraft suffered a heavy landing causing the undercarriage to collapse. No injuries were reported to either P/O J. Kinman or his crew, and the aircraft was tasked to another unit/contractor on-site for repairs.
01/05/1944MasterDK97817 SFTSWellingoreTime: 1235 - While practicing curcuits and landings, the aircraft suffered a heavy landing. The impact was hard enough for the tail wheel to collapse on the aircraft. No injuries were reported to Lt N. Akriua (Turkish) and the aircraft was repaired by another unit/contractor on-site.
02/05/1944BlenheimN36131AAS1 ˝ mile NNE of Theddlethorpe St HelenTime: 1100 - While on a medium level bombing exercise, the aircraft collided with V5449 (Blenheim) at 7000ft over the sea. Pilot Sgt A. Lister killed, F/O RG Kirby killed, F/Sgt AG Brown killed.
02/05/1944BlenheimV54491AAS1 ˝ mile NNE of Theddlethorpe St HelenTime: 1100 - While on a medium level bombing exercise, the aircraft collided with N3613 (Blenheim) at 7000 feet over the sea after the pilot failed to follow his bombing orders to fly at 3800ft. Pilot Sgt C.L. Johnson killed, F/Lt NH Woodward killed, F/Sgt DL Brett killed.
02/05/1944BlenheimK712517 SFTSin the seaTime: 1140 - While on flying training, all comms were lost with the aircraft, presumed crashed in to the sea. F/Sgt N. Elcoat, attached to 17SFTS from 12(P)AFU was killed in the incident.
02/05/1944P-38 Lightning42-6782355FS/20FGnr StamfordAirborne from Wittering on a test flight, the starboard engine was feathered for a restart test. The engine failed to restart in flight and the drag from the propellor was more than the other engine could compensate for. The pilot, Capt Roy M Scrutchfield chose to force-land wheels-up at North Field Farm near Stamford. The aircraft sustained unrepairable (cat 5) damage in the landing though the pilot returned to duty after the crash.
02/05/1944StirlingLK4641660 HCUSwinderbyTime: 2010 - On landing back at the airfiled after completing a conversion training flight, the aircraft suffered a problem with it's undercarriage while taxying off the runway. No injuries were reported to either F/O J.A. Stephens, F/Sgt J. O'Driscoll (New Zealander) or the rest of the crew, and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
03/05/1944MasterDL35317 SFTS˝ mile SW of CranwellTime: 1135 - During a training flight the aircraft suffered engine failure. This resulted in the cockpit filling with smoke, causing the pilot to make a wheels-up landing in a field. The aircraft finally came to a halt after hitting a stone wall. A/Lt D. Rochford reported some injuries, and the aircraft was deemed a total write-off.
03/05/1944BeaufighterJM332254 SqnNorth CoatesTime: 1920 - During the pilots take-off for an anti-shipping flight, the aircraft suffered engine failure in the port engine. The resulting loss of power brought the aircraft immediately back down on the runway. No injuries were reported to either W/O V.S. McDougall (Canadian) or his navigator, but the aircraft was a total write-off.
04/05/1944LancasterME703576sqnElsham WoldsCoded UL-S2, Airborne 2140hrs 3/May/44 from Elsham Wolds for Mailly-le-Camp. The aircraft was badly shot about by a Ju88 which killed the rear gunner, Sgt AAH Hodson. P/O Reed returned to base and made a successful landing despite damaged landing gear and burnt-out rear turret. The aircraft was damaged beyond repair. P/O Reed was awarded an immediate DSO.
04/05/1944SpitfireP788253OTUHibaldstowTime: 2335 - On returning from a training flight, the pilot undershot his landing and landed in a field. No injuries were reported to F/O C.G. Devashev (Indian). The aircraft was deemed a total write-off.
04/05/1944HalifaxBB3161662HCUKirton LindseyAirborne 2155 from Blyton on a Bullseye sortie. Returned to base with the starboard outer feathered around midnight. Whilst approaching the circuit the aircraft turned steeply and crashed near Kirton Lindsey village at 0005, bursting into flames on impact. No definitive cause was found, though the investigators suggested that the starboard inner engine may have stopped due to running out of fuel. Sgt J.N. Robertson killed, Sgt H.J. Street killed, F/O S.J. Chaplin killed, F/O S.J. Spencer killed, Sgt W.M. Harvey killed, Sgt S. Bird killed, Sgt L.G. Garrod injured.
04/05/1944P-38 Lightning42-67503554FTS/496FTGnr HagworthinghamAirborne from Goxhill as the leader of a pair of aircraft assigned to high-altitude single-engine flying practice, the pair encountered an RAF Hurricane during the sortie and made several dummy attack runs against it. In the course of these mock attacks pilot 2nd Lt James G. Edmonson heard an unusual noise and shortly afterwards noticed smoke in the cockpit. This was followed by signs of fire in the port engine, and shortly afterwards Lt Edmonson crash-landed in a field at High Barn Farm at Hagworthingham. Lt Edmonson returned to duty but his aircraft was damaged beyond repair in the crash.
05/05/1944BlenheimL122412(P)AFUGelston GrangeTime: 0810 - While on a weather test sortie, the aircraft crashed in to the ground from between 3000ft-5000ft. F/O C.W. Abbott (New Zealander) killed, Cpl SC Sharp killed.
05/05/1944P-38 Lightning42-67655554FTS/496FTGGoxhillThis aircraft was involved in a taxying accident at Goxhill on this date, sustaining repairable (cat 3) damage. Pilot Cptn William W Smith returned to duty after this accident.
06/05/1944LancasterW47931LFSnr SturgateBegan takeoff 1005hrs from Sturgate to return to Hemswell, but the rudder adjustment slipped, causing the pilot's feet to slip off the rudder pedals. The aircraft ran through a hedge and came to rest on Chestnut Farm, Heapham despite the best efforts of the pilot to bring the aircraft to a halt safely. Pilot P/O FH Swinger (Australian) and crew were unhurt.
07/05/1944P-51 Mustang43-12210554FTS/496FTGGoxhillCoded C7:E, this aircraft was involved in a taxying accident on this date, sustaining repairable (cat 3) damage - pilot Lt Warren L. Ewert returned to duty after this accident and was shot down and taken POW on July 21st 1944.
07/05/1944MosquitoDZ422627 SqnWoodhall SpaTime: 1555hrs - At the end of an air test flight, the aircraft stalled 600 yards short of the runway whilst on a single-engined approach. This resulted in the aircraft crashing just inside the the airfield boundary near the bomb dump. Pilot F/Lt T.L. Hogg DFC and his navigator F/Lt R Woodhouse were killed in the incident.
08/05/1944LancasterLL91249sqnFiskertonCoded EA-? Officially this aircraft was wrecked in a taxiing accident due brake failure at Fiskerton with a total of 75 hours. No injuries reported. F/O L.M.Pederson (Canadian) Note: It appears from the definitive 49 Sqdn history, that this aircraft was actually wrecked due to a fist fight with the the pilot and a F/Sgt Fitter from 'B'Flight. There was a dispute between them regarding a WAAF on the station. The F/Sgt was reduced to Sgt. LL912 was wrecked, and the crew went on to complete a tour with No.49 Sqdn
08/05/1944BlenheimLJ17112(P)AFUHarlaxtonTime: 0420 - While the aircraft was parked with engines running waiting for the pilot, AC1 Isaac, the aircraft marshaller, walked backwards into the moving propellers and susttained an injury to his right arm, requiring hospital treatment. Pilot F/O R. Knight was unhurt in the incident. No damage was reported to the aircraft.
08/05/1944P-38 Lightning42-67682554FTS/496FTGnr Barton-on-HumberThis aircraft was airborne from Goxhill on a training flight to convert 2nd Lt Darrel D. Kite to the type. During the flight, Lt Kite collided with P-51B 42-12190 and crashed 1 mile southeast of Barton-on-Humber, killing Lt Kite. One of the two aircraft came down on a farm belonging to a Mr Knapton, and the other crashed near Barrow Wold Farm at Deepdale.
08/05/1944P-51 Mustang43-12190555FTS/496FTGnr Barton-on-HumberAirborne from Goxhill on a training flight, this aircraft was involved in a mid air collision with P-38J 42-67682 1 mile southeast of Barton-on-Humber. The pilot 2nd Lt Harry N. Hagan baled out and suffered only minor injuries. One of the two aircraft came down on a farm belonging to a Mr Knapton, and the other crashed near Barrow Wold Farm at Deepdale.
08/05/1944P-38 Lightning42-67075554FTS/496FTGnr Market DeepingCoded B9:K, this aircraft was airborne from Goxhill on an evening solo combat training flight when the port engine failed. Pilot 2nd Lt Dwight D Lee was forced to make an emergency landing 1 mile north of Peakirk at 2025hrs. The aircraft sustained major damage in the landing though Lt Lee returned to duty afterwards.
08/05/1944HalifaxLL3911667HCUSandtoftCoded -O, airborne at 2159hrs from Sandtoft for a night cross-country flight with 6 on board. On takeoff, a swing to the left was overcorrected, and the aircraft skidded out of control off the runway, causing the undercarriage to collapse. After coming to rest, the starboard outer engine caught fire, and the aircraft was wrecked. Pilot P/O RTJ Holmes and crew escaped unhurt.
09/05/1944LancasterLL941103 SqnElsham WoldsTime: 1130 - During take-off the aircraft swung to the port side causing the undercarriage to collapse. No injuries were reported to either F/Sgt J.P. Tarbuck (New Zealander) or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
09/05/1944P-38 Lightning42-67203554FTS/496FTGGoxhillCoded B9:O this aircraft was airborne from Goxhill on a test flight.The Pilot, 1st Lt Robert F. Maloney, an instructor on the squadron came in over the field after completing a normal flight. Over the field, the port propeller stopped. Lt Maloney attempted to land, but could not extend the landing gear, so went around for another attempt. Flying Control advised him that his left mainwheel door was not open, so he retracted the undercarriage and landed wheels-up, the aircraft sustaining major damage in the crash.
09/05/1944BeaufighterNE225254 SqnNorth CoatesTime: 1628 - While returning to the airfield after completing an operational recce, the starboard engine failed resulting in the pilot overshooting his landing. Upon landing he had to take avasive actions to avoid some workmen and their equipment, resulting in the undercarriage collapsing. The aircraft finally came to rest on it's belly on a concrete hardstanding. No injuries were reported to either Sgt A. Burborough or his navigator. The aircraft itself was deemed beyond the units capacity to repair, so another unit/contractor were tasked with this on-site.
09/05/1944MasterAZ36616 (P) SFTSSutton BridgeTime: 1520 - During a training flight, the aircraft made a uneven landing causing the wing tip to hit the runway. The aircraft then bounced, but the pilot managed to regain control of the aircraft. No injuries were reported to Lt A. Ruschill (Polish) and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
10/05/1944LancasterME781460 SqnBinbrookTime: 1000 - During a routine inspection on the aircraft, an airman accidently raised the undercarriage while the aircraft was stationary. Some injuries were reported, and the aircraft had to be sent off-site for repair by a maintenance unit/contractor.
10/05/1944HalifaxDG3091667HCUSandtoftAirborne from Sandtoft for the pilot's first solo on type. After completing 4 good circuits, the aircraft swung out of control on the 5th and veered off the runway despite the pilot's attempts at corrective action. The undercarriage collapsed, damaging the aircraft beyond repair. Pilot W/O JK Murray (Canadian) and crew were unhurt,
11/05/1944P-38 Lightning42-67410554FTS/496FTGClaxby nr Market RasenCoded B9:Z, this aircraft was airborne from Goxhill on a training flight to practice single-enge flying. It crashed on the railway embankment near Claxby station at 1208hrs after the pilot 2nd Lt Robert G. Hanley had completed a loop and apparently lost control whilst practising slow rolls at low altitude. Lt Hanley was killed in the crash.
11/05/1944BeaufighterLX827236 SqnNorth CoatesTime: 2330 - While taxying out the dispersal to start a night bombing pratice exercise, the pilot deviated from his taxy path and and struck a ditch. The resulting impact on the aircraft caused the undercarriage to collapse to add to the damage. No injuries were reported to F/Sgt A. Kimberley or his navigator, but the aircraft was deemed beyond the units capacity to repair, so it was tasked to another unit/contractor on-site for repair
12/05/1944LancasterND658460 SqnBinbrookTime: 0139 - On returning to the airfield the pilot incounted a strong wind resulting in him overshooting his landing and finishing in a hedge after the undercarriage collapsed, still with his bomb load onboard. No injuries were reported to either F/Sgt D.J. Cullen (Australian) or his crew, but the aircraft had to be sent off-site for repair at a maintenance unit/contractor.
12/05/1944LancasterLM47861sqnSkellingthorpeCoded QR-? Airborne 229 11May44 from Skellingthorpe to bomb a military camp at Bourg-Leopold in Belgium. The sortie was abandoned by order of the Master Bomber and at 0100 12May44 the crew jettisoned most of the bomb load and returned to base, landing at 0200 12May44 over-running the runway and dropping into a ditch. Damage was sufficient to classify the Lancaster BER. No injuries to the crew. F/Sgt C.J.Woolnough (Australian) Sgt F.gould F/O H.a.Haggerstone F/O I.Ravenscroft Sgt R.smith Sgt H.Silzer Sgt E.G.Smith
12/05/1944OxfordV385817 SFTSWellingoreTime: 1505 - On carrying out flying training for overshooting the airfield, the starboard engine failed. This resulted in the nose dipping and hitting the ground, breaking off the undercarriage. No injuries were reported to Lt M. Unalp (Turkish) and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
13/05/1944HalifaxLK9911667HCUSandtoftAirborne from Sandtoft 1709 for circuits and landings. Approaching the runway at 1724 the pupil was too high, and flared with insufficient throttle. The instructor was too late in opening the throttles to overshoot, and the aircraft stalled and crashed heavily. 6 of the 8 crew were unhurt, those injured. were P/O W.G. Parsons (New Zealander) and F/Sgt J. Lister (Australian)
14/05/1944P-38 Lightning42-67766554FTS/496FTGGoxhillThis aircraft was airborne from Goxhill at 0930hrs as the number 2 in a pair on a 90 minute high-altitude formation training flight, followed by a recovery to base flying on instruments. On return to base, the pilot, 2nd Lt Gordon L Doolittle attempted to land immediately behind his leader on the very end of the runway. A few seconds from touchdown, Lt Doolittle's aircraft caught the propwash from his leader's aircraft and hit the airfield boundary fence and landed short of the runway threshold, causing the nosewheel to collapse. The aircraft skidded along the runway for around 300 yards before coming to a halt. Lt Doolittle was uninjured in this accident and the damage to the aircraft was soon repaired.
15/05/1944StirlingLJ5751661 HCUWaddingtonTime: 0203 - During take-off the port tyre burst causing the aircraft to swing and the undercarriage to collapse. No injuries were reported to either F/O H. Gifford, Sgt G. Taylor (Canadian) or the rest of the crew. The aircraft itself was deemed a total write-off.
16/05/1944P-38 Lightning42-67483554FTS/496FTGGoxhillCoded B9:C, this aircraft was airborne from Goxhill on a cine-gun and instrument flying training sortie. On return to base the pilot, 2nd Lt Jarrette D. Bowen approached starboard wing low, causing the right undercarriage mainleg to strike the runway with some force, breaking it. After going around for another approach Lt Bowen was unable to raise or lower the undercarriage even by using the emergency sytems. At this point the starboard engine's oil pressure dropped and Lt Bowen made a landing with the undercarriage up. Lt Bowen was unhurt and the aircraft sustained repairable (cat 3) damage.
16/05/1944MasterDK85716 (P) SFTSLong SuttonTime: 1130 - During a training flight the aircraft's engine cut causing the pilot to lose control and spin in to the ground. AC2 Z. Czaplicki (Polish) was killed in the incident.
16/05/1944LancasterW49651LFSSturgateAirborne 0110 from Sturgate on a transit flight back to Hemswell but lost control on takeoff , crashed through a hedge and caught fire on Laburnam Farm. No injuries recorded to pilot F/O J Archibold (New Zealander) and crew.
16/05/1944MasterDM34816 (P) SFTSSutton BridgeTime: 1830 - On landing flapless at the airfield during a training flight, the undercarriage collapsed on the aircraft. This resulted in the aircraft striking the edge of the metal runway and overturning. AC2 R. Godlewski (Polish) reported some injuries, but none were fatal. The aircraft itself was deemed a total write-off.
17/05/1944P-51 Mustang43-12149555FTS/496FTG5 miles northwest of Ludford MagnaAirborne from Goxhill on a cine-gunnery training sortie, the aircraft hit high tension wires whilst flying at very low level and crash-landed. The pilot 2nd Lt James D. Smith returned to duty after this crash, the aircraft sustained repairable (cat 3) damage. The cause of the accident was attributed to Lt Smith disobeying flying instructions coupled with error in his technique.
17/05/1944P-51 Mustang43-12210555FTS/496FTGGoxhillThis aircraft is recorded as having ground-looped at Goxhill on this date sustaining repairable (cat 3) damage. The pilot Lt Charles E. Burtner was uninjured.
18/05/1944BeaufighterLX821236 SqnNorth CoatesTime: 1020 - During take-off for a sector attack, the aircrafts port tyre burst. This led to the port undercarriage collapsing and subseqently causing the aircraft to swing. No injuries were reported to either F/Sgt J.C. Stacey or his navigator, but the aircraft was deemed beyond the units capacity to repair and sent off-site to a maintenance unit.
19/05/1944BeaufighterLX854236 SqnNorth CoatesTime: 1230 - During an air test, parts of the starboard wing started to detach from the aircraft. The pilot managed to return to the airfield and land safely. No injuries were reported to F/O D.G. Maddocks or his navigator, but the aircraft was deemed beyond the units capacity to repair and tasked to another unit/contractor on-site.
19/05/1944P-51 Mustang43-12438496FGnr Waltham airfieldLanded wheels-up 4 miles north of Waltham airfield,apparently after colliding with an obstacle (HT cables?) and sustaining repairable (cat 3) damage. The pilot Lt Nelson R. Jesup survived the crash.
20/05/1944LancasterLL968207 SqnSpilsbyTime: 0313 - The aircraft hit a tree while in the circuit for landing back at the airfield after completing an operational bombing sortie. Some injuries were reported to W/O J.F. Grey's crew though none serious. The aircraft itself was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
21/05/1944SpitfireAA83953OTUHibaldstowThis aircraft was damaged when it struck Spitfire BM567 on the taxiway. No further details are recorded.
21/05/1944SpitfireBM56753OTUHibaldstowThis aircraft was damaged when it was struck on taxiway by Spitfire AA839. No further details recorded.
22/05/1944P-38 Lightning42-67257554FTS/496FTGGoxhillCoded B9:W, this aircraft returned to Goxhill after a training sortie. The pilot 2nd lt William E. Gunn landed fast and too far down the runway meaning that he was unable to take off to go round again before he ran out of runway. The aircraft ran off the end of the runway and hit the airfield boundary fence at 1430hrs. The aircraft sustained major (cat 4) damage but Lt Gunn was able to return to duty after the accident.
22/05/1944LancasterDS633574sqnin the WashCoded JI-B2. Airborne 2250 21May44 from Waterbeach for Duisburg. a fix on this aircraft was obtained by Waterbeach at 0303 22May44 and about six minutes later base ordered the crew to jettison their bombs. all are buried in various UK cemeteries. Sgt T.L.Gibson killed, Sgt J.Fraser killed, Sgt A.H.Freeburn killed, Sgt L.Dunbar killed, Sgt L.Buxton killed, Sgt G.H.Kemp killed, Sgt J.Gallagher killed
22/05/1944SpitfireP782053OTULea Road, GainsboroughDuring a cine-gun exercise, this aircraft was destroyed when it collided with Wellington BJ819 (which force-landed across the river Trent at Sturton, Notts) and crashed on the railway near Lea Road station in Gainsborough. Pilot F/O J Smith was killed.
22/05/1944LancasterJB142166 SqnNew BarnetbyTime: 1215 - While on an air test, the aircraft suffered engine failure in it's port outer, starboard outer and starboard inner engines. This resulted in the aircraft making a wheel-up crash landing and then catching fire. No injuries were reported to either F/O L.G. Holmes or his crew, but the aircraft was a total write-off.
22/05/1944StirlingBF5291660 HCUSwinderbyTime: 0245 - The aircraft overshot it's landing back at the airfield after returninf from a conversion training flight. The aircraft finally came to rest 200 yards beyond the boundary off the airfield, and caused damage to the undercarriage. No injuries reported to F/O M. Tanner or his crew and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
23/05/1944LancasterME7599 SqnBardneyTime: 0434 - On returning from an operational bombing sortie, the aircraft landed with it's undercarriage retracted. The pilot's fatigue was found to be factor in this mistake. No injuries were reported to either F/O R. Reeve or his crew, but the aircraft had to be sent off-site for repair with a maintenance unit/contractor.
23/05/1944LancasterLL96757 SqnEast KirkbyTime: 0357 - While turning in to land back at the airfield, the aircraft was hit by another Lancaster (ND415) at 900ft. But despite this collision, the pilot managed to land the aircraft safely, even with the undercarriage collapsing on touch down. No injuries were reported to either F/Lt A.F. Bayley or his crew, but the aircraft had to be sent off-site for repair with a maintenance unit/contractor.
23/05/1944LancasterLL857300sqnFaldingworthCoded BH-B. Airborne 2240hrs 22May44 from Faldingworth for Dortmund but was obliged to turn back with engine trouble, part of the bomb load being jettisoned in the sea. Tragically, as the under-powered Lancaster approached to land it collided with the station's gunnery butts. The impact was severe and two members of the crew were killed instantly. Sgt Rybinski was pulled from the wreckage, grievously injured. and he died a few hours later. F/Sgt J.Nalepa (Polish) injured. F/Sgt K.Nieruchalski (Polish) (P2) injured. Sgt C.Rybinski (Polish) injured. Sgt J.R.Bychowski (Polish) killed, F/Sgt W.Mroczkowski (Polish) injured. Sgt A.Leszkowicz (Polish) killed, F/Sgt M.Golec (Polish) injured. F/Sgt M.Nowak (Polish) injured.
23/05/1944LancasterND41597sqnnr RevesbyCoded OF-B. Airborne 2237 22May44 from Coningsby for Brunswick. On return to base and while preparing to land, collided in the air with a No.57 Sqdn Lancaster 1 LL967 which managed to land safely. ND415 crashed at Revesby, 6 miles SSE of Horncastle in Lincolnshire. Four, including the first three named, are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, while two have been taken to Brookwood Military cemetery. Sgt Phillips is buried in Harrow (Eastcote Lane) Cemetery, London. F/O W.B.Jardine (Canadian) killed, Sgt J.P.Olive killed, F/O G.H.Wright killed, WO2 A.Dunae (Canadian) killed, W/O R.C.W.G.Baker killed, Sgt J.J.Phillips killed, F/O J.W.Paige killed
23/05/1944LancasterME78612 SqnWickenbyTime: 0315 - While taxying back to the dispersal after returning from bombing operations. The aircraft hit an obstruction causing damage to the propellers. No injuries were reported to either P/O E.K. Farfan or his crew, but the aircraft had to be sent off-site for repair with a maintenance unit/contractor.
24/05/1944P-38 Lightning42-67524554FTS/496FTGGoxhillCoded B9:D this aircraft was airborne from Goxhill on a training flight. After arounf half an hour, the starboard enging failed and the pilot, 2nd Lt Hal G Bowers attempted to land back at Goxhill. His first two approaches were unsuccessful as he was too high and too fast. On his third approach he was unable to fullyextend the left undercarriage mainleg and had neither the speed nor height to break off the approach to go around again. The left mainleg gave way as the aircraft landed, causing suffient damage to the left wing and propeller for it to be classed a write-off. Lt Bowers returned to duty after this accident.
24/05/1944HalifaxDG4031667HCUnr West ButterwickAirborne 2217hrs from Sandtoft for a night navigation sortie. During the flight the starboard outer began issuing black smoke, and whilst returning to land, the starboard inner failed on the downwind leg, leaving no other option than to for the aircraft to force-land 1000 yards south-east of Beltoft village. P/O E.P. Burke (Australian) injured, Sgt R.P. Fowler injured, Sgt R.A. Bell injured, Sgt G.K. John injured, F/Sgt J.M. Meggitt (Australian) injured, F/Sgt J.E. Bateup (Australian) injured, Sgt T.R. Wood injured.
25/05/1944LancasterJB30983 SqnConingsbyTime: 0150 - On returning from an operational bombing sortie, the port inner engine caught fire. But despite the fire being extingused, it flared up again, resulting in the pilot ordering the crew to bail out. While P/O N.O Meggeson managed to land the aircraft safely without injury, some of his crew did receive injuries from bailing out. The aircraft itself had to be sent off-site for repair by a maintenance unit/contractor.
25/05/1944P-51 Mustang43-12193555FTS/496FTGGoxhillThis aircraft sustained repairable (cat 3) damage in a taxying accident at Goxhill on this date, pilot 2nd Lt Cecil M. Freeman returned to duty after the accident.
25/05/1944BlenheimLJ17112(P)AFUSpitalgate (Grantham)Time: 1200 - During a flying exercise the aircraft experienced problems with it's undercarriage. Despite attempts to solve the problem the aircraft eventually made a belly landing back at the airfield. No injuries were reported to either F/O J.N. Campbell (New Zealander) or his crew. The aircraft itself was deemed beyond the units capacity to repair, and tasked to another unit on-site.
