SHEFFIELD AIRCRAFT CRASHES WORLD WAR 2 - 1939 - 1945

When I was researching the events surrounding the destruction and the loss of life at the Marples public house in Sheffield 12th December I came across a newspaper report that stated that two German bombers had been shot down in the raid. In hindsight the report proved to be a combination of both censorship and propaganda - no German planes were shot down over Sheffield that night or any other night for that matter.

Sadly the only planes to have crashed in Sheffield during the war were allied planes. In total, eleven aircraft crashed or made forced landings in Sheffield during the war period. There were no injuries to civilians, but fourteen crew members were killed and four injured.

Name: RANSON, JEFFERY BOHUN
Initials: J B
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Pilot Officer (Obs.)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Age: 26
Date of Death: 19/04/1941
Service No: 61957
Additional information: Son of Ernest and Florence Ranson, of East Hanningfield, Essex.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. H. Grave 994.
Cemetery: SHEFFIELD (CITY ROAD) CEMETERY

The five other aircraft that came down were undamaged, and four were able to take off under their own power. The dates and places were:

October 30th, 1940, Greenhill Hall Farm;

November 23rd, 1941, Longley Park;

July 8th, 1943, Concord Park; - ironically it was another Hampden bomber but fortunately this time it was just  precautionary landing. It flew off some days later

November 8th, 1943, Old Norton aerodrome; RAF Norton was No. 16 Balloon Centre.(Barrage Balloons).The centre comprised of three Squadrons.
939 (West Riding),940 (West Riding) and 941 (West Riding). Each squadron had three flights comprising 8 balloons each. It was not a conventional RAF station with runways etc

February 18th, 1944, Norton aerodrome .

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