Aircraft Type Photo
This is the same Mark as the Hurricane featured on this page.
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.)
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:
(Please click on the hyperlinked name above for further details at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's website.)
Crash Date / Site
Accident Date: 7 Mar 1943
Region: Perth and Kinross
Nearest town or village:
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.
RAF, RN and Related Links
Hawker Hurricane Links
Hawker Hurricanes in the UK at MilitaryAirshows.co.uk (includes Merlin engine sounds)
Hill Walking Links
(Hillwalking and Mountaineering)
Hillwalking (The Scottish Mountaineering Club)
Hillwalking.org.uk (Equipment, etc.)
Mountain Guides (Routes, maps, advice and guidance compiled by Steven Fallon)
OutdoorScotland.co.uk (Directory of Clubs, Associations, and Mountain Rescue Teams)
WalkingScotland (The official Walking site of Scotland's national tourism organisation)
Emergency Services Link
If you cannot make voice calls, you can now contact the 999 emergency services by SMS text from your mobile phone.
Loch Leven, Perth and Kinross