WW2 Airfields of Oxfordshire - Stanton Harcourt
 

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Map with overlay of Stanton Harcourt
Aerial view
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Panorama
Simple Map (interactive)
'B1' hangar still in use
B1 Hangar & 'airfield'
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Airfield panorama : May 2006
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Air raid shelter by Guard Room. Air raid shelter Inside air raid shelter
An air raid shelter next to the main entrance
Fuel pump by Fire Tender shed MT sheds Servicing ramps to rear of MT sheds
Buildings & equipment for MT use
Turret Trainer building
Office block near Turret Trainer
Looking from near Turret Trainer towards Water Tower
A Turret Trainer and nearby office block
Looking in from the main entrance. Looking across from the Technical Site towards Guard Room and main entrance. Looking towards main entrance.
The old 'Guard Room' and main entrance
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Looking towards 'Crew Room'
Crew Room entrance
'Crew Room' name still visible
Airmens crewroom and dining hall
Office block perhaps? Airmans Mess? Possibly a stores building.
Misc. buildings around Technical Site
Views around the Northern edge of the airfield
Blast shelter, now overgrown. Unidentified building, allegedly used for bomb aimer training. View across field towards Tech. Site
Open views of the camp area
Dispersal Site 2 - Stores Complex?
The nearby bomb dump at Eynsham, largest in the county during WW2
 
Five images supplied by Nigel Dawe, from about the late 1980s

Points of Interest:

WARNING

DO NOT TRESPASS AND STAY AWAY FROM THE BUILDINGS

The airfield was constructed by Wimpey, the contract agreed in May 1940 for £210,000.

A bomb and weapons storage facility is also built at the S.East edge of the airfield, although the largest WW2 bomb dump in Oxfordshire is only a few miles away near Eynsham

A historic artefact known as the 'Devils Quoits' are removed for safe storage (as a the runway was built over their original location. Playing Quoits on Beacon Hill, some two and a half miles away, the Devil was informed he wasn't playing the game correctly. In a rage, he threw the stones to where they once stood).

Flying commenced on 3rd Sep 1940 with 10 OTU, but there is a problem caused by flooding from the nearby river Windrush.

RAF Stanton Harcourt (SH) is deemed a satellite station, administrative control being handled by RAF Abingdon.

A Whitley from SH was the first British bomber to fly over Berlin during the war.

Airfield was bombed by 3 enemy aircarft during August 1940, 5 workmen were killed, and 4 died later of their wounds.

As a result of this raid, the order was given for all airfields to be equipped with AA and other light armament.

Whitleys & Halifax's were the main aircraft operating from SH, although many other aircraft did visit, particularly when Abingdon was having concrete runways laid.

Airfield is attacked again on 3 Oct 40 - six HE bombs dropped, no damage recorded.

Early use of SH was for night flying training by Whitley until they were replaced by Wellingtons. The Whitley's later provided excellent service as glider tugs in preparation and for D-Day.

July 1941 - 15 Halifaxes from 35 & 76 Sqn's mounted attack on Scharnhorst (La Pallice raid) from here. Scharnhorst is damaged and has to return to Brest for repairs, which take over 4 months to complete.

Whitley 4997, piloted by Flt Lt Pete Daniels and with crew member Bob Pratt, took part in Operation Millennium on 30 May 42 - the 1st 1000 bomber of the war, target on this occasion was Cologne.

Winston Churchill flew to the Casablanca Conference on 13 Jan 1943 from this airield in Liberator AL504 (Operation 'Static'). This very important meeting with the President of USA was the first of its kind with the allies, and was used to discuss the end of the war.

Station was also used for gunnery training. The turret trainer building still remains and is in good condition. (A rifle range also exists but is covered by undergrowth).

19 Nov 43, two Lancasters from 408/426 Sqns land at SH following a raid on Berlin. (Piloted by P/O J. Clinkskill and F/O R. Christison)

Following an attack on Schweinfurt on 24/25 Feb 1944, a RCAF Lancaster II from (probably) 408 Sqn lands at SH. One of 35 aircraft that took off from Linton-on-Ouse, this one piloted by a P/O Bryson.

