07/01/1942 1104hrs Avro Anson Mark I AX229 attached to the Photographic Reconnaissance Unit at RAF St. Eval crashed into the sea off Fistral Bay, Newquay, the three occupants were slightly injured.
07/01/1942 Vickers Wellington Z9048 of the Overseas Aircraft Dispatch Unit at RAF Portreath on a flight to Gibraltar crashed shortly after take-off 4 miles off Portreath.
07/01/1942 1820hrs the body of a British airman Sgt Leslie Jennings 922924 of RAF St. Eval, was landed at St. Ives, having been picked up in the sea 1 mile off Hells Mouth, St. Ives.
08/01/1942 1600hrs the body of a British airman Sergeant H.W. Puidley 400546 was found at North Cliffs, 3 miles N of Camborne Police Station.
12/01/1942 1445hrs a British sea mine is washed ashore at Crackington Haven. Near Bude.
12/01/1942 Supermarine Spitfire Mark IIa P7991 of 66 Squadron based at RAF Portreath crashed on approach to RNAS St. Merryn.
13/01/1942 0950hrs Fairey Swordfish Mark I P4201 S6-G of 774 Squadron RNAS St.Merryn ditched 2 miles N of Boscastle. Sub-Lieutenant A.G. Penny and Leading Aircraftman A.E. Renwick are safe. Air Gunner Leading Aircraftman R.J. Hale was killed.
14/01/1942 1914hrs 3 High Explosive bombs dropped on No 4 runway at RAF Predannack, 2 RAF personnel are injured.
15/01/1942 Vickers Wellington Z9043 of the Overseas Aircraft Dispatch Unit at RAF Portreath is missing on a flight to Gibraltar.
17/01/1942 Bristol Beaufort Mark II AW299 from RAF St. Eval crashed in a field at Trewarrian, 2 miles NE of St. Mawgan Police House. The aircraft is only slightly damaged and 2 members of the crew were slightly injured.
19?20/01/1942 Vickers Wellington Z8504 of the Overseas Aircraft Dispatch Unit at RAF Portreath is missing on a flight to Gibraltar.
24/01/1942 1041hrs two Supermarine Spitfire Mark IIa’s P7843 LZ-? Named `Aldergrove` and P8430 LZ-? of 66 Squadron based at RAF Portreath collided and fell into the sea 2 to 3 miles SSW of Porthleven. Rescue aircraft were sent out but nothing was found.
29/01/1942 Lockheed Hudson Mark III AM946 of 1 Overseas Aircraft Dispatch Unit at RAF Portreath is reported missing on a flight to Gibraltar.
30/01/1942 0527hrs Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mark V T4328 YG-? Of 502 Squadron at RAF St. Eval overshot on landing after operations the aircraft is Category W.
01/02/1942 1540hrs Bristol Beaufighter Mark IIf of 600 Squadron Auxiliary Air Force from RAF Predannack crashed on the downs between Kynance Farm and the Cliffs of the Lizard. The aircraft is badly damaged but the 2 occupants were uninjured.
01/02/1942 1542hrs Supermarine Spitfire of 130 Squadron at RAF Portreath crashed on Little Trethavas Farm, Predannack the aircraft was badly damaged.
07/02/1942 1605hrs Hawker Hurricane Mark IIc BN220 ZY-? Of 247 Squadron spun into the ground during aerobatics 600 yards West of RAF Predannack. F/Sgt N.W.R. Wood was killed.
09/02/1942 Supermarine Spitfire Mark Vb BL326 PJ-? Of 130 Squadron crashed on take off from RAF Perranporth when it lost power just after becoming airborne, and hit a parked Curtis P40 Tomahawk.
14/02/1942 Supermarine Spitfire Mark Vb AD414 NN-? Of 310 Czechoslovakian Squadron based at RAF Perranporth swung on take-off and hit the top of an aircraft pen. F/Lt Miroslav Kredba 81895 was killed.
20/02/1942 1420hrs Blackburn Shark Mark II K4881 of 774 Squadron RNAS St. Merryn crashed in a field at Truas Farm, Tintagel 11/2 miles SW of Tintagel Police house. The aircraft was extensively damaged and the two occupants injured.
26/02/1942 Supermarine Spitfire Mark IIa P7299 of 66 Squadron at RAF Portreath was struck while parked by another Spitfire and was written-off.
04/03/1942 Supermarine Spitfire Mark Vb AD369 PJ-? Of 130 Squadron based at RAF Perranporth was been damaged beyond repair in a heavy landing. Sgt Jarvey was rescued from the wreckage.
07/03/1942 1830hrs Armstrong-Whitworth Whitley Mark VII Z9366 of 502 Squadron based at RAF St. Eval swung on take-off for a test flight overshot the runway and caught fire.
08/03/1942 2300hrs Lockheed Hudson Mark V AM535 ZS-? Of 233 Squadron RAF St. Eval crashed in a field at Lower Treburrick Farm, St. Ewain 4 miles NE of St. Mawgan. The aircraft was completely burnt-out and the three occupants are dead.
