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Airspeed Oxford AP468, assigned to 5th Service Squadron, 1st Service Group, 8AF USAAF. Take Off Accident Engine Failure Debden/Sta 356 Cat 5 damage, pilot Lt Thomas H Warth, 23-Jul-44. Taxied out for takeoff, checked both engines and they checked OK on both normal and rich mixture. The pilot started down the runway but before he could become airborne, the right engine faltered and then cut-out completely. The plane swerved to the right, the pilot attempted to stop by the use of brakes but the speed was too great. In order to avoid a collision with a parked aircraft, the pilot brought the plane to a stop in a clump of trees, causing serious damage to the aircraft. Failure of the power plant is responsible for the accident. The pilot was not injured by the crash.



  • Lawrence Dissette

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 355th Fighter Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) P-51 44-14644 'Damn Yank III' Crashed near Straubing. ...


  • Steeple Morden

    Military site : airfield
    Originally used from 1940 as a small, grass airfield, satellite for nearby RAF Bassingbourn, Steeple Morden was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in August 1942 as a potential bomber base. It was used briefly by the 3rd Photographic Group during the...


Event Location Date
Assigned Steeple Morden, Royston, Cambridgeshire SG8, UK 6 June 1944

Landing accident Steeple Morden/Sta 122 Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Lawrence J Dissette, 6-Jun-44.

5SrS 1SrG 8AF

Crashed Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 23 July 1944

Take Off Accident Engine Failure Debden/Sta 356 Cat 5 damage, pilot Lt Thomas H Warth, 23-Jul-44.

5SrS 1SrG 8AF

Struck Off Charge SOC Steeple Morden, Royston, Cambridgeshire SG8, UK 25 July 1944

Struck Off Charge

Manufactured Christchurch, Dorset, UK

Built at Airspeed.

Delivered England, UK

Delivered to RAF MU.


Date Contributor Update
08 February 2016 09:59:50 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and media associations