25/05/1944LancasterW49951 LFSSturgateTime: 0115 - On landing after night flying training, the starboard tyre burst causing the aircraft to swing. This swing in turn resulted in the tail wheel hitting a concrete obstruction. No injuries were reported to either F/Sgt M. Lambert (New Zealander) or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired by another unit/contractor on-site.
26/05/1944P-38 Lightning42-67476554FTS/496FTGGoxhillCoded B9:P this aircraft was departing Goxhill on a familiarisation flight at 1845hrs when part-way down the runway the aircraft dipped to port, causing the port propeller blades to repeatedly hit the runway. The port wingtip then struck the runway, causing the aircraft to slew round and leave the runway, catching fore when it came to rest. The pilot 2nd Lt Willard G. Erfkamp escaped the aircraft uninjured and was sent to hospital as a precautionary measure. The aircraft was destroyed in the accident.
26/05/1944P-38 Lightning42-67199554FTS/496FTGnr GoxhillThis aircraft was airborne from Goxhill at 1626hrs on a local familiarisation flight. The aircraft was seen to have caught fire in the air at 1857hrs at a height of 4-5000 feet, after which one engine stopped and the aircraft pitched into a half roll followed by a vertical dive, crashing 1 mile north of the airfield. The pilot 2nd Lt Lane A. Ferrara was killed in the crash and the aircraft destroyed.
27/05/1944HalifaxLW3361662HCUBlytonAirborne 1415hrs from Blyton for a cross-country sortie but undershot on landing at 1440hrs after the starboard outer engine failed shortly after takeoff. The aircraft crashed at Mount Pleasant Farm and was wrecked. No injuries reported to pilot P/O Veitch (Australian) and crew.
27/05/1944P-51 Mustang43-12171555FTS/496FTGGoxhillCoded C7:S, this aircraft was involved in a taxying accident at Goxhill on this date, sustaining major (cat 4) damage. The pilot Lt Wilbur E Eaton was unhurt and returned to duty after the accident. It is not known whether this accident and that of 43-12173 are related.
27/05/1944P-51 Mustang43-12173555FTS/496FTGGoxhillCoded C7:R, this aircraft was involved in a taxying accident at Goxhill on this date, sustaining major (cat 4) damage. The pilot Lt Robert J. Bain was unhurt and returned to duty after the accident. It is not known whether this accident and that of 43-12171 are related.
27/05/1944StirlingLJ4741660 HCUSwinderbyTime: 1640 - While on a landings and overshoot practice flight, the aircraft started to suffer engine problems. First the starboard outer engine failed, then the port inner engine failed, leaving the aircraft to make a two engine approach and landing. To add to this the port undercarriage leg failed to lower causing the aircraft to swing to the port side upon landing. No injuries were reported to either F/O A.C. Shipway, F/O E. Rellion and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
28/05/1944StirlingEF2011660 HCUDunholme LodgeTime: 2348 - On landing the starboard tyre burst, causing the aircraft to swing and the undercarriage to collapse. No injuries were reported to either F/Lt D.S. Patterson (Canadian), F/Sgt J. Douglas (Australian) or the rest of the crew. The aircraft itself was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
28/05/1944WellingtonDF64130OTUThorpe-le-FallowsAirborne at 2235 from Hixon as part of a 9 aircraft detail on a Bullseye sortie. At approximately 0035, the aircraft broke up in the air after the dinghy broke loose from its compartment. Debris fell around 5 miles south-west of Ingham. F/O C.G. Archibald (Canadian) killed, F/O R.G. Hills (Canadian) killed, F/Sgt J. Rutter killed, Sgt W.O.D. Baird (Canadian) killed, Sgt H. Riley killed, Sgt G.W. Mitchell (Canadian) killed, Sgt J.R. Pollon (Canadian) killed.
29/05/1944MosquitoHK224307 SqnDonna NookTime: 0659 - While on a patrol flight the aircraft suffered engine failure in the starboard engine. This in turn caused the pilot to make a forced landing at the airfield, but while attempting this he overshot the runway. This in turn led to the starboard undercarriage collapsing. No injuries were reported to F/O A. Guipek (Polish), but the aircraft had to be sent off-site for repair by a maintenance unit/contractor.
29/05/1944HalifaxDG2361667HCUHolton-cum-BeckeringAirborne 2315 from Sandtoft for general night flying, the port inner oil pressure dropped. The engine was successfully feathered, but the remaining 3 engines all failed at 10000 feet. The aircraft was abandoned, and crashed at 0325. 4 crew unhurt, but 3 injured. ured: F/Sgt W.T. Ramsden injured. his ankle & was treated at Sandtoft SSQ, F/O R.P. Simpson was treated at Lincoln Military Hospital for an ankle injury. The rear gunner, Sgt R.D. MacDonald was missing for 8 hours after the crash, finally being discovered unconscious and trapped in his turret at the crash scene, he was treated at the RAF hospital at Rauceby for head wounds sustained.
31/05/1944P-51 Mustang 42-103007 555FTS/496FTGGoxhillThis aircraft was involved in a taxying accident at Goxhill on this date, sustaining repairable (cat 3) damage. Pilot Lt Donald E Smith returned to duty after this accident.

June

DateTypeSerialUnitLocationNotes
01/06/1944MosquitoDZ601627 SqnWoodhall SpaTime: 0415 - On returning from bombing operations, the aircraft suffered engine failure in the port engine when on approach. This resulted in the pilot having to make a belly landing. No injuries were reported to F/O J.F. Thompson (New Zealander), but the aircraft had to be sent off-site for repair by a maintenance unit/contractor.
02/06/1944C-47 Dakota42-2330659TCS/61TCGBarkston HeathThis aircraft was involved in a taxying accident at Barkston Heath on this date, sustaining repairable damage. The pilot, Lt George B Hartzell was uninjured and returned to duty. He was killed in action on July 28th 1944 in C-47 43-15097.
02/06/1944P-51 Mustang42-103036555FTS/496FTGGoxhillCoded C7:Z, this aircraft was involved in a landing accident at Goxhill on this date, sustaining repairable (cat 3) damage. The pilot Lt Paul E Olson was unharmed in the accident and returned to duty. The aircraft was lost in a fatal crash 5 days later.
02/06/1944P-51 Mustang43-12255555FTS/496FTGHalton HolgateCoded C7:L, this aircraft was airborne from Goxhill at 1330hrs as part of a multi-aircraft formation for high-altitude formation flying practice. In the course of the flight the pilot 2nd Lt William D. Jolly reported fuel fumes in the cockpit, and a short time later the flight leader saw Lt Jolly's aircraft in a spin. During the violent spinning descent the tailfin and port wing detached from the aircraft and came down some distance from the rest of the aircraft. Lt Jolly attempted to bail out but left the aircraft too low for his parachute to open and he was killed on impact with the ground. The aircraft crashed in a field near the Spilsby - Halton Holegate road and was classed as a write-off.
02/06/1944LancasterED953467sqnWaddingtonCoded PO-? The undercarriage collapsed after tyre burst on landing at 1749hrs from an air-test sortie. The aircraft was damaged beyond economical repair in this incident. Pilot P/O TN Scholefield (Australian) and his crew were unhurt.
03/06/1944BeaufighterLX857236 SqnNorth CoatesTime: 0446 - During take-off for a U-Boat patrol the starboard tyre burst causing the aircraft to swing and hit a hangar. Upon hitting the hangar LX857 exploded destroying two further aircraft inside, LZ183 (Beaufighter) and NM143 (Tiger Moth). Only minor injuries were reported to both F/O A.S. Ross and his navigator F/Sgt Dowling.
03/06/1944BeaufighterLZ183236 SqnNorth CoatesTime: 0446 - Destroyed on the ground by LX857 (Beaufighter) after it swung on take-off.
03/06/1944Tiger MothMH143236 SqnNorth CoatesTime: 0446 - This aircraft was heavily damaged while in the hangar, after the hangar was hit by another aircraft (Beaufighter LF857) during it's take-off. The aircraft was not crewed at the time and no injuries were directly reported. The aircraft itself had to be sent off-site to a maintenance unit/contractor for repair.
04/06/1944MasterDK83217 SFTSCranwell SouthTime: 1155 - During a training flight the pilot became semi-conscious due to the cockpit filling with fumes. Despite this problem the pilot managed to make a belly landing at the airfield. Some injuries were reported to LAC D. Arnold, though none serious. The aircraft itself was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
04/06/1944B-24 Liberator42-100261392BGWilloughby Walks, nr SleafordCoded GC-A and named "Sweet Chariot", this aircraft departed Wendling at 1600hrs on a mission to St Avord airfield near paris. During the sortie over occupied territory the aircraft's rudder controls were severely damaged when it was hit by flak. The crew carried on to the target and manually dropped the bombload before returning to England. Over the Wash the crew all baled out safely, leaving the aircraft to continue flying. It came down at Willoughby walks near Sleaford and made a gentle descent before crash-landing, hitting and severely damaging a house occupied by the Brown family before eventually coming to a halt several hundred yards from the house. The aircraft was destroyed in the crash, though nobody on the ground was hurt. Crew were 2nd Lt Harry A White, 2nd Lt John W Martin, 2nd Lt William I Forde, 2nd Lt Harry J Green, S/Sgt G M Barnes, S/Sgt J J Reynolds, Sgt R Dunbar, Sgt J F Braccioforte, Sgt J W Wehunt.
04/06/1944MosquitoDZ525627 SqnWoodhall SpaTime: 1100 - While on circuits and landings practice the aircraft suffered a heavy landing. The impact not only caused damage to the undercarriage but also the controls. No injuries were reported to either S/Ldr E.F. Nelles or W/Cdr J. Simpson and the aircraft was repaired by another unit/contractor on-site.
05/06/1944LancasterDV407101sqnLudford MagnaTime: 0205 - During take-off for a bombing sortie, the aircraft swung causing the undercarriage to collapse. No injuries were reported to P/O J.N. Brown or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
05/06/1944P-38 Lightning42-67700554FTS/496FTGnr RothwellCoded B9:U, this aircraft took off from Goxhill at 1000hrs for a single-engine training flight followed by a session of medium-level aerobatics. The aircraft should have been number 2 of a pair led by 1st Lt J S Murray, but ended up as a solo aircraft when Lt Murray's aircraft became unserviceable and was not ready in time for the sortie. 35 minutes later the aircaft crashed 2 miles southeast of Rothwell, near Cuxwold, killing the pilot 2nd Lt James D. Dempsey. The aircraft was totally destroyed in the crash.
06/06/1944MasterAZ76817 SFTS1 mile W of Cranwell SouthTime: 1215 - Shortly after take-off for a training flight, the aircraft suffered engine failure at 200ft. This resulted in the aircraft having to make a forced wheels-up landing. Some injuries were reported to LAC J.M. Calvey though none serious. The aircraft itself was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
06/06/1944SpitfireX460253OTUHibaldstowTime: 1635 - While taxying out for a training flight, the aircraft to the port and hit a parked car. It was later found that the pilot's taxying speed was too high. Some injuries were reported to F/O C.A.M.A.G. Schmitz (Belgian) but none were fatal. The aircraft itself was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
06/06/1944HalifaxDG3451667HCUSandtoftAirborne at 0046hrs from Sandtoft for night dual circuits and landings. At 0101hrs, the aircraft was wrecked when it swung whilst landing and struck Halifax EB194 which was parked. Investigation showed that the port engine throttles had stuck open preventing the pilot from evenly reducing power. Pilots F/O FH Tritton, F/O CD Thieme and crew were unhurt.
06/06/1944HalifaxEB1941667HCUSandtoftCoded GG-N, this aircraft was wrecked whilst parked when it was struck on the ground by Halifax DG345 at 0101hrs.
07/06/1944MartinetMS87082OTUBurton-upon-StatherThis aircraft was wrecked whilst acting as a target for another aircraft to practice mock attacks on. After the second aircraft had broken off from an attack run, this aircraft flew under powerlines strung across the river Trent, and with insufficient power to climb away rapidly, flew into the rising riverbank on the eastern side of the river. Pilot F/O G Smith was killed.
07/06/1944P-51 Mustang43-12150496FGGoxhillThis aircraft was involved in a taxying accident at Goxhill on this date. The pilot, 2nd Lt Raymond H Littge was taxying on the perimeter track when he collided head on with P-51 43-12210 piloted by 2nd Lt Donald E Smith. Both pilots were unhurt and Lt Littge's aircraft was repaired and returned to service. The cause of the accident was attributed to neither pilot performing sufficient weaving manoeuvres during taxying to see past the nose of the aircraft which obscured forward visibility.
07/06/1944P-51 Mustang43-12210496FGGoxhillThis aircraft was involved in a taxying accident at Goxhill on this date. The pilot, 2nd Lt Donald E Smith was taxying on the perimeter track when he collided head on with P-51 43-121500 piloted by 2nd Lt Raymond H Littge. Both pilots were unhurt though Lt Smith's aircraft was written off in the accident. The cause of the accident was attributed to neither pilot performing sufficient weaving manoeuvres during taxying to see past the nose of the aircraft which obscured forward visibility.
07/06/1944P-51 Mustang42-103007555FTS/496FTGnr Owmby-by-SpitalAirborne from Goxhill on an instrument training flight in cloudy weather, this aircraft collided with P-51 42-103036 flown by 2nd Lt Robert H Magnuson who was on a similar sortie. Pilot 2nd Lt Charles R. Moritz was killed in the crash but listed as missing in action. This was his first flight in a P-51. The crash location 1.5 miles South of Owmby by Spital was excavated by LARG in September 2011, during which Lt Moritz's remains were discovered in the wreckage. Lt Moritz's remains were repatriated to the USA and buried in his hometown of Effingham, Illinois on May 5th 2012 with full military honours.
07/06/1944P-51 Mustang42-103036555FTS/496FTGnr FaldingworthAirborne from Goxhill on an instrument training flight in cloudy weather, this aircraft was struck in mid air by P-51 42-103007 flown by 2nd Lt Charles R Moritz. The impact of Lt Moritz's aircraft tore the starboard wing off this aircraft. The pilot 2nd Lt Robert H. Magnuson reported that he did not see the aircraft that hit him, but was able to safely bale out. His aircraft crashed half a mile North of Faldingworth.
07/06/1944LancasterEE146617sqnWoodhall SpaThis aircraft was noted as damaged in a minor incident on this date, though no accident record card exists for it, nor any mention in the squadron's records.
09/06/1944HalifaxW11871662HCUBlytonAirborne at 1832hrs from Blyton for circuits and landings. Crashed and wrecked at 1838hrs after swerving on landing caused the undercarriage to collapse. Pilot F/Sgt RH Williams (New Zealander) and crew were unhurt.
09/06/1944P-51 Mustang43-12488555FTS/496FTGnr Barton-on-HumberThis aircraft was airborne from Goxhill on a training flight when it broke up at around 3000 feet, some 2 miles south of the town. The pilot 2nd Lt James W. Mullins was killed in the crash. Lt Mullins was an exceptional marksman, part of the University of Arkansas ROTC senior rifle team that were presented with trophies for their win of the William Randolph Hearst national ROTC rifle competition.
11/06/1944LancasterED995625 SqnKelsternTime: 2312 - Shortly after landing back at the airfield after completing an operational bombing sortie, the aircraft began to swing to the port while taxying. The pilot corrected this, but it was found that the rear turett strutt had fractured seriously injured. uring the airman inside. The airman later died from the injuries he received. F/Lt J.C. Baxter and the rest of his crew received no injuries, and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
13/06/1944MasterDK98117 SFTS1 mile SW of CranwellTime: 1615 - During a training flight the aircraft caught fire. The instructor F/Sgt L.S. Raven (Canadian) managed to bail out the aircraft, but the pupil LAC F. Jeffs failed to exit the aircraft and was killed in the incident.
15/06/1944LancasterLL96544 SqnDunholme LodgeTime: ? On approach to the airfield, the pilot undershot his landing causing the starboard wing to hit a tree. As a result the pilot then opted to overshoot the runway and land, but with all his bombs hung up. No injuries were reported to either P/O N.J. Scholter or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
15/06/1944P-51 Mustang43-12416555FTS/496FTGGoxhillThis aircraft was involved in a take-off accident on this date at Goxhill, sustaining repairable (cat 3) damage. The pilot, 1st Lt Jack O. Flack was uninjured and returned to duty.
15/06/1944MartinetMS7401AASnr ManbyTime: 1610 - On completing a target-towing flight the aircraft ran out of fuel at 800ft at the start of it's approach. Despite this the pilot managed to land the aircraft. Some injuries were reported to Sgt B. Konecki (Polish) and his navigator. The aircraft itself had to be sent off-site for repair at a maintenance unit/contractor.
15/06/1944StirlingLK5411660 HCUSwinderbyTime: 1220 - During take-off for a conversion training flight, the aircraft swung and went in to a ditch. This was a result of the starboard undercarriage collapsing, which in turn was a result of the pilots slowness to react to the initial swing. No injuries were reported to either F/O A. Bradley (Australian) or his crew and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
16/06/1944B-24 Liberator42-52670576BS/392BGBarkston HeathCoded CI:L this aircraft departed Wendling on a flight to Barkston Heath. The pilot, 1st Lt Ward E Mathias, was instructed to land on runway 25 as there were gliders parked on the preferred runway (29). However, he landed on runway 19 at 1340hrs. During the landing run, the left brakes failed and the aircraft ran off the runway. The nose leg collapsed when the aircraft hit a hole, and the nose section was caved in on impact. The aircraft was written off as a result of the damage, though the crew were unhurt and returned to duty. Pilot 1st Lt Ward E Mathias, co-pilot 1st Lt L C Jones, engineer T/Sgt S L Chambless, radio operator T/Sgt K G Slyhoff.
16/06/1944OxfordBF95017 SFTSWellingoreTime: 1635 - While doing a fast taxi on the perimeter track the aircraft swung to the port. But the pilot was unable to correct and the aircraft left the track and went in to the boundary hedge. No injuries were reported to Lt A. Koray (Turkish) and the aircraft was repaired by another unit/contractor on-site.
17/06/1944SpitfireX449053OTUHibaldstowTime: 1015 - While taxying out for take-off, the aircraft hit another Spitfire (X4659) which was stationary awaiting take-off. No injuries were reported to W/O J.F. Alexander and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
17/06/1944SpitfireX465953OTUHibaldstowTime: 1015 - While stationary awaiting take-off, was hit by another aircraft (X4490) which was taxying out. No injuries were reported to F/O R. Ockerse (Dutch). But the aircraft was deemed a total write-off.
17/06/1944StirlingEF2091660HCUnr StaplefordCoded TV-H Airborne from Swinderby to practise 3-engined landings. Crashed 0345 after taking violent avoiding action to miss another aircraft. F/O M.F. Smith DFC (Australian) killed, F/Sgt F.A. Martin killed, Sgt J. Stabler killed, Sgt J. Totten injured. but died shortly after in hospital from his injuries, F/Sgt R.H. Turrell DFM killed, Sgt R.L. Wade injured. but died shortly after in hospital from his injuries, F/Sgt H.W.R. Tufts (Canadian) killed, Sgt E.E. Allen injured. Sgt D.F. Cook injured. Sgt D.G. Smith injured.
19/06/1944HalifaxBB2721656HCUSandtoftAirborne 0055hrs from Sandtoft for night circuit practice. Landed 0115hrs, but swung to port. The pilot overcorrected and the undercarriage collapsed. Pilot P/O FG Ferriday (Australian) and crew were unhurt.
19/06/1944BlenheimBA21312(P)AFUSpitalgate (Grantham)Collided mid-air with Blenheim BA238 at 6000 feet, damaging the port propellor and engine cowling of BA213. The unnamed pilot landed safely at Grantham.
19/06/1944BlenheimBA23812(P)AFUSpitalgate (Grantham)Collided mid-air with Blenheim BA213 at 6000 feet, tearing away the starboard wingtip of BA238. The unnamed pilot landed safely at Grantham.
19/06/1944BlenheimL150112(P)AFUSpitalgate (Grantham)Time: 0830 - The aircraft was taxied into the tail of L6735 (Blenheim) which was stationary at the time and also a petrol bowser at the dispersal. No injuries were reported to either F/Sgt F.W. Fleming or his crew, but the aircraft had to be sent off-site to a maintenance unit/contractor for repair.
19/06/1944BlenheimL673512(P)AFUSpitalgate (Grantham)This aircraft was damaged at 0830hrs whilst being refuelled at dispersal when it was struck by taxying Blenheim L1501, damaging the tail.
19/06/1944BlenheimL683912(P)AFUSpitalgate (Grantham)Time: 1321 - On returning to the airfield, the pilot was unable to lower the undercarriage. This left the pilot with no option but to belly land the aircraft at the airfield. No injuries were reported to either F/O F. Thomas or his crew. The aircraft was deemed beyond the units capacity to repair, and tasked to another unit on-site.
21/06/1944StirlingEH9401661HCUKettlethorpeAirborne from Winthorpe for the pilot's first solo on type. At 1800 feet, and engine caught fire, following which the aircraft dived & then banked to the right, crashing 1738 at Park Farm causing considerable damage to a barn and farm machinery. F/O F.S. Bradbury killed, Sgt F. Dauble injured. Sgt T.W. Farrell injured. P/O W.R. Clayton killed, F/O G.W. Rankin killed, Sgt A.M. McCune injured. Sgt J.A. Micallef killed, Sgt W.H. Miller killed
22/06/1944P-51 Mustang43-12171555FTS/496FTG5-10 miles west of GrimsbyThis aircraft sustained repairable (cat 3) damage after striking an obstruction in flight on this date. The aircraft appears to have landed safely back at Goxhill afterwards and the pilot 1st Lt Paul A Pelon was uninjured and returned to duty after the accident.
22/06/1944LancasterLL91712sqnWickenbyCoded PH-C. Airborne 1415 22Jun44 to bomb a flying-bomb site. Within six minutes of becoming airborne, the crew reported severe problems with the inner port engine and the sortie was abandoned. At 1541 22Jun44 part of the bomb load was jettisoned over the sea but on return to Wickenby the Lancaster ran beyond the runway and crashed at 1630. No injuries were reported. P/O B.S.Leuty Sgt D.Emmott F/O S.A.clack Sgt E.F.Evans Sgt J.R.Stone Sgt W.E.Pullen Sgt D.G.Northcott For the loss of this crew see LM225.
23/06/1944LancasterLL9019 SqnBardneyTime: 1306 - During flying practice, the pilot made a tail first landing causing it to snap off. No injuries were reported to either F/Lt J.W. Allinson or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired by another unit/contractor on-site.
23/06/1944LancasterME62597sqnDeeping FenCoded OF-O. Collided with another 97 Sqdn Lancaster ND981 while engaged in formation flying practice and spun out of control to crash at Cloor House Farm on Deeping Fen. five are buried in Cambridge City Cemetery, the others being buried in their home towns. F/O Arnold was flying as a Visual Air Bomber. F/Lt H.S.van Rhalte (Australian) killed, F/Sgt M.Durn killed, P/O D.G.Williams killed, W/O A.L.Lambert (Australian) killed, F/O A.Arnold (Australian) killed, F/Sgt E.H.Peace killed, F/Sgt R.G.Davies killed, F/Lt J.D.Fletcher killed
23/06/1944LancasterND98197sqnDeeping FenCoded OF-H. Collided with ME625 while engaged in formation flying and crashed with ME625 at Cloor House Farm on Deeping Fen. Sgt Cowan had a miraculous escape and parachuted safely as the Lancaster broke up. Four days later, the London Gazette carried details of the DFM awarded to W/O Partos. Those killed were buried in their home towns. F/Lt E.L.J.Perkins killed, Sgt F.E.Coxhead killed, F/Lt W.J.Hunt killed, F/Sgt J.Fairbairn killed, Sgt Cowan W/O D.G.Partos killed,
24/06/1944LancasterEE124300sqnbetween Linwood & LissingtonCoded BH-M, Airborne 1612 24Jun44 from Faldingworth to attack a flying-bomb site at Les Hayons in Belgium. On the return leg, the aircraft was hit by flak and although the aircraft made it back over English soil, the crew were killed when the Lancaster crashed in the Faldingworth circuit between Linwood and Lissington, south of Market Rasen. F/Sgt Z.Badowski (Polish) killed, Sgt T.Popowicz (Polish) killed, F/O A.J.Groblicki (Polish) killed, F/Sgt J.Staniewski (Polish) killed, F/Sgt E.Kosnik (Polish) killed, W/O A.Madejowski (Polish) killed, F/Sgt W.Stec (Polish) killed
24/06/1944HalifaxLL3661662HCUBlytonCoded -M2, the undercarriage collapsed after aircraft swung multiple times on take-off at 1015hrs. Sgt A Abrams (Canadian) and crew were unhurt.
24/06/1944HalifaxJD2671662HCUnr Brandy WharfCoded -G2, airborne 1435 from Blyton for acircuit traing sortie. The aileron locking bar had not been removed from the right-hand control column. The pilot climbed to 500 feet, but was unable to raise the undercarriage, following which the aircraft banked and the pilot was unable to correct the attitude. Crashed 9 miles east of Blyton. P/O W.H. O'Callaghan (Australian) injured. Sgt A. Slack killed, Sgt J.C. Waddell killed, F/Sgt A.S. Kidman (Australian) killed, W/O H.R. Molony (Australian) killed, F/Sgt T.N.I. Jones (Australian) killed.
25/06/1944LancasterED6071 LFSHemswellTime: 2105 - While taxying out for a training flight, the tail wheel collapsed on the aircraft. No injuries were reported to either F/Sgt Miodruckowski (Polish AF) or his crew. The aircraft itself was repaired by another unit/contractor on-site.