1501 BAT Flt Oxfords use airfield from Apr - Dec 1944.

Following cessation of hostilies, the airfield is finally closed on 15 Jan 1946.

From 1951 - 1974 the Officers Mess is used for the upper two forms of the village school, whilst the old school stayed for use by the infants.

Approx. 1/4 mile of runway still remains at the southern end of the airfield, the rest being broken up for hardcore to enable gravel/sand extraction.

Apart from storing some farm equipment, what remains of the site is in surprisingly good and original condition. Unfortunately it also a frequent target for vandals and thieves, hence the present owner is unwilling to spend any money on developing it.

 

Bomb loading ramp
Weapons range
At the Northwest of the airfield
Dispersal Site 2 - Misc. buildings
Operations Block

Pages from Bob Pratt's logbook, a local resident and who was also stationed at RAF Stanton Harcourt during the war.

Bob has since died, I believe sometime during 2007

Turret Trainer
Turret Trainer Diagram
Aircraft, Personnel, and Incidents at RAF Stanton Harcourt
 
Aircraft.
Tail No.
Notes
     
A.W.38 Whitley K 8981 Mk III Damaged beyond repair after heavy landing (last Mk III to be written off in Bomber Cmd)
  N 1374 H Mk V A/c flew on 2nd 1000 bomber raid, Jun 42 (Essen)
  N 1391 Mk V
  N 1411 Mk V Crashed Apr 41, approx 1 mile WSW of SH
  N 1429 Mk V Struck tree and crashed approx 1 mile from SH
  N 1488 T Mk V
  N 1503 Mk V Scrapped after heavy landing at SH
  P 4939 Mk V Crashed after t/o approx 1 mile from SH
  P 4962 Mk V Wheels up crash landing at SH, May 44 (hydraulics failure).
  P 4997 Y Mk V A/c flew on first 1000 bomber mission (Cologne) Starboard engine failure caused forced landing at Swanton Morley, Dec 43.
  P 5015 Mk V Engine & undercarriage problems, wheels up landing at SH Apr 44
  P 5023 Mk V Struck tree during low level flying and crashed near Eaton, Berk
  P 5040 Mk V Engine failure. Stalled at low level to avoid HT lines and landed heavily near Tar farm, 3 miles SE of Witney
  T 4131 V Mk V
  Z 6499 Mk V Crashed when a/c swung out of control on t/o, u/c smashed and port wing severely damaged
  Z 6976 Mk V Undercarriage failure following excess loading when a/c swung to stbd on t/o.
  Z 6798 Mk V Port engine failure at 200' after t/o caused forced landing at SH
  Z 9207 Mk V Undercarriage failure following fast landing and ground manoeuvre.
  Z 9302 Mk V Port engine failure at 200' after t/o caused forced landing at SH
  Z 9432 J Mk V
  Z 9435 Mk V
  Z 9471 Mk V Mid-air collision with LA 879 about 2 miles SE of airfield.
  Z 9474 Mk V Port engine cut out during climbing turn after t/o. A/c crash landed at SH, flaps and u/c retracted, Aug 44
  AD 690 Mk V Stbd engine fire caused forced landing approx 3 miles south of runway, Jul 44.
  AD 708 Mk V Delivered new Jan/Feb 42
  AD 714 Mk V Delivered new Jan/Feb 42. Crashed at Ferryman's Farm, Northmoor, following overshoot of runway, Nov 42.
  BD 193 Mk V Crashed following Op Dusseldorf (shot down by Naval 'friendly' fire on return from raid)
  BD 194 Mk V Force landed at SH
  BD 195 D Mk V
  BD 215 Mk V Port engine cut out on landing approach, A/c swung and ended in quarry 200yds from runway. Last Whitley written off by 10 OTU
  BD 216 Mk V
  BD 223 Mk V Wrecked following landing accident
  BD 234 Mk V Engine failure due to glycol leakage. Crashed near Twelve Acre Farm, Eynsham
  BD 271 Mk V A/c crashed due to structural failure, two miles from Wallingford at Brightwell
  BD 280 Mk V Port engine failure. A/c stalled when pilot tried to avoid HT lines for forced landing. Crashed 1 mile from Ivinghoe, Bucks.
  BD 352 D Mk V
  BD 369 Mk V
  BD 376 Mk V Crashed following aborted takeoff, burst into flames on impact
  BD 395 Mk V Flew into ground in low vis. approx 1 mile from SH
  BD 669 Mk V
  EB 357 Mk V RTU following Nav Ex, a/c overshot runway due to poor weather conditions. A/c wrecked beyond repair
  EB 360 Mk V A/c ditched in N.Sea approx 60 miles east of Mablethorpe following loss of engine power during Nav Ex
  BD 374 Mk V Damaged following engine failure at 100' and landing at Yew Tree Farm, Standlake
  LA 196 Mk V Crash landed 400 yds NE of airfield when starboard engine failed to restart following feathering procedures demo
  LA 844 Mk V On return from X-country ex, ran off end of runway at high speed and crashed into local quarry, bursting into flames.
  LA 879 Mk V Mid-air collision with Z9471 about 2 miles SE of airfield.
     
