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Updated: 31 Jan 12

The intention of this page, and those linked from it, is to record the circumstances of aircraft crashes at, or involving, RAF Digby and satellites, and its crews. With thanks to contributors to the AviationSafetyNetwork database who formed the start point.

Date Sqn Aircraft Location Phase Narrative Casualties
Apr/May 1927 2 FTS       P/O Blatchford killed 1 x fataility
17 Feb 1932 2 FTS Armstrong Whitworth Atlas Trainer (K1463) nr Digby Railway Station   Aircraft spun into ground, damaged beyond repair.  
14 Apr 1932 2 FTS Avro 504N (K2352) East Winch   Crashed, damaged beyond repair.  
25 Apr 1932 2 FTS Armstrong Whitworth Atlas Trainer (K1466) 1 mile W of RAF Digby   Aircraft stalled and crashed, damaged beyond repair.  
9 Jun 1932 2 FTS Avro 504N (K1815) Between Bloxholm and RAF Digby En route Collided with F8812 and crashed, damaged beyond repair. 1 x fatality
25 Jun 1936 2 FTS Hawker Audax MkI (K5140) RAF Digby Landing Aircraft stalled and a wing hit the ground - written off, damaged beyond repair.  
9 Nov 1936 2 FTS Hawker Audax MkI (K7363) RAF Digby Landing Bounced, stalled and undercarriage collapsed. Written off - damaged beyond repair.  
23 Feb 1937 2 FTS Hawker Audax MkI
(K7469)
RAF Digby Approach Undershot at night and hit a wall - damaged beyond repair.  
26 Jul 1937 2 FTS Hawker Audax MkI (K5144) RAF Digby Landing Aircraft bounced at night and overturned. Written off - damaged beyond repair.  
10 Jan 1939 19 Sqn Supermarine Spitfire Mk1A (K9794) RAF Digby Landing Undercarriage struck a fence on overshoot and subsequently collapsed on landing. Written off - damaged beyond repair.  
24 Feb 1939 46 Sqn Hawker Hurricane MkI (L1795) RAF Digby Landing Undercarriage collapsed during a heavy landing. Written off - damaged beyond repair.  
9 Mar 1939 73 Sqn Hawker Hurricane MkI (L1576) RAF Digby Landing The aircraft undershot during a night landing and crashed - damaged beyone repair.  
18 Apr 1939 73 Sqn Hawker Hurricane MkI (L1633) RAF Digby Approach The aircraft undershot at night and hit a hedge in an attempted overshoot. Written off - damaged beyond repair.  
21 Apr 1939 73 Sqn Hawker Hurricane MkI (L1570) RAF Digby Initial Climb The aircraft lost height and crash landed. Written off - damaged beyond repair.  
25 Jul 1939 73 Sqn Hawker Hurricane MkI (L1580) RAF Digby Landing Aircraft bounced causing undercarriage to collapsed, at night. Written off - damaged beyond repair. 1 x fatality (check)
4 Aug 1939 73 Sqn Hawker Hurricane MkI (L1582) RAF Digby Landing Aircraft stalled, bounced and tipped up 1 x injured
9 Sep 1939 504 Sqn Hawker Hurricane MkI (L1954) Metheringham landing ground Approach Aircraft lost height at night and crashed. Written off - damaged beyond repair.
Pilot John Michael Godfree Browne killed. He was the grandson of Michael Browne who founded the lace making company Dobsons and M. Browne & Co. Ltd., which made the 38 Battle of Britain Commemorative lace panels. (31 of which have been located including one in Southwell Minster).
 1 x fatality
8 Oct 1939 23 Sqn Bristol Blenheim MkI (L1424) RAF Digby Landing Bellylanded in error. Written off - damaged beyond repair  
24 Feb 1940 229 Sqn Bristol Blenheim MkI (L6742) Toynton St Peter, Lincs in flight Crashed out of control after being dazzled by searchlights during nighttime searchlight co-operation exercise. Crew was flying lower than scheduled and did not give recognition signals. 3 x fatalities
6 Mar 1940 46 Sqn Hawker Hurricane MkI (L1857) RAF Digby Take off Lost height at night & hit tree. Written off - damaged beyond repair  
8 Mar 1940 61 Sqn Handley Page Hampden MkI (L4111) RAF Digby Landing Aircraft suffered severe damage during offensive bombing patrol to Sylt. At 02:00 they were plotted as just off the English coast, however no requests for bearings were made until 3 hours later. Mist and enemy action held them on the coastline. 4 x fatalities
1 Jun 1940 RAF Cranwell Airspeed Oxford MkI (L4583) 'Welbourn Landing Ground' Landing Overshot when landing and hit a hedge. Written off - damaged beyond repair.  
25 Aug 1940 29 Sqn Bristol Blenheim MkI (L1330) Wainfleet Shot down? 2200hrs:
P/O RA Rhodes and.
Sgt N Jacobson listed as missing. (Believed shot down and crashed into sea during night combat)
Jacobson was just 18 years old - the youngest Battle of Britain RAF aircrew casualty.
 
