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[RAF Elsham Wolds] [Local Crashes]

Crashes On and Around the Elsham Wolds Airfield and in the North Lincolnshire Area.

During WW1 and WW2 there were quite a few crashes in the area or within a few miles. It is an interesting theme to explore and I will do more on this in the future. In the meantime there is a list below. It is something of more local interest so I have included it on the RAF Elsham Wolds site.

These are within an approximate 15 mile radius of Elsham village. Almost all involve loss of an aircraft and at least 1 fatality. There is one Dornier 217 that crashed at Irby-on-Humber in August 1943 where all 4 crew escaped by parachute and were taken POW. I have added that as it is of particular interest. Also I have included the 2 103 Sqn aircraft that crashed in the Humber Estuary and also the aircraft destroyed in an explosion on the airfield for general interest.

As of the spring of 2021 I have started to add incidents of general interest further outside of 15 miles radius. These are incidents which particularly interested me for one reason or another. There are a number off shore around the Humber and the east coast and more to the south and west.

Most are of these incidents are WW2 but there are some WW1. Also interwar and post war. I have recently started to work on a number of inter war crashes as these feature some less well known types and were lost in a variety of circumstances. This is by no means a comprehensive full list of all the crashes and is not meant to be as there are so many. However those I have included are of particular interest in one way or another

I have written some of these incidents up and added a few pics as far as possible. These are shown as links on the list below. I will add to these as time goes on.

If anyone wants to make any corrections, additions contributions or comment on any of these they are welcome to do so.

Crashes in the region – WW1

There were a number of incidents/losses recorded during  WW1 in and around North Lincs which are not well documented. However where I have been able to find suitable details to make a page I have added a few for general interest and will add a few more as time goes on

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21 April 1916 – RNAS Killingholme – Sopwith Baby – 8155 – Hocking – U/K – Crashed into estuary of River Humber – 1 Missing

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27 April 1916 – HMS Killingholme – Sopwith Baby – 8147 – Boddy – Anti Zeppelin Patrol duties – North Sea – 4 Missing RNAS personnel plus a number of seamen

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2 June 1917 – RNAS Killingholme – Sopwith Schneider – 3800 – Duncan – U/K – Crashed into estuary of River Humber – 1 killed

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 25th September 1917 – 33 Sqn - FE2b - Zeppelin alert - Pinnock - Crashed near Elsham village - 2 Killed.

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11th October 1917 – USN Killingholme – Curtiss H16 – K38 – U/K – U/K – Crashed near Immingham – 3 Killed

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26th March 1918 – 33 Sqn - FE2b – Patrol duty - Ross - Crashed in field near Elsham village - 2 Killed.

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Inter war crashes in the region

24 August 1921 - R38 Airship – Testing and Training - Broke in half and caught fire after suffering structural failure over River Humber - Crashed in sea near mouth of River Hull – 44 killed and 5 survivors.

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18 May 1932 – National Flying Services Ltd – De Havilland DH 60X Moth – G-AAPL – Brett – Private taxi flight – Crashed near Waltham Grimsby – 2 Killed

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19 June 1933 – 2FTS – Armstrong Whitworth Siskin IIIA - J8624 – Villiers – Training – Crashed on Donna Nook Range – 1 killed.

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6 March 1934 – T E Richardson at Hedon Aerodrome – Blackburn L.1C Bluebird IV – G-AABV – Paton – Private – Crashed near Hedon Aerodrome – 1 Killed

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16 October 1935 – Blackburn & General Aeroplane & Motor Co Ltd – Blackburn L.1C Bluebird IV – G-ABPN – Carter – Private – Crashed near Waltham Grimsby – 2 killed

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30 December 1935 – 3FTS – Avro Tutor – K2496 or K3258 – Training - Evans – Stalled and dived into River Humber – 1 killed.