15/03/1942 1500hrs Supermarine Spitfire Mark Vb BL241 AZ-E of 234 Squadron based at Ibsley, Hampshire crashed in a field on Lower Thorne Farm, 2½ miles NW of St. Neot Police house. The aircraft was badly damaged and F/Lt James Edward Hogg 61241 was killed.
15/03/1942 1525hrs Supermarine Spitfire Mark Vb AA726 AZ-C of 234 Squadron based at Ibsley, Hampshire crashed on Trenance Downs, 2 miles NW of St. Austell Police Station. The aircraft was badly damaged the pilot Sgt Gray was seriously injured.
15/03/1942 1645hrs Supermarine Spitfire Mark Vb AA725 AZ-F of 234 Squadron based at Ibsley, Hampshire crashed in a field at Polmartin Farm, 3 miles NW of Lerryn Police house. The aircraft was slightly damaged and P/O Cameron was uninjured.
15/03/1942 1715hrs Supermarine Spitfire Mark Vb BL668 AZ-K of 234 Squadron based at Ibsley, Hampshire crashed in a field at Tremoreland Farm, Bodmin, 4½ miles NE of Bodmin Police Station. The aircraft was badly damaged and P/O Locke sustained serious injuries. The above aircraft had been returning from an Anti-Shipping Escort to Lockheed Hudson’s when the weather closed in six of the squadron managed to land at Exeter. Squadron Leader Birchfield ordered the other six climbed above cloud and proceed inland, he then lead them down again but was unaware that they were over the high ground of Bodmin Moor. Squadron Leader Birchfield and another member of the squadron managed to avoid flying into the ground.
18/03/1942 1545hrs Bristol Beaufighter Mark Ic T4937 of 1 Overseas Aircraft Dispatch Unit based at RAF Portreath crashed in a field on a hill at Trembleath Farm, St. Mawgan in bad visibility. The aircraft was completely burnt-out and the two occupants were killed.
18/03/1942 Supermarine Spitfire Mark IIa P7999 of 66 Squadron swerved on take-off from RAF Portreath crashed.
20/03/1942 1415hrs Supermarine Spitfire Mark II P7363 of 66 Squadron stalled at low altitude and crashed into the sea 5 miles WNW of Portreath near Gull Rock. The pilot was killed.
24/03/1942 2155 hours Supermarine Spitfire Mark Vc AB496 LZ-? Of 66 Squadron at RAF Portreath crashed into a field at Trevissa Farm, 1¼ miles from St. Erth Police house. The aircraft was smashed and burnt-out the pilot was killed.
24/03/1942 2155hrs Supermarine Spitfire Mark Vc AB651? LZ-W of 66 Squadron at RAF Portreath crashed into a field at Frithen Farm, 1½ miles SW of St. Erth Police house. The aircraft was smashed and burnt-out the pilot was killed.
24/03/1942 2315hrs Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mark VII Z6763 YG-? Of 502 Squadron based at St. Eval swung on take-off for operations resulting in an undercarriage collapse.
24/03/1942 de Haviland Queen Bee V4801 of 1 Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit was shot down by ground gunners off Cleave.
25/03/1942 1522hrs Handley Page Hampden AT118 VN-? Of 50 Squadron based at Swinderby, Lincolnshire force-landed after engine failure but crashed at Roswidney Farm, Ludgvan 1½ miles NE of Crowlas Police house. The aircraft was completely burnt-out but the crew of four were safe.
28/03/1942 Lockheed Hudson Mark III V8984 of 1 Overseas Aircraft Dispatch Unit crashed on landing at RAF Portreath.
29/03/1942 1615hrs de Havilland Hornet Moth AW118 of 78 Signals Wing detached to Harrowbeer, Devon force-landed through lack of fuel at Highway, Lanteglos-by-Fowey, 2 miles N.N.E of Polruan Police house. The aircraft was undamaged and the two occupants safe.
05/04/1942 2225hrs Bristol Beaufighter Mark VIf X7960 BQ-? Of 600 Squadron Auxiliary Air Force from RAF Predannack crashed at Goonhilly Downs, 3½ miles S.W. of St. Keverne Police house. The two occupants a Sgt Pilot and Observer are badly injured and the aircraft was extensively damaged.
12/04/1942 1108hrs two Supermarine Spitfire Mark Vb aircraft BL497 & AD420 of 310 Czechoslovakian Squadron collided in mid-air near RAF Perranporth. F/Lt Zimprich 81904 flying BL497 severed the tail of aircraft AD420 causing it to crash on Gear Sands, 1 mile N.E. of Perranporth Police Station this aircraft was badly damaged and the pilot F/Sgt Halama 788017 was killed. Flight Lieutenant Stanislav Zimprich ditched his aircraft in the sea 1-mile N of Perranporth Police Station but he was washed away and drowned. His body was washed ashore 3 months later at Coombe Martin, North Devon.