26/06/1944WellingtonMF52829OTU4 miles north of ThorneyAirborne at 2305 from Bruntingthorpe for a high-level bombing training sortie. The aircraft encountered bad weather, and was unable to maintain height after the port engine failed at 4300 feet. The crew were ordered to abandon the aircraft, with the pilot intending to stay on board to make a forced landing. At 0115, the starboard engine stopped at a height of 800 feet and the pilot abandoned the aircraft over Thorney. The aircraft crashed 4 miles north of the village, approx 2 miles west-southwest of Saxilby, in the vicinity of Stow Park
26/06/1944SpitfireP729453OTUKirton LindseyTime: 1105 - On returning to the airfield after completing a formation flying practice, the pilot overshot his landing. This resulted in the aircraft crashing through the boundary fence and coming to a stop n a field. No injuries were reported to F/Sgt L. Dunkelman (Canadian). But the aircraft had to be sent off-site for repair by a maintenance unit/contractor.
27/06/1944P-38 Lightning42-104104554FTS/496FTGGoxhillCoded B9:C, this aircraft was severely damaged (cat 4) in a ground accident at Goxhill on this date, though it was repaired and later returned to service.
27/06/1944WellingtonZ159218OTUnr Middle RasenAirborne at 1335 from Finningley for a cross-country sortie, but caught fire in the air. The aircraft crashed at 1715 at Baner Farm, nr Market Rasen. Sgt G.K. Cameron (Canadian) killed, Sgt E.A. Crowe (Canadian) killed, Sgt G.F. Marchington (Canadian) killed, Sgt G.W. Dunham (Canadian) killed, Sgt E. Bunt (Canadian) killed, Sgt R.S. Cracknell (Canadian) killed.
28/06/1944P-38 Lightning42-67931554FTS/496FTG1.5 miles south west of Thornton AbbeyThis aircraft was airborne from Goxhill on a high-altitude flight, during which the pilot 2nd Lt Byard M Cutler joined a mock-combat dogfight which several other aircraft were participating in already. Lt Cutler dived down from approximately 7000 feet. In the course of the dive the horizontal tail broke halfway between the twin rudders, followed quickly by the entire tail unit breaking off just in front of the vertical tails. The aircraft crashed at 0842hrs and exploded on impact ond and a half miles south west of Thornton Abbey, killing Lt Cutler and destroying the aircraft.
28/06/1944StirlingBK6541661HCUGosberton RisegateAirborne from Winthorpe for a night cross-country sortie, this aircraft was wrecked when it lost power from both outer engines and force-landed at 0740hrs after being unable to maintain height. Pilot F/O CB White and crew were unhurt.
29/06/1944BlenheimL674412(P)AFU3 miles SW of TattershallTime: 1430 - During flying training the pilot lost control of the aircraft due to jammed controls. As a result he abandoned the aircraft, leaving it to crash into the ground. Some injuries were reported to pilot W/O J. Davison.
29/06/1944StirlingLJ6431660 HCUSwinderbyTime: 0040 - The aircraft swung on landing back at the airfield, causing the undercarriage to collapse. No injuries were reported to P/O G.S. Faw (Canadian) or his crew. The aircraft itself had to be sent off-site for repair by a maintenance unit/contractor.
29/06/1944LancasterME701463sqnWaddingtonCoded JO-F, Christened 'Whoa Bessie' by her crew. Airborne 1211 from Waddington to destroy a flying-bomb site at Beauvoir. Hit and severely damaged by Flak but returned safely to Waddington at 1517. Subsequently struck off charge as beyond reasonable repair. No injuries. F/LB.A.Buckham Sgt W.Sinclair F/O R.W.Board F/Sgt L.J.Manning W/O e.J.Holden F/O E.H.Giersch F/O D.W.Procter
30/06/1944P-38 Lightning42-67871554FTS/496FTGHabroughCoded B9:I, this aircraft was one of a pair airborne from Goxhill at 1306hrs for an instrument flying practice sortie. During the flight, the two aircraft engaged in a mock dogfight with a pair of P-51s near Habrough. Whilst engaging the P-51s in combat, the port wing of this aircraft collided with the lead P-38 of the pair 42-67220 (which survived) severing the port wing. The aircraft crashed one mile west of Habrough railway station, pilot 2nd Lt Charles M. Mardel jr was killed in the crash.
30/06/1944WellingtonMF3921AASManbyTime: 0900 - While taxying out to the runway from a grass dispersal, the tail wheel sank in to the ground. This led to damage on the rear of the fuselage. No injuries were reported to either F/Sgt W. Smedley or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired by another unit/contractor on-site.
30/06/1944HalifaxDG3381667HCUSandtoftWhilst taking off for a circuit practice sortie from Sandtoft at 1837hrs, the port tyre burst. This caused the aircraft to veer off the runway, following which the starboard undercarriage leg collapsed. Sufficient damage was inflicted to write the aircraft off. This was the aircraft's third and final takeoff accident - previous ones were March 1943 at Swinderby with 1660HCU and 1/Feb/44 at Sandtoft. Pilot F/O GS Baker (Canadian) and crew were unhurt.

July

DateTypeSerialUnitLocationNotes
01/07/1944P-51 Mustang43-12212555FTS/496FTGGoxhillThis aircraft was involved in a landing accident on this date at Goxhill, sustaining repairable (cat 3) damage. The pilot, 1st Lt Jack O. Flack was uninjured and returned to duty.
04/07/1944LancasterNE139460sqnBinbrookCoded AR-?, the aircraft took off for a daylight cross-country sortie at 1932hrs. During the takeoff run the flight engineer prematurely raised the undercarriage, causing the aircraft to sink onto the runway. The aircraft was classed as requiring repair at either an MU or a manufacturer’s depot. Neither the pilot, P/O A.A. Hanrahan, not the other 6 crew on board were injured.
04/07/1944HurricaneLF5721687 BDT FltHemswellTime: 1630 - While taxying out of the dispersal for a fighter affiliation flight, the aircraft struck a hole. The resulting impact caused the port undercarriage leg to collapse. No injuries were reported to F/Lt A. Lewis, and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
04/07/1944LancasterLM229550sqnNorth KillingholmeCoded BQ-S. Airborne 2208 4Jul44 from North Killingholme for Orleans but crashed almost immediately, the wreckage catching fire. Only one crew member injured. P/O E.S.Vaughan injured. Sgt R.W.Metcalfe P/O L.C.Davies F/Sgt D.Porter Sgt T.Elliott Sgt W.J.WATson (Canadian) Sgt L.D.Purser
04/07/1944BlenheimAD66112(P)AFUSpitalgate (Grantham)Time: 1940 - While on a test flight, the aircraft lost hydraulics resulting n the pilot having to make a belly landing back at the airfield. F/Sgt R. Maun reported no injuries, but the was deemed beyond the units capacity to repair and sent off-site to a maintenance unit/contractor.
04/07/1944BeaufighterLZ109404sqnStrubbyTime: 1955 - On completing it's ferrying flight to the airfield, the undercarriage collapsed on landing after not being locked down. No injuries were reported to either the pilot A/W/Cdrdr A.K. Gatward DSO DFC (Canadian) or his navigator. The aircraft itself was deemed beyond the units capacity to repair, so was it was tasked to another unit/contractor on-site.
05/07/1944HalifaxDG4141667HCUAlkboroughAirborne from sandtoft at 1520 for a dual instruction sortie. The crew comprises instructor pilot, pupil, 4 flight engineers, navigator, wireless op/air gunner and bomb aimer.Lost control at 200 feet during 3-engine practise and crashed at 1315. F/Lt B.E McLaughlin DFC killed, P/O E. Barley killed, Sgt P. Morrissey DFM injured. Sgt T.E. Carr injured. Sgt I.H. Simmonds injured. (died of injuries shortly after the crash at Scunthorpe War Memorial hospital), Sgt G. Beedle killed, F/Sgt J.N. Bond (Australian) killed, Sgt H. Fryer killed, F/Sgt R.A. Wixted (Australian) killed
05/07/1944MasterDL11817 SFTSCaistor R.L.G.Time: 1600 - During an approach training flight, the aircraft made a heavy landing. This heavy impact resulted in the tail wheel being heavely damaged. No injuries were reported to either F/Sgt J. Hewitt or Sgt Johnson, and the aircraft was repaired by another unit/contractor on-site.
05/07/1944P-38 Lightning42-67276496FGGreat CoatesThis aircraft was airborne from Goxhill on a training flight when it struck overhead powerlines at 0907. The aircraft then crashed 0.5 miles south of Great Coates, killing the pilot 2nd Lt Arthur E. Miner. Some reports state that Lt Miner may have been 'buzzing' a girlfriend's house at the time of the crash.
05/07/1944BlenheimAZ97012(P)AFUHeason Hill Farm, nr GranthamTime: 0020 - While on a training flight the aircraft's starboard engine failed shortly after take-off. This was quickly followed by the port engine also failling. This double negine failure resulted in the aircraft making a forced landing in a ploughed field. No injuries were reported to either Sgt G.F. Ward or his crew. The aircraft itself was sent off-site for repair at a maintenance unit/contractor.
06/07/1944P-51 Mustang43-6496555FTS/496FTGGoxhillCoded C7:E, this aircraft was involved in a taxying accident at Goxhill on this date, sustaining reapairable (cat 3) damage, though the pilot, Lt William E Whalen was unhurt and returned to duty after the incident.
06/07/1944BeaufighterLX824236 SqnNorth CoatesTime: 0800 - On returning to the airfield after completing an anti-shipping sortie, the pilot overshot his landing. This overshoot resulted in the aircraft crossing a ditch causing the undercarriage to collapse. No injuries were reported to either F/O P.L. Middlemass or his navigator, but the aircraft was deemed beyond the units capacity to repair and sent off-site to a maintenance unit/contractor.
06/07/1944LancasterND79912sqnnr FaldingworthCoded PH-L. Airborne 1835 6Jul44 from Wickenby. To attack a flying-bomb site in the Foret du Croc. Over the target a bomb from another attacking aircraft sliced off the starboard fin and rudder. F/Lt Gray retained control, but was unable to prevent his Lancaster from crashing as he approached the airfield at Faldingworth in Lincolnshire. F/Sgt Silverman was critically injured. and he died 18Jul44, his grave being in Blackley Jewish Cemetery, Manchester. Sgt Frith is buried in Sutton-in- Ashfied Cemetery, while P/O Gibson is buried in Wigston Cemetery. F/Lt H.I.Gray Sgt P.Frith killed, P/O J.S.Gibson killed, F/Sgt E.W.Strand F/Sgt T.Silverman injured. F/O H.P.Taylor Sgt J.N.D.Scott
07/07/1944BeaufighterNE744404sqnStrubbyTime: 1640 - While on approach to the airfield after completing an airframe and engine test, the port engine failed causing the pilot to lose control. This resulted in the aircraft hitting the runway killing both the pilot F/O J.W. Blyth (Canadian) and his fitter Cpl RE Colwell.
08/07/1944LancasterPB20749sqnFiskertonCoded EA-? Airborne 2226 7Jul44 from Fiskerton to attack the flying-bomb storage facility in the caves at St.Leu d'Esserent. Badly shot up by a Me210 and though the crew made a safe return to base, landing at 0300 8Jul44, PB207 was assessed to be so badly damaged as to be beyond economical repair and was struck off charge. F/O L.McCracken Sgt e.Hilton F/O R.L.Bienvenu F/O J.wilkes W/O J.Pollard W/O S.S.Inglis F/Sgt S.F.Harding
08/07/1944SpitfireP857553OTUHibaldstowTime: 1455 - Suffered a heavy landing on returning to the airfield. The heavy impact with the runway caused the port underc arriage to collapse. No injuries were reported to F/O G.M. Corbett and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
08/07/1944BeaufighterLZ188236sqnNorth CoatesCoded A, this aircraft was damaged when it belly-landed on return from a shipping strike off the Frisian Islands after being damaged by flak. Crew names not recorded.
08/07/1944BeaufighterLZ221254sqnNorth CoatesCoded J, this aircraft was damaged when it belly-landed on return from a shipping strike off the Frisian Islands after being damaged by flak. Crew names not recorded.
09/07/1944StirlingLK3891661 HCUSwinderbyTime: 0603 - During a training flight the pilot discovered that the undercarriage would not function despite his best efforts. When he finally managed to lower the undercarriage for landing, the port leg failed to lower due to a pylon failure. No injuries were reported to F/O O. Korpella (Canadian) or his crew and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
11/07/1944P-51 Mustang43-12411555FTS/496FTGBarton-on-HumberCoded C7:G, this aircraft was airborne from Goxhill on a training flight when the engine failed shortly after takeoff. The pilot 2nd Lt William C. Slade Jr was able to make a successful belly-landing near Barton-on-Humber. He was uninjured and the aircraft only sustained repairable (cat 3) damge in the belly-landing.
11/07/1944BeaufighterNT917236 SqnNorth CoatesTime: 1650 - On landing back at the airfield after completing section R/P attacks, the starboard undercarriage collapsed as a result of a hydraulic problem. No injuries were reported to either F/Sgt A.J. Kimberly or his navigator. The aircraft itself was deemed beyond the units capacity to repair, so was tasked to another unit/contractor on-site.
11/07/1944A-20 Havoc43-9441646BS/410BGSpitalgateThis aircraft was on a ferry flight from Gosfield to Grantham (RAF Spitalgate). On arrival, the pilot 1st Lt Gerald F. Dale landed just under halfway along the runway and the aircraft skidded off the runway under heavy braking. The aircraft left the runway and crossed a ditch, causing the undercarriage to be sheared off. The aircraft came to rest across the main road (A52) outside the airfield perimeter.The damage sustained to the aircraft caused it to be classed as a writeoff. Both the pilot, Lt Dale and his passenger 1st Lt Greek H Holland returned to duty after this incident.
12/07/1944BeaufighterLZ288236 SqnNorth CoatesTime: 1650 - On taking-off for a transit flight, the navigators cupola broke. No injuries were reported to either F/Sgt E.J. Prince or his navigator, and the aircraft landed back at the airfield safely. The aircraft itself was deemed beyond the units capacity to repair, so it was tasked to another unit/contractor for repair.
13/07/1944LancasterND968460sqnBinbrookTime: 0022 - While stationary in the dispersal, the aircraft was hit by Lancaster NE142. No injuries were reported and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
13/07/1944LancasterNE142460sqnBinbrookThis aircraft was damaged at 0022hrs when it struck parked Lancaster ND968 whilst taxying. No further details were recorded.
13/07/1944HalifaxW77781662HCUnr SotbyAirborne from Blyton at 2305 for a Bullseye sortie. At 0320 the aircraft hit the ground 0.5 miles southwest of Sotby. The force of the impact destroyed the aircraft and investigators were unable to ascertain more than that the aircraft hit the ground at approx a 45 degree angle. Weather may have been a factor in the crash as there was heavy drizzle and between 2-4000 yards visibility a the time. P/O A.R. Harris killed, Sgt R.H. Brooks killed, Sgt J.J.H. Smith killed, Sgt J.A. Allen killed, F/Sgt F.W. Filmer killed, Sgt J.A. Malcolm killed, Sgt V.B. Myers killed, Sgt A.R. Rogers killed
13/07/1944B-24 Liberator42-95013392BGWrangle CommonCoded GC-V this aircraft took off from Wendling assigned to bomb a target at Saarbrucken. The squadron encountered problems forming up during assembly before setting off on the raid. This aircraft suffered severe icing and spun in, crashing at Wrangle Common. 8 of the 9 onboard were killed, only the left waist gunner S/Sgt Mark Osment was able to bale out and survived. Those killed were pilot 1st Lt Norman J Hunt, co-pilot 1st Lt Peter B Roetzel, navigator 2nd Lt William J Hession, engineer T/Sgt Walter L McKinzie, radio operator T/Sgt Harold C Wilkinson, ball-turret gunner S/Sgt Daniel L McEwan, left waist gunner S/Sgt William E Carrington and tail gunner S/Sgt Leonard A Jackson. The aircraft burned out on the ground, the bombs aboard the aircraft did not explode. When the fire died out, the bombs were disposed of, and the crash site was bulldozed in. The aircraft was named "Berlin Bitch" by its crew.
14/07/1944HalifaxDG4241662HCUBlytonAirborne 0155hrs from Blyton for the pilot's 4th solo on type. The aircraft landed at 0205hrs, but swung off the runway and was damaged beyond repair when the port undercarriage folded. Pilot P/O T Batley and crew were unhurt.
14/07/1944LancasterME647166 SqnKirmingtonTime: 2059 - During take-off a tyre burst on the aircraft causing the undercarriage to collapse. This in turn led to the aircraft also swinging. No injuries were reported to either F/Sgt G. Lewis or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired by another unit/contractor on-site.
14/07/1944BeaufighterLZ538144 SqnStrubbyTime: 0001 - On approach to the airfield in bad visibility, the pilot misjudged his height causing the aircraft to suffer a heavy landing. This landing in turn caused the starboard undercarriage to collapse and swing the aircraft the same way. No injuries were reported to F/Sgt D.E. Woolnough or his navigator, but the aircraft was deemed beyond the units capacity to repair and passed to another resident unit/contractor for the repair.
14/07/1944StirlingEH9771660 HCUSwinderbyTime: 1200 - While taxying out for a conversion training flight, the pilot ran in to an old caravan. No injuries were reported to either F/O L.S. Goodman or his crew and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
14/07/1944LancasterME560617sqnWoodhall SpaCoded KC-G, this aircraft was wrecked when it crash-landed after both port engines caught fire whilst in flight from West Malling in Kent. The aircraft was collecting F/O RT Duck who had been in hospital in Kent since being severely injured on a raid to Boulogne on June 15th. F/O Duck was on a stretcher in the aircraft for the trip. Pilot F/O ML Hamilton, F/O RT Duck, F/L RMS Matthews (Station Medical Officer) and an unnamed WAAF nursing orderly were all uninjured in the crash.
15/07/1944CG-4A Hadrian43-7910548TCS/315TCG3 miles northwest of FolkinghamThis glider was under tow at the time of the accident in the lower of 2 tow positions behind a tug aircraft at 800 feet altitude and a speed of 118mph. The tow rope broke in flight at 1430hrs and the section still attached to the glider wrapped itself around the elevator and rudder, fouling the flying controls and causing the glider to go into an outside loop and crash. The glider came down 3 miles north-west of Folkingham village and was destroyed in the accident. The pilot F/O William H Coons and co-pilot F/O Preston Griggs were both killed in the crash.
16/07/1944StirlingEF291218 (Gold Coast) SqnNorth WithamTime: 0004 - The pilot overshot his landing at the airfield, and came to rest in a ditch after going off the end of the runway. No injuries were reported to either F/Sgt H.V. Hibberd (Australian) or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
16/07/1944LancasterND46483sqnnr New YorkCoded OL-S, Partially abandoned at 2348 16Jul44 following total engine failure while engaged on night-bombing practice. Those killed were found at the crash site, 3 miles SE of Coningsby airfield in Lincolnshire. F/O Hegarty is buried in Cambridge City Cemetery, while the others were taken to their home towns. It is noted that F/O Sillitoe, who came from Hyde Park in Leeds, is buried in the same plot at Sgt Ewen Edward John sillitoe, an Observer killed flying with 235 Sqdn 17Jan43. Although born of separate parents, both shared the names of Ewen and Edward. F/O D.J.Hegarty DFC (Australian) killed, F/O K.E.E.Sillitoe killed, W/O M.G.Cross killed
17/07/1944P-51 Mustang42-102998555FTS/496FTGGoxhillCoded C7:E, this aircraft was involved in a taxying accident at Goxhill on this date, sustaining repairable (cat 3) damage. The pilot, Lt Earl Medoff was uninjured and returned to duty after the incident.
17/07/1944P-51 Mustang43-12438555FTS/496FTGGoxhillCoded C7:F, this aircraft was involved in a taxying accident at Goxhill on this date, sustaining repairable (cat 3) damage. The pilot, Lt William T Gerbe Jr was uninjured and returned to duty after the incident. Lt Gerbe went on to win the DFC on 1st November 1944 when he became the first Allied pilot to shoot down an Me-262 jet. He flew 76 missions and survived the war.
17/07/1944BeaufighterLZ418254 SqnNorth CoatesTime: 1130 - During an air test, the pilots seat collapsed causing him to lose control of the aircraft. The pilot managed to gain control back and land the aircraft safely at the airfield. No injuries were reported to F/O E.D. Ridgeway (Australian), but the aircraft was deemed beyond the units capacity to repair and passed over to another unit/contractor for this task.
18/07/1944P-51 Mustang43-12171555FTS/496FTGGoxhillCoded C7:S, this aircraft was involved in a landing accident at Goxhill on this date, sustaining repairable (cat 3) damage. The pilot, Lt Alfred B Maclay was uninjured and returned to duty after the incident.
18/07/1944WellingtonMF2261AASManbyTime: 1430 - On taxying back to the dispersal after landing, the starboard tyre burst causing the aircraft to swing. The brakes were applied but the aircraft came to rest on it's nose. No injuries were reported to either F/O P. McPhillips (Hawaian) or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
18/07/1944LancasterME71961 SqnSkellingthorpeTime: 0409 - During take-off for an operational sortie, the aircraft suffered an engine surge. The pilot throttled back and the engine cut causing the aircraft to hit the runway with force. This impact caused heavy damage to the undercarriage. Some injuries were reported to F/O S. Parker's crew, though none serious. The aircraft itself had to be sent off-site for repair by a maintenance unit/contractor.
18/07/1944LancasterLM634100sqnWalthamCoded HW-H, Airborne 0356 18Jul44 from Grimsby to bomb a strong point at Sannerville in the Normandy Battle Area but swung out of control, crashed, and later, exploded. Fortunately the crew managed to get well clear of the wreckage ahead of the detonation. F/O C.M.Stewart (Canadian) Sgt H.Prince F/O R.H.Rix Sgt P.Burnett Sgt P.T.Dunn F/O J.P.Insell Sgt S.Kowal
19/07/1944LancasterND86944 SqnDunholme LodgeTime: 1102hrs - While stationary in it's dispersal, the aircraft was hit by Lancaster PB139. The collision caused damage to both the port side of the front turret and port leading edge. No injuries were reported and the aircraft was repaired by another unit/contractor on-site.
19/07/1944LancasterPB13944 SqnDunholme LodgeThis aircraft was damaged at 1102hrs whilst taxying when it struck parked Lancaster ND869. No further details recorded.
19/07/1944P-51 Mustang43-12173555FTS/496FTGGoxhillCoded C7:R, this aircraft was involved in a landing accident at Goxhill on this date, sustaining repairable (cat 3) damage. The pilot, Lt Karl M Waldron Jr was uninjured and returned to duty after the incident.
19/07/1944LancasterLM113626 SqnWickenbyTime: 1845 - While the aircraft was being towed, the tail wheel fractured. No injuries were reported and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
20/07/1944Piper L-4B Cub43-71495BGElm Tree Farm nr WelbyAirborne from Horham, this aircraft was piloted by Lt Donald F Engle made a forced landing near Welby on this date. The aircraft sustained repairable (cat 3) damage but Engle was uninjured and returned to duty after the accident.
20/07/1944P-51 Mustang43-6955555FTS/496FTGHemingbyThis aircraft took off from Goxhill at 0615hrs as one of 4 aircraft on a low-level formation practice sortie. During a turn in battle formation the pilot 2nd Lt Lawrence A Bearden realised that he was losing speed whilst in a vertical bank. Lt Bearden noticed a small hill in his immediate path and realised that he would stall and crash if he tried to pull up to clear it, so he switched his fuel and engine off and made a forced landing one mile south of Hemingby. Lt Bearden returned to duty after this accident but his aircraft was written off in the forced landing.
21/07/1944LancasterND413100sqnAylesbyCoded HW-R. Airborne 2355 20Jul44 from Grimsby to bomb railway facilities at Courtrai in tactical support of the Normandy Battle Area. Homebound, emerged from low cloud and crashed 0330 21Jul44 at Aylesby, 6 miles W of Cleethorpes in Lincolnshire. Those killed are buried in their home towns. It is observed that F/Sgt Amory, who came from Georgetown, British Guyana, was taken to Cambridge City Cemetery, while his Cambridge born skipper was buried in Grimsby (Scartho Road) Cemetery. F/O D.G.Mills killed, Sgt R.G.Crabb killed, F/Sgt R.G.Amory killed, F/Sgt A.J.Irwin injured. F/Sgt L.Fisher killed, Sgt G.A.Wells injured. Sgt A.R.Fuller injured.
21/07/1944P-38 Lightning42-67309554FTS/496FTGGoxhillCoded B9:R, this aircraft took off from Goxhillat 1455hrs for formation flying practice, returning with the other aircraft in formation at 1630hrs.The pilot 2nd Lt Reginald A. Pitzer made a standard approach to the airfield but did not 'flare' the aircraft from the glideslope to land. As a result, the aircraft hit the runway extremely hard causing to bounce. The aircraft touched down from this bounce very solidly on all 3 wheels, causing both main wheel tyres to burst and the nose leg support strut to break sideways. The aircraft rolled to a stop at the end of the runway having sustained sufficient damage in this incident to be declared a writeoff. Lt Pitzer returned to duty after this accident and was killed in action flying a P-38 over Germany on 5th November 1944.
21/07/1944BeaufighterLZ134144 SqnStrubbyTime: 1945 - on take-off for a shipping strike, the port engine failed causing the aircraft to crash into the ground 5 minutes later whilst trying to belly-land. Pilot F/Lt P. Lebrocq killed, his gunner was injured in the incident.