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13 July 1936 - 3FTS – Hawker Audax - K5227 – Training - Innes - Practise bombing exercise at Theddlethorpe range – 2 killed

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6 October 1936 – 218 Sqn – Hawker Hind - K5516 – Training - Dodworth - Dive bombing practise at Theddlethorpe range – 2 killed

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9 January 1938 – North Lindsey Gliding Club – Dagling Glider – Cocking – Leisure – Crashed at Clapgate near Appleby – 1 killed.

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31 March 1938 – 49 Sqn – Hawker Hind – K6753 – Tyrrell – Training – Crashed adjacent to RAF Scampton – 1 killed

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31 March 1938 – 49 Sqn – Hawker Hind – K6643 – Davies – Training – Crashed on airfield RAF Scampton – 2 killed

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10 May 1938 - 144 Sqn – Bristol Blenheim I - K7080 – Training - Maxwell – Crashed one mile west of airfield - 2 killed 1 injured

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17 August 1938 - 810 Sqn – Blackburn Shark II - K8498 – Training - Goldsmith – Crashed RAF Donna Nook bombing range - 2 killed

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9 May 1939 – 1 AAS – Westland Wallace - K3570 –Target towing -  Lloyd - Target towing at Theddlethorpe range – 2 missing presumed killed

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15 February 1939 – 44 Sqn – Bristol Blenheim I – L1155 – Withy – Training – Crashed adjacent to RAF North Coates – 2 killed, 1 injured

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2 June 1939 – 144 Sqn - Handley Page Hampden I - L4128 – James - Training - 3 killed

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13 October 1939 – 1 Air Armament School – Hawker Fury Mk I – K8244 – Jago – Training – Theddlethorpe – 1 Killed

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Crashes around Elsham Wolds - WW2

1939

27 October 1939 – 608 Sqn – Avro Anson I - N5204 – Ops Convoy Escort Patrol - Baird – Crashed in Humber Estuary near Humber Lightship - Two killed and one died of wounds. One survivor

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30 November 1939 - 23 Sqn/229 Sqn – Bristol Blenheim IF - L1452 – Searchlight co-operation - Walker - Crashed Owlet Plantation, Redhill near Blyton following engine failure - 2 killed 1 survivor

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25 February 1940 – 18 Sqn – Bristol Blenheim I - L1444 – Ops Photo Reconnaissance - Monette – Crash landed at Donna Nook Bombing range - 1 killed 1 injured 1 uninjured

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5 March 1940 – Blackburn Aircraft Ltd – Blackburn Botha I - L6129 – Test Flight - Rolfe – Dived into ground 300 yards north of Sheardown's Farm Flixborough - 2 killed

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20 March 1940 - 144 Sqn - Handley Page Hampden I - L4137 - Training - Bullard-Davies - Crashed at Scotter when pilot lost control - 3 killed.

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26 June 1940 – 3/KG4 – Soesterberg, Netherlands – Heinkel III P-2 – 5J+BL – Ops UK Midlands area – Schroeder – Shot down by RAF fighter and crashed off Donna Nook - 1 killed and 3 missing.

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10 July 1940 - 253 Sqn - Hawker Hurricane I – P3359 – Patrol - Clenshaw - Crashed at Irby-upon-Humber in poor visibility during a morning patrol – 1 killed.

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30 July 1940 – HMS Peregrine - Fairey Swordfish I – L2759/P1461 – Practise dive bombing exercise – Groome / Galliard - Two aircraft collided during a simulated dive bombing attack half a mile south of North Coates - 4 killed

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17 August 1940 – 144 Squadron – RAF Hemswell - Handley Page Hampden I – P4365 – Rebbeck – Ops Leuna / Merseberg – Crashed near Lincoln on return – 4 killed

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4 September 1940 - 264 Sqn - Boulton Paul Defiant I - N1628 - Night Patrol - O’Malley - Crashed at Northorpe soon after take off - 2 killed.

