Miscellaneous accidents 1891 -1940

These accidents do not qualify for inclusion in the main lists. Some involve British casualties in foreign aircraft; others correct or clarify previously-published information on non-fatal accidents.

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10.12.1891 Gas balloon "Wanderer", E Mansfield
Balloon burst on ascent, Victoria Park, Bombay, India
Lt Edward Mansfield (26) killed (RNR)

4.12.1910 Gas balloon
Came down near Kirkwall, Orkney on flight from Munich
Metzger lost at sea (German)
Distler survived
Joerdens survived

26.10.16 Voisin LA 8523, 30 Sqn
Aeroplane accident at or near Kut, Mesopotamia
Capt Lawrence Hope King-Harman (27) killed
Lt Sydney Haywood (25) killed (pilot)

4.2.19 Camel N6824, Grand Fleet School of Air Gunnery and Fighting, Leuchars
Stalled and crashed after flat turn
2Lt Richard William Samuel Winter injured

30.4.19 Grigorovich M-16, Estonian Air Force
Crashed in sea on test flight, Tallinn, Estonia
Lt Charles Gerhardi (20) drowned (RAF instructor)

26.2.20 Avro, T K Wong Ltd, Kuala Lumpur
Spun on climbing turn, Kuala Lumpur racecourse, Malaya
Capt Leonard James Pugh killed
Lt Henry Frederick Osborne Farrell injured

16.8.20 Macchi M.9, Brazilian Naval Aviation
Crew drowned after forced landing, Lagoa dos Esteves, Içara, Brazil

Capt John William Pinder DFC (22) drowned
Lt Aliatar Martins drowned

26.11.21 Bristol Fighter H1688, 24 Sqn, Kenley
Ditched in sea, near Victoria Pier, Folkestone
Lt James Milne Robb rescued

14.2.22 Bristol, Spanish Army
Stalled and crashed after take-off, Cuatro Vientos, Madrid, Spain
Herbert Brian Richardson MC (23) killed (pilot)
Percy Douglas Stert Milnes (23) killed
Frederick John Ortweiler MC (23) killed

8.7.22 Armstrong Whitworth, Paraguayan Government
Hit by rebel bullet and caught fire, Cerro Leon, Paraguay
Capt Sidney Joseph Stewart (27) killed
Passenger killed

16.7.22 Bleriot-Spad 33 Berline F-FREI, Compagnie Française R.N.A.
Crashed after engine problems, Saverne, Alsace-Lorraine, France
Henri Louis killed (pilot)
Percy James Evans killed
Harry Lionel Johnson (38) killed
John Robinson (29) killed
Joseph Donald Sagar (30) killed

22.8.22 Fairey IIIC seaplane G-EBDI, Maj W T Blake
Capsized after forced landing, Sandwip Channel, off Chittagong, India
Major William Theodore Blake rescued
Capt Norman Macmillan rescued
Capt Geoffrey H Malins rescued

10.1.23 Lioré et Olivier LeO H-13 F-AEIB, Aeronavale
Structural failure in flight, Mont Bordonne, near Ajaccio, Corsica
Desnoyelles killed (pilot)
Major Richard Griffith Bassett Jeffries DSO (47) killed
Mrs Grace Jeffries (43) killed
Alexander McMicking (65) killed
Melpell injured (wireless operator)

31.5.23 Bristol Puma Trainer G-EBFR, Bristol Aeroplane Co.
Crashed on landing, Yeovil
Fg Off Arthur Stuart Keep MC (31) injured (Westland test pilot)

18.8.24 ANEC I G-EBHR, Hubert Blundell, Ampthill
Hit tree and crashed, near Houghton House, Ampthill, Beds.
Capt Bernard Arthur Smart DSO injured

10.6.25 Gloster II J7505, A&AEE
Crash landed following elevator flutter, Cranwell
Lawrence Lander Carter (28) injured; died 27.9.26

3.7.25 AW Ajax G-EBLM, Armstrong Whitworth
Taxied into ditch on landing, Town Moor, Newcastle
Capt Frank T Courtney unhurt
Passenger unhurt

