Hawker Audax K7473

Cairn o' Mount, Aberdeenshire













Aircraft Type Photo


BELOW: A Hawker Audax bi-plane.


A Hawker Audax bi-plane


Photo: [author unknown.]
 Adel Hafez with his Hawker Audax (Hart variant)


Public domain. Copyright expired.






Aircraft Type and Background


RAF Hawker Audax / K7473





Based largely on the Hawker Hart, which it resembled, the Hawker Audax  was produced between 1931 and 1937. The aircraft was intended as a trainer / observation aircraft / light bomber.


The Audax was equipped with a Rolls-Royce Kestrel 1B engine, and had a maximum speed of 170mph. For armaments, it was equipped with two .303 machine guns--one forward and one aft. I could also carry four 20lb bombs.


The Audax saw service with the RAF and also with the Royal Navy (Fleet Air Arm), and was used by the RAF in countries such as India and Africa.






Aircraft Accident Details


At the moment, no details on the cause of this incident are available. However, Audax K7473 was on a training flight from RAF Montrose when it crashed at Cairn o' Mount near the B974 road in Aberdeenshire.






Aircraft Pilot Casualty


The pilot who died in this incident was:


  • Sgt. Stanley Joseph Hay (30), Pilot, RAF (Auxiliary Air Force). (Buried, Hastings Cemetery, Sussex.)


[This information was kindly provided by Alan Leishman.]



(Please click on the hyperlinked name above for further details at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's website.)






Crash Site Photos


BELOW: Location of Hawker Audax crash site at Cairn o' Mount.


location of crash site on cairn 'o mount and showing surrounding hills


Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel



BELOW: Wing sections, tubular steel struts / spars and other wreckage from the Hawker Audax bi-plane.


Apparently, the wreckage was collected and piled into this heap, making it difficult to positively identify individual parts or sections.


wing sections, struts and other wreckage from the hawker audax bi-plane


Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel



BELOW: Another view of the above wreckage.


At least some of the tubular components here are the bi-plane's wing bracing struts.


another view of the above wreckage


Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel



BELOW: A closer view showing the wing struts and / or wing spars.


closer view showing wing struts and/or spars


Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel







Earlier Accident (1936)



This was not the first time that Hawker Audax K7473 had come to grief. Four years earlier, in 1936, it had crashed near Montrose during an attempted forced landing—as the following photograph shows:


audax crash near montrose in 1936.


The caption underneath the photo reads: PLANE SMASH NEAR MONTROSE—This aeroplane from Montrose made a forced landing in the fog near Upper Dysart, where the first aerodrome was established before the war [1914-18 war]. The machine catapulted over the road and came to rest on the bank.



[Above newspaper photo kindly made available by Alan Thomson.]





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Crash Date / Site



Accident Date: 5 Feb 1940


Accident Site:

Cairn o' Mount [map] (off B974)


Region: Aberdeenshire


Nearest town or village: Clatterin' Brig [map]  or Fettercairn [map]


Nearest large towns:

Banchory (N) [map],  Stonehaven (E) or Brechin (S)


OS Grid Ref. N/A


GPS Ref: N/A


Present Condition: Some wreckage may still remain at the crash site.



Other air crash sites in this vicinity:


1) RAF Airspeed AS10 Oxford crash at Meluncart.


2) RAF Miles Master T8684 crash at Hill of Edendocher (by Cairn of Finglenny), in 1941.


3) RAF Hawker Audax K7376 crash at Hill of Edendocher in 1939.

 (The last aircraft  listed lies about 1km from the Miles Master aircraft above, and is a different Hawker Audax from the one that crashed at Cairn o' Mount.)





Aircraft Details



Registration or Serial: K7473


Operator: RAF (No 8 Flying Training School, Montrose)


Operating Station: RAF Montrose


Station Location: Montrose, Angus, Scotland.


Current Station Status: Military Airport closed . Now, an RAF Heritage Centre.


Current Station Name: Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre




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