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28 October 1940 - 1AAS – Fairey Battle I - L5027 – Air firing exercise - Skrzypczak – Stalled and crashed into sea off Donna Nook - 3 killed

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29 October 1940 – 22 Sqn – Bristol Beaufort I - L9800 – Ops - Rylands – Crashed into sea off North Coates - 4 killed

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30 October 1940 - 101 Sqn - Bristol Blenheim IV - T2246 - Op Duisberg/Ruhrort  - Cave - Crashed at Coleby near Scunthorpe on return in poor visibility - 3 killed

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5 November 1940- 4/KG53 – He 111H2 - A1 +KM - Bannert - Crashed in Humber near Grimsby - 3 killed 2 missing

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14 November 1940 – 61 Squadron - RAF Hemswell – Handley Page Hampden I – X3006 – Ops Hamburg – Moncrieff – Aircraft veered on take off runaway striking a contractors hut and crashed near Harpswell Church - 2 killed and 2 missing.

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22 November 1940 – 61 Squadron - RAF Hemswell – Handley Page Hampden I – X2987 – Ops Duisburg – Ivatt – Aircraft crashed into bomb dump at Hemswell on return - 2 killed and 2 injured.

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18 December 1940 – 22 Sqn - RAF North Coates - Bristol Beaufort I – L4516 – Ops Wilhemshaven – How – Crashed near airfield shortly after take off - 4 killed

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1941

5 January 1941 – 71 Sqn -Hawker Hurricane I – V6636 – Training - Leckrone. - Collided with another aircraft, Hurricane I V6983,  whilst practising formation flying in Scunthorpe area causing aircraft to go in to a tail spin – 1 killed.

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12 January 1941 – 49 Sqn - Handley Page Hampden I – L4049 - Op Wilhelmshaven - Newhouse - Crashed on return at Northorpe - 4 killed

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2 February 1941 - 255 Sqn - Boulton Paul Defiant I - N3306 - Training - Jacobs - Stalled on approach to Kirton-in-Lindsey - 1 killed and 1 injured

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9 February 1941 - 71 Sqn  - Hawker Hurricane I– V6983 – Convoy Patrol - Orbison – Pilot became disorientated in cloud and aircraft went into a spin. Pilot baled out but did not survive – 1 killed

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1 March 1941 - 61 Sqn - Handley Page Hampden I - AD723 - Ops Cologne - Cooper - Crashed near Caistor in bad weather - 4 killed

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22 March 1941 – 5/KG4 - Heinkel He III P-4 ( 2938 ) 5J+KN - Op RAF Leeming - Danzenberg – Brought down by AA and barrage balloon - 2 killed and 2 POW

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9 May 1941 – 6/KG53 – Heinkel 111 – A1+CW – Op Sheffield – Pilot Unknown – AA victim – at 0126 hrs. Also credited to a Defiant of 255 Squadron

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9 May 1941 – 4/KG53 – Heinkel 111 – A1+FM – Op Sheffield – Pilot Unknown - AA victim at 0200hrs. Also credited to a Defiant of 255 Squadron

Crashed  Sunk Island Road area Patrington nr Hull.

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12th May 1941 – 8/KG76 – Ju 88A-5 - F1+BS – Night intruder - Hanning – Shot down by Scampton airfield defences and crashed near airfield - 5 killed

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1 June 1941 – 121 ( Eagle ) Sqn - Hawker Hurricane I  – P3097 - Training - Laughlin RAF – Crashed 2 miles north west of Scampton, Lincolnshire - Pilot thought to have been overcome by fumes - 1 killed.

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5 July 1941 – 425 Sqn – Supermarine Spitfire IIA – P8085 - Training – Costello RAAF –- Shot down by German intruder - 1 killed

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24 July 1941 - 4/NJG2 - Ju 88 C4 - 854, R4+LM - Night Intruder - Ladiges - Crashed at Bonby whilst attacking airfield - 3 killed.