3.7.25 Siskin V G-EBLN, Armstrong Whitworth
Taxied into ditch on landing, Town Moor, Newcastle
Capt James Leonard Neville Bennett-Baggs unhurt

30.12.26 DH.50J seaplane G-EBOP "Pelican", North Sea Aerial & General Transport Ltd
Overturned and badly damaged taxying during engine test, Blue Nile, Khartoum; repaired
Eric Hardy Oxley-Boyle unhurt (Fg Off, RAFO)
N Blacklock unhurt
Mr Crall? unhurt

17.3.27 Bristol Jupiter Trainer G-EBMN, Bristol Aeroplane Co., Filton
Crashed in sea, off Clevedon
Fg Off Horace Theodore Townsend (28) unhurt

14.5.27 Bristol Jupiter Trainer G-EBML, Bristol Aeroplane Co., Filton
Hit tree after landing, Filton
Plt Off Dawson injured
Pupil unhurt

25.5.27 Bristol Jupiter Trainer G-EBOD, William Beardmore & Co Ltd, Renfrew
Crashed on embankment, near Pollokshields East station, Glasgow
Leonard Ernest Falla unhurt

12.8.27 Bryant Monoplane X-705 "Angel of Los Angeles"
Crashed, Montebello, Los Angeles
Arthur Vickers Rogers (29) killed (ex-RNAS)

23.8.27 Hawker Cygnet G-EBJH, RAE Aero Club, Farnborough
Hit telegraph wires on take-off, Lympne
Flt Lt Robert Linton Ragg unhurt

17.10.27 DH.50J seaplane G-EBOP "Pelican", North Sea Aerial & General Transport Ltd
Crashed on landing, Lake Victoria, near Kisumu, Kenya
Flt Lt Francis Joseph Bailey unhurt (RAFO)
Mechanic unhurt

21.3.28 Bristol Brownie G-EBJK, Bristol Aeroplane Co Ltd.
Hit tree after take-off, Farnborough
Capt Frank Sowter Barnwell unhurt

15.11.28 Fokker F.VIIa-3m G-EBYI, Lt-Cdr G Kidston
Forced landed in Tombe Channel, 30m S of Bor, Sudan
Lt-Cdr Glen Kidston & party unhurt

23.1.29 Seaplane
Crashed, Antibes harbour, France
Dr John Follett Bullar (75) killed
Mrs Gertrude Elizabeth Bullar (69) killed
Pilot injured
Wireless operator injured

31.1.29 D.H.9J G-EBTN, de Havilland School of Flying, Stag Lane
Crashed in pond, East Grinstead
Fg Off Arthur Leonard Monger unhurt (RAFO)

20.6.29 Fokker Super Universal seaplane CF-AEX, Canadian Vickers
Hit HT wires over St Lawrence River, Montreal
C S Caldwell killed (pilot)
Hon John Cyril Carnegie Jervis (30) killed
Dr William Morris killed

6.1.30 Wackett Widgeon II, RAAF
Crashed in sea, Port Philip Bay, Victoria, Australia
Flt Lt Fred A Briggs (30) killed
Capt the Hon Hugh Raufe Grosvenor (25) killed
LAC Don C Ewen (25) killed

13.10.30 DH.80A Puss Moth VH-UPC, Wings Ltd., Perth, WA
Crashed at Chidlow Hills, Darling Ranges, Western Australia
Charles Henry Fletcher Nesbit (32) killed (Fg Off, RAFO)
William Robert Bell (23) killed
Miss Haidee Rae (34) killed

2.1.31 Avro 504K G-AARV, S A Payne jnr, Lympne
Crashed after engine failure, near Bekesbourne
Sydenham Armstrong Payne unhurt

5.5.31 DH.80A Puss Moth ZS-ACC, Glen L Bateman, Baragwanath
Crashed in Drakensberg mountains during storm, Mauba, near Van Reenen, Natal
Flt Lt Thomas Anthony Gladstone AFC (32) killed (RAFO)
Lt Cdr George Pearson Glen Kidston (32) killed