12/04/1942 A Farmer found a machine-gun and ammunition lying in a field at Trevissa Farm, St. Erth, (see 24/03/1942).
15/04/42 Handley Page Halifax II W1043 ZA-? of 10 Squadron RAF Leeming,Yorkshire ditched 3 miles SE of Beer Head, Devon.
17/04/1942 Hawker Henley TT Mark III L3293 of 1 Anti Aircraft Co-operation Unit based at RAF Cleave ditched off the Cornish Coast.
28/04/1942 Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mark VII Z9153 GE-? Of 58 Squadron RAF St. Eval suffered engine failure and struck an obstruction whilst landing at Okehampton airfield.
10/05/1942 Vickers Wellington Mark X HF829 of No.1 Overseas Aircraft Dispatch Unit at RAF Portreath returned to base shortly after take-off owing to low boost, the aircraft rapidly lost height on the approach, undershot the runway and hit a hedge.
11/05/1942 1555hrs Blackburn Roc Target Tug L3180 of 792 Squadron at RNAS St. Merryn crashed at Tregolds Farm, St. Merryn. The aircraft was a total wreck and of the two occupants one was seriously injured and one dead.
16/05/1942 Supermarine Spitfire Mark Vb AD476 QV-? Of 19 Squadron based at RAF Perranporth hit a fuel bowser while taxying, injuring the pilot Sgt J. Sokol.
6/05/1942 Lockheed Hudson Mark V AM521 PZ-? Of 53 Squadron crashed on landing at its new base RAF St. Eval.
22/05/1942 An aircraft windscreen was found in a field at Penpont, 1 mile N.N.W of Blisland Police house. RNAS St. Merryn has been informed.
24/05/1942 1105hrs a Fairey Fulmar Mark I N1861 of 762 Squadron Fleet Air Arm at RNAS St. Merryn crashed in a field at Fernacre Farm, 3 miles N.N.E of St. Breward Police house. The sole occupant is dead and the aircraft is a total wreck.
25/05/1942 1000hrs part of a pilots cowl frame was found at Forge Farm, Mawla, Camborne.
27/05/1942 1305hrs Supermarine Spitfire Mark Vb W3851 PJ-? Of 130 Squadron based at RAF Perranporth emerged from cloud and crashed in a field ¼ of a mile E of Breage. The aircraft was totally wrecked and P/O Robert Wigington 78495 was killed.
29/05/1942 Lockheed Hudson Mark IV FH245 of 1444 Flight based at RAF Portreath swung on take-off and suffered an undercarriage collapse.
01/06/1942 1330hrs Armstrong Whitworth Whitley AD698 77 Squadron RAF Chivenor flew into 300 feet high cliffs on Lundy Island in bad visibility returning from an A/S patrol. 6 killed.
02/06/1942 Bristol Beaufighter Mark Ic T4899 of No.1 Overseas Aircraft Dispatch Unit crashed on approach to RAF Portreath.
03/06/1942 Two Supermarine Spitfire Mark Vb aircraft W3937 & BL341 of 130 Sqdn and 234 Sqdn collided while on a Convoy Patrol, BL341 ditched off RAF St. Eval and Sgt Leblond was rescued by a vessel from the convoy. W3937 crash-landed at RAF Portreath.
04/06/1942 0308hrs Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mark V Z6734 YG-? Of 502 Sqdn at RAF St. Eval returning from operations swung on landing after engine failure, and the undercarriage collapsed, crew safe.
04/06/1942 1615hrs de Havilland Tiger Moth N6598 of No.1 Overseas Aircraft Dispatch Unit, RAF Portreath on taking off from St. Mary’s aerodrome Isles of Scilly for the return journey ditched in the sea near Porthellick Head, Isles-of-Scilly. The two occupants are safe having been rescued by the RAF.
07/06/1942 0030hrs Armstrong Whitworth Whitley V, BD192 of 51 Squadron RAF Chivenor, Devon. Was forced to ditch with engine trouble while on a A/S patrol 23 miles off Portland Bill.
07/06/1942 A Bristol Beaufighter Mark VIf of 600 Squadron Auxiliary Air Force detached to RAF Portreath shot down a Junkers Ju88 while on a convoy escort patrol off the north coast of Cornwall. The Beaufighter was damaged by return fire and the starboard engine was put out of action and the port damaged, which later failed causing the aircraft to crash into the sea. P/O Albert B. Harvey 106869 managed to free himself from the cockpit, but his navigator F/O Bernard B. Wicksteed 60434 was trapped in the fuselage and only managed to free himself when the aircraft hit the seabed thirty feet down. They were 7 miles off Portreath and came ashore at dawn and were rescued by a party of civilians and Marines.
10/06/1942 1204hrs de Havilland Tiger Moth N6619 of the Station Flight RAF Portreath crashed on Porthellick Moors, Isles-of-Scilly. The pilot is safe and the aircraft is only slightly damaged.
17/06/1942 1505hrs Miles Magister N3823 of 234 Squadron at RAF Portreath crashed at Bridge, Illogan. The two occupants were killed and the aircraft completely smashed.