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30 July 1941 – 407 Sqn – Lockheed Hudson V – AM719 – Bingley – Training – Crashed on farmland half mile south of airfield perimeter – 3 killed.

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18 August 1941 – 86 Sqn – Bristol Beaufort I - W6471 – Training - Cowan – Crashed soon after take off at Donna Nook - One died of injuries. Two injured

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3 September 1941 - 136 Sqn - Hawker Hurricane IIB - BD733 -Training - Hewland - Collided with another Hurricane from the same Squadron during training. Crashed 1 mile east of Kirton-in-Lindsey airfield - 1 killed

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26 October 1941 – 253 Sqn – Hawker Hurricane IIB – Day Patrol – Horsfall – Dived into ground and crashed at Rothwell near Caistor – 1 killed

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11 December 1941 - 253 Sqn - Hawker Hurricane IIB - Training - Hicks- Spun in in Manton area - 1 killed

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1942

10 January 1942 – 12 Sqn – Vickers Wellington II – W5611 – Ops Wilhelmshaven – O’Connell - Crashed on return 1 mile east of Brumby, Scunthorpe due to loss of port engine – 4 killed and 2 injured

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22 January 1942 – 407 Sqn – Lockheed Hudson V – AM602 – Dann – Rover Patrol – Crashed at RAF Donna Nook – 4 killed and 1 missing plus a number of RAF and Army personnel killed.

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17 February 1942 – 407 Sqn – Lockheed Hudson V – AM576 – Goulding – U/K – Crashed at RAF North Coates – 4 killed

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25 February 1942 - 253 Sqn - Hawker Hurricane IIC - BN284 - Training - Watson - Crashed at Holton-le-Moor - 1 killed

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19 April 1942 – 253 Squadron - Hawker Hurricane IIA – Z3831 – Transit Flight – Christine – Crashed 5 miles south of Louth – 1 killed

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28 April 1942 - 59 Sqn – Lockheed Hudson V – AM639 – Thesiger – Training – Crashed off Spurn Point – 2 killed, 2 missing.

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4 May 1942 - 15(P) AFU - Airspeed Oxford - AT739 - Unknown - Goff - Port engine failed. Crashed near Barnetby -  1 killed.

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5 May 1942 - 103 Sqn - Vickers Wellington - X9816 - Training - Blandford - Crashed landing short of runway at Elsham Wolds - 1 killed and 4 injured

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17 May 1942 - 59 Sqn – Lockheed Hudson V – AM632 – McLean – Training – Crashed off Donna Nook – 2 killed, 2 missing.

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31 May 1942 - 103 Sqn - Vickers Wellington - R1234 - Transit - Flowers - Aircraft landed at Kirmington on return from an operation to Cologne. Shortly after take off at 0550 on return to Elsham Wolds the port engine reduction gear failed and the propeller came away. The aircraft stalled and crashed 1/2 mile NW of Kirmington -  3 killed and 2 injured.

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5th June 1942 - 15(P)AFU - Airspeed Oxford - P6804 - Training - Coote - Hit tree at Pepperdale Farm, Howsham whilst low flying - 3 killed.

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28 July 1942 – 103 Squadron Conversion Flight - Handley Page Halifax II – W1218 – Training – Stockford – Crashed Cold Harbour Farm near Louth – 7 killed

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31 July 1942 - 415 Sqn – Handley Page Hampden I  – AD762 – McComb – Convoy protection – Crashed near Donna Nook – 4 killed.

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1 August 1942 - 103 Sqn CF - Halifax - R9379 - Training - Bagley - Stalled on approach at Elsham Wold  -  12 killed.

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7/8 August 1942 - 103 Sqn - Handley Page Halifax - W1225 - Ops Duisberg - Gilby - Crashed into Humber Estuary on return. P/O J N Gilby was an experienced pilot. It is thought the aircraft was damaged and the navigator was flying the machine at the time of the crash. 6 killed - 1 missing.