22/07/1944P-51 Mustang43-12416555FTS/496FTGnr South Ferriby?Coded C7:V, this aircraft departed Goxhill at 1717hrs on a training sortie to transition the pilot onto the aircraft type. At 1755hrs the pilot 1st Lt Richard F Murray got the aircraft into a spin just below the cloudbase which was around 1200-1500 feet. Lt Murray halted the spin, but the aircraft hit the ground flat and exploded on impact, destroying it and killing Lt Murray.
22/07/1944LancasterED936617sqnWoodhall SpaThis aircraft is reported as crashing on this date, and being struck off charge 6 days later after being classified as written off, suitable for spares recovery. There is no record card covering the accident, nor any mention in the squadron records of the accident, crew or cause.
23/07/1944SpitfireAR396310 (Czech) SqnDigbyTime: 1045 - While taxying back to the dispersal after completing an operational flight, the aircraft received damage to it's fuselage. No injuries were reported to F/O S.J.J. Moovck (Czech). But the aircraft had to be sent off-site for repair by a maintenance unit/contractor.
23/07/1944LancasterME594300 SqnFaldingworthTime: 0320 - Coded BH-B, On returning from an air-to-air firing practice flight, the aircraft overshot it's landing. This resulted in the undercarriage hitting a drainage ditch 90 yards from the end of the runway and collapsing. No injuries were reported to either F/Sgt D.C. Barton or his crew, but the aircraft had to be repaired by a maintenance unit/contractor off-site.
23/07/1944P-38 Lightning42-67220554FTS/496FTGGoxhillCoded B9:G, this aircraft returned to Goxhill from a formation flying sortie at 1521hrs. Whilst landing in turn with the other aircraft of the formation, this aircraft moved too close to the aircraft in front and caught the propwash from it. The pilot 2nd Lt George K. Tachick was unable to regain control of his aircraft before it struck the runway very hard. The aircraft sustained sufficient damage to be classed as beyond repair and it was written off.
23/07/1944P-51 Mustang43-2504877FS/20FGWest PinchbeckThis aircraft was airborne from Kings Cliffe at 1600hrs on a practice sortie with the group. At 1710hrs at 6000 feet over the Wash, the pilot 1st Lt Carl W Clough switched to use the fuel in the aircraft's drop-tanks and the engine immediately began to cut out. Despite changing to using another fuel tank, the engine continued to cut out and Lt Clough pointed his aircraft back inland. Whilst descending over land, the engine began to run very badly, leaving Lt Clough with no other option than to perform a controlled forced landing at 1715hrs at West Pinchbeck. Lt Clough was uninjured in the forced landing and returned to duty, but the aircraft sustained major damage and was classed as a write-off.
24/07/1944CG-4A Hadrian42-7356229TCS/313TCGFolkinghamThis glider was leading a flight of 4 gliders returning to land at Folkingham after being released from their tug aircraft. The pilot 1st Lt William Pennington slowed down to just above stalling speed on the downwind leg of the approach to lose height more quickly. This resulted in the port wing slowing to below stalling speed as the glider was turned to the left onto final approach to land. The loss of lift from the port wing caused the glider to fall to the left and it struck the ground port wing first. In the crash the nose section of the glider was destroyed and both Lt Pennington and his co-pilot F/O Edward B Cohen were seriously injured.
24/07/1944BlenheimAZ95512(P)AFUHarlaxtonTime: 1020 - Hit an obstruction while taxying out to the runway after losing sight of the marshalling ground crew. No injuries were reported to P/O J.W. Hackett or F/sgt N.W. Hawkins (New Zealander), and the aircraft was tasked to another unit/contractor on-site for repair.
24/07/1944LancasterND614166sqnKirmingtonCoded AS-A, Airborne 2238 23Jul44 from Kirmington for Kiel. Wrecked 0409 24Jul44 on return to base following the collaps of its undercarriage on touch- down. P/O P.H.Allan injured. F/O J.D.Nelson (P2) (Canadian) Sgt R.C.Duke Sgt G.B.McGhee Sgt G.N.Raynes Sgt G.King Sgt V.Montague Sgt R.C.Duke
25/07/1944P-38 Lightning42-67281554FTS/496FTGGoxhillCoded B9:P this aircraft was airborne from Goxhill on a training flight. On return to base at 1055hrs, the pilot 2nd Lt Alexander F Cilli called his formation leader and obtained permission to land first as he was low on fuel. He made his approach too fast and landed over two thirds of the way down the runway. Lt Cilli was unable to stop the aircraft before it ran off the end of the runway. The aircraft ploughed through a hedge, crossed a road and an entanglement of barbed wire finally came to a halt in a field. The aircraft was damaged beyond repair in this crash. Lt Cilli returned to duty after the accident and survived the war.
25/07/1944B-17 Fortress42-97543364BS/305BGnr SpaldingWhilst airborne on a training flight performing mock bombing runs against Kings Lynn from 15000 feet, the top turret caught fire due to a fault in the oxygen system. The fire spread quickly and the pilot, 1st Lt Samuel E Rosser ordered the crew to abandon the aircraft. All 8 baled out and landed safely and the aircraft was last seen heading out to sea. it is unclear whether this aircraft crashed at sea, or as has also been reported, it turned around and crashed near Spalding. Pilot 1st Lt Samuel E Rosser, co-pilot 2nd Lt Earl B Douglas, navigator 2nd Lt Earl D Metko, bombardier 1st Lt Lowell L Ricky, engineer 1st Lt Keith E Estes, radio operator S/Sgt Ollice Z Rowe and waist gunners S/Sgt William D Foster and Sgt Norman W Putney all returned to duty after baling out. The aircraft was listed as missing in action.
25/07/1944LancasterPB294207sqnoff the coastCoded EM-G, Airborne 2150 24Jul44 from Spilsby to bomb an oil storage depot at Donges. Crashed in the North Sea off the Lincolnshire coast while in the process of jettisoning bombs. Three bodies were recovered from the water; F/O McIntosh is buried in Grimsby (Scartho Road) Cenetery; his Navigator, F/Sgt Little who came from New Malden in Surrey, is buried in Cambridge City Cemetery, while Sgt Bateman is buried in Islington Cemetery, Finchley in Middlesex. The others are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. F/O P.C.McIntosh killed, Sgt J.R.Grint killed, F/Sgt S.W.G.Little killed, F/Sgt G.R.Shannon killed, Sgt J.Beech killed, Sgt L.D.Bateman killed, F/Sgt A.W.Smith killed
25/07/1944HalifaxDB3101667 HCUSandtoftTime: 0040 - On returning to the airfield after completing a training flight, the aircraft suffered a heavy landing. This landing resulted in the tail wheel breaking off the aircraft. No injuries were reported to either F/O P. Johnson, P/O P. Cartwright or the other crew members. The aircraft itself was tasked to another unit/contractor on-site for repair.
25/07/1944LancasterLM48161 SqnSwinderbyTime: 2000 - While over the target on an operational sortie, the aircraft was hit by a bomb from another aircraft killing the tail turret gunner, P/O CJ Foy. But despite the damage to the aircraft the pilot managed to return Lincolnshire and landed at Swinderby. No other injuries were reported to F/O H. Watkins crew and the aircraft was repaired by another unit/contractor on-site.
26/07/1944P-51 Mustang43-6503555FTS/496FTGGoxhillThis aircraft was airborne at 1001hrs from Goxhill piloted by 2nd Lt Denis J Alison as one of a pair for a cine-gunnery exercise with P-51 43-12214. Lt Alison's aircraft acted as the target for 1st Lt John D Daniel in 43-12214 to make simulated attack passes at, but on the first pass Lt Daniel's aircraft collided with the underside of it, leaving a large dent in the wheel-bay door. The collision happened at 1054hrs and Lt Daniel's aircraft was severely damaged, forcing him to bale out near Withernsea. Lt Daniel died after landing in the sea, his body being recovered around 2 weeks later. Lt Alison returned safely to base and made a wheels-up landing as a precuation as he could not tell how severely his aircraft's undercarriage had been damaged in the collision. The aircraft was damaged beyond repair in the belly-landing, though Lt Alison returned to duty after the accident.
26/07/1944P-51 Mustang43-12214555FTS/496FTGin the HumberThis aircraft was airborne at 1001hrs from Goxhill piloted by 1st Lt John D Daniel as one of a pair for a cine-gunnery exercise with P-51 43-6503 flown by 2/lt Denis J Alison. Lt Alison's aircraft acted as the target for 43-12214 to make simulated attack passes at, but on the first pass Lt Daniel's aircraft collided with the underside of it, leaving a large dent in the wheel-bay door. The collision happened at 1054hrs and Lt Daniel's aircraft was severely damaged, forcing him to bale out near Withernsea. Lt Daniel died after landing in the sea, his body being recovered around 2 weeks later.
26/07/1944StirlingLK4831660HCUSwinderbyTook off from Swinderby at 0930hrs, but began to swing. The throttles were closed, but the aircraft was rapidly approaching the airfield boundary hedge, so the pilot raised undercarriage to stop aircraft overrunning. F/O T Bain unhurt,Sgt D.W. Dunthorpe injured, Sgt Cryer unhurt, Sgt R.J. Harris injured, Sgt C.J. Western injured, Sgt Melody unhurt, Sgt Hardy unhurt, Sgt Oberneck unhurt.
27/07/1944MasterEM3307PAFUin the WashThis aircraft was wrecked when it spun in during aerobatics 2.5 miles north of the mouth of the river Nene. Pilot P/O HA McKell was killed.
27/07/1944MasterDK97817 SFTSWellingoreTime: 1615 - During take-off for a training flight, the pilot forgot to select the correct pitch to get airborne. This resulted in the aircraft running off the end of the runway and crashing through the airfield boundary. Lt A. Razzaq (Iranian) was killed in the incident.
28/07/1944LancasterND169625 SqnKelsternTime: 2135 - On taking-off on an operational bombing sortie the port tyre burst causing the aircraft to lose speed. But the pilot managed to keep control of the aircraft and stop it from swinging. No injuries were reported to either F/Sgt A.C. Hade (USAAF) or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
28/07/1944C-47 Dakota42-2333459TCS/61TCGSouth RaucebyThis aircraft flown by 1st Lt Thomas A Gall was the lead aircraft of a stream of 3 C-47s on a training flight. Lt gall began to lead the other aircraft in a descent between some clouds. He made a turn to the right to follow a break in the cloud and was struck by C-47 43-15097 flown by 1st Lt George B Hartzell who had misjudged his speed and entry into the turn. Lt Hartzell's aircraft wing struck Lt Gall's aircraft behing the astrodome on top of the fuselage. Lt Gall appeared to have control over the aircraft, but crashed after descending in a wide slow turn with smoke coming from the port engine. The aircraft was written off in the crash and all 5 crew, pilot 1st Lt Thomas A Gall, co-pilot 2nd Lt Jack L Craven, navigator 1st Lt Robert E James, radio operator Sgt Robert R Meyers and crew chief T/Sgt Max E Turner were all killed.
28/07/1944C-47 Dakota43-1509759TCS/61TCGSouth RaucebyThis aircraft, flown by 1st Lt George B Hartzell was flying as the tail-end aircraft in a stream of 3 C-47s on a training flight when Lt Hartzell misjudged his speed and collided with the lead aircraft, C-47 42-23334 flown by 1st Lt Thomas A Gall in a turn. Lt Hartzell's starboard wing struck Lt Gall's aircraft and in the ensuing collision Lt Gall's port propeller severed the tail of Lt Hartzell's aircraft, causing it to dive vertically into the ground, destroying the aircraft and killing all 4 crew on board - pilot 1st Lt George B Hartzell, co-pilot 2nd Lt Arthur F Gruel, radio operator S/Sgt Harold E West and crew chief S/Sgt Margarito S Lujan.
29/07/1944LancasterND356100sqnKelsternTime: 0630 - On returning from an operational bombing sortie, the aircraft's starboard outer engine failed and caught fire. This forced the pilot to land at the nearest airfield, but he had to land down wind causing the aircraft to overshoot. On touching down the tail wheel collapsed upon crossing a road. No injuries were reported to either F/Sgt J.R. Tones (New Zealander) or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
30/07/1944LancasterND632103 SqnElsham WoldsTime: 1935 - On completing a cross country training flight and returning to the airfield, the aircraft swung violently upon landing due to the pilots speed being too high. This in turn caused the port tyre to burst and the undercarriage to collapse. No injuries were reported to P/O D.A. Henry (Australian) or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired by another unit/contractor on-site.
30/07/1944P-38 Lightning42-104104554FTS/496FTGGoxhillCoded B9:C, this aircraft was involved in a taxying accident at Goxhill on this date, sustaining repairable (cat 3) damage. The aircraft appears to have been under the control of crew chief Pvt Andrew F Cirlincione at the time of the accident.
30/07/1944P-38 Lightning42-67216554FTS/496FTGGoxhillCoded B9:B, this aircraft sustained repairable (cat 3) damage in a landing accident at Goxhill on this date. The aircraft was salvaged on August 5th. Pilot 1st Lt Charles R Bilby was uninjured and returned to duty after this incident. He was posted to an operational squadron in France shortly afterwards and survived the war.
30/07/1944LancasterLM28457sqnin the WashCoded DX-? LM284 was delivered to 57 Squadron 29Jul44. Crashed in The Wash on post-delivery air test. When lost this aircraft had a total of 2 hours. Airborne from East Kirkby (time not recorded) crewed by a 55 Base Test Crew consisting mainly of 207 Squadron personnel. Presumed lost in The Wash. The body of F/Sgt Gidman was washed onto a beach near Brancaster, Norfolk and taken for burial; the rest are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. The three DFM recipients, all from 207 Squadron, had their awards published 18Aug44; 15Aug44; and 18Aug44 respectively. F/O D.L.Davies DFC killed, F/Sgt A.H.Allison DFM killed, P/O D.J.Scuffins DFM killed, F/Sgt C.Gidman DFM killed, P/O B.O Hunt killed, P/O F.W.Logan DFC (Canadian) killed
31/07/1944SpitfireP79191690 B.D.T.F.SwinderbyTime: 1825 - On landing back at the airfield after a fighter affiliation flight, the aircraft swing off the runway causing the undercarriage to collapse and the aircraft to finish on it's nose. It was later found that the starboard tyre burst on landing causing the swing. No injuries were reported to F/Lt N.J. Lucas and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.

August

DateTypeSerialUnitLocationNotes
01/08/1944MasterDK81317 SFTSCranwell SouthTime: 1510 - While doing a low flying dual practice, the aircraft hit an obstruction in low cloud. But the aircraft managed to make a safe landing after the incident. It was found later that they had no been cleared to fly the aircraft that low. No injuries were reported to either Lt R.L. Jodineaglos (Turkish) or his instructor, and the aircraft was repaired by another unit/contractor on-site.
04/08/1944MasterDK83817FTSnr WelbyThis aircraft was wrecked when it stalled during a practise gun attack, crashing 1 mile west of Welby. Pilot Lt M Gorez (Turkish) was killed in the crash.
05/08/1944P-38 Lightning42-67277554FTS/496FTGGoxhillCoded B9:Y, this aircraft was returning to Goxhill from a low-altitude formation training sortie. On touchdown, one of the undercarriage wheels was broken off, and the pilot, 2nd Lt Alexander F Cilli immediately took off again and followed instructions to land the aircraft wheels-up on the grass by the runway. The aircraft was written off after the belly-landing, but Lt Cilli returned to duty after this accident.
05/08/1944P-38 Lightning42-67297554FTS/496FTGGoxhillCoded B9:A, this aircraft was one of several airborne from Goxhill on this day for low-altitude formation training work. Around 60 miles north of the airfield, somewhere in Yorkshire the pilot 2nd Lt Harry I Curtis Jr misjudged his height and flew through some tree-tops. Lt Curtis landed his aircraft safely back at Goxhill but the aircraft sustained sufficient damage in the accident for it to be declared a write-off afterwards.
05/08/1944Avenger 2JZ569787sqnHolbeach rangeThis aircraft was wrecked when it dived into the ground during a trials flight. Pilot Lt(A) AJ Dundas (Royal Navy) was killed in the crash.
07/08/1944P-51 Mustang42-102999555FTS/496FTGGoxhillCoded C7:H, this aircraft was involved in a landing accident at Goxhill on this date, sustaining repairable (cat 3) damage. The pilot, 2nd Lt Francis J McCarthy was unhurt and went on to fly with the 352nd FG alongside his brother, Ed. Lt McCarthy was killed on a sortie in the Hamburg area on March 30th 1945.
07/08/1944BeaufighterNE465254 SqnNorth CoatesTime: 1130 - While taxying to the dispersal, the tail wheel on the aircraft hit an obstruction causing damage to both the wheel and undercarriage. No injuries were reported to either F/Lt M.C. Thorburn (New Zealander) or his navigator. The aircraft itself was deemed beyond the units capacity to repair and was tasked to another unit/contractor on-site.
07/08/1944MosquitoNT202617sqnWainfleet RangeCoded AJ-N, airborne from Woodhall Spa at 1059. After 3 passes on the Wainfleet range, the starboard engine failed, followed by structural failure causing the starboard wing to break away during a climbing turn over the range. F/O W.A. Duffy DFC (Canadian) killed, F/O P. Ingleby killed.
08/08/1944LancasterLM292103 SqnFentonCoded PM-?Airborne 2118 7aug44 from Elsham wolds to attack a strong point at Fontenay-le-Marmion. Homebound when an engine took fire. Control soon became difficult and the Lancaster was partially abandoned, with the skipper and engineer remaining in position to hold the aircraft as steady as possible to allow the other five crew-men to bale out before crashing at Fenton, 7 miles SE of Grantham in Lincolnshire. Sgt Corless is commemorated on Panel 227 of the Runnymede memorial, F/O Brown is buried in Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery. F/O G.C.Brown (Canadian) killed, Sgt J.Corless killed, Sgt B.M.Sandberg (Canadian) F/O R.Robinson (Canadian) F/Sgt S.Porter (Canadian) Sgt G.R.Vickery Sgt W.G.Hurley
08/08/1944LancasterME81350sqnSkellingthorpeCoded VN-?, Airborne 2110 7aug44 from Skellingthorpe to bomb an enemy strong- point in the Normandy Battle Area at Secqueville. Over-ran the runway landing at Skellingthorpe on return 0130 8aug44, colliding with an air-raid shelter. No crew injuries reported but the aircraft was assessed as beyond economical repair. Note. The 50 Sqdn ORB is now on microfiche and the quality of the original document was of such poor quality that it is impossible to determine the names of the crew. However, an examination of the Aircraft Accident record identifies the pilot and circumstances of the write-off. F/O F. Mountain.
09/08/1944P-51 Mustang42-102998555FTS/496FTGGoxhillCoded C7:E, this aircraft returned to Goxhill after a sortie to transition the pilot onto the aircraft type. The pilot 2nd Lt David H. Courtney landed around a third of the way down the runway, touching down sufficiently hard to collapse the port undercarriage leg, causing the aircraft to slew to the left and skid off the runway. The aircraft sustained damage sufficiently severe to be classed as a write-off. Lt Courtney returned to duty after the accident.
09/08/1944P-51 Mustang43-12460554FTS/496FTGGoxhillCoded B9:I, this aircraft was involved in a taxying accident at Goxhill on this date sustaining repairable (cat 3) damage. Pilot 2nd Lt Billy Clemmons was uninjured in the accident and returned to duty afterwards.
09/08/1944ProctorHM419Stn Flt HaltonLudford MagnaTime: 1125 - During take-off the aircraft swung to the starboard side and hit a sodium flare on the side of the runway. No injuries were reported to either W/O D.N. Cufentes or his crew. But the aircraft was deemed a total write-off.
09/08/1944BlenheimBA23812(P)AFUSpitalgate (Grantham)Time: 0645 - On landing back at the airfield the port undercarriage collapsed. No injuries were reported to either F/O J.C. Perch or his crew, but the aircraft was deemed beyond the units capacity to repair. So it was tasked to another on-site unit/contractor.
09/08/1944BeaufighterJM360144 SqnStrubbyTime: 1641 - On taking-off the aircraft swung causing the undercarriage to collapse. No injuries were reported to W/O B.R. Meldrum or his navigator, but the aircraft had to be sent off-site for repair at a maintenance unit.
09/08/1944BeaufighterLZ542144 SqnStrubbyTime: 1120 - The aircraft swung during take-off causing the undercarriage to collapse. No injuries were reported to either F/Sgt G.T. John or his navigator. The aircraft itself was deemed beyond the units capacity to repair and was sent off-site to a maintenance unit/contractor for the task.
10/08/1944P-51 Mustang43-12171555FTS/496FTGGoxhillCoded C7:S On return to Goxhill from a 4-ship high altitude formation training flight, all 4 aircraft landed in formation at 2139hrs. Pilot 2nd Lt Russell J. Anderson was one of the lead aircraft and slowed more than normal on the runway, beginning to make S-turns to allow him forward visibility past the aircraft's nose whilst he taxied. Due to his moving slower than expected, his aircraft was struck from behind by P-51 12417 flown by 2nd Lt Bradford N Ashcraft which inflicted major damage to the tail section of Lt Anderson's aircraft. 42-12171 was written off as a result of this accident and was salvaged on August 12th. Lt Anderson returned to duty after the accident.
10/08/1944P-51 Mustang43-12417555FTS/496FTGGoxhillCoded C7:O On return to Goxhill from a 4-ship high altitude formation training flight, all 4 aircraft landed in formation at 2139hrs. Pilot 2nd Lt Bradford N Ashcraft was one of the trailing aircraft in this formation, and on landing struck P-51 42-12171 flown by 2nd Lt Russell J Anderson from behind, inflicting major damage to the tail section of Lt Anderson's aircraft. 42-12171 was written off as a result of this accident and was salvaged on August 12th. Lt Ashcraft's aircraft was subsequently repaired and returned to service. The cause of the accident was that Lt Anderson had slowed more than normal on the runway, beginning to make S-turns to allow him forward visibility past the aircraft's nose whilst he taxied. Lt Ashcraft returned to duty after the accident.
10/08/1944BeaufighterLZ222144 SqnStrubbyTime: 2254 - On landing back at the airfield after completing night flying training, the aircraft swung violently on making contact with the runway causing the undercarriage to collapse. No injuries were reported to either A/S/L G.D. Rodgers or his navigator. But the aircraft was deemed beyond the units capacity to repair and sent off-site to a maintenance unit for the task.
11/08/1944SpitfireEN899310 (Czech) SqnDigbyTime: 1535 - On landing back at the airfield a 45 gallon drop tank fell off. This in turn caused damage to the underside of the fuselage. No injuries were reported to F/O S.J.J. Masek (Czech) and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
11/08/1944P-51 Mustang43-12460554FTS/496FTGGoxhillCoded B9:I, this aircraft was involved in a taxying accident at Goxhill on this date sustaining repairable (cat 3) damage. Pilot 2nd Lt John E Bauer was uninjured in the accident and returned to duty afterwards.
11/08/1944StirlingEF5101654HCUDunston FenAirborne from Wigsley for a short cross-country flight. Whilst flying at 2000 feet, both outer engines failed. Force-landed wheels-up at Willow Farm, Dunston Fen near Bardney at 1550hrs. Pilot F/O RG Lewis and crew were unhurt.
12/08/1944C-47 Dakota42-2417643TCS/315TCGBoothby GraffoeThis aircraft was one of 18 aircraft airborne from Spanhoe on a night formation sortie when they encountered bad weather. The formation let down to avoid a weather front and turned to the left. During the turn, the flight flew into rain, and the pilot, 2nd Lt Lawson E Perry Jr left the formation as the rain on his windscreen distorted his view of the other aircraft. The aircraft hit the ground whilst Lt Perry was letting down out of the rain before he became aware of how close to the ground he was flying. An altimeter was retrieved from the wreckage reading some 45 feet below the height of the local terrain. The aircraft was destroyed in the crash, pilot 2nd Lt Lawson E Perry Jr, co-pilot 2nd Lt Robert A Ulland, engineer T/Sgt Winston E Brown and radio operator Sgt Bob W Coulon were all killed in the crash.
12/08/1944LancasterND46583sqnConingsbyCoded OL-L, Airborne 2043 11Aug44 from Coningsby to bomb the railway yards at Givors. Crash landed 0458 12Aug on return to base due battle damage, the eight-man crew escaping injury. F/Lt A.J.Saunders (Australian) F/Sgt Redding P/O J.F.Falconer P/O D.D.Govett (Australian) F/O A.C.Mcdonald P/O F.S.Hulland Sgt P.A.Kaye (Canadian) P/O D.M.Robinson (Australian).
12/08/1944P-51 Mustang43-6644555FTS/496FTGGoxhillCoded C7:G, this aircraft was involved in a landing accident at Goxhill on this date, sustaining repairable (cat 3) damage. The pilot, 2nd Lt Henry S Sykes was uninjured and returned to duty after the accident.
12/08/1944WellingtonHF4521481BGFThorpe-le-FallowsAirborne at 1000hrs from Ingham for a cine-gun training sortie. Force-landed 4 miles south-west of the airfield at 1007hrs after losing power. F/O KB Smithergale unhurt, Sgt Poulter unhurt, Sgt A.D Kall (Canadian) injured, Sgt D. Smith injured, Sgt D.A. Hookham (Canadian) injured, F/Sgt watson unhurt, Sgt hambrook unhurt, Sgt Wilmot unhurt. The injured were treated at RAF Ingham.