1.7.31 Travel Air SA-6000-A CF-AIB, J Maher
Fabric tore from wing during low pass, Hamilton, Ontario
Flt Lt Robert Miller Stirling AFC killed (RAFO)

12.3.32 Junkers W.33fi CF-ASI, Canadian Airways
Crashed in snowstorm, Lake Kagainagami, Northern Ontario
Fg Off Godfrey Webster Dean (34) killed (RAFO)

19.7.32 Avro 504K G-AAGG, Scottish Eastern Aircraft Services Ltd, Earlston
Crashed on approach, Blacketyside Field, Leven
James Hicklin injured (pilot)
James Stewart injured
Miss Phyllis Mclntosh injured

11.4.33 Flycatcher N9907, RAF, Leuchars
Collision in formation loop, Guardbridge, Fife
Flt Lt Nash baled out
Sgt Dickson unhurt in 2nd machine

19.6.33 Audax K2034, 13 Sqn, Netheravon
Crashed on forced landing, Princetown, Devon; repaired
Plt Off Alfonso Rudolf Gordon Bax injured
AC C N John injured

3.8.33 DH.60X Moth G-EBSP, Phillips & Powis Aircraft (Reading) Ltd, Woodley
Crashed on landing in field, Winnersh, Berks.
Norbert Ley injured (Belgian)

4.9.33 Wapiti IIA J9486, 1 Sqn, Indian Air Force
Crashed during spin, Padidan, Sindh province, India
Plt Off Bhupender Singh (22) killed
Plt Off Amarinder Singh (22) killed

13.9.33 DH.60G Gipsy Moth G-ABPC, Plymouth Aero Club
Crashed, near Roborough; repaired
Joseph Paine injured

26.9.33 DH.84 Dragon ZS-AEF, The Aircraft Operating Co of South Africa, Johannesburg
Nose dived off steep turn and burned, Baragwanath, near Johannesburg, South Africa
Sir Kurt Michael Oppenheimer (41) killed
Major William John Charles Kennedy-Cochran-Patrick DSO MC (37) killed

21.10.33 Boulton Paul P.64 G-ABYK, Boulton & Paul Aeroplane Co Ltd
Dived into ground, Martlesham Heath
Flt Lt Gordon Lennox George Richmond injured

18.11.33 Avro 626, Egyptian Army Air Force
Crashed landing in fog on delivery flight, near Blagny, Rouen, France
Lt H A H Haggag killed (Egyptian)
Staff Sgt Shedi Doss killed (Egyptian)

29.11.33 Miles M.2 Hawk G-ACLB, E D Spratt, Hamble
Accident, Blecherette, Switzerland
Edward Devereux Spratt (pilot)

2.5.34 Bluebird IV G-AATP, York County Aviation Club, Sherburn-in-Elmet
Wrecked in crash in field, South Milford, near Sherburn
Frank Lodge injured

9.5.34 Desoutter I G-AATF, L A M Dundas (Earl of Ronaldshay), Portsmouth
Crashed on take-off, Hanworth
W Courtenay injured
F Hoofa injured

9.8.34 Miles M.2 Hawk G-ACJD, Sir Alfred Beit, Heston
Hit trees on take-off, Crichel Park golf course, near Wimborne, Dorset
Edward Murray injured
Sir Alfred Beit MP unhurt

21.8.34 Westland P.V.7 P7, A&AEE, Martlesham Heath
Broke up in dive; crashed in River Deben, near Abbey Farm, Campsea Ashe, Suffolk
Harald James Penrose baled out

15.11.34 DH.86 VH-USG "Adelaide", QANTAS
Spun and crashed on delivery flight from England, Barsdale Station, Queensland
Capt Archer Robert Prendergast (39) killed (Flt Lt, RAFO) (Lt, RN, Ret, S African)
Walter Valentine Creates (31) killed (first officer, Imperial Airways)
Francis Roberts Charlton (34) killed (flight engineer, Imperial Airways)
Emery Hugh Broadfoot (29) killed (Shell Oil Co rep, Australian)

18.11.34 DH.60M Moth VT-ABB, Bombay Flying Club
Crashed on approach, Juhu aerodrome, Bombay
Fg Off Alan Keith Hilton Binley (27) killed (RAFO) (New Zealander)
C W Ring injured