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14 August 1942 - 253 Sqn - Hawker Hurricane IIA - Z3261 - Training - McCarthy - Crashed at Tetney - 1 killed

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2nd September 1942 - 1/KG77 - Ju88A-4 - 3Z+OH –  Op  Intruder - Fw J Ackermann - Force landed at Aylesby near Laceby, Lincolnshire.  - 4 POW

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8/9 September 1942 - 15(P) AFU - Oxford - BG270 - Training - Jones - Failed to climb after take off from Kirmington and crashed 1 mile SSE of airfield - 1 killed and 1 died of  injuries at Rauceby Hospital.

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22 September 1942 - 103 Sqn CF - Halifax - W1243 - Training - Fulbrook - Crashed during 3 engined overshoot practise at Elsham Wolds -  6 killed - W/O R J Fulbrook DFC had recently completed a tour with 103 Sqn.

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10 October 1942 - 150 Sqn - Wellington - BK311 - Training - Allworth - Lost control on approach to Elsham Wolds in extremely windy conditions. Crashed at 1521. Aircraft caught fire. 4 killed and 1 died of injuries received.

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5 December 1942 - 1658 HCU - Halifax II - R9531 - Training - Cameron - Aircraft crashed at the premises of Hydroprest Ltd Concrete Works in NE Scunthorpe at approx 1300hours. 6 killed and 1 seriously injured. In addition 9 of the workmen were injured and also 3 people injured at a near by hotel.

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1943

27 January 1943 – 21 OTU - Vickers Wellington I – P9240 – Training – Clarke - Airborne from Moreton-in-the-Marsh for an evening cross-country sortie. The pilot descended through cloud to try to fix his location and flew into the ground 1 mile south of Brigg at Bentley Farm north west of Cadney, North Lincs. - 5 killed.

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27 January 1943 - 57 Sqn - Avro Lancaster I - W4267 - Training - Wood - Crashed 2 miles north east of Caistor at Cabourne High Wood near Caen Hill. Cause unknown - 6 killed and 1 safe having baled out

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27th February 1943 - 103 Sqn - Avro Lancaster I - W4857 - Training - Stubbs - Lost rudder due to structural failure during fighter affiliation demonstration. Crashed in woods near Elsham Hall. The pilot, F/L R N Stubbs DFC DFM failed to escape. He was a most experienced officer. The crew were able to escape by parachute - 1 killed.

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19 May 1943 – 53 OTU - Supermarine Spitfire I – X4768 – Training - Seaton-Williams - Dived into ground at Cross Roads, Moortown Station, South Kelsey – 1 killed

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25 May 1943 – 305 Sqn - Vickers Wellington X – HF492 – Training – Baster - Aircraft dived in from approximately 1000 feet crashing at 1130 near the old Appleby steel works. Evidence to the enquiry suggested that the pilot may have lost consciousness – 6 killed.

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14 July 1943 – 53 OTU – Supermarine Spitfire IA – X4818 - Training – Johnson –- Shot down in error by trainee pilot in the following aircraft - 1 killed

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16/17 June 1943 - 460 Sqn - Avro Lancaster I - W5007 - Ops Cologne - Strath - Returning from ops in damaged condition and attempted to land at Elsham Wolds. Aircraft crashed - 7 killed.

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18 July 1943 - 1485 TT and G Flt - Vickers Wellington - BK235 - Training - Heard - Aircraft was involved in gunnery and fighter affiliation demonstration for 4 senior officers on an assessment course. Structural failure of starboard wing. Aircraft crashed 1½ miles S of Appleby -  6 killed. Amongst the dead was G/C B E Lowe a former OC 103 Sqn.

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17/18 August 1943 – KG2 – Do217 M-I – U5+DR – Bombing operation Hull - Holz - Shot down by AA fire and crashed at Walk Farm near Irby upon Humber - 4 POWs

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23 August 1943 - 103 Sqn - Avro Lancaster - W4323 - Ground - Explosion at Elsham Wold - 1 killed -  Sgt H Wheeler hit by shrapnel in nearby aircraft.

