Aircraft Type and Background
RAF Hawker Audax / K7471
(Trainer / Reconnaissance)
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
This aircraft crashed while lost. The following report of the
incident was produced by the
Blairgowrie Advertiser of 28 May 1937:
"Aeroplane Accident at Caputh:
RAF Machine hits Electricity Cables:
Two Royal Air Force pilots from Montrose had a double escape from death on Monday [24th] when their aeroplane collided with electric cables and fell into the Tay at Caputh.
The airmen, who were taken to Perth Royal Infirmary, were: Acting Pilot Officer Peter Charles Daniel Eaton, pilot, and Acting Pilot Officer Robert McDonald Hall. Both are 24 years old: both had head and body injuries, Eaton’s hurts including an injury to the spine.
The plane cut clean through
three Grampian electricity supply cables. Each cable carries 11,000
volts, and when impact took place there was a vivid flash of flame.
[Above article provided courtesy of Jim Black]
Aircraft Crew Survivors
Both crew members survived. These were:
Acting P/O Peter Charles Daniel Eaton (24), RAF
Acting P/O Robert McDonald Hall (24), RAF
Crash Site Photos
BELOW: The remains of the Hawker Audax bi-plane after crashing into power lines and coming to rest in the River Tay.
Photo, Courtesy Jim Black
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Hawker Audax K7471
Caputh, Perth and Kinross