18/06/1942 1325hrs Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mark VII Z9161 GE-? Of 58 Sqdn RAF St. Eval had engine failure whilst being diverted due to bad weather and ditched in the sea 3 miles S.W of Bude Police Station. The crew of five were uninjured and rescued by Sgt R.C. Yates and crew in Supermarine Walrus W3026 AQ-N Of 276 Sqdn the aircraft was unable to take off and taxied into Bude.
30/06/1942 1025hrs Hawker Sea Hurricane Mark I Z4847 7-B of 748 Squadron at RNAS St. Merryn crashed in a field at Lamellion Farm 2 miles E.N.E of St. Minver Police house. The aircraft suffered extensive damage but the pilot is only slightly injured.
01/07/1942 1615hrs Vickers Wellington Mark Ic X9637 SJ-V of 21 Operational Training Unit Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire crashed into the sea 2 miles S of Fowey Police Station while on a navigation sortie. The aircraft broke up and caught fire on impact. The crew P/O R.E.C. Elsworth (Pilot); Sgt F.D. Schmeltz RCAF (Navigator); Sgt J.F. Clark (Navigator); Sgt R.E. Thompson (Air Bomber); Sgt G.R. Waters (Wireless Operator); Sgt R. Cunningham (Air Gunner); Sgt G.B. Amery (Air Gunner). Only two bodies were recovered those of Sergeant Schmeltz and Sergeant Clark.
04/07/1942 Lockheed Hudson Mark I V9111 of 1404 Flight at RAF St. Eval flew into high ground near St. Eval in bad visibility.
10/07/1942 Lockheed Hudson Mark I V9174 of 1404 Flight caught fire while refuelling at RAF St. Eval.
10/07/1942 1230hrs Fairey Fulmar X8756 of 887 Squadron Fleet Air Arm at RNAS St. Merryn crashed in a field at Trelossa Farm, Philliegh, 3 miles N.N.W of Porthscatho Police house. The sole occupant is uninjured.
12/07/1942 1214hrs Bristol Beaufighter Mark VIc X7958 crashed in a field on Penhale Farm, Grade Ruan, 1¼ miles E of Mullion Police house. The aircraft suffered extensive fire damage and of the two occupants one was slightly injured.
12/07/1942 Supermarine Spitfire Mark Vb BL313 AZ-? of 234 Squadron based at RAF Portreath suffered engine failure on take-off from RAF Perranporth and hit a dispersal hut. The pilot Sgt W.A. Chisholm was injured.
15/07/1942 Vickers Wellington Mark VIII HX396 WN -J of 172 Sqdn, RAF Chivenor crash-landed at RAF Portreath after sustaining damage in combat with an Arado Ar196 while on Anti-Submarine patrol.
19/07/1942 1040hrs Supermarine Spitfire Mark Vc EN888 PJ-? Of 130 Squadron from RAF Perranporth suffered Flak damage from a ship and attempted to reach RAF Predannack but crashed into the sea 3½ miles S.E of St. Keverne Police house. The aircraft sank but the pilot was rescued.
21/07/1942 1450hrs Lockheed Hudson Mark III T9460 of 1404 (Met) Flight crashed into the cliffs at Port Quinn, 1¾ miles from Port Isaac Police house. The four occupants were killed and the aircraft completely wrecked.
21/07/1942 1530hrs North American Mustang Mark I AG540 was on a low level navigation flight, partly over the sea in foggy conditions, crashed in a field 100 yards inland on the side of a hill at Gurnards Head, Zennor, 4 miles N.E of Boscaswell Police house. The aircraft was wrecked and the pilot F/Lt J. McGrath was killed.
23/07/1942 1530hrs Miles Magister R1976 from RAF Perranporth crashed in a field at Bush’s Farm, Redruth.
24/07/1942 0855hrs Bristol Beaufort Mark II AW288 from RAF Portreath crashed at Rosgrogga Chapel, Camborne.
28/07/1942 1620hrs North American Mustang Mark I AG478 XV-? Of 2 Squadron based at RAF Sawbridgeworth crashed at Castle-an-Dinas, Madron, 2½ miles N of Chyandour Police Station. The aircraft was completely smashed and P/O B.E. Hawes was killed.
30/07/1942 1430hrs Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mark VII Z9192 YG-? 502 Sqdn from RAF St. Eval crashed in a field at Merlin Farm, St. Mawgan, 1½ miles from St.Mawgan Police house. The aircraft is completely burnt-out and the crew of six and two RAF passengers killed.
01/08/1942 1555hrs Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mark V Z6723 JL-? of 10 Operational Training Unit detachment at RAF St. Eval overshot on landing and the undercarriage collapsed.
03/08/1942 1520hrs Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mark VII Z9190 YG-B of 502 Sqdn at St. Eval crashed on Hayle Beach, 1 mile N.W of Hayle Police Station. The aircraft was extensively damaged and of the crew of six, two are seriously injured; one slightly injured and the remaining three are safe.