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28 September 1943 – 166 Sqn - Avro Lancaster III – ED875- Ops Hanover – Boone - Took off 27th Sept from Kirmington for Hanover. Returned early and crashed on Caen Hill north of Caistor – 7 killed.

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30 September 1943 – 78 Sqn - Halifax II – LW263 – Ops Bochum – Kitchen - Took off from Breighton for Bochum. Homebound the crew were unable to pin-point their position and crashed into a wood on the Foxhills Road, Scunthorpe - 2 killed and 1 injured.

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3 October 1943 - 103Sqn - 103 Sqn - Avro Lancaster - JB346 - Air Test - Andrews - Crashed immediately after take off from Elsham Wolds at Turnpike Farm - 6 killed.

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8/9 October 1943 - 166 Sqn - Avro Lancaster - ED993 - Ops Hanover - Rabett - Early return to Kirmington due to port outer engine fire. While preparing to land port inner failed and aircraft crashed. 5 killed.

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17 November 1943 - 166 Sqn - Avro Lancaster - ED422 - Training - Mitchell - Whilst landing the pilot chose to go round again  due to reasons which are unclear. It is recorded that this aircraft crashed at Dunkirk Farm, Kirmington. This location may well be incorrect and is probably Dunkirk Farm, Wootton -  5 killed and 1 injured and 2 safe.

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16/17 December 1943 - 103 Sqn - Avro Lancaster - JB670 - Ops Berlin  - Richter - Collision with 576 Sqn Lancaster over Ulceby - 7 killed

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16/17 December 1943 - 576 Sqn - Avro Lancaster - LM332- Ops Berlin - Scott - Collision with 103 Sqn Lancaster over Ulceby - 7 killed.

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16/17 December 1943 - 166 Sqn - Lancaster - JB639 - Ops Berlin - Brown - Crashed Thornton Curtis on return in bad visibility and low cloud - 7 killed

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16/17 December 1943 – 166 Sqn - Lancaster III – LM385 – Op Berlin – Miller - Crashed on return to Kirmington in bad visibility at 2359 on high ground near Caistor – 5 killed 1 injured.

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1944

29 January 1944 – 1660 HCU, – Short Stirling V – EF246 – Greig – Training – Crashed in Humber near Killingholme Lighthouse – 3 killed, 5 missing

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19/20th February 1944 - 103 Sqn - Avro Lancaster - ND334 - Ops Leipzig - Warner - On return from operation collision with JB530 on runway at Elsham Wolds - 5 killed - 2 seriously injured  -  JB530 with F/S Gumbrell and crew sustained 1 seriously injured and 1 injured in the incident.

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29 February 1944 - 1666 HCU - Handley Page Halifax - JD386 - Training - Sigurdson - Daylight navigation task from Wombleton. Loss of control and crashed between Broughton Grange and Bridge Farm near Broughton - 7 killed.

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30 March 1944 - 53 OTU - Miles Martinet - JN646 - Training - D'Arcy - Aircraft banner towing on air to air gunnery exercise. Returned to Hibaldstow in bad weather. Engine problem on approach caused aircraft to crash at a steep angle. 1 killed and 1 dangerously injured

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8 April 1944 – 1 LFS - Avro Lancaster I – R5672 - Air Test – Campling - Crashed in south west corner of Caistor airfield at approx 1700 having been seen diving into the ground from approx 1000 feet – 9 killed.

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18 April 1944 – 554FTS-496FTG - P-38 Lightning – 42-67870 – Training – Kiefer. - Aircraft seen in dive north of Goxhill airfield. Recovered but one engine was trailing smoke. Crashed 2 miles north of the airfield – 1 killed.

