Lincolnshire Aviation - Oral
Oral histories have been made available to the website by a number
of individuals who wished to share their individual reminiscences
or perhaps preserve for posterity the writings of one of their
relatives. These add colour to the official narratives of squadrons
and the stations they served at. You can access them via the oral
history index which is also a quick guide to where they are incorporated
around the site.
Heritage Lincolnshire have begun to record a wide-ranging
series of oral
histories. A selection of these are available via the AHL
website. Since Jan 2013 the entire and growing collection of
is archived and available to the general public at the Lincolnshire
air accidents, crashes and crews
Air Accident Investigation
AVIA 5/X series of documents
at the National Archives contain a number of accident reports.
This series is generally 2/4 pages prepared by the AIB (Air Investigation
only when requested to do so by the RAF. Only a small proportion
of aircraft have these reports and almost all
for 1944 are missing. They were never deposited with the National
Maintenance Unit records
Units (MU) records (in the RAF
Misc units section of the National Archive at AIR 29/xx) have very
hit and miss coverage but
about how the MUs went about recovering crashed aircraft. It
appears that they only cover the difficult recoveries.
Accident Record Cards - F1180
Air Ministry Form 1180 was designed to record
details of aircraft accidents so that the causes could be analysed
and the resulting data used in accident prevention.
The original cards - mainly dating from 1929 onwards, although a few have
survived from 1919 - are held by the Air Historical Branch, and
the RAF Museum has microfilm
To trace a specific accident it is essential to know the date and the aircraft
type - there are no indexes for location, unit or crew names.
North West and the Midlands, Police records of crashes and
incidents from the war have either not been deposited or do not
exist. Cheshire, Derbyshire
South Yorkshire for example have no war time records and
nor are the held by the County Records Office.
Non-operational accidents are
entered on Accident Record Cards, Casualty Files and Aircraft Record
Cards, held by
the Ministry of Defence: write to Air Historical Branch (RAF),
Building 824, RAF Northolt, West End Road, Ruislip, Middlesex,
HA4 6NG Temporary Tel Number: 020 8845 2300, The RAF Museum (Hendon, London, NW9 5LL, tel: 020 8205 2266) also
has copies of the Aircraft Record Cards. A few records of Courts
of Enquiry into the loss of aircraft survive in The National Archives.
Brief descriptions of some military (and civil) accidents are in