Martinet I JN 655 Mk I Engine cut afer t/o at 650', a/c force landed 2 miles NE of airfield, Oct 44 (a/c on RTU toAbingdon)
     
Tomahawk I AH 860 Mk I After t/o from SH for fghter affiliation duties, engine failed and pilot bounced a/c on landing and force landed at Abingdon (Feb 44)
     
Wellington X LP 873 X Night navex, presumed lost control of a/c, crashed near Kineton, Stow on the Wold.
  NC 714 X Night navex, a/c on fire in air, crashed near Much Wenlock, Shropshire.
  NA 592 X Stbd engine lost power on t/o, low level strike on hut caused sufficient damage to warrant a/c being written off
  DV539 IC (458 Sqn) Took off Stanton Harcourt for Luqa, but overshot island and shot down 45km from Malta by Ju88s. 22 Feb 42
     
The following aircraft from 35 Sqn mounted a raid from Stanton Harcourt on the German Battleship 'Scharnhorst', 24 July 1941
Halifax L 9524 V Mk I Sustained damage from enemy a/c (W/Op killed); returned and landed at St Eval.
  L 9512 L Mk I Known to have scored a direct hit, but failed to return from mission. Officially listed as' missing'.
  L 9500 H Mk I Repeatedly attacked by enemy a/c, but pilot succeeded with precision attack. Landed at Weston Zoyland.
  L 9501 Y Mk I Blown off target by flak, ten attacks from enemy a/c. Returned and landed at Weston Zoyland.
  L 9597 W Mk I Encountered heavy accurate flak over target; dropped bombs from 14000' - narrow miss. Landed at SH.
  L 9527 M Mk I Aircraft last seen in the target area descending in a slow spiral with smoke coming from engines. Listed as 'missing'.
  L 9511 D Mk I Attacked over target by enemy fighters, tail gunner killed, others wounded. Bomb hung up, did not release. Landed at St Eval.
  L 9491 J Mk I Delivered attack from 13,000', unable to take correct sight as height bar shot away - bombs seen to burst in dock area. Landed St Eval.
  L 9508 X Mk I Encountered accurate heavy flak. Stbd outer engine was damaged. Attack delivered under great difficulties. Landed at St Eval.
     