12/08/1944C-47 Dakota42-9284943TCS/315TCGWaddingtonThis aircraft was one of 18 aircraft airborne from Spanhoe on a night formation sortie which encountered unexpected bad weather. The leader let down to a lower altitude and turning to the left to avoid a weather front. During the turn, the formation leader was caught by turbulence which threw his aircraft into a steep bank to the right. The rest of the formation made a sharp course correction to follow their leader. During this correction the element leader's aircraft, flown by Capt Robert M Davis skidded to the right and collided with this aircraft which was on its starboard side. Minor damage was sustained in the collision to the port wingtip, leading edge deicer boot and propellor mounting bracket. The aircraft landed safely at RAF Waddington with no injuries to the crew - pilot 2nd Lt Vance G Pugh, co-pilot 2nd Lt Albert E Mitchell, engineer Sgt James A Speer and radio operator Cpl Stanley E Thomas.
12/08/1944C-47 Dakota43-1525143TCS/315TCGWaddingtonThis aircraft was one of 18 aircraft airborne from Spanhoe on a night formation sortie when it encountered bad weather. The flight let down to a lower altitude and turned to the left to avoid a weather front. During the turn, the leader was caught by turbulence made his aircraft bank steeply to the right. The rest of the formation made a sharp turn to follow their leader. During this correction this aircraft, flown by Capt Robert M Davis skidded to the right and collided with the aircraft on its starboard side, flown by 2nd Lt Vance G Pugh. The aircraft was damaged in the collision and Capt Davis made a successful emergency landing at RAF Waddington. Four of the crew were uninjured - pilot Capt Robert M Davis, co-pilot 2nd Lt Keith A Curtiss Jr, navigator Capt Carl R Fittkau, and radio operator S/Sgt Edward D Armitage. The engineer, T/Sgt George W McCarthy sustained a sprained ankle when he bailed out immediately after the collision.
13/08/1944P-51 Mustang43-12213555FTS/496FTGGoxhillThis aircraft was involved in a taxying incident at Goxhill on this date, sustaining repairable (cat 3) damage. Pilot 1st Lt John W Creamer was unhurt and returned to duty after the accident.
13/08/1944P-51 Mustang43-6870555FTS/496FTGGoxhillThis aircraft was involved in a taxying incident at Goxhill on this date, sustaining repairable (cat 3) damage. Pilot 2nd Lt William S 'Tiger' Lyons was unhurt and returned to duty after the accident. Lt Lyons survived the war and appeared in the History Channel programme 'Battle Stations'.
13/08/1944P-51 Mustang42-106659555FTS/496FTGnr Horncastle?Coded C7:V, this aircraft was involved in a taxying incident apparently near Horncastle on this date, sustaining repairable (cat 3) damage. Pilot 1st Lt Roland L Wisdom was unhurt and returned to duty after the accident.
14/08/1944P-51 Mustang43-12149555FTS/496FTGGoxhillCoded C7:B this aircraft was involved in a ground incident at Goxhill on this date, sustaining repairable (cat 3) damage. Pilot 1st Lt Roland L Wisdom was unhurt and returned to duty after the accident, his second in as many days.
14/08/1944StirlingEE9141654HCUoff Sutton-on-SeaAirborne from Wigsley for an air gunnery sortie. The aircraft was flying at 1000 feet off the coast when the starboard outer engine failed. The pilot ditched 13 miles off the coast at approximately 1600 and all 7 crew were picked up by a merchant vessel “SS Daniel M” and transferred to a second vessel, “SS WH Daniels” before being transferred to RAF HSL2573 at 1745 and returned to Grimsby at 1915. The ditching was observed by a Warwick, which provided the first report of the incident. Location given as 5314N 0030E, the aircraft floated for 13 minutes and then sank.
14/08/1944OxfordDF348Skellingthorpe SFSkellingthorpeAirborne 1215 for practise flying. At 1230, the aircraft approached the runway and yawed. Whilst correcting the yaw, and trying to overshoot, the pilot found himself flying directly towards a hangar and stalled whilst avoiding it, causing the aircraft to crash. The pilot's name was not recorded, no injuries mentioned.
15/08/1944OxfordLX32617 SFTS200 yards W of CranwellTime: 0500 - On returning to the airfield after being recalled form a cross-county exercise, the pilot overshot his landing and hit a wall just short of the airfield boundary. Some injuries were reported to F/O S.E.G.Joy and LAC F.R. Leadon, but none were fatal. The aircraft itself was deemed a total write-off.
16/08/1944LancasterND49597 SqnConingsbyTime: 0020 - While being towed by a tractor, the aircraft was hit by a MT vehicle causing damage to the tail unit, detaching it from the fuselage. The only injury reported was to the MT driver. The aircraft itself was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
16/08/1944MasterDM11117 SFTSMoulton ChapelTime: 1000 - During a dual flying practice, the aircraft suffered engine failure at 300ft. This resulted in the aircraft having to make a forced wheel-up landing in a field. No injuries were reported to either F/O H.T. Richardson or F/O J.E. Rigby (Canadian), but the aircraft was deemed a totall write-off.
16/08/1944P-51 Mustang43-12149555FTS/496FTGnr GoxhillCoded C7:B, this aircraft was returning to Goxhill from a training flight and performed a 'run and break' manoeuvre to join the circuit to land. In turning from the circuit's base leg to finals for the runway, the aircraft stalled whilst in a tight turn. This stall caused the aircraft to enter a spin, from which the pilot, 2nd Lt Robert V Barden, had almost completely recovered when the aircraft hit the ground. The aircraft exploded on impact quarter of a mile east of the airfield perimeter and was destroyed, Lt Barden was killed in the crash.
17/08/1944LancasterLM19244 SqnDunholme LodgeTime: 2311 - On returning from an operational mining raid, the aircraft swung on landing. This caused a tyre to burst and ultimately the undercarriage to collapse. No injuries were reported to either F/Sgt C.E. Binion (Australian) or his crew, but the aircraft had to be sent off-site to a maintenance unit/contractor for repair.
17/08/1944OxfordLX6142 G.S.U.HarlaxtonTime: 1140 - While landing at the airfield on uneven ground, the port wheel came off. This resulted in the aircraft swinging and coming to rest on the wing tip. No injuries were reported W/O F. Whitwell or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
17/08/1944SpitfireEP17353OTUKirton LindseyTime: 1145 - The prop hit the ground at the beginning of it's take-off run after it's tail had risen. It was later found it was pilot error due to him causing the aircraft to lurch. Some injuries were reported to F/O J.M. Codick (Canadian) but none were fatal. The aircraft itself was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
17/08/1944HalifaxLL2261667 HCUSandtoftTime: 1836 - On completing circuits and landings training, the aircraft landed for the final time and the undercarriage collapsed. No injuries were reported to either F/Lt T.A.L. Cannic, F/Lt R.G. Lane or the other crew members. The aircraft was tasked to another unit/contractor on-site for repair.
17/08/1944StirlingEH9291661 HCUSwinderbyTime: 1615 - While taking-off for a test flight, the aircraft swung to the starboard side, in turn causing the undercarriage to collapse. The aircraft finally came to a stop with the brakes. No injuries were reported to either F/Lt J. Cowans, S/Ldr S.L. Cockbain or the rest of the crew. The aircraft itself was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
18/08/1944P-51 Mustang43-12163554FTS/496FTGGoxhillCoded B9:A, this aircraft was involved in a taxying incident at Goxhill on this date, sustaining repairable (cat 3) damage. Pilot 1st Lt Michael E Emery was unhurt and returned to duty after the accident.
18/08/1944WellingtonHE50217OTUWalthamAirborne from Turweston for a cross-country flight. At 15000 feet over eastern England, the port engine failed. On diverting to Waltham, the crew discovered that the undercarriage would not lock down and at 1400hrs it collapsed on landing. After the aircraft had slid to a halt, a fire broke out, though pilot F/O WJ Lambert and the other 5 members of the crew escaped unharmed.
19/08/1944LancasterLM293103 SqnElsham WoldsCoded PM-? airborne 2229 18Aug44 from Elsham wold to bomb an oil depot and fuel storage facility at Ertvelde-Rieme. Crashed 0150 19aug44 on return to base. No injuries reported. P/O K.S.Pearce F/Sgt J.C.Hartley (Australian) F/Sgt A.I.N.Bates Sgt L.R.Willis Sgt W.F.E.Mole F/Sgt J.D.McCredie Sgt H.E.Price
19/08/1944HalifaxNA610415sqnFiskertonTime: 0219 - On landing at the airfield after completing a bombing sortie, the aircraft lost all brake pressure. The aircraft proceded to overrun the runway and finish in a ditch, collapsing the undercarriage in the process. No injuries were reported to either P/O Kinmouth (Canadian) or his crew, and the aircraft was tasked to another unit/contractor on-site for repair.
22/08/1944C-47 Dakota42-10096732TCS/314TCGnr BostonThis aircraft departed St Mawgan in Cornwall for a flight to North Witham. On arrival above North Witham, the pilot, Capt Dwight D Kroesch was given accurate weather information which he should have been given before departing St Mawgan. His only option was to ditch the aircraft, which he did safely in the mouth of the river Haven (tidal Witham). The crew - pilot Capt Dwight E Kroesch, co-pilot 1st Lt Joseph C MacManus, navigator 1st Lt Leonard F Luck, engineer S/Sgt Joseph F Hamadock, radio operator S/Sgt Don C Shanley, assistant engineer Col Allen Anderson and passengers Cpl John A Barton, Cpl John F Hasel and T/3 Arthur D Steiner were all uninjured. The aircraft was damaged beyond repair in the ditching.
23/08/1944P-51 Mustang43-6800554FTS/496FTGGoxhillCoded B9:Q, this aircraft was involved in a landing incident at Goxhill on this date, sustaining repairable (cat 3) damage. Pilot 1st Lt Jack D Leon was unhurt and returned to duty after the accident.
23/08/1944OxfordR5946Stn Flt WaddingtonWaddingtonTime: 1445 - When starting the aircraft up for a training flight, the pilot accidently selected undercarriage up. No injuries were reported to either F/Lt J.R. Livingstone or F/O Spiers and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
25/08/1944P-51 Mustang42-106761555FTS/496FTGEast KirkbyCoded C7:K, this aircraft was airborne on a low altitude formation sortie. Near RAF East Kirkby, the engine began cutting out repeatedly, eventually failing to restart at all. The pilot, 2nd Lt John R Ryan made a successful wheels-up landing at RAF East Kirkby. The aircraft sustained repairable (cat 3) damage, whilst Lt Ryan was uninjured.
26/08/1944LancasterME847300 (Polish) SqnFaldingworthTime: 2236 - The aircraft overshot it's landing on returning to the airfield from an operational bombing sortie after suffering problems with the port outer engine. This resulted in heavy landing and damage to the undercarriage. No injuries were reported to either F/O A.C. Pipe or his crew, but the aircraft had to be sent off-site for repair by a maintenance unit/contractor.
26/08/1944P-51 Mustang43-12195554FTS/496FTGnr North KillingholmeThis aircraft was airborne from Goxhill on a familiarisation flight at 1600hrs when the engine cut out shortly after the aircraft became airborne. Pilot F/O Jesse L Truett Jr was able to safely belly-land the aircraft in a field of wheat near North Killingholme. The pilot was uninjured and the aircraft sustained repairable (cat 3) damage and was returned to service.
27/08/1944OxfordED21917 SFTS3 mile NE of CaistorTime: 1200 - During a solo practice the aircraft got caught in another aircrafts slipstream. This resulted in the aircraft spinning in to the ground from 2000ft, killing the pilot W/O R.D. Ward.
27/08/1944LancasterME8099 SqnBardneyTime: 1412 - During take-off for an operational bombing sortie the aircraft swung. The pilot overcorrected the swing resulting in the undercarriage collapsing. No injuries were reported to either Sgt S.F.G. Bradford or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
27/08/1944LancasterW5005550sqnIn the HumberCoded BQ-N, this aircraft was wrecked at 0150hrs on return from operations when it ditched onto mudflats in the Humber near Killingholme Haven. The crew escaped unhurt and made their way safely to shore. F/Sgt R Hopman (Australian), Sgt AWE Walters, F/Sgt JK Sharpe (Australian), F/Sgt GR Martin unhurt, F/Sgt FG Ferguson (Australian), F/Sgt RE Sloan (Australian) and F/Sgt R McKenzie (Australian) all unhurt.
28/08/1944OxfordDF32717 SFTSCranwell SouthTime: 0400 - While parked and not crewed, the aircraft was hit by a van. No injuries were reported and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
28/08/1944LancasterW47901LFSHemswellCoded 3C-O, airborne from Hemswell 0245 for night circuit practise. At 0258hrs the pilot landed off a fast approach. After touchdown, he braked, but was running out of runway so the undercarriage was raised to stop the aircraft overrunning. The pilot reported that he suspected there was a problem with the flap mechanism on the port wing after takeoff, so kept speed up on approach to prevent the aircraft stalling. Pilot F/O DO Dickie and crew were unhurt.
29/08/1944Harvard43-128812GTTFGoxhillThis aircraft was involved in a landing incident at Goxhill on this date, sustaining repairable (cat 3) damage. Pilot 1st Lt Herbert B Howard Jr was unhurt and returned to duty after the accident.
29/08/1944LancasterLL918626 SqnWickenbyTime: 2058 - During take-off for an operational bombing sortie, the pilots foot slipped on the rudder pedal causing the aircraft to violently swing. This in turn led to the undercarriage collapsing on the aircraft.No injuries were reported to either F/O G. Rufchome or his crew, but the aircraft had to be sent off-site for repair by a maintenance unit/contractor.
30/08/1944WellingtonLN89521OTUEast KirkbyAirborne from Moreton-in-the-Marsh at 2220 as part of a force of 93 aircraft from training units to act as a diversion force tasked to fly out over the North Sea and then turn and return home. The aircraft was hit by 'friendly' flak off Cromer, following which the starboard engine failed. The pilot crash-landed at East Kirkby at 0300 and hit a dispersal hut. 4 of the crew were unhurt, F/Sgt F.G. Lewis (Australian) injured. Sgt K.D. Wightman injured.
30/08/1944BeaufighterNE778236 SqnIn the sea, 2 miles NE of North CoatesTime: 1525 - The aircraft suffered engine failure while on a reconnaissance flight and crashed in to the sea 2-3 miles north-east of the airfield. Both the pilot F/Sgt D.J Fitzgerald and his navigator F/Sgt R.G. Fitzgerald were killed in the incident.
30/08/1944WellingtonJA3941AASManbyTime: 1700 - The aircraft's fuselage was damaged whilst being towed by a tractor. No injuries were reported and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
31/08/1944P-51 Mustang42-106869554FTS/496FTGGoxhillThis aircraft sustained repairable (cat 3) damage when it caught fire in a ground accident at Goxhill on this date. The aircraft was returned to servoce after the repair, and the pilot Capt Donald B Guthrie completed his transition to fighters after coming from a bomber group and went on to join one of the 8th AF's scouting force squadrons.
31/08/1944WellingtonJA6181AASManbyTime: 1643 - While taxying out the aircraft nosed over causing the props to hit the ground. When the tail came back down again the impact caused the tail wheel to collapse. No injuries were reported to either Sgt T.G. Hamilton or his crew and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
31/08/1944StirlingLJ6371660HCUSwinderbyCoded -H- , Airborne 0001 for a night conversion exercise with 8 on board. At 0215, whilst turning to starboard with the starboard outer engine stopped and wheels down, the aircraft touched down on the runway , swung violently and crashed, writing the airframe off. Pilot F/O WA Verrals and crew were unhurt.

September

DateTypeSerialUnitLocationNotes
01/09/1944P-51 Mustang43-12451554FTS/496FTGGoxhillCoded B9:E, this aircraft was involved in a landing incident at Goxhill on this date, sustaining repairable (cat 3) damage. Pilot 2nd Lt Eugene E Sears was unhurt and returned to duty after the accident.
01/09/1944BeaufighterNV118254 SqnNorth CoatesTime: 2300 - While doing circuits and bumps at the airfield, the pilot held-off too high on approach resulting in a heavy landing. This landing fractured the tail wheel assembly causing it to collapse. No injuries were reported to W/O L. Hopwood, but the aircraft was deemed beyond the units capacity to repair and tasked to another unit/contractor on-site.
02/09/1944HalifaxDT6431662HCUCaenby CornerAirborne 1120 from Blyton for circuit flying, a local recce and Gee procedures. The starboard outer cut at 900 feet and the crew were unable to feather it. The starboard outer caught fire and the crew force-landed in a field at 1235. Pilot F/Lt JE Holland and crew were unhurt.
02/09/1944C-47 Dakota42-10082196TCS/440TCGFulbeckThis aircraft was wrecked by the explosion of a pack of 28 landmines which were dropped as they were being unloaded from a truck next to C-47 43-15067.
02/09/1944C-47 Dakota43-1506796TCS/440TCGFulbeckNamed the "Bama Belle", this aircraft was wrecked in an accident on the ground. A parachute-ready pack of 28 mines was being unloaded from a truck by paratroopers of I Company, 508th parachute Infantry Regiment ahead of being loaded into the aircraft in preparation for a parachute drop near Lille (Operation Comet). One of the mines exploded when the pack was dropped, and set off the others, destroying the aircraft, killing the 3 paratroopers (S/Sgt Robert W. Shearer, PFC William R. Mitchell and Pvt Louis N. Spera) as well as seriously wounding the aircraft's crew chief, Sgt Roland Dahlberg. A crater 9 feet deep was blown in the ground by the explosion.
03/09/1944MasterAZ26517 SFTSCranwell SouthTime: 1535 - While on a circuits and practice landings flight, the aircraft made a heavy landing. The impact resulted in the starboard leg collapsing. No injuries were reported to Lt K. Madasoglic (Turkish) and the aircraft was repaired by another unit/contractor on-site.
03/09/1944WellingtonHZ8671AASManbyTime: 1109 - During take-off the pilot retracted the undercarriage to soon whilst attempting a instrument take-off. This resulted in the aircraft sliding along the runway on it's belly. A number of injuries were reported to crew including F/O W.E. Hollingworth and F/Sgt J.E. Lockey. The aircraft itself was deemed a total write-off.
03/09/1944HalifaxMZ75851sqnnr WithernCoded MH-V, Airborne 1555 3Sep44 from Snaith to bomb Venlo Airfield. On the return flight the crew encountered various difficulties and were subsequently obliged to force-land 1925 near Withern, 2 miles from RAF Strubby, Lincolnshire. No serious injuries reported; this crew were on the last operation of their first tour. W/O K.O.Potts Sgt L.McGowan F/Sgt R.G.Frew F/Sgt B.A.Hobbs F/Sgt W.G.Patey Sgt G.J.Hill Sgt S.M.Howard Finn incorrectly quotes the serial as NZ758
04/09/1944LancasterL75411 LFSHemswellTime: 2220 - While taxying back to the dispersal after completing a circuits and landings training flight, the undercarriage collapsed while turning to the starboard at normal speed. No injuries were reported to F/O R.J. Edie, W/O J.R. Bakiowski (Polish) or the rest of the crew. The aircraft itself was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
04/09/1944P-51 Mustang43-12172496FGnr GoxhillCoded C7:N, this aircraft was airborne from Goxhill on a practice sortie to transition the pilot to the aircraft type. Not long after getting airborne the engine began to cut out, finally completely stopping. The pilot, 2nd Lt William H Carnduff attempted to return to Goxhill to make a wheels-down emergency landing but realised that he could not reach the airfield. He raised the undercarriage and made a good belly landing in a field of wheat around 1 mile east of the airfield. The aircraft was written off in the incident.
06/09/1944HalifaxDK1331667HCUCrowleAirborne at 2246 from Sandtoft for night circuit practise. Dived in from approx 200 feet whilst banking to the right 3 minutes after takeoff. F/O J.R. Pound (Canadian) killed, Sgt R. Hughes killed, F/O M.E. Vandekinder (Canadian) killed, F/O W.F. Woolgar (Canadian) killed, Sgt J.A. Coughtrey killed, Sgt B.G. Kitchen (Canadian) killed, Sgt K.A. Watson (Canadian) killed
06/09/1944P-51 Mustang43-6870554FTS/496FTGGoxhillCoded B9:U, this aircraft was airborne from Goxhill on a training flight when an unknown mechanical failure occurred. The pilot, Lt Stephen Wasylyk made a wheels-up landing at Goxhill. The aircraft sustained repairable (cat 3) damage and Lt Wasylyk was uninjured.
06/09/1944LancasterLL756101sqnLudford MagnaCoded SR-Q, airborne 1748 3Sep44 from Ludford Magna for an evening attack on the Garrison Defences at Le Havre and equipped with ABC. Did not bomb, as instructed. On return to base at 2053, over-ran the runway and crashed, no crew injuries. LL756 was struck off charge 15Sep44. The wreckage off the end of the runway was to result in the damage to the subsequent aircraft to attempt a landing, ND983 sufficient to have it struck off charge also. F/O G.H.G Harris Sgt J.A.Wood F/O G.A.Arthur Sgt J.Morley F/O D.Jones Sgt D.V.Dale Sgt V.B.Congerton Sgt J.C.York
06/09/1944LancasterND983101sqnLudford MagnaCoded SR-B, airborne 1737 6Sep44 from Ludford Magna for an evening attack on the garrison defences at Le Havre and ABC duties. Returned without making an attack. Landed 2055, just two minutes behind LL756 but ran off the end of the runway whereupon the undercarriage was deliberately retracted, possibly to avoid hitting the just wrecked LL756. The crew escaped injury but the Lancaster was damaged beyond repair. F/Lt Massheder F/O W.G.Johnson Sgt L.F.King Sgt D.S.H.Logan Sgt A.R.Walker Sgt G.Hellig (ABC) Sgt I.Gray Sgt J.J.Gildea
06/09/1944BeaufighterNE802254 SqnNorth CoatesTime: 2240 - During take-off for a reconnaissance petrol, the aircraft suffered engine failure and swung. This resulted in the aircraft hitting a boundary wall and bursting in to flames. Only minor injuries were reported to both F/O E. Gillies and his navigator. The aircraft itself was totally destroyed in the fire.
08/09/1944B-17 Fortress42-31238511BS/351BGLangtoftNamed”Devil's Ball”, coded DS-A, this aircraft was airborne from Polebrook bound for Ludwigshafen am Rhein. The aircraft crashed after the pilot lost control due to icing on the airframe which built up during formation assembly in overcast conditions. The aircraft dived into the ground at Langtoft Fen and burned out. Some of the wreckage cuased serious damage to buildings at Crown Lodge Farm. Pilot 2nd Lt John C. Haba, co-pilot 2nd Lt Clinton M. Cavett, navigator 2nd Lt Eugene J. Hooks, bombardier 2nd Lt Robert A. McGlohon, engineer S/Sgt Ernest A. Clinton, radio operator S/Sgt James S. Singleton, left waist gunner Sgt Roy A. Morrison and ball-turret gunner Sgt Raymond T. McCloskey were all killed in the crash. The tail gunner Sgt Donald M. Holihan survived. No right waist gunner was carried on this sortie.
08/09/1944HarvardKF16416 (P) SFTSnr Great GonerbyTime: 1530 - During a training flight, the pilot carried out some unauthorised aerobatics which resulted in the aircraft falling on to a Lancaster (PB157) below it. The collision resulted in KF164 losing part of it's wing and vertically diving in to the ground. Both F/O S. Juza (Polish) and AC2 M. Koruin-Kossaksuski (Polish) were killed in the incident.
08/09/1944LancasterPB15797sqnnr Great GonerbyThis aircraft was damaged in a mid-air collision with Harvard KF164 at 1530hrs. No further details recorded.
08/09/1944BlenheimEH51212(P)AFUSpitalgate (Grantham)Time: 1130 - Shortly after take-off the aircraft struck a house on the airfield boundary after failling to gain height due to the starboard engine lacking power. Despite the pilot's best attempts to regain control of the aircraft, it hit the ground and burst in to flames killing both F/O P.E. Willoughby (Australian) and F/Sgt N.W. Hawkins (New Zealander).
08/09/1944P-51 Mustang43-12154555FTS/496FTGWootton GrangeThis aircraft was airborne from Goxhill at 1020hrs on a training flight to transition the pilot to the aircraft type. Part of the sortie was carried out at very low level, during which the pilot 2nd Lt William P Gunninmade a left turn and struck a power line. This impact caused the aircraft to hit a tree, followed by striking the ground, cutting through another tree and finally coming to rest in a ploughed field a quarter of a mile away at Grange Farm, Wootton Grange. Lt Gunnin was killed in the crash and his body was thrown clear of the wreckage of the aircraft by the impact.
09/09/1944B-24 Liberator42-50907755BS/458BGFleet Hall Farm, CrowlandCoded J3:D and named 'Lily Marlene', this aircraft was airborne from Horsham St Faith for a night-time practice sortie to Shrewsbury. The aircraft was, according to the two survivors, flying at 3800 feet under the control of the C-1 autopilot when it maouevred in a violent manner similar to that seen when an aircraft hits the propwash of one in front of it. This caused the aircraft to enter a spin, and it crashed before the pilot could halt the spin. The crash happened at 2330hrs at Fleet Hall Farm, Crowland. Pilot 2nd Lt William R. Frederick, co-pilot 2nd Lt Lawrence L.Doelling, engineer S/Sgt Ulysses G. Seymour, radio operator S/Sgt Jack B. Zonker, gunner Sgt. William D. Nobles, gunner Sgt William F. Casey and gunner Sgt Robert L. Leake were all killed in the crash. Navigator 2nd Lt Glen C Allen and bombardier 2nd Lt Jack R Hibbs both bailed out successfully and survived.
09/09/1944P-51 Mustang 43-25044555FTS/496FTGGoxhillCoded C7:B, this aircraft was involved in a taxying incident at Goxhill on this date, sustaining repairable (cat 3) damage. Pilot Capt Thomas M Hergert was unhurt and returned to duty after the accident. Capt Hergert survived the war and was killed in action over Vietnam in 1964, by which point he had reached the rank of Colonel.
