Crash of a Douglas DB-7 Boston III in RAF Locking: 8 killed

Date & Time: Nov 22, 1946
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
AL467
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Gosport - Locking
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
8
Circumstances:
On final approach to RAF Locking, while on a flight from Gosport, the aircraft was too low and hit with its left main gear a double-decker bus carrying 22 RAF Airmen. The left main gear was sheared off, the pilot continued the approach and was able to land. On touchdown, the aircraft skidded on runway and came to rest. All four occupants were unhurt while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair. The bus was destroyed and eight crew were killed while 14 others were seriously injured. For unknown reason, the pilot was performing a too low approach and did not realized the presence of the bus.

Crash of a Douglas DB-7 Boston off Saint-Marcouf Islands: 3 killed

Date & Time: Jun 6, 1944 at 0610 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
BZ213
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
Three French crew members took place on board this RAF Boston on behalf of the 342th Squadron of the Free French Forces of the Groupe Lorraine. With 11 other similar airplanes, the Boston was engaged in a flare smoke dispersion to hide the ships. While approaching the coast, the airplane was shot down by German antiaircraft fire and crashed into the sea off Utah Beach. The aircraft was lost and all three crew members were killed.
Crew:
Sgt Roger Boissieux, pilot,
1st Lt Bernard Canut, navigator,
Sgt Jean-François Henson.
Probable cause:
Shot down by enemy fire.

Crash of a Douglas DB-7 Boston IIIA in Eagle House School: 4 killed

Date & Time: Jan 4, 1944
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
BZ387
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Hartford Bridge - Hartford Bridge
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
Crew was returning to RAF Hartford Bridge following a bombing mission over north of France. On final approach, an engine failed and pilot lost control of the aircraft that crashed in Eagle House School, some 4 km northeast of the airbase. Three locals, among them an off-duty airman, attempted to help the crew when the aircraft exploded. All four crewmen and one rescuer were killed while both other rescuers were injured.
Crew:
Arthur G. Truxler, pilot,
Donald H. Skipp, pilot,
Albert John Naisbit, air gunner,
Brian Alphonsus McConnell, air gunner.
Probable cause:
Engine failure.

Crash of a Douglas DB-7 Boston III in RAF Portreath: 2 killed

Date & Time: Dec 29, 1943 at 0845 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
W8370
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
Crashed shortly after take off from RAF Portreath for unknown reason. Two crew members were killed while two others were seriously injured.

Crash of a Douglas DB-7 Boston IIIA in Lille

Date & Time: Jul 26, 1943
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
BZ399
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Swanton Morlay - Swanton Morlay
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Following an uneventful supply mission over Courtrai, Belgium, the twin engine aircraft was returning to its base in Swanton Morlay, when the crew encountered engine problems and was forced to divert to Lille Airport. The crew completed a belly landing and the aircraft was damaged beyond repair while all four crew members were uninjured.
Crew (88th Squadron):
F/O J. B. Wilson,
P/O W. T. MacDonald,
F/L F. J. G. Patridge,
Sgt. T. Hunt.
Probable cause:
Both engine should be cut by the crew for unknown reason.

Crash of a Douglas DB-7B Boston III near Orléans: 3 killed

Date & Time: Jun 24, 1943
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
W8394
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
Crashed in unknown circumstances near Orléans while on a surveillance mission. All three crew members were killed.
Crew (418th Squadron):
F/O D. A. Carmichael,
P/O D. Q. Findlay,
W/O J. W. Robertson.

Crash of a Douglas DB-7B Boston III in Lage Donk: 2 killed

Date & Time: Feb 11, 1943
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
W8302
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
West Raynham - West Raynham
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft left RAF West Raynham on a bombing mission to Roosendaal. While approaching the target, the aircraft was shot down by the German Flak. All four crew members were able to bail out while the aircraft crashed in a field and was destroyed. Two crew were killed while two others were injured and taken PoW.
Crew:
Sgt W. E.Burns, †
Sgt W. A. Brown, †
Sgt C. A. Mcnair,
Sgt D. J. Searle.
Probable cause:
Shot down by the German Flak.

Crash of a Douglas DB-7 Boston III in France

Date & Time: Jun 28, 1942
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
AL459
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Ford - Ford
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The crew was returning to the RAF Ford in West Sussex following the attack of a German airbase located near Évreux, France. Following an uneventful mission, the crew was returning to his base when he lost control of the aircraft that crashed in an open field located in the north part of France. While all three occupants were slightly injured, the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Crew (23th Squadron):
P/O R. R. Coventry,
Sgt R. R. Gunning,
Sgt W. N. Barlow.

Crash of a Douglas DB-7 Boston IIIA in Raversijde: 1 killed

Date & Time: Apr 27, 1942
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
Z2249
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Swanton Morley - Swanton Morley
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
While overflying Belgium, the twin engine aircraft was hit by Flak. The captain decided to make an emergency landing and the aircraft belly landed and came to rest in flames in a prairie located in Raversijde, near Ostend. A crew member was killed while both other occupants were injured.
Crew (226th Squadron):
F/O W. A. Keech,
Sgt W. Phillips,
Sgt D. Handford. †
Source & photo: http://www.sbap.be/foreign/foreign01.htm
Probable cause:
Shot down by the Flak.