3.12.34 DH.60M Moth VT-ACE, Bengal Flying Club, Dum Dum
Crashed, Dum Dum, Calcutta
Major Henry Richard Caine Meade (44) killed (Asst Surveyor General of Calcutta)

8.1.35 Wapiti IIA J9738, 1 Sqn, Indian Air Force
Crashed into platoon of troops, Nushkki, Baluchistan
15 killed
Fg Off Harish Chandra Sircar injured (pilot)
AC Abdul Salaam injured (observer)

15.3.35 DH.84 Dragon SU-ABI, Misr Airwork
Stalled after engine failure, 10m W of El Arish, Egypt
Capt Hugh Spooner killed (Plt Off, RAFO)
Col Frey killed (Swiss)
Ernst Schmidheiny (63) killed (Swiss)
David Henderson injured
Col Cuthbertson injured
Schmidheiny jnr injured (Swiss)

14.4.35 DH.60M Moth VT-AEI, Karachi Aero Club
Stalled on turn, near Karachi, India; repaired
Fg Off Kenneth Noel Smith killed
Sqn Ldr Dr James Daly Leahy MC injured (pilot)

22.6.35 Miles M.2H Hawk Major G-ADGD, W R Norman, Heston
Lost at night; ditched in King George's Reservoir, Ponders End, Middx.
Anthony Charles Wynyard Norman unhurt
Miss Jacqueline Paravicini unhurt (Swiss)

9.7.35 Tutor K4827, Cambridge UAS
Hit trees on forced landing after engine failure, Grimsbury, Banbury, Oxon
J F Fraser unhurt

19.8.35 Miles Hawk Major VP-KBL, A C Lewin, Njoro, Kenya
Wrecked in forced landing after engine failure on take-off, Tilesford, near Pershore
Brig-Gen Arthur Corrie Lewin CB CMG DSO injured
Mrs Norah Constance Lewin unhurt

25.8.35 DH.80A Puss Moth VT-ABU, Rajah IV Krishna Row (Rao), Madras
Crashed after wing broke off, Chowtapalem, near Nellore, Madras, India
Ernest Norman Victor Everett (28) killed (Fg Off, RAFO)
Hamilton John Carter (28) killed
Rajah Krishna Rao killed

30.12.35 Arrow Active G-ABIX, A Henshaw, Mablethorpe
Caught fire in flight, Marshchapel, Lincs.
Alex Henshaw baled out

13.1.36 DH.85 Leopard Moth VR-SAM, Penang Flying Club
Crashed into sea in storm, off Teluk Kumbar, Penang
Richard Cobden Stiven (37) killed

22.1.36 Miles M.7 Nighthawk G-ADXA, Phillips & Powis Aircraft Ltd, Woodley
Failed to recover from spin during test flight, Stanlake Park, Twyford, Berks
Wg Cdr Frederick William Stent baled out

18.4.36 Avro 631 Cadet G-ACCM, Air Service Training Ltd, Hamble
Ditched in River Thames, off Purfleet
Mr Rees rescued

8.6.36 Miles M.2H Hawk Major G-ADIG, Major R H Thornton, Liverpool
Engine torn out by prop failure; crashed into wood, near Jedla, Bohemia
Major Ronald Hobhouse Thornton unhurt
Mrs Dorothy Thornton unhurt

27.6.36 B.A. Swallow 2 G-AEGM, Liverpool & District Aero Club, Hooton
Took off unpiloted, crashed and caught fire, Hooton

22.7.36 Shackleton-Murray SM1 G-ACBP, Lord Apsley & Miss Dolly Miles, Yate
Landed in sea, off Isle of Wight
Allen Algernon Bathurst (Lord Apsley) unhurt

15.8.36 Fokker F.XII G-ADZK, British Airways
Undercarriage damaged on landing en route to Spain, La Rochelle, France
Kajetan Czarkowski-Golejewski unhurt (Polish)