04/08/1942 1250hrs Supermarine Spitfire Mark Ia X4551 of 53 Operational Training Unit force-landed in a field at Tregarrick Farm, St. Tudy, 1¼ miles N.W of St. Breward Police house. There was damage to the undercarriage and propeller the pilot was slightly injured.
04/08/1942 1415hrs Fairey Fulmar N4078 of 887 Squadron at RNAS St. Merryn crashed in a field at Trevinnick Farm, 2 miles N.W of St. Kew Highway Police house. The aircraft was extensively damaged.
06/08/1942 1930hrs two High Explosive bombs are dropped at St. Breward, 100 yards from St. Breward Police house. The Sunday school used as a rest centre was demolished, 30 other houses slightly damaged including the Police house. Telephone wires and water main affected, services informed, water main affected the whole water supply in Bodmin town. One person is seriously injured (boy of 9 years dead), and two slightly injured.
06/08/1942 During a raid on Truro the Luftwaffe drop a bomb on the Royal Cornwall Infirmary which killed 683 Flt/O Mary Cecely Polglase Women’s Auxiliary Air Force from RAF Portreath who was being cared for while sick.
19/08/1942 2330hrs Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mark VII Z9524 of 58 Squadron RAF Chivenor, Devon. Ditched in sea between Scillies and Lands End after engine failure.
21/08/1942 2142hrs Bristol Beaufighter Mark VIf X8006 BQ-? Of 600 Squadron Auxiliary Air Force at RAF Predannack crashed into the sea 2 miles N.E of Lizard Police house. The aircraft submerged and the two occupants P/O Yielder and Sgt Peacock are missing presumed drowned.
25/08/1942 1340hrs Supermarine Spitfire Mark Vb AR422 QV-? Of 19 Squadron from RAF Perranporth returning to base in bad weather struck the hill top crashing on wasteland at Cocksbarrow, Carthew, 21/2 miles N.N.W of St.Austell Police Station. The aircraft was completely smashed and P/O I.M. Munday seriously injured.
27/08/1942 Lockheed Hudson Mark III T9438 of 1404 (Met) Flight RAF St. Eval suffered an engine cut and belly-landed at St. Mary’s, Isles of Scilly.
27/08/1942 2117hrs Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mark V Z9133 MH-F of 51 Squadron based at RAF Chivenor, Devon crashed after engine failure on return from an Anti-Submarine Patrol at Eastern Green Beach, Long Rock, near St. Michael’s Mount, 1 mile E of Chyandour Police Station. The six occupants were uninjured; the aircraft has damage to the undercarriage and was also covered by the high tide.
28/08/1942 de Havilland Queen Bee L7748 of No. 1 Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit based at Cleave crashed on landing.
29/08/1942 1145hrs Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mark V Z9228 MH-? of 51 Squadron RAF Chivenor, Devon. Swung on take off and undercarriage collapsed.
02/09/1942 1335hrs Supermarine Spitfire Mark Vb AB178 PJ-N of 130 Squadron from RAF Perranporth crashed in a field at Rosewarne Farm, Camborne. The aircraft’s propeller and undercarriage were damaged and the pilot Sgt S.O. Appleby was slightly injured.
03/09/1942 1215hrs Miles Magister P6353 from RAF Scorton, Yorkshire landed in a field at Tregongon Farm, Ruan Highlanes, 1½ miles N.W of Veryan Police Station. The aircraft was undamaged and the pilot safe.
05/09/1942 2225hrs Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mark V Z6481 JL-? of 10 Operational Training Unit detachment RAF St. Eval returned from an Anti-Submarine Patrol but undershot the runway and crashed at Higher Denzell Farm, 2 miles N.N.E of St. Mawgan Police Station. The aircraft was badly damaged and five out of the six crew were injured they are; P/O D.F.S. Bertera; F/O N.S. Grant; Sgt B.A. Stoker; Sgt W.G. Fewell and Sgt L.H.H. Stipt.
08/09/1942 2145hrs Lockheed Hudson Mark III V8987 OS-Y of 279 Sqdn detachment RAF St. Eval crashed in a field at Trevillidor Farm, St. Eval 1¾ miles N.E of St. Mawgan Police House. The aircraft was completely burnt out and the four occupants Sgt Garrard, Sgt Redhead, Sgt Schulty and Sgt Logan have been killed.
12/09/1942 1300hrs Supermarine Spitfire Mark V crash-landed at Feock a ¼ mile N of Feock Post Office. The aircraft was not seriously damaged and the pilot was uninjured.
16/09/1942 Vickers Wellington BM661 of No. 1 Overseas Aircraft Dispatch Unit at RAF Portreath suffered an engine fire on route to Gibraltar and ditched 15 miles Southwest of the Isles of Scilly.
17/09/1942 2100hrs Lockheed Hudson Mark III AM792 MK-? of 500 Squadron RAF St. Eval crashed at New Down, St. Mellion 1½ miles W of St. Mellion Police House. The aircraft was badly damaged, and of the four occupants two are safe.
