December 1939 reported civil accidents

This accident list is the result of many years work, noting accidents reported in various sources. The accidents may be anything from a forced-landing to a total write off. It includes some non WWII related military accidents. I make no claims as to the accuracy of any item, but these notes may help if you wish to follow up any report. Any additions or corrections to this list would be welcome. You can email me at (or just click on this link)

A "?" in any column indicates that there is a definite doubt in my mind

Where no Registration is known, the nationality prefix is shown. Where a military aircraft is involved, serials are given where known, otherwise the nationality is followed by "-mil". A serial with no prefix indicates a RAF aircraft.

The Type is as reported, remember that many British newspapers described any light aircraft as a "Moth"

The Location may be some distance from the accident site, particularly in more remote parts of the world. The country is assumed to be that of the registration, unless otherwise shown. State or province abbreviations are those normally used. Country names are those that existed at the time, e.g., Karachi would be in India, not Pakistan. Storm damage is generally described as "gale"

The Notes column gives alternate dates where sources differ, occasionally aircraft or pilot's names and British previous identities if I feel that this may be useful

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Date Registration Type Place Notes
Dec 1939 NC14992 Lockheed 10 ground Shreveport, LA
Dec 1939 NC20768 Beech 17 unknown March 12 1940 ?
2 Dec USCG Rockport, MA
3 Dec Nxx Sharon Springs, KS
4 Dec I- Gross Arber, Germany  Ala Littoria
4 Dec RCAF 665 Fairchild 71 ground Camp Borden
7 Dec G-ACKU DH 84 Little Hungerford
7 Dec G-AFMA DH 89 Aboyne
8 Dec OO-mil Flanders
9 Dec G-AFTF DH 90 Shoreham 19th also reported
9 Dec Nxx Sikorski VS-300 Stratford, CO
9 Dec Nxx coll East St Louis, IL
10 Dec VH-UHQ DH 60 Wagga Wagga, NSW
11 Dec PK-SAI Walraven W.4 unknown
11 Dec P1267 Hampden Horsendean Manor
12 Dec 38-572 Goose unknown
13 Dec G-ACKB DH 84 ground unknown
14 Dec G-ADCT DH 84 Inverness Febuary 14 1940 ?
14 Dec Nxx Luscombe Jamaica Bay, NY
14 Dec PP- Ponte Nova
14 Dec K4387 Audax Penrhos
14 Dec NZ153 Baffin off Island Bay ex S1558
15 Dec G-ADSU Ensign Leamington Spa
17 Dec G-ADTU Avro Cadet Hamble
17 Dec G-CAFU Fokker Universal Fort St John, BC
17 Dec Nxx Baltimore, MD
18 Dec G-ADOG DH 82 dam in flt (11 EFTS)
18 Dec EC- Ju 52 Straits of Gibraltar
18 Dec VH-UXI L.10 Electra near Darwin, NT
18 Dec VH- N4887 Anson Richmond, NSW
19 Dec EI-mil 43 Anson unknown
20 Dec G-ACJT DH 84 Weston-super-Mare not 19.12
20 Dec VH- A4-17 Anson Pate River, Tas
21 Dec G-AFYU Lockheed 14 off Sicily 19.12 also reported
21 Dec Nxx 4 aircraft Moline, IL date reported
21 Dec 32-326 Douglas O-38B Long Beach, CA
23 Dec VP-K K-27 DH 82 Karen, Nairobi
24 Dec I- SM.83 Morocco 25th also reported
25 Dec CR-AAP Zlin XII Furamango
25 Dec Nxx Culver City, CA
27 Dec USAAC ? Huntsville, AL
30 Dec CF- Kingsmere Lake, Sask