09/09/1944P-51 Mustang 43-6862555FTS/496FTGGoxhillCoded C7:B(bar), this aircraft was involved in a taxying incident at Goxhill on this date, sustaining repairable (cat 3) damage. Pilot 1st Lt Billy B Booth was unhurt and returned to duty after the accident.
09/09/1944P-51 Mustang 43-7000555FTS/496FTGGoxhillThis aircraft was involved in a taxying incident at Goxhill on this date, sustaining repairable (cat 3) damage. Pilot 1st Lt Jasper E Hargrove was unhurt and returned to duty after the accident. Lt Hargrove survived the war and rose to the rank of Lt Col in the USAF Air reserves, retiring in 1972.
09/09/1944LancasterLM270626 Sqnnr ApleyTime: 0135hrs - Coded UM-D2, while pulling out of a dive in bad visibility and low cloud during a bulls-eye training flight, the aircraft hit the ground and burst in to flames. P/O DE Vidler (Australian) injured, Sgt EA Madge killed, F/Sgt GI Horner (Australian) injured, F/Sgt KB Guy (Australian) injured, W/O JF Fincher (Australian) injured, F/Sgt DR Hooker (Australian) injured,, F/Sgt Griffiths injured.
10/09/1944LancasterND932619 SqnDunholme LodgeTime: 0750 - During an operational bombing sortie the aircraft was hit by a incendary bomb causing damage to one engine and flaps. Despite this damage the aircraft managed to return to base. But during this time the aircraft had also lost hydraulics, so the landing had to be lowered by hand. On landing part of the undercarriage collapsed along with the P.F. Amp catching fire. No injuries were reported to either A/F/O H.D. Poatman (Australian) or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired by another unit/contractor on-site.
10/09/1944SpitfireAB50953OTUHibaldstowTime: 1805 - Suffered a heavy landing on returning from a training flight. The impact with the runway caused the aircraft to bounce and the starboard leg to collapse. This then caused the aircraft to swing off the runway and tip over. No injuries were reported to S/L R.A. McGowan and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
11/09/1944HurricaneLF3821690BDTFCarlton-le-MoorlandAirborne from Fiskerton 1520 for a fighter affiliation exercise with a Lancaster. On entering the training area, the pilot spotted a Master trainer which appeared reluctant to depart the area and dived in for a mock attack but collided with W9033 and both aircraft spun in. F/Sgt H.W.E. Ramsay killed
11/09/1944MasterW903317 SFTSCarlton-le-MoorlandTime: 1550 - While on flying training the aircraft collided with Hurricane LF382. At the time of the incident both aircraft were practicing mock attacks when they collided. The pilot of W9033, Lt F. Kosogluf (Turkish) managed to bail out from the aircraft succesfully and without injury.
11/09/1944BlenheimAZ93012(P)AFUHarlaxtonTime: 1010 - While on an instructor demonstration flight, the instructor overshot his landing while demonstarting a single engine landing. The overshot coupled with the wet conditions led to the aircraft not being able to stop and finally came to rest on the wet grass in a hedge. No injuries were reported to either F/O E.H. Royall or F/Lt G.H. Ellis. The aircraft itself was tasked to another on-site unit/contractor.
11/09/1944MosquitoDZ65551OTUKirton LindseyTime: 1200 - During a cross country flight the aircraft lost the port engine forcing the pilot to land at the nearest airfield. On attempting the landing with one engine, the pilot overshot the runway and crashed in a field. F/Sgt R.G. Patterson reported some injuries, but they were none fatal. The aircraft itself was deemed a total write-off.
11/09/1944BeaufighterNE768143 SqnNorth CoatesTime: 0230 - After completing it's anti shipping patrol and landing back at the airfield, the aircraft suffered a lack of pressure in the brakes and ran off the runway on to the grass causing damage to the undercarriage. Only minor injuries were reported to both F/O D.M. Colause and his navigator. The aircraft itself was deemed beyond the units capacity to repair and tasked to another unit/contractor on-site.
12/09/1944LancasterPB43461sqnnr SkellingthorpeCoded QR-R, Take-off from Skellingthorpe for Stuttgart. Engine cut on take-off; over-ran the runway on landing and the undercarriage collapsed at Skellingthorpe. No crew injuries F/O J.S.Cooksey Sgt D.E.Rose Sgt E.P.Meaker Sgt T.Stevenson Sgt S.J.Scarrett Sgt A.R.Marshall Sgt N.W.Elliott
12/09/1944HurricaneAF9867PAFUPinchbeckThis aircraft was destroyed when it hit the ground whilst low-flying. Pilot Sgt Hemingway was killed.
13/09/1944LancasterND822460sqnBinbrookTime: 0300 - The aircraft was hit by Lancaster PB408 after the pilot of ND822 failed to carry out the correct taxying procedure after landing back at the airfield from an operational bombing sortie. Some injuries were reported to F/O Hudson's crew, and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
13/09/1944LancasterPB408460sqnBinbrookThis aircraft was damaged at 0300hrs whilst taxying on return from operations when it collided with Lancaster ND822. No record of crew names or injuries was noted.
13/09/1944LancasterLM16250sqnNorth GreetwellCoded VN-Z, Airborne 1852 12Sep44 from Skellingthorpe for Stuttgart. Returned to base and whilst preparing to land was struck by another aircraft. The collision occurred at 1,200 feet in the Skellingthorpe circuit and the Lancaster crashed 0233 13Sep44 at North Greetwell, apx. 3 miles NE from the centre of Lincoln. F/O F.H.Hickling Sgt J.M.Nash injured. Sgt E.W.Glossop F/Sgt D.C.Watson F/Sgt A.C.Thompson Sgt W.H.Ponton injured. Sgt R.C.McCallum
14/09/1944C-47 Dakota43-1531259TCS/61TCGBarkston HeathThis aircraft ground-looped at Barkston Heath on this date, sustaining repairable (cat 3) damage. It was returned to service and survived the war, currently being derelict at an airport in Aruba, bearing the civilian registration PT-KUD. The pilot, 1st Lt Robert B Dunwiddie was unhurt in the incident.
15/09/1944P-51 Mustang42-106448555FTS/496FTGGoxhillCoded C7:C(bar) this aircraft was involved in a landing accident at Goxhill on this date, sustaining repairable (cat 3) damage. The pilot, 1st Lt William F Kissel was uninjured and returned to duty after the accident.
15/09/1944LancasterLL952100sqnGrimsbyTime: 2308 - Landed heavily on the runway after returning from night fighter affiliation flight. The impact of the landing caused the undercarriage to collapse. No injuries were reported to either P/O F.O. Parkinson or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired by another unit/contractor on-site.
15/09/1944MosquitoPZ295618sqnNorth CoatesThis aircraft was damaged at 1317hrs when it swung and belly-landed following engine failure on takeoff after lunch-stopping on return to Turnberry from Beccles where it was involved in trials of the 'Highball' weapon. Pilot F/O Maddox and his navigator were unhurt.
16/09/1944MasterEM3877(P)AFU˝ mile W of Sutton BridgeTime: 1225 - During take-off the starboard leg hit a sodium flare causing damage to not only the leg but also the wing. The aircraft managed get airborne and clear the airfield, but came down in a field just outside the boundary. No injuries were reported to F/Sgt W.G. Brady and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
16/09/1944P-51 Mustang43-12460554FTS/496FTGGoxhillCoded B9:I, this aircraft was involved in a taxying incident at Goxhill on this date, sustaining repairable (cat 3) damage. The aircraft was being moved by one of the squadron's groundcrew at the time of the accident.
16/09/1944P-51 Mustang43-6570554FTS/496FTGGoxhillCoded C7:N, this aircraft was involved in a taxying incident at Goxhill on this date, sustaining repairable (cat 3) damage. The aircraft was being moved by one of the squadron's groundcrew at the time of the accident.
16/09/1944MosquitoKB2111655MTUMoulton ChapelAirborne 1725 from Warboys for practise bombing, but broke up in mid-airapprox 1740 and crashed at Woodgate Farm, Moulton Chapel. F/Lt A.W. Rutledge killed, P/O J.K. Evans killed
16/09/1944BeaufighterLX981236 SqnNorth CoatesTime: 2130 - While taxying out the dispersal to take part in an anti shipping petrol, the aircraft taxiied in to a unmarked ditch causing damage to the undercarriage. No injuries were reported to either F/Sgt J.H. Fenton or his navigator, but the aircraft was tasked to another on-site unit/contractor for repair.
16/09/1944BeaufighterNE799236 SqnNorth CoatesTime: 1230 - On landing back at the airfield after completing a training flight, the aircraft bounced on landing after being hit by a strong guest of wind. This resulted in landing heavily on the tail wheel and fracturing the assembly. No injuries were reported to F/O W.N. Fulton or his navigator, but the aircraft was tasked to another unit/contractor for repairs.
17/09/1944StirlingLJ5231661HCUHarlaxtonCoded -E- , airborne 1915 from Winthorpe for a night cross-country sortie. On return, crew were unable to raise Winthorpe or their briefed divert airfield, and chose to try to land at Harlaxton, a small grass airfield. On landing, the aircraft was unable to stop inside the airfield and ended up wrecked by one of the airfield's defence posts. Tailgunner Sgt C.E. Dunlop was injured. and treated locally.
17/09/1944BeaufighterNE223143 SqnIn the sea, nr North CoatesTime: 0509 - Shortly after take-off for a shipping sweep, the starboard engine failed and the aircraft dived in to the sea from 200ft. Pilot F/Sgt W.L. James killed, Sgt Adams injured.
17/09/1944SpitfireP823553OTUnr HibaldstowTime: 1820 - Suffered engine failure while on a training flight at 700ft. The pilot managed to make a belly landing in a field only ˝ mile short of the airfield. No injuries were reported to Sgt A.C. Inglie (Australian), but the aircraft had to be sent off-site for repair by a maintenance unit/contractor.
17/09/1944BeaufighterLX806254 Sqnnr North CoatesTime: 1640 - Shortly after take-off the aircraft suffered engine failure, but managed to make a landing on the nearby beach. Minor injuries were reported to both P/O K.R. Heferen (Australian) and his navigator. The aircraft itself was a complete write-off.
18/09/1944LancasterLM683463sqnBracebridge HeathCoded JO-?, Airborne 1820 18Sep44 from Waddington for Bremerhaven. Crash landed on return at Bracebridge Heath airfield due battle-damage. No one was injured. but sadly, most of this crew were killed 6/7Nov44 in NG191. F/O J.Austin (Australian) Sgt A.Umpleby F/O S.Rodgers Sgt E.R.L.M Ameye P/O H.V.Ellens (Australian) Sgt D.A.Holmes Sgt J.Baggaley
18/09/1944MosquitoHK228307sqnSturgateThis aircraft was wrecked when it was struck at 2001hrs in flight by Mosquito HK194 at 1200 feet near Louth whilst returning to Church Fenton. The aircraft continued flying until it was near Sturgate, where the crew force-landed on the airfield. Pilot F/Lt WJ Griffiths and navigator F/Lt GJ Lane were unhurt.
18/09/1944MosquitoHK194307sqnWithcall station, nr LouthThis aircraft was wrecked after it collided at 2001hrs in mid-air at 1200 feet with Mosquito HK228 whilst both were returning to Church Fenton. HK194 struck HK228 from behind and below, causing both aircraft to crash. Pilot F/Lt SR Madej and navigator F/O JS Gaseki were killed in the crash. F/O Gaseki had returned to the UK after evading capture after being shot down in Wellington HE347 over Germany on 21 June 1943. He arrived back in the UK Sep 2nd 1943.
19/09/1944LancasterPB298106sqnnr FulbeckCoded ZN-? Airborne 1900 18Sep44 from Metheringham for Bremerhaven. On return to base was obliged to take violent evasive action to avoid a mid-air collision and lost control crash-landing 2315 not far from the airfield at Fulbeck in Lincolnshire. No injuries. F/Lt H.B.Barron Sgt G.McKean Sgt B.A.Rouse F/O D.T.Kent Sgt E.A.Firth Sgt N.W.Deakins Sgt E.V.Prince
20/09/1944UC-78 Bobcat43-741561TCGBarkston HeathOn return to Barkston Heath from an administrative flight to Aldermaston, the pilot Major Thomas C. Cargill mistook items at the end of the runway for the threshold markers at the start of the runway. The aircraft overshot and hit a stone wall on the airfield perimeter sustaining major (cat 4) damage. Major Cargill ans his co-pilot 1st Lt Theodore B Spencer were unhurt in the crash and returned to duty afterwards.
22/09/1944OxfordBG2211520 BAT FltSturgateTime: 1040 - On landing at the airfield after completing Beam Approach Training. The pilot over-corrected a swing causing the undercarriage to collapse. No injuries were reported to either F/Sgt R.G. Shepard (Australian) or Sgt L.P Hopkins and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
23/09/1944P-51 Mustang43-12451554FTS/496FTGGoxhillCoded B9:E, this aircraft was involved in a landing accident at Goxhill on this date, sustaining repairable (cat 3) damage. The pilot, 2nd Lt Wilfred A Pohmer was uninjured and returned to duty after the accident. Lt Pohmer was killed in action on October 12th 1944
24/09/1944MasterDL24317FTSCaythorpeThis aircraft was wrecked at 0200hrs when it stalled whilst overshooting on a night training sortie and crashed heavily. Pilot Lt Ang (Turkish) was killed.
24/09/1944LancasterLM59150 SqnSkellingthorpeTime: 0013 - On returning from an operational bombing sortie, the aircraft ran out of fuel while on approach. The aircraft touched down half way down to runway, but at high speed. This resulted in the aircraft overshooting the runway leading to the undercarriage to collapse. No injuries were reported to either P/O M.C.L. Lillies (Australian) or his crew, but the aircraft had to be sent off-site to be repaired by a maintenance unit/contractor.
25/09/1944LancasterR58661LFSHemswellEngine start 0845, ahead of the pupil & crew boarding, instructor pilot F/Lt W.F. Caldow inadvertently raised the main undercarriage, wrecking the aircraft.
25/09/1944HalifaxDK1731667 HCUSandtoftTime: 0010 - While taking-off from the airfield, the aircraft lost an engine. But while the pilot was going round to land, he lost another engine as well. The pilot managed to land, but opted for a wheels up landing due to only having two engines left. No injuries were reported to either F/O R.W.V. Purves (Canadian) or his crew, and the aircraft was tasked to another on-site unit/contractor for repair.
26/09/1944P-51 Mustang43-6507554FTS/496FTGGoxhillCoded B9:L, this aircraft was involved in a landing accident at Goxhill on this date, sustaining repairable (cat 3) damage. The pilot, 2nd Lt Francis C Clark was uninjured and returned to duty after the accident.
26/09/1944BlenheimAZ87712(P)AFUSpitalgate (Grantham)This aircraft was damaged at 1545hrs when it struck parked Blenheim AZ898. No further details were recorded
26/09/1944BlenheimAZ89812(P)AFUSpitalgate (Grantham)Time: 1545 - The aircraft was hit by AZ877 (Blenheim) while parked. The repair of the aircraft was tasked to another on-site unit/contractor.
27/09/1944P-51 Mustang43-6705554FTS/496FTGConingsbyAirborne from Goxhill for a high-altitude formation practice flight, this aircraft had been working at 25000 feet altitude for an hour. The formation began descending once the practice work was complete, but at 14000 feet the engine on this aircraft began to cut out. The pilot, 1st Lt Frank J Hoder noticed that his fuel pressure was zero, and suspected that the aircraft's fuel pump had failed. He spotted RAF Coningsby nearby and decided to attempt a forced-landing there. Despite his best efforts, the aircraft was unable to glide far enough to reach the runway and came down in a small field nearby. The undercarriage was torn off in the landing after the aircraft ran through a hedge and across 2 ditches. Further damage was inflicted on the flaps, underside air scoop and propellor. Lt Hoder was unhurt in the crash and returned to duty afterwards. Lt Hoder was a former B-17 bomber pilot.
27/09/1944LancasterW48911 LFSHemswellTime: 0200 - On landing back at the airfield after completing a training flight, the tail wheel broke off. This led to the rudder catching fire due to the friction of the fuselage on the runway. No injuries were reported to P/O R.O. Beattie (Canadian) or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired by another unit/contractor on-site.
27/09/1944SpitfireW317353OTUnr Kirton LindseyTime: 0920 - Shortly after take-off at 300ft, the aircraft suffered engine failure. The pilot elected for a field in front of him and made a belly landing, but the aircraft finished on it's nose. The aircraft was wrecked, and pilot Lt TGPM De-Penfentenyo-de-Kervereguen (French) suffered a fractured spine in the crash and spent many months in hospital recovering.
27/09/1944BlenheimBA14712(P)AFUSpitalgate (Grantham)Time: 0925 - After aborting his first landing and going round, the pilot made a second attempt after completing a training flight. During the second attempt, the pilot overshot his landing and stalled the aircraft's engines. This in turn led to him losing control of the aircraft and it crashed in to the ground, bursting in to flames killing Sgt D.F. Banfield.
28/09/1944LancasterLM369101sqnLudford MagnaTime: 0430 - On returning from night operations, the pilot overshot his landing. In attempting to go round again, the tail unit of the aircrat hit a tree stump in the overshoot area. No injuries were reported to either F/O P.A. Wagner or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
28/09/1944StirlingLJ4741660HCUSwinderbyCoded TV-Q, airborne from Swinderby at 0001hrs for high-level bombing. The aircraft was wrecked on return at 0150hrs after both outer engines stopped in flight and the undercarriage failed to lower. Pilot F/Sgt NS Culpan (New Zealander) and crew were unhurt in the crash.
29/09/1944StirlingLJ932138sqnLudford MagnaCoded NF-N. SOE-assigned. Airborne 1936 28Sep44 from Tempsford on Operation Tablejam 14/26 and headed for Denmark. Badly shot about by a Ju88 whose fire destroyed the starboard inner engine. On regaining the Lincolnshire coast, the crew headed for RAF Ludford Magna but when established on final approach both port engines failed and the Stirling crash- landed 0235, being wrecked in the process. For his steadfast courage in continuing to carry out his Flight Engineer duties, while wounded, F/O Curtis was awarded an immediate DFC. F/Lt Riddel had gained his DFM with 61 Sqdn. Gazetted 11Feb41. F/Lt R.W.Read DFC injured. F/O C.K.Curtis injured. F/O R.C.Bryant DFC F/O P.Casey (Canadian) F/Lt M.A.D.Riddel DFM F/Sgt w.Waddington W/O N.R.Hutchins (Australian)
30/09/1944SpitfireP86951687 B.D.T.F.2 miles S of Middle RasenTime: 1800 - Suffered engine failure during a fighter affiliation flight and force landed in a field. No injuries were reported to W/O W.A.H. Chambers and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
30/09/1944MasterDL20453 OTU4 miles N of BriggTime: 1520 - During a training flight the aircraft's engine cut while doing slow rolls. Despite the lack of power, the pilot was able to gain control of the aircraft and make a forced wheels-up landing. No injuries were reported to F/Lt A.K. Ingle and the aircraft was repaired by another unit/contractor on-site.

October

DateTypeSerialUnitLocationNotes
03/10/1944OxfordBG26712(P)AFUHelpringhamTime: 1400 - During a low flying excersise at 300ft, the port engine became unresponsive. This resulted in the aircraft losing height and force landing in a field. No injuries were reported to either F/Sgt Malaguin (New Zealander) or his crew, but the aircraft was deemed a total write-off.
04/10/1944SpitfireBL57153OTUHibaldstowTime: 1620 - While taxying on to the runway in a strong cross-wind, the aircraft swung off the runway and on to soft ground causing damage to the undercarriage. No injuries were reported to Sgt V.C. Elsely (Canadian) and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
05/10/1944HalifaxHR9301662 HCUBlytonTime: 1940 - While parked the aircraft was hit by another Halifax (LL418). The aircraft was not crewed at the time, and no injuries were reported.
05/10/1944HalifaxLL4181662 HCUBlytonThis aircraft was damaged at 1940hrs when it struck parked Halifax HR930 whilst taxying. No further details are recorded.
05/10/1944StirlingLJ6241660HCUSwinderbyCoded TV-C, airborne at 0303hrs from Swinderby for night training. The aircraft was wrecked on return at 0423hrs when it landed just off the runway in poor visibility and collided with Stirling LK389. Pilot F/O HR Hayward (Canadian) and crew were unhurt.
05/10/1944StirlingLK3891660HCUSwinderbyThis aircraft suffered slight damage when it was struck by Stirling LJ624 at 0423hrs when the latter landed off the runway in poor visibility. No crew names or injuries recorded, and the aircraft was returned to service.
06/10/1944LancasterNG1986FPP1 ˝ miles NE of SpitalgateWhile on a ferry flight from Baginton to East Kirkby, the aircraft was wrecked when it was hit by a Blenheim (AZ946) climbing shortly after take-off at 700ft at 1400hrs. ATA F/O W. Thompson and ATA Flt/Eng 3rd class DJR Howell were killed in the crash. The aircraft came down close to Londonthorpe transmitter station.
06/10/1944BeaufighterNE715254 SqnNorth CoatesTime: 0935 - Made an emergency landing back at the airfield after suffering problems with the starboard engine. But on returning the pilot overshot his landing and retracted the undercarriage to stop him before hitting the airfield boundary. No injuries were reported to either P/O K.R. Heferen (Australian) or his navigator, but the aircraft was written off.
06/10/1944BlenheimAZ94612(P)AFUnr Spitalgate (Grantham)Time: 1400 - While climbing shortly after take-off for a training flight, the aircraft hit Lancaster NG198 at 700ft and crashed 1.5 miles from the airfield near Londonthorpe transmitter station. F/Sgt R.W. Field was killed, but F/O D.G. Tuck survived, parachuting to safety with minor injuries after being thrown clear of the aircraft in the crash.
06/10/1944MasterAZ3817(P)AFUSutton BridgeTime: 0820 - While on a dual training flight the aircraft suffered a heavy landing. The impact caused the undercarriage on the aircraft to collapse. No injuries were reported to either F/Lt O. Frame or Cp2 B.Y. Lecluse (French), but the aircraft was deemed a total write-off.
07/10/1944MasterAZ7977(P)AFUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged at 1403hrs when it struck parked Master DL197. No further details recorded.
07/10/1944MasterDL1977(P)AFUSutton BridgeTime: 1403 - The aircraft was parked when it was hit by another Master (AZ797). DL197 was crewless at the time of the incident. The aircraft itself was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
08/10/1944P-51 Mustang43-12150496FTGBarton-on-HumberCollided in flight with P-51s 43-6772 and 43-7000, minor damage incurred. Pilot 2/Lt Fred Zellman unhurt.
08/10/1944P-51 Mustang43-6772496FTGBarton-on-HumberCollided in flight with P-51s 43-12150 and 43-7000, minor damage incurred. Pilot 2/Lt Wise unhurt
08/10/1944P-51 Mustang43-7000496FTGBarton-on-HumberCollided in flight with P-51s 43-12150 and 43-6772, minor damage incurred. Pilot 2/Lt George H Witzel unhurt.
08/10/1944HalifaxLK6421667HCUBelton villageAirborne from Sandtoft 2030, landed awkwardly 2059, overshot & hit a cottage in Belton Village, all 6 crew injured. ured: F/O G.G. Smith, p/O C.R. Applewhite, Sgt F.W.J. Crouch, Sgt C. Wilson, Sgt H.G.A. Allan, Sgt A.W.J. Enstone
10/10/1944LancasterR55001 LFSHemswellThis aircraft was damaged at 2335hrs when it struck parked Lancaster R5751 whilst taxying. The pilot's name was not recorded, no injuries to the crew noted.
10/10/1944LancasterR57511 LFSHemswellTime: 2335 - The aircraft was hit by another Lancaster (R5500) while parked. No injuries were reported, and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
10/10/1944HalifaxLL5011667HCUmouth of the TrentAirborne from Sandtoft 1805 on night cross-country, Crashed into riverbank at 2330 whilst trying to ascertain position.Sgt R.W. Christie (Canadian) injured. Sgt E.F. Gazley killed, F/O L.E. Cameron (Canadian) killed, Sgt C.B. Greer (Canadian) killed, Sgt H.R. Latham (Canadian) killed, Sgt E.G. Woodward killed
10/10/1944MasterDL8887PAFUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was reported as wrecked after it crashed when the pilot lost control whilst flying at night. No mention in the unit's records, no accident record card found.
11/10/1944L-4H Cub43-2985159LS/61LGBarkston HeathTaxying accident, pilot Lt John M. Coats unhurt.
12/10/1944SpitfireEP57553OTUElsham WoldsTime: 1013 - During a step turn practice flight, the engine cut while at 4000ft. The pilot managed to make it back to the airfield, but upon landing the starboard wheel unlocked and folded. No injuries were reported to F/Sgt B. Propas (Canadian) and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
12/10/1944HurricaneLF3901687BDTFnr HemswellAirborne from Ingham 1240 for a fighter affiliation exercise. Collided with PD227 at approx 1240 approx 1 mile east of Hemswell. W/O N.L. Pretlove killed
12/10/1944LancasterPD227166sqnnr HemswellCoded AS-? Airborne from Kirmington with a crew of ten, including five air Gunners for fighter affiliation training. A mid-air collision occurred with Hurricane 11c LF390 of 1687 Flight, flown by W/O N.L.Pretlove and both machines crashed 1240 about 1 mile E of Hemswell airfield, Lincolnshire. W/O Pretlove is buried in Northampton General Cemetery, while the Lancaster crew are buried in various cemeteries, four of the five Canadian airmen being taken to Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery. P/O L.W.McChesnie (Canadian) killed, Sgt G.W.Cundick killed, F/O J.R.Stoneman (Canadian) killed, F/Sgt D.J.Rodgers (Canadian) killed, Sgt H.Lewis killed, Sgt G.R.McWhirter (Canadian) killed, F/Sgt A.R.Williamson killed, Sgt J.Derbyshire (Canadian) killed, Sgt J.Fletcher killed, Sgt C.S.Offord killed.
