Catalogue description Air Ministry and Successors: Civil Aviation Accident Reports (C, W, and S Reports) and Technical Memoranda

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Title: Air Ministry and Successors: Civil Aviation Accident Reports (C, W, and S Reports) and Technical Memoranda
Description:

Reports containing brief descriptions of accidents involving civil aircraft; details on the aircraft; names of owners, pilots and passengers, opinions as to the cause of the accidents; and recommendations regarding defective design, etc.

Some of the reports (in pieces 19-25, 27-36 and 39-40) contain photographs of the aircraft accidents, and some reports (in pieces 20-21, 25, 27 and 31) contain maps of the accident areas.

Date: 1919-1976
Arrangement:

Chronological.

Reports 1919 to 1936 - were designated C (pieces 1-18);

Reports 1937 to 1949 - W (pieces 19-30); and

Reports 1950 to 1962 - S (pieces 30-41).

Separated material:

Few of the investigation reports of accidents survive for the period between February to December 1944 although information may sometimes be found in the Air Ministry correspondence in AIR 2:

AIR 2

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Creator:

Air Ministry, Accidents Branch, 1918-1945

Board of Trade, Accidents Investigation Branch, 1967-1970

Department of Trade and Industry, Accidents Investigation Branch, 1970-1974

Department of Trade, Accidents Investigation Branch, 1974-1983

Ministry of Aviation, Accidents Investigation Branch, 1959-1967

Ministry of Civil Aviation, Accidents Investigation Branch, 1946-1953

Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation, Accidents Investigation Branch, 1953-1959

Physical description: 45 file(s)
Access conditions: Subject to 30 year closure
Immediate source of acquisition:

from 1965 Air Ministry

Accruals: Series is accruing
Administrative / biographical background:

The Air Ministry was responsible for the investigation of air accidents between 1918 and 1945, when this responsibility was transferred to the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

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