Personnel
Surname
Rank
  Abrams, GWF Sgt Survived ditching in N.Sea, 18 Nov 42
  Adams, AJ Sgt Killed on return from Op Dusseldorf, Sep 42 (a/c shot down by British Navy - 'friendly ' fire incident)
  Adams, AF Sgt Survived ditching in N.Sea, 18 Nov 42
  Archer  
  Arther, JD Sgt Killed in mid-air collision with Whitley Z 9471, Sep 43
  Auld Plt Off Killed during landing incident at SH, a/c ran off end of runway at high speed, Mar 43
  Bailey Sqn Ldr
  Bainbridge FK Sqn Ldr, DFC Survived forced landing after port engine failed at 200' after t/o, May 44
  Bartlett Plt Off Killed on night flying ex following aborted take-off, Sep 42
  Basham Sgt Killed when a/c flew into ground during low vis, Jul 42
  Baxter Sgt Killed when a/c flew into ground during low vis, Jul 42
  Bayly Sgt Killed on return from Op Dusseldorf, Sep 42 (a/c shot down by British Navy - 'friendly ' fire incident)
  Beever, A Fg Off Survived wheels up crash landing at SH, May 44
  Blanch, KC Sgt Killed in mid-air collision with Whitley LA 879, Sep 43
  Bird, 'Dicky'  
  Birkhead Sgt Killed in a night flying ex, Apr 41
  Boundy, JG Sgt Killed in mid-air collision with Whitley LA 879, Sep 43
  Bradburn L Plt Off Killed in a night flying ex, Apr 41
  Brown, BE Fg Off, RCAF Killed in mid-air collision with Whitley Z 9471, Sep 43
  Brown, CE Sgt, RCAF Survived forced landing due to stbd engine fire, 3 miles S of runway, Jul 44.
  Buck LA Fg Off Killed in mid-air collision with Whitley Z 9471, Sep 43
  Burton, DR Sgt Killed when a/c crashed after trying to avoid HT lines during attempted forced landing caused by port engine failure, Oct 43
  Burton, JR Flt Sgt, RAAF Killed when a/c crashed after trying to avoid HT lines during attempted forced landing caused by port engine failure, Oct 43
  Caiger, CE Flt Lt Flew spec.ops with 608 sqn from SH in 1945. Survived war and died in 2005.
  Cameron, SL Sgt Survived landing incident when port engine cut out on approach and a/c crash landed at SH, near a quarry. Aug 44
  Cantlin, CP Sgt Killed when a/c crashed due to structural failure, Apr 44
  Capewell, DC Flt Sgt Killed when a/c crashed due to structural failure, Apr 44
  Cline, AE Plt Off, RCAF Survived forced landing due to stbd engine fire, 3 miles S of runway, Jul 44.
  Cooke, G Sgt Survived wheels up crash landing at SH, May 44, and one week later a forced landing due to engine failure.
  Cope, Dave    
  Clark N G Sgt Killed on night flying ex following aborted take-off, Sep 42
  Clements, GW Sgt Killed in mid-air collision with Whitley Z 9471, Sep 43
  Crowther Sgt Killed in a night flying ex, Oct 41
  Colley, GE Sgt Survived wheels up landing at SH, Apr 44
  Crane, JH Sgt Survived t/o incident when a/c swung to stbd; u/c collapsed near Watch office. Died May 44 on Halifax mission (640 Sqn)
  Daniels, Pete Flt Lt
  Davies L Plt Off
  Dove, WBM Plt Off Survived forced landing after port engine failed at 200' after t/o, May 4
  Dunlop, 'Fatty'  
  Eades Flt Lt
  Eggby, LJ Fg Off Survived t/o incident when a/c swung out of control and u/c smashed, Jul 44
  Evans Sgt Killed when a/c flew into ground during low vis, Jul 42
  Faulkner, CN Sgt, RCAF Survived forced landing due to stbd engine fire, 3 miles S of runway, Jul 44.
  Fisher, Hilma NCO 'Met' WAAF, worked in Met Office in the control tower. Survived the war.
  Fivash, JE Flt Sgt Killed when a/c crashed near Stow on the Wold during a night nav-ex. Presumed a/c lost control, Jul 45
  Fletcher, A Sgt Pilot of a/c BD 374, inj when a/c force landed after t/o. Later failed to return from mission with 51 sqn to Hamburg, Jul 43