19.8.36 DH.60X Moth seaplane VR-SAH, Royal Singapore Flying Club
Crashed into the bridge of coastal steamer Silver Gull, Inner Roads, Singapore
Thomas Patrick Browne killed
J Sale injured (instructor)

8.36 B.A. Swallow G-ADMB
Crashed en route to Spain, near Perpignan, France

13.11.36 Fairey IIIF S1850
Crashed, Seggie Farm, between Guardbridge and Dairsie, Fife
Sub-Lt J H Barnes injured
Sgt Kirland injured

13.2.37 Armstrong Whitworth Siskin III G-ABHU, Air Service Training Ltd, Hamble
Crashed into strawberry field and overturned, Warsash, near Hamble
John Liver unhurt

23.2.37 Audax K7379, RAF College, Cranwell
Overturned on forced landing, Wootton, Northants; repaired
Flt Cadet Thomas Arthur Francis Elsdon unhurt

26.2.37 DH.60G Gipsy Moth G-AEDZ, E F B Walsh, Heston
Crashed, St Inglevert, France
Passenger injured
Edward Frederick Bowring Walsh unhurt

26.4.37 DH.82A Tiger Moth VR-RAM, Perak Flying Club
Crashed, Kramat Pulai Mine, Perak, Malaya
R D Wilson killed
Capt George Alexander Bentinck MC injured (pilot)

6.7.37 DH.87B Hornet Moth G-ADKO, Hon D Fortescue, Heston
Crashed after engine failure on take-off, Filleigh, Devon
Hon. Denzil George Fortescue injured

2.8.37 Miles M.2 Hawk G-ACOC, P P Bradley, Tollerton
Hit tree on take-off and wrecked, near Bourgfelden, Mulhouse, France
Philip Penrose Bradley unhurt
Mrs Mary Joyce unhurt

10.8.37 DH.80A Puss Moth G-ADOC, A O Humble-Smith, Christchurch
Crashed on take-off, Ferndown, Dorset
Anthony Lucas injured

10.9.37 Koolhoven F.K.50 HB-AMO, Alpar
Crashed into mountain in fog, Kelleköpfli, near Waldenburg, Switzerland
Walter Eberschweiler killed (pilot)
Rev. Burnett Hillman Streeter (62) killed
Mrs Irene Louisa Streeter killed
Hans Huggler injured (wireless operator)

31.1.38 B.A. Swallow VR-SAL, E Newbold, Penang
Crashed in sea after hitting car and spectators while low-flying over the Esplanade, Penang
Soo Hoo Kok Yean died
Foo Chiang Choong died
Koo Keng Hoo died
Eric Newbold OBE unhurt; died 31.1.38 at Eastern Smelting Works, Penang (pilot, suicide)

24.2.38 Vultee V-1 NC14250, Examiner Printing Co.
Crashed landing in fog, San Simeon, California
T J Phillips killed (pilot)
Rt Hon Terence Conyngham, Baron Plunket (38) killed
Rt Hon Dorothé Mabel, Baroness Plunket (38) killed
James Lawrence injured

6.6.38 Airspeed Envoy 256, SAAF
Crashed, 20m N of Limpopo River on Rhodesia/Transvaal border
Capt A C Koch (25) killed
Plt Off Rodney Moseby (20) killed
Sgt Marais Pierre le Roux killed
Cpl Raymond Boxshall (22) killed
AC Robert Pring killed
Patrick Bowden Peters (28) killed

8.6.38 DH.85 Leopard Moth VP-KBE, Wilson Airways
Crashed, near Mjori Nuande Mbuga, Singida, Tanganyika
W M Bawden killed (pilot, South African)
Bernard Dearman Burtt (35) killed
Charles Francis Massy Swynnerton CMG (60) killed

18.7.38 Hillson Praga VR-SAT, Wearne's Air Services
Crashed after entrance hatch opened in flight, near Singapore Airport
Capt Rodney Beresford (41) died 22.2.39 (Flt Lt, RAFO)

20.7.38 Miles M.2 Hawk G-ACHJ, F J C Bloomfield, Gracehill, Co Antrim
Overturned on forced landing, Court Farm, Clyst St George, near Exeter Airport
Capt Fitzmaurice John Commerell Bloomfield injured

