Hurricane V6786

Loch Leven, Perth and Kinross

 
     
 
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Aircraft Type Photo

 

BELOW: Hawker Hurricane Mk.I, RAF serial R4118, squadron code UP-W, UK civil registration G-HUPW, at the Royal International Air Tattoo, Fairford, Gloucestershire, England. [Wikipedia]

 

This is the same Mark as the Hurricane featured on this page.

 

Hawker Hurricane Mk.I in fliight

 

Photo: 2008 Arpingstone

 

Photographed by Adrian Pingstone in July 2008 and placed in the public domain.

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Type and Background

 

RAF Hawker Hurricane Mk.I / V6786

 


 

Aircraft Type Nickname: "Hurry"; "Flying Tin Openers"; "Flying Can Openers" (later versions).

 

 

A military single-seat interceptor / fighter / bomber flown by the Royal Air Force. The Hurricane was designed by Sydney Camm and built mainly by Hawker Aircraft Ltd.

 

The Hawker Hurricane was equipped with 1 Rolls Royce liquid-cooled Merlin III 12-cylinder power plant. Later versions had Merlin XX, XXI or XXII power plants.

 

 

BELOW: A Rolls-Royce Merlin engine similar to the type used in the Hurricane featured here, and used also in Spitfire and other aircraft. (Click for larger image.)

 

a rolls-royce merlin engine similar to the type used in the hurricane and other aircraft

 

Photo: 2006. Released to the public domain under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.

 

 

The Hurricane fighter-bomber was armed with eight .303 inch Browning machine guns mounted on the wings. The Mark IV version also carried 2 x 250lb or 500lb bombs or fragmentation bombs. Some Hurricane Mark IVs were equipped with rocket projectiles,100m).

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Accident Details

 

Hawker Hurricane V6786 was on a training exercise when the pilot engaged in unauthorised low flying manoeuvres. During these manoeuvres, the Hurricane's wing struck the surface of Loch Leven causing the aircraft to crash. The Hurricane sank quickly after impacting the water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Pilot Casualty

 

The pilot who lost his life in this accident was:

 

  • Sub Lt (A) Winston Vernon Stark (20), RNZNVR, (HMS Jackdaw / FAA).
    (Buried, Section B, Grave 370, Murie Cemetery, Errol, Perth and Kinross.)

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Crash Site Photos

 

 

At the moment, there are no crash site photos for this aircraft.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Crash Date / Site

 

 

Accident Date: 7 Mar 1943

 

Accident Site:

Loch Leven.

 

Region: Perth and Kinross

 

Nearest town or village:

Kinross

 

OS Grid Ref N/A

 

GPS Ref. N/A

 

Present Condition: Underwater. Wreckage still at this location.

 

NOTE 1: One of the the two Hurricanes that crashed in Loch Leven was subsequently recovered; being dragged from the loch by tractor. During recovery, the windscreen became detached. It was to be found later near the recovery site, just south of the mouth of the South Quiech river.

 

NOTE 2: There is a memorial note attached to the Pier on the point. The second aircraft was never recovered.

 

NOTE 3: This is a National Nature Reserve and is not accessible for diving without express permission of the Reserve authorities.

 

 


 

 

Other air crash site at this location:

 

RAF Hawker Hurricane V7605 crash into Loch Leven (on a different date).

 

(This may have been the aircraft that was subsequently recovered.)

 

 

Also, Air Sea Rescue Launches sunk at this location:

 

(1) Converted MTB lying in 40ft of water off Green Isle North of Castle Isle.

 

(2) Converted MTB lying in unspecified location in the Loch.

 

 

 

Aircraft Details

 

 

Registration or Serial:  V6786

 

Operator: RAF (9 (P)AFU / Pilot Advanced Flying Unit.)

 

Operating Station:

RAF Errol.

 

Station Location:

Errol, Perth and Kinross

 

Current Station Status:

Closed and derelict.

 

 

 

 

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