12/10/1944B-17 Fortress42-39973730BS/452BGnr Ingham"Named 'Inside Curve' Crashed 2 miles west of Ingham after breaking up in mid-air, possibly due to wake turbulence whilst in formation assembly for mission 148 to Bremen, 2Lt Wiliam J. Miller (pilot) killed, F/O Joseph A. Kayatta (copilot) killed, 2Lt Sidney Solomon (nav) unhurt, 2Lt Robert H. Brucks (bombardier) killed, T/Sgt Charles A. Bacharach (eng) killed, T/Sgt John J. Wilson (radio) killed, S/Sgt Earl O. Bowen (BTG) killed, S/Sgt Paschel H. Powell (WG) unhurt, S/Sgt Matt W. Ransom III (TG) killed."
13/10/1944MasterDM1717(P)AFUSutton BridgeTime: 2040 - While on a circuit and landing practice, the aircraft landed with the undercarriage retracted. It was found later that it was a simple case of the pilot forgetting. No injuries were reported to Sgt G. Hayward and the aircraft was repaired by another unit/contractor on-site.
14/10/1944LancasterLL956625sqnLittle GrimsbyCoded CF-S. Airborne 0628 from Kelstern for Duisburg? and crashed six minutes later at Bradley's Farm, 4 miles N of Louth, Lincolnshire. In the last moments of flight, six crew members managed to parachute. The two airmen killed are buried in Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery. F/Sgt Bennett was a graduate from the College of Pharmacy in Toronto. F/O L.A.Hannah (Canadian) killed, Sgt D.R.Paige (Canadian) (P2) Sgt R.B.Bennett F/Sgt K.R.Strachan (Canadian) F/Sgt L.D.Bennett (Canadian) killed, F/Sgt J.Bilan (Canadian) Sgt K.J.McCrorie F/Sgt J.H.Loughren (Canadian)
14/10/1944LancasterME78812sqnoff SkegnessCoded PH-Q, Airborne 0640 14Oct44 from Wickenby. Outbound, ditched 0710 14Oct44 due to an engine fire, off the Lincolnshire coast between Mablethorpe and Grimsby. All were picked up, relatively unharmed. F/O C.H.Henry Sgt F.H.Hesketh Sgt G.C.Haywood F/O N.L.V.Chesson F/Sgt J.K.Penrose F/Sgt E.O.Martin Sgt E.W.Kendall. Finn quotes serial as ME778
14/10/1944LancasterNG17861 SqnSkellingthorpeTime: 2220 - While taxying from the dispersal to the runway for an operational bombing sortie, the pilot took a short cut over the grass and hit an obstruction. No injuries were reported to either P/O K.E.H. Bennett (Australian) or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired by another unit/contractor on-site.
15/10/1944WellingtonHE28918OTUKelsternAirborne at 0036 from Finningley for a night practise-bombing sortie with a Polish Air Force crew. One engine failed in flight and the crew tried to jettison the bombload with only partial success. The aircraft landed wheels-up, caught fire and exploded. 5 of the crew escaped unhurt, but Sgt Kulagowski (Polish) was killed in the blast. He was the last Polish Air Force fatality at 18OTU.
15/10/1944SpitfireEP11453OTUKirton LindseyTime: 1042 - On returning from a training flight, the pilot overshot his landing due to excessive approach speed. This resulted in the aircraft colliding with a parked Spitfire (P7438). No injuries were reported to F/Sgt V.B. Cannon, but the aircraft was deemed a total write-off.
15/10/1944SpitfireP743853OTUKirton LindseyTime: 1042 - While parked the aircraft was hit by another Spitfire (EP114). The aircraft was not crewed at the time. But the damaged caused resulted in the aircraft being deemed a write-off.
15/10/1944MasterDM3497(P)AFUWrangleTime: 1530 - While doing aerobatics flying the aircraft suffered engine failure. This resulted in the pilot having to make a forced wheels-up landing in a field. No injuries were reported to F/Lt P.N. Bercholli and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
16/10/1944MasterAZ6627PAFUSutton BridgeThis aircraft was damaged when it overran on landing. No further details are known, and no accident record card or mention in the unit's records were seen.
17/10/1944A-35 Vengeance41-311901TTGSSutton BridgeThis aircraft was slightly damaged as it crossed the runway at 1343hrs when it struck Oxford HM603 which had just landed. No crew names or injuries reported.
17/10/1944OxfordHM6037(P)AFUSutton BridgeTime: 1400 - On landing at the airfield after completing a training flight, the aircraft turned to the port at the end of the runway and was hit by an A-35 Vengeance (41-31190) which was crossing the runway. No injuries were reported and the incident was not recorded in the unit's records but the aircraft was deemed a total write-off.
18/10/1944P-51 Mustang43-6506555FTS/496FTGGoxhillThis aircraft was moderately damaged in an incident on this date. No detail of the incident is recorded, but pilot 2/Lt Robert L Schlieker was unhurt.
18/10/1944BeaufighterLX827236 SqnNorth CoatesTime: 1343 - After aborting his first landing, the pilot overshot his second due to workmen on the runway, but clipped a dyke causing a fire on the aircraft. The pilot came back round for a third time and made a wheels-up landing. injuries were reported to both the pilot F/O A. Yates (severe burns) and his navigator F/Sgt Purnell (minor injuries), and the aircraft was written-off.
18/10/1944P-51 Mustang44-1385955FS/20FGoff SkegnessCoded KI:S, this aircraft ditched 1 mile east of Skegness, pilot 1st Lt Walter Mullins DFC was killed.
19/10/1944SpitfireAB90453OTUKirton LindseyTime: 1000 - On returning from a training flight, the pilot levelled out to late and the aircraft bounced on touch-down. This impact also tore the port undercarriage off the aircraft. But despite this he was able to get the aircraft back in the air for a go round. Duw to the damage caused on his first attempt, the pilot made a successful belly landing on his second attempt. No injuries were reported to P/O G.M. Hill (Australian) and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
19/10/1944OxfordHM8371546 BAT FltMarket RasenTime: 1615 - While on a BAT training flight, the aircraft was fired at from the ground. The gun shot damaged the fuselage causing the aircraft to make forced landing. The aircraft was flying at low level due to poor weather at the time. No injuries were reported to either F/O O.M. Clarson (Canadian) or Sgt I. Hillary and the aircraft was repaired by another unit/contrator on-site.
19/10/1944MosquitoKB215627sqnWainfleet range This aircraft was destroyed during bombing practice when one of the bombs exploded, causing significant damage to the aircraft. Pilot F/Lt HV Bland ordered his Navigator, F/O RH Cornell to bale out. F/O Cornell got stuck in the cockpit escape hatch and couldn’t be released. F/Lt Bland jettisoned the canopy and successfully escaped. The plane spun in near Wainfleet, killing F/O Cornell.
20/10/1944LancasterPA993626sqnnr Stainton-by-LangworthCoded UM-H2. Airborne 1659 19Oct44 from Wickenby for Stuttgart. On return to base overshot the runway and crashed 0013 20Oct44 amongst trees near Stainton by Langworth, a village on the Lincoln to Market Rasen railway and just to the N of the main road leading from Lincoln to Horncastle. Sgt Terry died while being treated in Lincoln Hospital; he was taken to his home town for burial. F/O R.S.Clements injured. Sgt R.J.Terry injured. Sgt J.Air injured. Sgt L.T.A.Gardner (Canadian) injured. Sgt J.M.Hill injured. Sgt R.Richmond (Canadian) injured. Sgt T.Studney (Canadian) injured.
20/10/1944LancasterLM72961 SqnSkellingthorpeTime: 0111 - On returning from an operational bombing sortie, the aircraft overshot the runway and finished on the grass. This resulted in damage to the tail unit on the aircraft. No injuries were reported to either F/O I.H. Byers (New Zealander) or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
27/10/1944LancasterW42311 LFSHemswellTime: 2103 - On landing back at the airfield after completing a training flight, the aircraft sank on to the runway at the end of a landing run. After being instructed 'flaps up' by the pilot, the flight engineer selected 'wheels up', thus retracting the undercarriage. No injuries were reported to either F/O D.O.R. Dickie or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired by another unit/contractor on-site.
27/10/1944LancasterND86561 SqnSkellingthorpeTime: 1954 - On landing back at the airfield after completing a bomber and fighter affiliation exercise, the aircraft swung causing the undercarriage to collapse. It was later found that the undercarriage was not fully locked upon touch down. No injuries were reported to either F/O R. Edwards or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
27/10/1944MosquitoDZ256239sqnStapleford WoodsCoded HB-?, airborne at 1105hrs from West Raynham. The aircraft spun in at approximately 1125hrs. F/Lt J.H. Roberts killed, Sgt A.H. Ashcroft killed.
28/10/1944StirlingEE9071661HCUnr SwinderbyCoded -K, Airborne 1950 from Winthorpe on night 3-engine practise. Diversion necessary to Swinderby due to weather. Remaining 3 engines lost power on approach and the aircraft crashed into Horsham Wood at 2320. F/Lt S.H. Martin injured. F/O R.J. Fairhead injured. F/O J. Robertson DFC killed, Sgt J.J. Glasgow killed, F/O A.W. Gayford K (died 31st from injuries), Sgt R. Reed killed, Sgt J.E. Buckminster injured. Sgt A.W. Coombes injured.
28/10/1944HalifaxMZ57610sqnoff ImminghamCoded ZA-T. Airborne 1309 28Oct44 from Melbourne for Cologne. Outbound, the port outer engine failed and the bomb-load was jettisoned. However, the Halifax continued to lose height and a ditching was carried out at 1437 off Immingham on the Lincolnshire coast. Some five hours later the crew were picked up by HMS Middleton and taken to Portsmouth. F/O C.Bleakley Sgt H.McHugh Sgt P.Shelley F/O W.Hiscott Sgt E.Blinko Sgt A.Bennett Sgt S.Canning
28/10/1944LancasterED86061sqnSkellingthorpeCoded QR-N, christened 'Nuts'. Attempted take-off 2239 28Oct44 from Skellingthorpe to attack the U- boat pens at Bergen but swung off the runway. No injuries reported, but this veteren Lancaster was damaged beyond repair. Struck Off Charge having completed 130 operations with a total of 1,032 hours. F/O L.A.Pearce (Australian) Sgt J.B.Murray F/Sgt R.B.Pettigrew (Australian) Sgt D.A.Barker Sgt A.E.Perry Sgt A.Barker Sgt R.Gillanders.
29/10/1944LancasterND90261sqnSkellingthorpeCoded QR-R, Airborne 2236 28Oct44 from Skellingthorpe to bomb the U-boat Pens at Bergen. Unable to identify the AP and while trying to establish a reference point came under sustained Flak and was badly damaged. As a consequence, most of the bomb load was jettisoned. Landed 0501 29Oct44 where the Lancaster was declared Beyond Economical Repair. F/O S.E.Miller Sgt G.McChrystal F/Sgt S.Fleet Sgt R.T.Galloway F/Sgt G.D.Mummery (Australian) Sgt I.A.Hay Sgt J.E.Norcutt
30/10/1944BlenheimL147017 SFTSCranwell SouthTime: 1805 - While on a circuits and landings exercise, the undercarriage failed to lower. This resulted in a belly landing for the aircraft. No injuries were reported to either Lt C. Yoner (Turkish) or his crew. The aircraft itself was tasked for repair by another unit/contractor on-site.
30/10/1944HalifaxLL2261667HCUSandtoftAirborne 1856 for night cross-country, but turned back early. Approached downwind, overshot & crashed into a bungalow, killing the occupants and a passing cyclist. Crew: P/O L.W. Linklater (Australian) killed, F/Sgt H.J. Kyle (Australian) injured. F/Sgt J.E. Brown (Australian) injured. remaining 4 crew unhurt, Cyclist LAC T.S. Nixon killed, Bungalow occupants killed: Mr. H. Wraith, Mrs A. Wraith (nee Waite).
30/10/1944StirlingEF2121660HCUSwinderbyCoded TV-U, airborne 2030hrs from Swinderby for a night conversion exercise. The aircraft was wrecked when it landed at 2355hrs whilst another aircraft was on the runway. The resulting avoiding action caused the undercarriage to collapse. Pilot F/O K Johnston and crew were unhurt.

November

DateTypeSerialUnitLocationNotes
01/11/1944MasterDM21817 SFTSCranwell SouthTime: 1125 - While parked the aircraft was hit by Blenheim L1363 after it suffered problems landing. DM218 was not crewed up at the time of the incident, and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
01/11/1944BlenheimL136317 SFTSCranwell SouthThis aircraft was damaged at 1125hrs when it struck parked Master DM218 after landing heavily. The incident is not recorded in the unit's records, and the pilot's name was not noted.
01/11/1944HurricaneLF3911690 BDT FltNavenbyTime: 1450 - While on an army cooperation flight the aircraft lost all power at 200ft. This forced the pilot to attempt a forced landing in a field, but on doing so the aircraft struck some HT cables causing the aircraft to swing to the port side. But despite this, the pilot managed to make a safe landing. No injuries were reported to W/O P. Salter, but the aircraft was completely written-off.
01/11/1944LancasterND90261 SqnSkellingthorpeTime: 1400 - During take-off for an operational bombing sortie, the aircraft swung to the port side causing the undercarriage to collapse. This incident was due to strong cross winds at the airfield coupled with poor throttle control. No injuries were reported to either F/O J.E. Sears or his crew, but the aircraft had to be sent off-site for repair by a maintenance unit/contractor.
01/11/1944HalifaxMZ424429 (Canadian)SpilsbyTime: 1345 - The aircraft was hit by a Lancaster (PD290) which had swung on take-off. The aircraft caught fire and was totally destroyed. MZ424 was not crewed at the time.
01/11/1944HalifaxMZ824429 (Canadian)SpilsbyThis aircraft was destroyed at 1345hrs during a major accident at the airfield. It was not crewed at the time, but the flight engineer, P/O FP Platt attempted to move the aircraft to prevent it being damaged by the fire caused by Lancaster PD290 colliding with Halifax MZ424. He and Spilsby's Chief Technical Officer had managed to start one engine, but at that point the nose of the aircraft was blown in, seriously injuring both men. P/O Platt was rushed to Rauceby hospital, but died en route. P/O Platt was nominated for the George Cross for his actions, but was awarded a posthumous Mention In Despatches instead, Gazetted 14th June 1945.
01/11/1944HalifaxMZ880420sqnSpilsbyThis aircraft was destroyed in a fire and explosion caused by Lancaster PD290 colliding with parked Halifax MZ424 after a take-off accident. The aircraft was not crewed at the time.
01/11/1944HalifaxNP954429 (Canadian)SpilsbyThis aircraft was destroyed in a fire and explosion caused by Lancaster PD290 colliding with parked Halifax MZ424 after a take-off accident. The aircraft was not crewed at the time.
01/11/1944LancasterPD290207sqnSpilsbyCoded EM-N. Started take-off at 1345hrsfrom Spilsby but swung out of control and collided with a parked 429 Sqdn Halifax. In the ensuing fire and explosion, three more Halifaxes were wrecked. The Lancaster crew have been omitted from 207 Sqdn ORB, though none were injured. Pilot was F/O A.T.Loveless.
02/11/1944LancasterL75821 LFSHemswellTime: 1335 - At the end of the runway after landing from a training flight, the flight engineer retracted the undercarriage instead of raising the flaps. No injuries were reported to F/Lt B.V. Weatherly (New Zealander) or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired by another unit/contractor on-site.
02/11/1944SpitfireAR51553OTUHibaldstowTime: 2330 - During take-off for night flying practice, the aircraft swung off the runway and hit both a hangar and a parked aircraft (Martinet EM477). No technical fault was found with aircraft at a later inspection. Some injuries were reported to F/Sgt A. English. The aircraft itself was deemed a total write-off.
02/11/1944MartinetEM47753 OTUHibaldstowTime: 2330 - This aircraft was hit by Spitfire Vc AR515 while in it's hangar, after the Spitfire suffered problems during it's take-off. No one was in EM477 at the time, and the aircraft was totally written off.
03/11/1944BeaufighterNE219254 SqnNorth CoatesTime: 0414 - On returning to the airfield after completing an anti shipping sweep, the pilot overshot his landing in bad visibility. But due to the overshoot, the aircraft ran on to the wet grass causing damage to the undercarriage before finally stopping.No injuries were reported to either F/Sgt J.G.S. McHurchan or his navigator. The aircraft itself was deemed beyond the units capacity to repair, so it was tasked to another unit/contractor on-site.
04/11/1944LancasterNF986166sqnnr CroxtonCoded AS-P, this aircraft was airborne at 1705hrs from Kirmington. On return at 2240hrs, the aircraft was destroyed when it crashed at Croxton, 1 mile north of the airfield, after hitting some trees. F/O A Flalconer injured, P/O J McGinn injured, Sgt PF Simpson unhurt, Sgt SW Butler unhurt, F/Sgt JH Jones unhurt, Sgt G Challinor severely injured and died the following day, Sgt WG taylor injured.
05/11/1944StirlingEH9771660HCUBassingham FenCoded -Z, Airborne from Swinderby on night convex. aircraft experienced engine trouble and crashed at 0240 whilst banking to the right. Investigation showed that one engine had failed, but a functioning one had been feathered.F/Sgt R.J. Chambers (Australian) killed, Sgt M.A. Rand killed, Sgt S.F. Weedon killed, F/O N.U. Bibb killed, F/Sgt K.J. Gerathy (Australian) killed, Sgt W.F. Whalley killed, Sgt W.B. Telford killed
05/11/1944C-47 Dakota43-15304HQsqn/9TCCNorth WithamThis aircraft was damaged in a take-off accident on this date, no further detail is known, but the aircraft was repaired and survived the war. Pilot Arthur M Gray (rank unknown) was unhurt.
06/11/1944MosquitoW40668OTU3 miles SE of ConingsbyTime: 1220 - During a high level photography flight the aircraft's port engine caught fire. This caused the undercarriage to come down and the aircraft banked vertically. The aircraft then lost height at 1500ft. The pilot bailed out, but his parachute hit the aircraft and failed to open causing both him and the aircraft to hit the ground. F/Lt C.W. Mayes was killed instantly in the incident.
06/11/1944LancasterND913103 SqnElsham WoldsTime: 2210 - While on night ops training, the pilots first attempt to land resulted in a overshoot so the pilot elected to go round and make a second attempt. On this attempt the aircraft bounced on landing, bursting the starboard tyre. This resulted in the aircraft running at a angle to the runway and hittnig a bomb trolley 100 yards to the left of the runway. No injuries were reported to either A/F/O L.J.R. Remy (Belgian) or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
06/11/1944OxfordX679517 SFTSElsham Wolds villageTime: 1735 - On returning to the airfield after completing a training flight, the aircraft lost power after the engines cut at 800ft. This resulted in the aircraft making a belly landing in a field. It was later found that the pilot had failed to change petrol tanks causing the engines to cut. No injuries were reported to either F/Lt V.G.L.D. Byrne or his crew. But the aircraft had to be sent off-site for repair by a maintenance unit/contractor.
07/11/1944BeaufighterNE218254 SqnNorth CoatesTime: 1330 - On landing back at the airfield after completing a training exercise, the undercarriage collapsed. No injuries were reported to the pilot P/O J.H. Haye (Canadian) or his navigator, but the aircraft was tasked to another unit/contractor on-site for repair.
08/11/1944HurricanePG57882 OTU1 ˝ miles WNW of ScunthorpeTime: 1745 - On returning to it's base, the aircraft suffered a fuel problem forceing the pilot to attempt a forced landing in a field, but he overshot his landing. While climbing out again the aircraft's engines cut due to running out of fuel. This resulted in the aircraft diving back towards the ground at high speed. F/Sgt W.W.E. Anderson (Canadian) was killed in the incident.
08/11/1944BeaufighterLZ436254 SqnIn the sea, nr North CoatesTime: 1540 - Suffered engine failure in the starboard engine during take-off. This was swiftly followed by the port engine failing causing the aircraft to ditch in the sea. Both the pilot F/Lt G.A. Marshall and his navigator F/O Roberts were killed in the incident.
09/11/1944HurricaneL20877(P)AFUnr CrowlandTime: 1145 - While doing a flying practice, the engine on the aircraft cut losing all power while at 100ft. This in turn caused the pilot to make a forced wheels-up landing in a field on Stowgate Farm. No injuries were reported to F/Sgt E. Duali (Australian), and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
09/11/1944MasterDL9497(P)AFUSutton BridgeTime: 1610 - On returning to the airfield from a training flight, the aircraft's engines stalled while 30ft from the ground when landing. The starboard wing dropped and hit the ground causing the aircraft to flip on to it's back. Cpl J.P. Guilhemdebat (Turkish) fractured his skull, shoulders, left leg and arm in the incident and had the be extricated from under the aircraft. The aircraft itself was deemed a total write-off.
10/11/1944SpitfireP83881690 B.D.T.F.HibaldstowTime: 1130 - While on a fighter affiliation flight, the aircraft suffered engine failure while at 5000ft. The pilot managed to land the aircraft safely back at the airfield. No injuries were reported to F/O W.G. Baker and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
10/11/1944SpitfireW345617FTSNorth RaucebyThis aircraft was destroyed when it dived into the ground at Heath Farm during a training flight. Pilot Lt H Toros (Turkish) was killed.
11/11/1944HalifaxJN9671662HCUEast FerryAirborne from Blyton 1752 for night navigation exercise, at 1800 the aircraft crashed in flames from 3000ft at East Ferry after one starboard engine caught fire. The aircraft was so thoroughly destroyed that the exact cause of the engine fire could not be determined. Sgt L. Milewski (Polish) killed, Sgt S. Manek (Polish) killed, Sgt S. Babiacki (Polish) killed, P/O M.E. Wisniewski (Polish) killed, Sgt F. Piwoda (Polish) killed, Sgt M. Kozlowski (Polish) killed, Sgt J. Rzestelny (Polish) killed
11/11/1944LancasterLM36061sqnFiskertonCoded VN-?. Airborne 1644 11Nov44 from Skellingthorpe to Harburg. Turned back with failing engines, jettisoning the bomb load into the sea. At base the visibility was poor and no less than three approaches were aborted before the crew diverted to East Kirkby. en route, the engine problem worsened and F/Lt Hickling decided to land at Fiskerton, but with power rapidly decaying the Lancaster under-shot the runway by some 250 yards, coming to rest at 2027 damaged beyond repair. No crew injuries. F/O E.H.Hickling (Australian) Sgt W.A.Clark F/Sgt E.W.Glossop F/Sgt D.C.Watson F/O A.C.Thompson F/Sgt G.T.Alcock Sgt R.C.McCallum. This was the aircraft in which Bill Reid won his VC 3/4Nov 1943.
11/11/1944LancasterLM64844sqnnr SpilsbyCoded KM-K, Airborne 1633 11Nov44 from Spilsby for Harburg. On return to base collided in the circuit with a 207 Squadron Lancaster (See PB428), both aircraft crashing out of control. F/O Grassie is buried in Harrogate (Stonefall Cemetery) but F/Sgt Mitchelll was taken to Cambridge City Cemetery. The others are buried in their home towns. Sgt Routledge is buried in the same Cemetery as his brother Sgt John Newton Routledge killed 13Jul40 while flying with 218 Squadron. See Blenheim R3597. F/O P.A.C.Caryer killed, Sgt R.D.Driscoll killed, F/O C.R.Grassie (Canadian) killed, F/O D.S.Arnett killed, F/Sgt D.L.Mitchell (Australian) killed, Sgt D.Keen killed, Sgt J.Routledge killed
11/11/1944LancasterPB428207sqnnr SpilsbyCoded EM-T, Airborne 1624 11Nov44 from Spilsby for Harburg. On return to base collided in the circuit with LM648 (44 Sqdn), both Lancasters crashing out of control, killing both sets of crew-members. The two Canadian members of this crew are buried at Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery; both australians were taken to Cambridge City Cemetery, while the others are buried in their home towns. F/O W.A.Sparks killed, F/O A.F.Cullington killed, P/O W.G.Armour (Canadian) killed, F/O J.A.Baker (Australian) killed, P/O A.L.Plowman (Australian) killed, Sgt J.Nugent killed, F/Sgt G.Rye (Canadian) killed
11/11/1944LancasterPD314626sqnnr WragbyCoded UM-J2. Airborne 1609 11Nov44 from Wickenby to Dortmund. Crashed 2113 on return to base, coming down approximately. 1 mile NNE of the airfield. F/O Dainty is buried in Ilkley Cemetery; F/Sgt Friend is buried at Chingford Mount Cemetery. F/O F.W.Dainty killed, Sgt V.Oates injured. WO2 V.Werier (Canadian) injured. F/Sgt J.D.Friend killed, Sgt A.Emerson injured. Sgt J.Powell injured. Sgt E.Skinner injured.
12/11/1944SpitfireBL78853OTUKirton LindseyTime: 1230 - On returning to the airfield after completing a training flight, the aircraft suffered a heavy landing. The impact with the runway caused the port undercarriage to collapse. No injuries were reported to F/O H.P. Hay (Canadian) and the aircraft was repaired by another unit/contractor on-site.