18/09/1942 1230hrs Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mark V Z6974 JL-? of 10 Operational Training Unit RAF St. Eval took off on an Air Test but crashed almost immediately with engine failure in a welter of flame. Sgt D.G. Murray RCAF although very seriously injured recovered. F/Sgt W.W. Evans RCAF, Aircraftsman 1st Class R.E.L. Stevens and Aircraftsman 2nd Class G.P. Hunter were killed.
19/09/1942 1640hrs Fairchild Argus EV994 of the Air Transport Auxiliary from No. 2 Ferry Pilots Pool at Whitchurch, Bristol force landed at Suffenton Farm, St. Teath 4 miles S.S.W of Camelford Police Station. The aircraft is intact and the pilot safe. The pilot has informed Bristol, RAF St. Eval and RNAS St. Merryn.
20/09/1942 Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mark V G-AGDY of BOAC (formerly BD386) was damaged at RAF Portreath.
24/09/1942 1300hrs Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mark V Z9425 MH-E of 51 Squadron RAF Chivenor, Devon. Crashed 1 mile E of Chelpham viaduct while attempting forced landing after engine failure. 3 killed 2 injured.
26/09/1942 0145hrs Sgt E.S.P. Fox flying a Bristol Beaufighter Mark VIf of 406 Sqdn R.C.A.F based at RAF Predannack claimed a Junkers Ju88 destroyed S.W of the Lizard.
26/09/1942 0215hrs S/L Denis Chetwynd Furse 62320 and his Radar Operator P/O John Haddon Downes 110132 flying Bristol Beaufighter Mark VIf X8226 of 406 Sqdn R C A F based at RAF Predannack. Destroyed a Dornier Do217E Werk Nummer 4349 U5+IH of 1 Staffel KG2 over St. Just the German crew were made Prisoners of War.
27/09/1942 Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mark V AD708 of 10 Operational Training Unit RAF St. Eval returning with engine failure from an Anti-Submarine Patrol. landed at 0745hrs on the short runway and swung out of control and the undercarriage collapsed. as the crew scrambled clear a fire broke out W/O Class II D.H. Thompson RCAF suffered burns. The other crew members Sgt C.N. Ellis; Sgt A.T. Wall; P/O H.S. Smith; Sgt D. Thomas and Sgt E. Campell are safe.
29/09/1942 1830hrs Vickers Wellington HF921 M of 311 Czechoslovakian Squadron based at Talbenny, Wales ditched10 miles S of Lands End. S/L J. Sejbl (Pilot); Flight Sgt V. Kubalik (Pilot); F/O K. Slama (Pilot) and Sgt J. Bajer (WOp) were rescued suffering from shock and exposure. Sgt J. Stern (Air Gunner) was rescued injured, but P/O P. Friedlander (Air Gunner) is missing.
01/10/1942 RAF Davidstow Moor is taken over by the RAF prior to its being completed. Because every airfield in the South west is required for Operation Torch the landings in North Africa.
08/10/1942 1350hrs Bristol Beaufighter Mark VIc T5141 of 235 Squadron based at RAF Chivenor, Devon was seen to crash into the sea off Pendean Lighthouse, 1½ miles N of Boscaswell Police House. The bodies of two British airmen were brought ashore, papers on the bodies indicate that they had recently been attached to RAF Chivenor, Barnstaple, Devon.
08/10/1942 1645hrs Bristol Beaufighter Mark VIc X8086 crashed at Trythalls School, New Mills, Madron 2½ miles NW of Chyandour Police Station. The aircraft is completely burnt out and the two occupants dead.
12/10/1942 1238hrs Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mark V Z9323 MH-X of 51 Sqdn based at RAF Chivenor, Devon crashed into the sea 1½ miles N.W of The Headlands, Newquay 2½ miles N.W of Newquay Police Station. The aircraft is a total lost the six crewmen when rescued were injured and suffering from shock.
12/10/1942 A large convoy of 98 American vehicles arrives at RAF Davidstow Moor. This is to prepare for operations in connection with Operation Torch.
20/10/1942 1645hrs Miles Master T8612 from RAF Portreath crashed in a field at North Cliffs 2 miles N.W of Camborne Police Station, the two crew were uninjured.
27/10/1942 1920hrs Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mark V Z6959 of 10 Operational Training Unit RAF St. Eval aborted their Anti-Submarine Patrol because of heavy oil consumption which was followed by an engine fire a shortly after. The fire was extinguished but a bearing seized causing the connecting rod to burst through the engine casing. Having reached the coast Sgt A.V. Howarth ordered his crew to bail out. He tried to land the aircraft but crashed out of control 1 mile E of St.Erme, 3 miles N.N.E of Truro. Sgt Howarth was killed.
27/10/1942 2240hrs Handley Page Hampden P5394 of 415 Sqdn RCAF detached to RAF St Eval on returning from a Shipping Strike crashed into the sea off Pentire Point 4 miles N of Padstow Police Station. Due to engine failure & being lost The aircraft sank but the four occupants were rescued one with slight wounds.