  Franklin, AJ Sgt Killed when a/c crashed near Stow on the Wold during a night nav-ex. Presumed a/c on fire, Jul 45
  Gibson, J Fg Off Killed in mid-air collision with Whitley Z 9471, Sep 43
  Frost, F Sgt Flew on 1st 1000 bomber raid in Whitley 4997. Killed flying with 102 Sqn (Halifax's) on raid over Bochum, 6 Aug 42
  Grant, J Sgt Killed when a/c crashed near Stow on the Wold during a night nav-ex. Presumed a/c lost control.
  Grimmond, JR Sgt Killed in mid-air collision with Whitley LA 879, Sep 43
  Gormley  
  Gordon-Kay, D Sgt, RCAF Killed following inexplicable aborted landing, Nov 42
  Hadley Sgt Survived ditching in N.Sea, 18 Nov 42
  Hall, CM Sgt Student pilot during landing incident on Z 9207
  Harcourt Plt Off
  Harnell, A Sgt Killed when a/c crashed due to structural failure, Apr 44
  Harding  
  Hartley Sgt
  Hilt Sgt Killed during landing incident at SH, a/c ran off end of runway at high speed, Mar 43
  Hooley, N Sgt Killed when a/c crashed near Stow on the Wold during a night nav-ex. Presumed a/c on fire, Jul 45
  Howlett, D J Sgt Killed flying Halifax on Special Ops with 624 Sqn. Buried in Greece (Phaleron War Cemetary), Dec 43
  Hughes Flt Lt
  Hutchinson 'Hutch'  
  Jackson, D Sgt Killed during landing incident at SH, a/c ran off end of runway at high speed (Jackson had transferred from Army,) Mar 43
  Joyce   Survived forced landing due to stbd engine fire, 3 miles S of runway, Jul 44.
  Kelly, BW Sgt Killed when a/c crashed near Stow on the Wold during a night nav-ex. Presumed a/c lost control.
  Knight, RB Sgt RNZAF 1. Survived t/o incident when a/c swung out of control and u/c smashed, Jul 44. Later died on ops with 630 Sqn (Lancasters), Feb 45
  2. Also survived landing incident when port engine cut out on approach and a/c crash landed at SH, Aug 44
  Lalo, R J Flt Lt
  Lamont, J Sgt RNZAF Survived landing incident when port engine cut out on approach and a/c crash landed at SH, Aug 44
  Lawrence  
  Leadley Sgt Killed in a night flying ex, Oct 41
  Levitt, C Flt Sgt Killed in a night flying ex, Oct 41
  Lovegrove, Mary WRAF Local girl who enlisted and moved away
  Marriot, Bob  
  Martin Sgt Injured when BD 234 crashed near Eynsham
  Massie Plt Off
  Mayow, TD WO Killed when a/c crashed due to structural failure, Apr 44
  Matthews, L Sgt Killed when a/c flew into ground during low vis, Jul 42
  McIntyre, RF Sgt RCAF Survived forced landing due to stbd engine fire, 3 miles S of runway, Jul 44.
  Melville, D Sgt Force landed a Martinet I approx 2 miles NE of airfield following engine failure at 650' shortly after t/o from SH
  Miller, G Sgt  
  Minney Sgt Killed on night flying ex following aborted take-off, Sep 42
  Mitchell Sgt, BEM Killed on night flying ex following aborted take-off, Sep 42
  Monaghan, J Plt Off Survived ditching in N.Sea, 18 Nov 42
  Montague, J Sgt Survived landing incident when port engine cut out on approach and a/c crash landed at SH, Aug 44
  Moore, L Sgt RCAF Survived forced landing due to stbd engine fire, 3 miles S of runway, Jul 44.
  Moore, MW Fg Off Killed in mid-air collision with Whitley LA 879, Sep 43
  Morrison, RL Fg Off Killed when a/c crashed near Stow on the Wold during a night nav-ex. Presumed a/c on fire, Jul 45
  Newton, FW Fg Off Killed when a/c crashed due to structural failure, Apr 44
  Nicholas, RJ Sgt Killed following inexplicable aborted landing, Nov 42
  Nicoll IK WO Killed when a/c crashed after trying to avoid HT lines during attempted forced landing caused by port engine failure, Oct 43
  Page AO WO Survived crash landing at SH when port engine cut out at 500' after t/o, Aug 44
  Percival   Killed in a night flying ex, Apr 41