4 Sep 1940 151 Sqn Hawker Hurricane MkI (V7406) RAF Stapleford  Take off PO Ambrose (see 151 Sqn) 1 x fatality
11 Sep 1940 611 Sqn Supermarine Spitfire MkII (P7298) Croydon Combat 1600hrs:
Sgt F.E.R. Shepherd killed. (Caught fire during combat. Pilot baled out but aircraft crashed into houses)
1 x fatality
12 Oct 1940 29 Sqn Bristol Blenheim MkI (L1472) RAF Wellingore Initial climb At 1550 hours, P/O Buchanan, was ordered to fly for an air test. The aircraft was started up in the normal manner. Everything was correct with the exception of the boost pressure on the starboard engine, which was +4 pounds instead of +5 pounds. When airborne at a height of about 15 feet the port engine lost power. The starboard engine appeared to be normal but was not giving sufficient power to clear a line of trees. Accordingly, the pilot, being uncertain of the position of the undercarriage, allowed the aircraft to turn at right angles to the line of take off, and, as he was losing height, throttled back and landed. As a result there was extensive damage to the fuselage, engines and port mainplane. Written off - damaged beyond repair. Uninjured
13 Oct 1940 29 Sqn Bristol Blenheim MkI (L6637) Point of Air (over sea) Shot down On Patrol 1735 aircraft was shot down into sea by a 308 Sqn Hurricane  
25 Oct 1940 151 Sqn Hawker Hurricane MkI (L2047) RAF Digby Landing Undercarriage collapsed in a heavy landing. Aircraft written off - damaged beyond repair.  
29 Oct 1940 29 Sqn Bristol Blenheim MkI (L1503) RAF Wellingore Take off Aircraft piloted by Sgt Roberts hit a tree on take off and was damaged beyond repair.  
29 Nov 1940 29 Sqn Bristol Blenheim MkI (L1505) RAF Wellingore Taxi During a night-time taxi the aircraft collided with another and was written off - damaged beyond repair.  
19 Dec 1940 29 Sqn Bristol Blenheim MkI (L6612) ivo Leadenham en route The aircraft hit trees near Leadenham, probably caught in a downdraught.  
8 Apr 1941 29 Sqn Bristol Beaufighter Mk1F (R2250) RAF Wellingore Landing

Crashed on return from a patrol, shot down by Ju88.
Crew:
F/Lt(39438) Guy P.Gibson (Pilot) RAF
Sgt Bell (Obs) RAFVR

 
3 Jul 1941 12 Gp AACU Bristol Blenheim MkIV (Z7580) Peak District Flight Crashed into hillside in low mist.
Pilot Sgt Nikodem Plotek
AC2 W Cottom RAF
AC1 W Franklin Kidd RCAF
AC2 R Place RAFVR
4 x fatalities.
14 Aug 1941 409 Sqn Bolton Paul Defiant Mk1 (T3934) RAF Coleby Grange Approach Mission no 474, on approach, hit trees and crashed.  
19 Nov 1941 92 Sqn Miles Magister MkI (L8332) RAF Wellingore   Mission no 758. Suffered engine failure, stalled and hit wires and then crash landed.  
22 Jan 1942 609 Sqn Supermarine Spitfire (AB188) Blankney Heath   Collided with 92 Sqn Spitfire, Jean Offenburg fatality.  
26 Apr 1942 288 Sqn Boulton Paul Defiant MkI (N1762) RAF Coleby Grange Approach Crashed after stalling on approach at night - damaged beyond repair.  
15 Jun 1964   Jet Provost Mk3 (XN580)        

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