28/10/1942 0800hrs Lockheed Hudson Mark III AM717 ZK-D of 24 Squadron RAF Hendon, Middlesex after taking off from RAF Portreath force landed in a field on Cameron Farm, St Agnes 1½ miles S.W of St Agnes Police House. The aircraft was slightly damaged the seven occupants uninjured.
01/11/1942 1905hrs Handley Page Hampden TB Mark I AT193 GX-? Of 415 Sqdn RCAF RAF St. Eval while landing on return from a Shipping Strike hit a lorry and the petrol dump and burnt out. One man was killed and three injured.
03/11/1942 1200hrs Lockheed Hudson Mark III AM646 of 407 Sqdn RCAF RAF St. Eval crashed into the sea 6 miles W of The Headland, Newquay. The aircraft was completely smashed and submerged, the six occupants are all dead three bodies were recovered.
03/11/1942 Lockheed Hudson Mark III AM648 of 407 Squadron RCAF based at RAF St. Eval crashed into a hill near Carew Cheriton, South Wales.
06/11/1942 Lockheed Hudson Mark V AM660 MK-? Of 500 Squadron crashed on take off from Portreath.
06/11/1942 1540hrs Lockheed P-38 Lightning of the 1st FG 27th FS USAAF took off from RAF Portreath on route to North Africa but crashed in a field at Goonbrea Farm, St Agnes 1 mile W of St Agnes Police Station. The aircraft was completely burnt out the pilot suffered a broken leg.
07/11/1942 1350hrs Boulton & Paul Defiant Mark I N3516 AQ-? Of 276 Squadron based at RAF Harrowbeer, Devon. is missing from and A S R search off Dodman Point, Cornwall. The two crewmen are believed killed.
08/11/1942 A B-24D Liberator of the USAAF on landing at RAF Davidstow Moor over ran the runway and became bogged down in soft ground, causing damage to the nose wheel and tailplane. Crew safe. (Thunderbird).
(09-11-42 : Alberts, Warren E. B-24D 41-23686. Crash Landed Davidstow Moor RAF.)
09/11/1942 0523hrs Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mark V Z9439/K 10 Operational Training Unit RAF St. Eval shortly after take off at 0508 hours turned back when the oil temperature on the starboard engine rose alarmingly. Almost immediately Sgt I.M. Morgan had great difficulty in lining up with the runway and crashed 100 yards short of the flarepath. The undercarriage collapsed and the aircraft was written off.
10/11/1942 1640hrs de Havilland Tiger Moth force landed in a field at Pendruffle Farm, Duloe. The two occupants landed for the purpose of putting on more clothing and were uninjured. The aeroplane then took off and landed safely at RAF Predannack.
11/11/1942 1045hrs Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mark V Z6954 of 10 Operational Training Unit RAF St. Eval overshot on landing and the undercarriage collapsed.
13/11/1942 Vickers Wellington Mark III BK280/F of 142 Squadron had a tyre burst on take off from RAF Davidstow Moor, swung off the runway and suffered an undercarriage collapse.
14/11/1942 1830hrs Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mark V Z9484 of 10 Operational Training Unit RAF St. Eval returning from an Anti-Submarine Patrol swung on landing and the undercarriage collapsed.
16/11/1942 Fairey Swordfish Mark I V4709 of 837 Squadron Fleet Air Arm suffered engine failure en-route from RNAS St. Merryn to RNAS Hatston, Kirkwall, Orkney Islands. The aircraft managed to force land at RAF St. Eval without damage.
23/11/1942 1030hrs Hawker Sea Hurricane of 748 Squadron Fighter Pilots Pool from RNAS St. Merryn force landed at Trebyan Farm, Lanhydrock 2½ miles S of Bodmin Police Station. The aircraft was slightly damaged the pilot slightly injured.
25/11/1942 1650hrs Short Sunderland Mark III DV972 of 119 Squadron, Pembroke Dock, South Wales was on a low-level bomb practice in the Bristol Channel. On dropping a stick of depth charges one hit a suspected mine, causing severe damage to the aircraft causing it to ditch in the sea off Trevose Head in the midst of a mine field. The aircraft was a total loss, 9 injured crewmen were recovered by a Royal Navy Supermarine Walrus L2230 of 764 Sqdn from Lawrenny Ferry, Pembrokeshire. The crew of the Walrus managed to pull the nine crewmen aboard despite very rough sea conditions. A second Walrus from the squadron was also on scene, which sent a message that a vessel would be needed to transfer the Sunderland crew to once the first Walrus was out of the minefield. Pinnace P1228 of No. 44 Air Sea Rescue Marine Craft Unit at Padstow set out at 1657hrs and sighted distress flares at 1955hrs. The rescued airmen transferred to the Pinnace which then took the Walrus in tow with its crew still aboard. soon after the seaplane rose up and crashed against the stern of the boat. The two naval crewmen quickly transferred to the launch and the Walrus was sunk by gun fire. The rescue launch arrived back at Padstow at 0215hrs.