  Pettitt, GL Sgt Killed when a/c crashed due to structural failure, Apr 44
  Pledge Sgt Killed in a night flying ex, Apr 41
  Pratt, Bob (See log book) DFC awarded Jan 45. Lived in SH after the war until his death in 2007. Flew in 1st & 2nd 1000 bomber missions.
  Pratley, A Sgt Killed in a night flying ex, Oct 41
  Pearson Plt Off  
  Pickett NR Sgt Killed following inexplicable aborted landing, Nov 42
  Rendle, ND Flt Sgt Killed when a/c crashed near Stow on the Wold during a night nav-ex. Presumed a/c on fire, Jul 45
  Regan, TA Sgt Killed when a/c crashed due to structural failure, Apr 44
  Riley, Derrick. DFC   Trained pilots at SH following completion of tours with bomber cmd. Survived war, died 1993.
  Roberts, RJ Sgt Killed during landing incident at SH, a/c ran off end of runway at high speed, Mar 43
  Rose Sgt Injured when BD 234 crashed near Eynsham
  Rowan Sgt Injured when BD 234 crashed near Eynsham
  Russel Sgt
  Scarborough HE Sgt Killed in mid-air collision with Whitley LA 879, Sep 43
  Sharpe, EA Sgt Survived landing incident when port engine cut out on approach and a/c crash landed at SH, Aug 44
  Sibley, LRV Plt Off Killed when a/c crashed after trying to avoid HT lines during attempted forced landing caused by port engine failure, Oct 43
  Simmonds, Olive NAAFI Local, lived and worked in SH until her death in 2009 (nee Green)
  Slater Sgt Killed in a night flying ex, Oct 41
  Smart, AE Sgt Survived a/c crash after trying to avoid HT lines during attempted forced landing caused by port engine failure, Oct 43
  Snider, Joe  
  Sobery, Eve   WAAF clerk who worked in the orderly room.
  Spratt LFK Sgt Killed following inexplicable aborted landing, Nov 42
  Steel B R Plt Off Killed on night flying ex following aborted take-off, Sep 42
  Stephen Sgt Killed when a/c flew into ground during low vis, Jul 42
  Steward, 'Slim'  
  Sweeney Sgt Killed on return from Op Dusseldorf, Sep 42 (a/c shot down by British Navy - 'friendly ' fire incident)
Tandy, EOC Flt Lt Pilot in command during trg ex when a/c landed at high speed and undercarriage collapsed during taxi
Taney AW Sgt Killed following inexplicable aborted landing, Nov 42
  Tardif, MEP Fg Off Killed when a/c crashed near Stow on the Wold during a night nav-ex. Presumed a/c lost control.
Thompson, DWR W/O Survived incident on t/o in Wellington when stbd engine lost power, a/c struck hut and sustained severe damage.
Turl Sgt Survived ditching in N.Sea, 18 Nov 42
  Viney, John DSO awarded Sep 44
  Walters, RL Fg Off Killed when a/c crashed near Stow on the Wold during a night nav-ex. Presumed a/c lost control, Jul 45
  Wakeling RA Sgt Injured when BD 234 crashed near Eynsham
  Ward, GW Sgt RAAF Survived forced landing/stall in Dec 42, killed on ops over Germany with 102 Sqn (Halifaxes)
  Webb, GG WO Survived aircraft crash at SH following engine failure during feathering demo
Wethered Sgt Killed on return from Op Dusseldorf, Sep 42 (a/c shot down by British Navy - 'friendly ' fire incident)
  Weir, WK Plt Off Killed during landing incident at SH, a/c ran off end of runway at high speed, Mar 43
  West P Sgt Survived engine failure in Tomahawk. Force landed at Abingdon
  Williams, S Sgt Killed when a/c crashed near Stow on the Wold during a night nav-ex. Presumed a/c on fire, Jul 45
  Willcocks Sgt Survived crash on return from Op Dusseldorf, Sep 42 (Aircraft shot at by British Navy on return from raid -'friendly' fire)
Wright Sgt  
Wylie, GP Flt Sgt RNZAF Survived forced landing at Swanton Morley, Dec 43
Young SL Sgt Survived landing incident when port engine cut out on approach and a/c crash landed at SH, Aug 44
     