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8 May 1944 – 554FTS-496FTG - P-38 Lightning – 42-67682 – Training – Kite - Collided with P-51B 42-12190 and crashed on farmland near Barton upon Humber - 1 killed.

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9 June 1944 - 555 FTS-496 FTG - P-51B Mustang - 43-12488 – Training – Mullins – Broke up in mid air at 3000ft and crashed 2 miles south of Barton-Upon-Humber - 1 killed.

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28 June 1944 - 554FTS/496FTG - P-38 Lightning - 42-67931 - Training - Cutler - Structural failure in mock dogfight. Crashed 1½  miles SW of Thornton Abbey. 1 killed.

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22 July 1944 - 555 FTS-496 FTG - P-51B Mustang – 43-12416 – Training – Murray - Aircraft went into a spin from which pilot recovered but then hit the ground and exploded. Thought to be near Barton-upon-Humber- 1 killed.

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2 September 1944 – 1662 HCU – Handley Page Halifax V – LL362 – Cumberworth/ Esdale – Air Test – Crashed Swanland village East Yorkshire – 2 killed 1 safe probably injured

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8 September 1944 - 555FTS/496FTG - P-51B Mustang - 42-12154 - Training - Gunnin - Hit power line and crashed at Wootton Grange, Wootton - 1 killed.

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9 September 1944 – 53 OTU – Supermarine Spitfire VB – BL370 - Training – Weyemberg –- Collision with another 53 OTU aircraft - 1 killed

 

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4/5 November 1944 - 166 Sqn - Lancaster - NF986 - Ops Bochum - Falconer - At 2240 GMT on return aircraft hit trees and crashed at Croxton. 1 died of injuries and 3 injured.

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4/5 December 1944 - 166 Sqn - Avro Lancaster - LM176 - Ops Karlsruhe - Hanna - At 2314 GMT on approach to Kirmington aircraft stalled and spun in. Crashed Brocklesby Park - 7 killed.

 

31 December 1944 - 53 OTU  - Supermarine Spitfire VB  - EN861 - Training - Carmichael - Lost control during low level tail chase and crashed into ground at Nettleton Top - 1 killed.

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1945

4 January 1945 - 103 Sqn - Lancaster - ND861 - Training - Weight - Crashed into the Humber near Hull  in blizzard - 6 missing.

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8 January 1945 - 105 OTU - Wellington - NC954 - Training - Johnstone - Engine fire. Pilot attempted forced landing and hit telegraph pole. Crashed on roadway 1¼ mile S off Wootton - 1 killed and 1 injured. The dead man baled out at 700 ft but his parachute failed to fully open in time.

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3/4 March 1945 - 44 Sqn - Avro Lancaster -  ME442 - Ops Ladbergen - Ryan - Shot down by German intruder and crashed at Brocklesby Park, Brocklesby - 7 killed

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12 March 1945 - 103 Sqn - Avro Lancaster I – LM131 – Op Dortmund – Wright - Aircraft abandoned on return due to bomb lodged in wing. Sgt Carter was killed when his parachute failed to open. Aircraft crashed near Elsham village – 1 killed.

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4/5 April 1945 - 166 Sqn - Avro Lancaster - LM289 - Ops Lutzendorf - Ayton - On return whilst in circuit to land at Kirmington in poor visibility pilot dived to avoid another Lancaster RF211 and crashed into ground on the hill near Mill Farm, Barnetby at 0536 GMT - 5 killed and 2 injured

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30 July 1945 - 166 Sqn - Avro Lancaster - PA236 - Ferry flight - Willis - Ferry of another crew to Stradisall to collect an aircraft. The Willis crew returned to Kirmington and on approach to the airfield the aircraft stalled and spun in at Barnetby Wold Farm - 6 killed.

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14th July 1945 - 460 Sqn, RAF Binbrook - Lancaster - NG404 - Training - Nottle - Photo flash ignited in bomb bay. Crashed near Kirton-in- Lindsey airfield - 3 killed.