26/11/1942 1817hrs Handley Page Halifax Mark II W1094 LQ-B “Admiral Bill” of 405 Vancouver Sqdn RCAF Beaulieu, Hampshire stalled on approach to RAF St. Eval crashed and burnt out
27/11/1942 Vickers Wellington Mark II W5550 of 104 Squadron on delivery to the squadrons base at RAF Luqa, Malta ditched off the Isles of Scilly.
28/11/1942 1115hrs Blackburn Skua Target Tug L2943 of 792 Squadron from RNAS St. Merryn crashed in a field at Roscarrick Farm, St. Endellion 1 mile W of Port Isaac Police Station. The aircraft was extensively damaged but the two occupants were uninjured.
29/11/1942 1600hrs Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mark V EB362 of 10 O.T.U. RAF St. Eval crash landed at base when pilot found he couldn`t unfeather both airscrews, Aircraft caught fire, 2 injured.
01/12/1942 1500hrs Hawker Sea Hurricane of 748 Squadron from RNAS St. Merryn crashed in a field at Treclago Farm 1 mile S of Camelford Police Station. The aircraft was extensively damaged and the pilot slightly injured.
02/12/1942 Supermarine Spitfire Mark Vc EP749 QV-? Of 19 Squadron based at RAF Perranporth flew into a hill in misty conditions at Mary Tavy, Devon. Pilot Officer Wladyslaw Marya Maurycy Ciechanowski 126082 (Poland) was killed.
06/12/1942 0520hrs Bristol Beaufort Mark II DD980 of No. 1 Overseas Aircraft Dispatch Unit RAF Portreath crashed at West Point, Porthtowan Beach. The aircraft was completely smashed. Four occupants two are dead and two missing.
06/12/1942 0528hrs Lockheed Hudson Mark VI FK522 of No. 1 Overseas Aircraft Dispatch Unit RAF Portreath crashed during a night take-off at Sunny Bottom Cliff between Portreath and Porthtowan. The aircraft was completely smashed and the five crewmen were killed. Four other men including 78206 Flight Lieutenant John Chevalier Hardman the Engineering Officer of 1 OADU were killed after scrambling down the cliffs to try and rescue the crew.
07/12/1942 Westland Whirlwind Mark I P6907 of 263 Squadron RAF Warmwell, Dorset was shot down into the sea South West of Jersey.
15/12/1942 de Havilland Queen Bee L5888 of 1618 Flight crashed into the sea off Cleave.
7/12/1942 Avro Lancaster Mark I W4359 DX-? Of 57 Squadron RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire caught fire in the air and crashed on Errisey Farm, Grade Ruan 2¼ miles S.E. of Mullion Police House. The aircraft was completely destroyed as it exploded on impact all the crew were killed.
18/12/1942 de Havilland Queen Bee V4752 of 1618 Flight crashed near Cleave Camp.
18/12/1942 Havilland Mosquito NF Mark II DD605 PS-? Of 264 Squadron overshot and crashed on a single engined landing at RAF Portreath.
18/12/1942 0845hrs Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mark V AD684 JL-H of 10 OTU RAF St. Eval returned to base with a loss of power from the aircraft’s starboard engine. Landing crosswind, on a wet surface, the brakes proved ineffective and the Whitley overshot and hit a bank on the edge of the airfield. The force of the crash injured two members of the crew who were taken to Station Sick Quarters.
22/12/1942 1415hrs Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mark VII Z9367 YG-? of 502 Sqdn RAF St. Eval swung on landing and the undercarriage collapsed.
24/12/1942 1000hrs Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mark V BD261 of 10 out RAF St. Eval ditched off Pedn-men-du Point near Sennen while on Anti-Submarine Patrol due to engine failure. Sgts J.B. Woods and R.J. Simmons RCAF were recovered alive; The bodies of Sgts R.A. Brant and J.F. Bootle were recovered but there is no trace of Sgt A.P.B. Rumsey.
24/12/1942 1830hrs Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mark V AD711 JL-R of 10 OTU RAF St. Eval on return to base in appalling weather conditions. The pilot Sgt F.P. O’Malley saw three white lights through the mist as he made his approach and took these to be flare path indicators. These turned out to be house lights he applied power to go around again but as he pulled back the control column there was a grinding noise and the aircraft crashed at Sea View Farm near the airfield. All members of the crew were injured.
28/12/1942 1720hrs Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mark V Z6669 JL-F of 10 OTU RAF St. Eval returning from an Anti-Submarine Patrol was advised to divert either to Chivenor or Exeter. The Whitley was very low on fuel, after trying Chivenor which was also fogged in Sgt F. Charlton decided his best course of action was to have his crew bale out. After which he tried to make for Davidstow Moor. As he turned onto the approach beacon both engines cut and he crash landed in a field at Coombes Head Farm, Lewannick. On impact the aircraft burst into flames and Sgt Charlton was killed.