     
10 OTU Incidents (Flight initiating at RAF Stanton Harcourt)
 
     
Pilot
Date & Time
Aircraft No.
Incident
Crew
Plt Off L Davies - inj. 21 Apr 41, 0100 N1411 Bounced on landing, lost control, crashed about 1 mile WSW of SH Crew inj.
Flt Lt J Lalor - inj. 24 Apr 41, 2215 N1503 Night flying trg, landed heavily, a/c scrapped. (nil casualties)
Plt Off L Bradburn + 29 Apr 41, 0015 P4939 Night flying trg, crashed after t/o approx 1 mile from SH Sgts Pledge, Birkhead & Percival
Sgt A Pratley + 10 Oct 41, 2115 N1429 Night flying ex, struck tree after t/o and crashed approx 1 mile from SH n/k
Flt Sgt C Levitt + 24 Oct 41, 0210 P5023 Night flying trg, struck tree at low level and crashed near Eaton, Berks Sgts Crowther, Slater & Leadley
Sgt G Miller 05 Nov 41, 2115 K8981 A/c ballooned on landing and stalled. Landing damaged a/c beyond repair (nil casualties)
Plt Off A Pearson 12 Jul 42, 0032 BD 194 A/c lost all power at 6000' and force landed at SH Crew inj.
WO2 Thompson RCAF 17 Jul 42, 0245 BD 223 A/c wrecked following landing accident n/k
Sgt L Matthews + 18 Jul 42, 0025 BD 395 A/c flew into ground due to poor visability approx 1 mile from runway Sgts Baxter, Stephen, Basham & Evans
Sgt A J Adams + 11 Sep 42, 0200 BD 193 Crashed on RTU following mission Op Dusseldorf Sgts Sweeney, Wethered, Willcocks & Bayly
Sgt Clarke + 27 Sep 42, 0045 BD 376 Night flying ex, crashed following aborted landing P/Os Bartlett & Steel, Sgts Mitchell & Minney
Sgt D J Howlett 25 Oct 42, 1806 EB 357 RTU following Navex. A/c overshot runway on landing and wrecked n/k
Sgt AW Taney + 7 Nov 42, 0010 AD 714 A/c crashed following inexplicable decision to overshoot runway. Sgts Spratt, Nicholas, Pickett, & Gordon-Kay
Sgt A F Adams 18 Nov 42, 1218 EB 360 A/c ditched in N.Sea following loss of engine power. P/O Monaghan, Sgts Abrams, Hadley & Turl
Sgt GW Ward RAAF 9 Dec 42, 1545 P 5040 Engine failure during X-country ex. Stalled avoiding HT lines when landing. n/k
Sgt D Brown 16 Jan 43, 0120 BD 234 Night flying trg, crashed approx 2 miles from SH due to engine failure Sgts Rose, Wakeling, Martin & Rowan
Sgt A Fletcher 19 Feb 43, 1115 BD 374 Engine failure at 100' just after t/o n/k
Sgt D Jackson + 27 Mar 43,0254 LA 844 Night flying trg, crashed on landing when a/c ran off end of runway. P/Os Auld & Weir, Sgts Hilt & Roberts
Flt Lt EOC Tandy 20 May 43, 0350 Z 9207 Training flt which ended with high speed landing and u/c damage. Sgt Hall
WO GG Webb 1 Aug 43, 2209 LA 916 Engine failed to restart following feathering demo; a/c crashed at SH n/k
Fg Off MW Moore + 17 Sep 43, 2348 Z 9471 Mid-air collision with LA 879 about 2 miles SE of airfield. Sgts Scarborough, Boundy, Blanch, Grimmond
Fg Off Buck + 17 Sep 43, 2348 LA 879 Mid-air collision with Z9471 about 2 miles SE of airfield. F/Os Gibson, Brown, Sgts Arthur, Clements
Sgt JH Crane 9 Oct 43, 1450 Z 6966 T/o incident, a/c swings to stbd and u/c collapses. n/k
FLt Sgt JR Burton + 20 Oct 43, 2330 BD 280 Crashed following attempt to avoid HT lines on forced landing. WO Nicoll, P/O Sibley, Sgts Burton, Smart.
Flt Sgt GP Wylie