12.1.39 Avro 504N G-ADDA, Air Publicity Ltd, Heston
Hit fence and wrecked on forced landing, Mastin Moor, Derbyshire
Bernard Downs injured
Pilot unhurt

11.2.39 DH.60G Gipsy Moth G-AAIU, Cotswold Aero Club
Crashed in floodwater, Walmore Common, Minsterworth, Glos.
Ray Chamberlain injured
Brian Harrison injured

14.3.39 Avro 504N G-AEDD, Publicity Planes Ltd, Hanworth
Hit fence and crashed on forced landing after engine failure, Calderfields Farm, Walsall
Harold Vinter injured
Capt Vincent N Dickinson unhurt (pilot)

11.4.39 DH.94 Moth Minor G-AFRD
Abandoned during spinning tests, Wheathampstead, near Hatfield
Geoffrey de Havilland baled out
John Cunningham baled out

8.5.39 Tiger Moth VR-RAN, Kuala Lumpur Flying Club
Crashed and burnt out in jungle, near Ginting Peras, central Malaya
Ernest Littleton Hay (36) killed

9.5.39 DH.80A Puss Moth G-AAXO or G-AAZX, C L Air Surveys
Pilot electrocuted while working on aircraft in hangar, Newcastle
Fg Off William Lee Mayo (28) killed (RAFO)

24.5.39 B.A. Swallow G-AELV, London Air Park Flying Club Ltd, Hanworth
Crashed after unpiloted take-off, Hanworth

27.7.39 DH.60X Moth G-EBUS, Yapton Aero Club, Portsmouth
Crashed in field, Manor Farm, South Boarhunt, near Fareham
John Frederick Stanley Hime injured

21.12.39 Lockheed 14 Super Electra G-AFYU, BOAC
Ditched in Mediterranean Sea, off Malta
Jack William Francis Beach (23) killed (first officer)
Gordon Rice Brentnall (31) killed (radio officer)
3 passengers killed
Capt Peter C Fair injured (pilot)
J J Broome injured (flight engineer)
W Smith injured (steward)
Wg Cdr Walter Lloyd Dawson rescued
Major Mackenson rescued
Lt W Ashton rescued (RN)

1.3.40 Handley Page HP.42E G-AAGX "Hannibal", BOAC
Missing, Gulf of Oman
Capt Noel Townsend (27) killed
Cecil James Walsh (34) killed (First Officer)
Angus Hamish Hunter Tidbury (25) killed (Radio Officer)
Charles Arthur Frederick Steventon (28) killed (Steward)
Gp Capt Harold Alfred Whistler DSO DFC (43) killed (Chief of Staff RAF India)
Capt Alf Bryn (43) killed (Norwegian)
WO1 Henry Hutchison killed
Rao Bahadur Sir Arogyaswami Thamaraiselvam Pannirselvam (51) killed (Indian)

22.4.40 Lockheed 14 Super Electra G-AFKD "Loch Invar", BOAC
Crashed, Beinn Uird, Rowardennan
Cdr Douglas Stanley King (33) killed (ATA)
Fg Off Derek Ernest Eveleigh (24) killed
John William Elliott (36) killed

3.5.40 DH.89A Dragon Rapide VR-SAV "Governor Raffles", Wearne's Air Service Ltd, Singapore
Crashed in thunderstorm, Waterfall Estate, near Rawang, 20m N of Kuala Lumpur, Malaya
Capt George McCausland killed
John Samuel Radford (36) killed
Herbert Charles Pinching killed

23.5.40 Armstrong Whitworth Ensign G-ADSZ "Elysean", BOAC
Strafed on the ground by Bf 109, Merville, France
Capt John Matthew Hampden Hoare (33) killed

23.5.40 Savoia-Marchetti SM.73P OO-AGS, 271 Sqn, Doncaster
Attacked by Bf 109 and crashed, near Saint Pol, Pas-de-Calais, France
Plt Off John Robertson McLaren (26) killed
Sgt Victor Moreau (27) killed (pilot, Belgian)
Armand Peeters survived (flight engineer, Belgian)



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