Post war crashes in the region.

8th October 1945 – 166 Squadron RAF Kirmington – Avro Lancaster BI – NG304 - Training - Lintott – Training - 6 killed 1 survivor.

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26 April 1946 - 21 HGCU, RAF Elsham Wolds - Airspeed Horsa II glider - RX777 - Training - Ridgway - Glider pilot released tow after getting into the slipstream of the towing aircraft. Stalled during port turn near ground and crashed 2 miles south west of the airfield near River Ancholme - 1 killed and 1 seriously injured.

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23 July 1947 – 7SFTS RAF Kirton in Lindsey – Harvard T2b FX259 – Training – Poliart - Dived into ground on night overshoot at Kirton in Lindsey – 1 killed

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23 August 1954 - 109 Sqn - English Electric Canberra B2 - WH656 - Unknown - Chalmers - Lost control after attempted overshoot at Scampton - 2 killed

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15th June 1955 - 66 Sqn RAF Linton-on-Ouse - Sabre F4 - XD712 - Training - Harryman - Aircraft suffered structural failure during high speed manoeuvres and crashed at Elsham Carr near River Ancholme - 1 killed

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28 June 1956 – FWS RAF Leconfield  – Meteor WH355 – Training - Carse - Dived into ground with great force at Ashby south of Scunthorpe when pilot lost control in cloud. - 1 killed

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24th January 1957 – 8FTS RAF Swinderby – De Havilland Vampire FB5 VZ274 – Training - Bowers – Broke up during high speed tail chase at low level. Crashed at Messingham. 1 killed.

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29 January 1962 - RAF College of Air Warfare RAF Strubby -Gloster Meteor T.7 – WF771 - Training  – Black - Dived into ground near Station Farm, East Halton for reasons unknown - 2 killed.

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6th May 1964 – 207/49 Squadrons RAF Marham – Vickers Valiant WZ363 – Training – Welles – Crashed with great force at Market Rasen during night training exercise. 5 killed

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14 June 1966 - Bomber Command Bombing School,  RAF Lindholme - Vickers Varsity - WF333 - Training - Crew unknown.  - Collided with Cessna 337A over Stallingborough. The Cessna crashed near Stallingborough and Varsity crash landed at Ulceby - Cessna pilot killed and one of the crew of the Varsity also killed.

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14th June 1966 – H Fairweather and Co Ltd, London – Cessna 337A Super Skymaster – G-ATJO – Transit - Pilot unknown  - Collision with Varsity referred to in the previous item. Cessna crashed near Stallingborough and the Varsity force landed at Ulceby - Cessna pilot killed and one of the crew of the Varsity also killed

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Compiled by David Fell with thanks to the late Sid Finn who supplied me with much to this data many years ago and also several other contributors. Also BCAR Website.

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Latest Additions to this site

1st June 2024 - Robey and Co Ltd

1st June 2024 - Curtiss H16 K38 Crash Page

1st June 2024 - RAF Mertheringham

* 1st May 2024 - Lincolnshire Aircraft Production - WW1

1st May 2024  - Ruston Proctor Lincoln

1st May 2024 - Duncan Crash Page

1st May 2024 - Hocking Crash Page

*1st April 2024 - 255 Squadron RAF Fighter Command

1st April 2024 - Boddy Loss Page

1st April 2024 - Bracebridge Heath

1st April 2024 - Pinnock Crash Page

1st April 2024 - Ross Crash Page

* 1st March 2024 - 22 Squadron RAF Coastal Command

1st March 2024 - West Common

1st March 2024 - Chalmers Crash Page

* 1st February 2024 - Menthorpe Gate

1st February 2024 - Rebbeck Crash Page

* 1st January 2024 - RAF Skellingthorpe

1st January 2024 - Jago Crash Page

Bomber Command interest are the

166 Squadron website

and the

550 Squadron and North Killingholme website.