23 Dec 43, 1352

P 4997 Force landing near Swanton Morley due to loss of stbd engine power Sgt Frost
Fg Off N Newton + 10 Apr 44, 0210 BD 271 Crashed due to structural failure, Apr 44 WO Mayow, FS Capewell, Sgts Pettitt, Cantlin, Regan, Harnell
Sgt P West 24 Feb 44, 0942 AH 860 Tomahawk I - engine failure caused forced landing at Abingdon (n/k)
Sgt GE Coley 23 Apr 44, 1645 P 5015 Engine & u/c problems, wheels up landing at SH (n/k)
Fg Off A Beever 1 May 44, 1443 P 4962 Hydraulics failure, a/c crashed at SH with wheels up (n/k)
Sgt G Cooke 6 May 44, 1535 Z 6798 Port engine failure at 200' after t/o caused forced landing at SH (n/k)
S/L Bainbridge DFC 12 May 44, 1005 Z9302 Port engine failure at 200' after t/o caused forced landing at SH (n/k)
Sgt L Moore, RCAF 4 Jul 44, 1210 AD 690 Stbd engine fire caused forced landing 3 miles S of airfield. PO Cline, Sgts Joyce, Brown, Faulkner, McIntyre
Fg Off LJ Eggby 31 Jul 44, 0115 Z 6499 Swung out of control on t/o, u/c smashed and port wing damaged Sgt RB Knight
WO AO Page 10 Aug 44, 1705 Z 9474 Crash landed at SH due to port engine failure, with u/c and flaps up. (n/k)
Flt Sgt RB Knight 24 Aug 44, 0210 BD 215 Port engine cutout on approach, a/c crash landed by quarry at SH Sgts Montague, Sharpe, Lamont, Young, Cameron
Sgt D Melville 25 Oct 44, 0930 JN 655 Martinet I : Engine cut out at 650' after t/o. Crash landed at 2 miles. (n/k)
Fg Off R Walters + 11 Jul 45, 0125 LP 873 Presumed lost control of a/c, crashed near Kineton, Stow on the Wold. F/O Tardif, Flt Sgt Fivash, Sgts Grant & Kelly
WO R N Morrison + 11 Jul 45, 0115 NC 714 A/c on fire in air, crashed near Much Wenlock, Shropshire. Flt Sgt Rendle, Sgts Hooley, Williams & Franklin
WO DWR Thompson 8 Nov 45, 1706 NA 952 Stbd engine lost power on t/o, a/c struck hut and later written off n/k
         
         
The Carpenters Shop, behind the Turret Trainer

An interesting co-incidence....

I was recently contacted by someone who was researching her family tree, and was aware that her mother had worked in the NAAFI at this unit during the war. We arranged to meet so that her mother could see her old wartime haunt and to show me some of the places she could remember.

As we made our way around the village we happened to pass by a row of cottages. Stood at the end of her garden path was an elderly lady who bid us good morning. Immediately there was a cry of recognition - and disbelief. This was the first time the two old ladies had met in over 50 years!

The two ladies in question are Olive Simmonds (nee Green), who worked in the NAAFI, and Mary Lovegrove (nee Ayres) who lived here and later joined the WRAF.

Drop me a line if you know these two ladies and would like to contact them, or if you have similar stories to tell.

Pete.

6th August 2004

I believe Olive has since died, sometime during 2009.

Hi Pete,

Thanks for your excellent site. We have been researching our uncles RAF history and found he was based with 10 OTU at Stanton Harcourt. His name appears on your list Sgt A J Adams; he died on return from a raid on Dusseldorf Sept 1942.

You list the rest of his crew as killed but I know that the tail gunner Sgt T J Willcocks survived, in fact I have a letter to Joe's dad from him whilst recovering in hospital. Another point of interest was that they might have made it back had the navy not shot at them on the way back ,so called friendly fire!

This I found out from a fellow pilot on the same unit.

Regards, Liz James

Kingston Bagpuize