12/11/1944HalifaxLL3891667HCUSandtoftAirborne for cross-country sortie. On return at 1615hrs, the pilot landed heavily and burst the port tyre. As a result, the aircraft veered left and snapped the undercarriage. Pilot F/O PH O'Neill and crew were unhurt.
14/11/1944LancasterPB70283sqnoff SkegnessCoded OL-G. On a training flight, aircraft emerged from low cloud in an almost level attitude and crashed onto a sandbank in The Wash. All were brought to safety by a pilot boat and admitted to Boston Hospital, although it is thought their injuries were all of a minor nature. F/O W.A.McNeil injured. Sgt R.W.Stoneman injured. F/O J.W.Hudson injured. Sgt J.O'Leary injured. Sgt J.Hinton injured. F/Sgt G.Lonsdale injured. Sgt A.Bibby injured.
15/11/1944LancasterPB18183 SqnConingsbyThis aircraft was damaged at 1100hrs when it was struck by Lancaster PB452 whilst taxyingout from dispersal. No injuries reported and the pilot's name is not recorded in the squadron's records.
15/11/1944LancasterPB45283 SqnConingsbyTime: 1100 - While taxying on the peri-track on it's way out for a training flight, the aircraft collied with another Lancaster (PB181) which was taxying from the dispersal. PB181 was deemed to be at fault for the incident and should have stopped. No injuries were reported to either F/O J. Duncan (Canadian) or his crew, and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
15/11/1944BeaufighterNE794236 SqnDonna NookTime: 1520 - On returning to the airfield after completing a recconaissance flight, the starboard wheel failed to lower due to a large bird flying in to it. This resulted in the pilot deciding on making a belly landing at the airfield. No injuries were reported to either the pilot P/O E.G. Sowoye or his navigator. But the aircraft was deemed beyond the units capacity to repair and tasked to another unit/contractor on-site.
15/11/1944OxfordHM83718(P)AFUnr FaldingworthTime: 1200 - While on a BAT training flight the aircraft lost power to the starboard engine while at 6000ft. The pilot managed to control the aircraft and made a successful belly landing. No injuries were reported to either F/Sgt H.E. Seraff, Sgt R.C. Finch or Sgt G. Hodge, and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
20/11/1944LancasterW48911 LFSHemswellTime: 2310 - While being towed, the aircraft had a collision with a van. The impact left damamge on both the port fin and rudder. No injuries were reported, and the aircraft was repaired by another unit/contractor on-site.
20/11/1944SpitfireBL47253OTUHibaldstowTime: 1144 - On returning to the airfield, the pilot overshot his landing due to extremely bad weather. In an attempt to avoid going off the end of the runway, he swung the aircraft hard, but this only resulted in the undercarriage collapsing. No injuries were reported to F/O A.G. Francois (Belgain), but the aircraft had to be sent off-site for repair by a maintenance unit/contractor.
21/11/1944OxfordEB69312(P)AFUSpitalgateTime: 1600 - While taxying out for a training flight, the pilot raised the undercarriage instead of the flaps. No injuries were reported to either F/Lt P. Mocom or his crew and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
23/11/1944BlenheimAD66112(P)AFUHarlaxtonTime: 2200 - While on a circuits and landings exercise, the unnamed pilot forgot to lower the undercarriage on the aircraft, resulting in a belly landing. No injuries were reported to any of the crew, but the aircraft had to be sent off-site for repair by a maintenance unit/contractor.
23/11/1944LancasterLL949630sqnin the HumberCoded LE-E. airborne 1626 22Nov44 from East Kirkby to mark the U-Boat pens at Trondheim. Came down on a sandbank near the N bank of the Humber off Sunk Island. sgt Henley and the three (New Zealander) airmen are buried in Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery; Sgt Woodward died from his injuries 1dec44. he is buried in Hampstead Cemetery. F/O G.R.Flood (New Zealander) killed, Sgt L.T.Woodward injured. F/s.C.Agnew (New Zealander) killed, F/Sgt K.J.Aspell killed, F/Sgt W.R.Ingram (New Zealander) killed, Sgt F.Hughes killed, Sgt M.B.Henley killed
23/11/1944MasterDL5417(P)AFUSutton BridgeTime: 1100 - While on a training flight paracticing landings at the airfield, the aircrft suffered a heavy landing causing damage to the tail structure. No injuries were reported to either F/O F.B. Moffat (Canadian) or J.M.A. Lorray (FAF) and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
25/11/1944SpitfireBL99653OTUHibaldstowTime: 1635 - On landing back at the airfield, the pilot decided to land at the side of the runway to avoid an aircraft in front, but ran off the side of the runway onto soft ground, which caused the wheels to dig in and overturn the aircraft. The pilot was reported as slightly injured in this incident, but his name is not recorded in the unit's records.
25/11/1944MosquitoDZ518627sqnWoodhall SpaThis aircraft was damaged at 1900hrs whilst taxying on return from a a practice marking sortie over Wainfleet range when it struck Lancaster LM492, severely damaging it. Pilot W/O JW Herriman and navigator F/Sgt EG Arthur were unhurt.
25/11/1944LancasterLM492617 SqnWoodhall SpaTime: 1900 - While taxying on the peri-track in preparation for a practice bombing flight, the aircraft collided with a Mosquito (DZ518). It was later found that the pilot of LM492 had not been given permission to taxi. No injuries were reported to either A/F/Lt S.A. Anning or his crew, the aircraft was severely damaged.
26/11/1944OxfordN629917 SFTS1 mile SSW of CranwellTime: 1130 - Shortly after take-off while at 400ft, the port engine failed. Unable to maintain height, the pilot was forced to make a belly landing in a field. No injuries were reported to Lt N. Yilwag (Turkish) or his crew. But the aircraft was deemed a total write-off.
26/11/1944MosquitoKB409627 SqnConingsbyTime: 1503 - While attempting to land in sleet on a delivery flight, the pilot realised he was approaching the wrong runway. He corrected with a quick turn but lost height and hit a fence. But with the aircraft still airworthy, the pilot managed to overshoot his landing and go round to make another attempt, this attempt was succesfull. No injuries were reported to S/Ldr E.A. Benjamin and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
26/11/1944LancasterPB43249sqnDry DoddingtonCoded EA-O. Airborne 2341 26Nov44 from Fulbeck to Munich but three minutes later the Lancaster crashed at Dry Doddington, SE of the airfield and 8 miles NW of Grantham, Lincs. Sgt Langley is buried at Charlton (st.John The Baptist) Churchyard while Sgt Blake is Buried in Hendon Cemetery. F/O G.H.Le Marquand injured. Sgt W.S.Wade injured. F/Sgt R.E.Ransome injured. Sgt N.Bowers injured. Sgt N.I.Langley killed, Sgt E.G.Blake killed, Sgt T.Price injured.
26/11/1944HalifaxW78081656HCUSkellingthorpeAirborne 1145 from Lindholme on a day training sortie. Outer engines failed in low-level flight at 800 ft and could not be feathered. Pilot sighted an airfield, lowered the undercarriage but after touching down at 1530 aircraft overran and ended up in trees in boggy ground. F/Sgt RE Moore and crew were unhurt.
28/11/1944SpitfireEP44553OTUGoxhillTime: 1407 - Held off to high on landing at the airfield causing the port undercarriage to collapse. This in turn led to the aircraft then swinging off the runway. No injuries were reported to P/O N.A.H. McFinn and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
29/11/1944BlenheimBA23712(P)AFUHarlaxtonTime: 2153 - While on a circuits and landings exercise, the pilot failed to check if the undercarriage had been lowered. As a result the aircraft made an accidental wheels-up landing. No injuries were reported to either Sgt R.E. Plowman or his crew. The aircraft itself was sent off-site for repair at a maintenance unit/contractor.
29/11/1944LancasterND992170 SqnHemswellTime: 1433 - On completing a ferry flight and landing at the airfield, the pilot overshot his landing. This resulted in the aircraft crashing in to a ditch causing damage to the undercarriage. No injuries were reported to either F/O R.G. Chandles or his crew, but the aircraft had to be sent off-site for repair by a maintenance unit/contractor.
30/11/1944LancasterLM182550 SqnNorth KillingholmeTime: 1900 - On landing back at the airfield after completing an operational bombing sortie, the undercarriage collapsed. No injuries were reported to either Cadet Gordon or the rest of the crew, and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.

December

DateTypeSerialUnitLocationNotes
01/12/1944LancasterPB42297 Sqn3 miles N of MablethorpeTime: 1145 - During an air/sea firing exercise in bad visibility, the aircraft hit the top of a sand bank while pulling out of a dive. The impact with the bank caused enough damage to remove the tail wheel from the aircraft. Some injuries were reported to F/O A.M. Dow's crew, but none were fatal. The aircraft itself was repaired by another unit/contractor on-site.
01/12/1944LancasterHK577149 SqnConingsbyTime: 1600 - On completing an air test the pilot overshot his landing and opted to go round for another attempt. But during his climb out, he failed to gain enough height and hit a tree, after losing his port outer engine in the cimb out. The pilot managed to make another attempt at landing on the runway, but ran-off finally coming to rest in a field. Some injuries were reported to F/O Ellison's crew, but none were fatal. The aircraft itself was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
02/12/1944BlenheimAZ95312(P)AFUSpitalgate (Grantham)Time: 1115 - While takeing-off from the airfield, the pilot retracted the undercarriage too soon resulting in the aircraft belly landing back on the runway. No injuries were reported to F/Lt C.E. Daysh or his crew. But the aircraft had to be sent off-site to a maintenance unit/contractor for repair.
02/12/1944MasterAZ8017(P)AFUSutton BridgeTime: 1145 - On returning from a training flight, the undercarriage collapsed on the aircraft. It was later found the pilot had been distracted by other aircraft in the circuit, and not lowered the undercarriage properly. No injuries were reported to Cpl P.E. Gilbert (FAF) and the aircraft was repaired by another unit/contractor on-site.
03/12/1944C-47 Dakota43-4893348TCS/313TCGFolkinghamThis aircraft was damaged in an accident on take-off when the undercarriage was raised early, causing the aircraft to settle back onto the runway on its belly. Pilots Lt J Claussen and Lt Pena were unhurt.
03/12/1944LancasterNN699625sqnKelsternCoded CF-C, Crashed at base on return from Urft Dam at Heimbach. Airborne 0741 from Kelstern for a daylight raid on the Urft Dam. On return to base over-ran the runway and crashed 1159 just beyond the runway. No injuries reported. F/O G.A.Naylor Sgt L.Sutherland F/O J.S.Joiner F/Sgt D.Braden (Australian) F/Sgt R.French (Australian) F/O F.T.Rix Sgt S.Lavender
04/12/1944LancasterLM176166sqnBrocklesby ParkCoded AS-X, airborne 1624 4Dec44 from Kirmington. On return to base, and while preparing to land, spun and crashed 2314 at Brocklesby Park near the airfield. F/O S.R.Hanna (Canadian) killed, Sgt P.Morris killed, P/O D.S.Howard (Canadian) killed, F/O C.W.Macklaier (Canadian) killed, WO2 W.P Wynnyk (Canadian) killed, F/Sgt W.R.Darling (Canadian) killed, F/Sgt C.A.Fowler (Canadian) killed
04/12/1944WellingtonMF2261 EAASGreat CarltonTime: 1643hrs - While on approach to the airfield after completing a cross country flight, the aircraft's starboard engine failed causing the aircraft to swing and lose height. This resulted in the aircraft crashing into cottages at Upp Hall farm just short of the airfield, destroying two of them. P/O H.H. Wastell and his crew were all slightly injured in the incident. One civilian woman in the cottages was recorded as killed but does not appear in the Civilian War Dead records.
04/12/1944StirlingEF1861661HCUnr GranthamCoded GP-V, airborne at 2030 from Winthorpe to practise recovery from unusual angles of flight. aircraft entered a bank of CuNim cloud at 2055, and crashed onto Breeder hills 4 miles west of Grantham after presumed icing. F/O G.R. Campbell (Australian) killed, F/Sgt D.J. Standring killed, Sgt L.G. Diggins killed, Sgt W.L. Howarth killed, Sgt E.W. Heaton killed, Sgt A.L. Terry killed, Sgt A. Winn killed, Sgt B. Stowe killed, Sgt K.C. Glinz (Canadian) killed
07/12/1944LancasterNG253625 SqnKelsternTime: 2030 -While the aircraft was being towed it collided with a 3 ton lorry. The collision caused extensive damage to rear fuselage, in particular the tail unit. No injuries were reported and the aircraft was repaired by another unit/contractor on-site.
07/12/1944LancasterPB7491651HCULangtoftAirborne 1150 from Woolfox Lodge for practise bombing sortie. aircraft broke up at 1214 near Langtoft, this was the first Lancaster accident for 1651HCU. F/Sgt J. Hall killed, Sgt M. Carty killed, Sgt D.J. Taylor killed, Sgt P.E. Costin killed, Sgt F.R. Smith killed, P/O A. Yoxon killed, Sgt D.G. Mackenzie killed.
09/12/1944HalifaxLL4981662HCUBlytonCoded D, airborne from Blyton 1040 for bombing practise, returned to the circuit, but fuel low warning showed, aircraft dropped to 700ft and despite increasing power, the pilot force-landed wheels up on the airfield at 1245hrs. Pilot Sgt P Kalinowski (Polish), instructor (F/Sgt JSM Percival and crew were unhurt.
12/12/1944LancasterJA9081668HCUEast KirkbyAirborne 1014 from Bottesford on a training flight. During the sortie the flametraps on the port outer burned through, and the aircraft tried to land on 3 engines at East Kirkby in poor visibility. The aircraft bounced on touchdown and lost the starboard wheel, causing a forced landing during which the aircraft caught fire. 7 crew injured. ured: F/O L.J. Richer (Canadian), Sgt B.C. Terry, P/O L.G. Gilliard, Sgt J.E. Cable, Sgt V. Lenney, P/O R.W. Miller (Canadian), P/O E.J. May (Canadian), F/O Kissack unhurt
12/12/1944LancasterND412630 SqnEast KirkbyTime: 1309 - This aircraft was stationary when it was hit by the starboard wheel off Lancaster JA908, which had incountered problems on landing. No injuries were reported and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
12/12/1944LancasterW48591662HCUnr BlytonAirborne 2133 for night circuit practise, bounced on contact with runway at 2141, and crashed from 50ft into a barn by Blyton railway station, catching fire on impact. F/Lt R.K. Eames killed, Sgt N.G. Millar killed, F/Lt G.R. Gill killed, Sgt P. Murphy killed, Sgt E. Booth killed
15/12/1944LancasterPD20112sqnHolbeach DroveCoded PH-E. Airborne 1507 15Dec44 from Wickenby to Luwigshafen. While returning to base a fire broke out and before anyone could react the Lancaster dived into the ground at 2100, exploding on impact, near Holbeach Drove, 8 miles SSW of Holbeach, Lincolnshire. Sgt Nicholls was buried at nearby Sutton Bridge (St.Matthew) Churchyard. Both Air Gunners are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, but the others were taken home. It is likely that Sgt Smith's funeral was conducted by his father, the Revd. Arthur Augustus Smith of Hexham. P/O Gillingham's father was RSM James Gillingham of The King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. P/O E.T Gillingham killed, Sgt J.Nicholls killed, Sgt F.D.M.Smith killed, Sgt A.Muttock killed, Sgt J.A.Carter killed, Sgt F.J.Angus killed, Sgt J.G.Robinson killed
16/12/1944B-17 Fortress44-8421546BS/384BGNorth CoatesThis aircraft was damaged whilst making an emergency landing in deteriorating weather after aborting its mission due to electrical failure. It overran the landing strip and hit a ditch, damaging the aircraft severely. Pilot Lt James D. Brookshire and crew were unhurt.
17/12/1944OxfordLW86212(P)AFUSpitalgateTime: 2359 - During a training flight the aircraft had to make evasive maneouvers, one of which caused the port engine to cut. This lack of power resulted in the aircraft making a belly landing at the airfield. No injuries were reported to either F/Lt D.B. Jones or his crew and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
17/12/1944StirlingLJ4791660 HCUSwinderbyTime: 2120 - After completing a training flight, the aircraft suffered a heavy landing back at the airfield. The impact caused the starboard undercarriage to collapse. No injuries were reported to either W/Cdr Birch or his crew and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
18/12/1944C-10942-5176653TCS/61TCGCarlton ScroopThis aircraft was destroyed when it collided in mid-air with B-24 42-7609 at 1100hrs after commencing a turn in an unbriefed close formation flight at low level. The aircraft crashed immediately after the collision and was wrecked. Instructor pilot 1st Lt DC Wolf killed, pupil pilot Cpt PD Minor killed, S/Sgt SR Wells killed, T/Sgt RW Eubank killed, Cpl LR Tolpen killed. Lt Wolf was flying the aircraft at the time of the collision.
18/12/1944B-24 Liberator42-760914TCS/61TCGNorth RaucebyNamed 'Lazy Lou', this aircraft was destroyed when it was struck in mid-air with C-109 42-51766 at 1100hrs after commencing a turn in an unbriefed close formation flight at low level. The aircraft attempted to reach RAF Cranwell to make an emergency landing on its two remaining engines, but when the pilot lowered the undercarriage the aircraft lost speed, stalled and crashed into a field. Pilot Lt/Col LS Frederick jr killed, T/Sgt PG Sattler killed, Cpt GF Franscioni injured, T/Sgt EP ward seriously injured, 1/Lt EJ haar (B-24 transition pilot) injured. Col Frederick's dog, 'Major Jerry' was also onboard and survived with burns, but died 8 days later.
19/12/1944LancasterNG24161 SqnSkellingthorpeTime: 1400 - While being bombed up for an operational sortie, the near cable broke on the nose of a bomb. This caused the nose of the bomb to swing into the floor of the aircraft causing damage. No injuries were reported and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
22/12/1944LancasterNG336467 Sqn˝ mile NE of WaddingtonTime: 0200 - On returning from an operational bombing sortie, the pilot encounted heavy fog at the airfield. Due to these conditions the pilot mistook the sodium funnel lights for the runway sodium lights and landed short of the runway. No injuries were reported to either F/Lt W.M. Kynoch (Australian) or his crew. The aircraft itself had to be sent off-site for repair by a maintenance unit/contractor.
22/12/1944LancasterPB53383sqnMetheringhamCoded OL-Q. Airborne 1636 21Dec44 from Coningsby to bomb Politz. On return to base the crew were instructed to divert to Metheringham which had the FIDO facility. Whilst attempting to land in very bad visibility the Lancaster crashed 0246 22Dec44. Of those killed F/Lt Booker was taken to Cambridge City Cemetery while the others were buried in their home towns. S/L Hatcher's father was Major Henry Hatcher, formerly of the Royal Field Artillery. S/L L.Hatcher DFC AFM killed, F/Sgt H.J.Naldrett killed, F/Lt A.J.Booker DFC killed, P/O E.Marron killed, W/O R.F.Goodman killed, F/Lt C.Summerscales DFC killed, W/O F.J.Bell killed, F/Lt M.F.Ingmire injured.
22/12/1944LancasterPD2139sqnnr BardneyCoded WS-F, Airborne 1633 21Dec44 from Bardney for Politz. On return to base visibility was extremely poor and while trying to land this Lancaster collided with a tree and crashed 0235 22Dec44 near the airfield. Sgt White is buried in Thrybergh (St Leonard) Old churchyard; fellow Yorkshireman F/Sgt Willis is buried at Bradfield (St Nicholas) Churchyard. F/O J.A.Read injured. Sgt E.A.White killed, Sgt N.F.J.Featherstone injured. F/Sgt V.S.Willis killed, F/Sgt D.McArdle injured. Sgt H.B.Rothwell injured. Sgt W.J.W.Linaker injured.
22/12/1944LancasterPB688463sqnnr WaddingtonCoded JO-M. Airborne 1632 21/22Dec44 from Waddington to Politz. Crashed 0246 22Dec44 on return to Waddington, crashing about a mile to the N of the airfield. Weather conditions at the time were extremely poor. Of those killed, all were buried in Cambridge City Cemetery. F/O R.H.Halstead (Australian) killed, Sgt B.E.O.Pettigrew killed, F/O C.J.Greenwood (Australian) killed, F/Sgt J.R.Power (Australian) killed, F/Sgt G.J.Cheyne (Australian) killed, F/Sgt L.E.J.Millar (Australian) killed, F/Sgt T.A.Nation (Australian) injured.
22/12/1944LancasterME29944 SqnSpilsbyTime: 0338 - After landing back at the airfield in thick fog, the aircraft collided with Lancaster PB360 at the end of the runway. No injuries were reported to either F/Lt K. Largos (New Zealander) or his crew and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
22/12/1944LancasterPB36044 SqnSpilsbyTime: 0338 - The aircraft was hit by Lancaster ME299 in heavy fog while on the hardstanding, after the pilot of ME299 failed to see PB360 due to the weather. No injuries were reported, but the aircraft had to be sent off-site to a maintenance unit/contractor for repair.
22/12/1944LancasterME561617sqnTealbyCoded KC-T. Airborne 1654 21Dec44 from Woodhall Spa. On return to base the crew were diverted to Ludford Magna and land by aid of FIDO, due to fog blanketing the local area. On approach to Ludford, the Lancaster's port wing brushed the ground causing the bomber to crash 0240 22Dec44 at Tealby, 3 miles ENE of Market Rasen, Lincolnshire. The two airmen killed were taken to their home towns for burial. F/O Walker's DFC was Gazetted 12Jan45. F/O A.E.Joplin (New Zealander) injured. Sgt F.L.Tilley injured. F/Sgt C.B.R.Fish injured. F/O A.J.Walker DFC killed, F/Sgt R.B.Yates killed, F/Sgt J.T.Thomson injured.
22/12/1944LancasterNG244626sqnWickenbyCoded UM-E2. Lost on a raid to Koblenz. Airborne 1623 22Dec44 from Wickenby but was obliged to turn back after the failure of the port inner engine. approaching base, the crew were told to divert to Leeming, Yorkshire, but in the circumstances the pilot continued his approach, only to stall and crash. On impact, the Lancaster exploded. all are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. F/P R.R.Preece killed, Sgt A.F.Liddle killed, F/Sgt A.G.Mace killed, F/O F.E.Gurden killed, Sgt W.T.Stapleton killed, Sgt P.L.Waldon killed, Sgt P.Radley killed
22/12/1944LancasterNG258630sqnWincebyCoded LE-?. Lost on mission to Politz. Airborne 1658 21Dec44 from East Kirkby. Crashed 0250 22Dec44 at Scanfield farm. Those killed were buried in their home towns. F/O Stockill was cremated at Darlington. F/O A.Stockill killed, Sgt J.Duffett killed, F/O W.McP James killed, Sgt R.A.Bruck killed, Sgt J.S.Bain killed, Sgt J.Quinlivan killed, Sgt L.Pooley injured.
26/12/1944Me109GNKNKFulbeckCrash-landed with a defecting pilot after flying from Denmark
26/12/1944LancasterLM677467 SqnWaddingtonTime: 1100 - While being towed along the peri-track, the aircraft was hit by a M.T. Vehicle which was speeding in foggy conditions. No injuries were reported and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
29/12/1944LancasterPB748101sqnLudford MagnaTime: 1630 - On returning to the airfield from a training flight the pilot forgot to lower the undercarriage and landed with it retracted. No injuries were reported to either F/t R.H. Wilder or his crew and the aircraft was repaired on-site by another unit/contractor.
29/12/1944HurricaneLF7061690 BDT FltMetheringhamTime: 1502 - On returning from a fighter affiliation flight, the pilot overshot his landing due to parts of the runway being flooded. But upon landing the pilot had to swing the aircraft to avoid an obstruction causing the undercarriage to collapse. No injuries were reported to F/O F. Mountain, but the aircraft had to be sent off-site for repair by a maintenance unit/contractor.
29/12/1944MosquitoDZ650627sqnWoodhall SpaCoded AZ-Q, Airborne 1923 29Dec44 from Woodhall Spa to lay mines in the River Elbe but swung off the runway, crashing out of control. No injuries reported to pilot F/O H.V.Olliver (New Zealander) or his navigator.
30/12/1944B-17 Fortress42-9747992BGEast Kirkby"Coded UX:L Named “Belle of Liberty” Crashed on approach after returning early after an engine failed in flight from mission 238 against the Bullay railway bridge at Koblenz. Bombs were jettisoned into the Wash, the aircraft overshot on the first landing attempt, and stalled whilst trying to climb to crest a hill whilst attempting to go round for another attempt at landing. Sgt Harold R. Barner killed, Sgt Wilfred A. Bedard killed, Sgt Charles H. Chambers killed, 2nd Lt John E. Cowan killed,
Sgt Arthur R. Estrada killed, 2nd Lt Edward A. Porter Jr killed, Sgt Thomas G. Standish Jr killed, 2nd Lt Joseph Van Stratton killed, Sgt William D. White killed."
31/12/1944SpitfireAR46753OTUHibaldstowTime: 1750hrs - The pilot overshot his landing back at the airfield after completing a training flight and went off the end of the runway. The pilot confirmed he had lost sight of the flags and therefore his position. Pilot F/Lt Murray was injured, the aircraft was deemed a total write-off.
31/12/1944SpitfireEN86153OTUNettleton TopCrashed at 1015hrs following loss of control during a tailchase exercise near Caistor. Pilot F/Lt GM carmichael was killed.
31/12/1944BeaufighterNV418236 SqnNorth CoatesTime: 2005 - Suffered an explosion in No.2 outer tank while being refuelled. The resulting fire was quickly put out, but not before a mechanic was injured in the explosion.