Aircraft Type and Background
RAF Hawker Hurricane / LF207
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.
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
NOTE: The accident details for this aircraft and also for Hurricane LF160 which crashed at Hyne on the Isle of Coll have much in common, as both aircraft were part of the same training exercise.
The Hawker Hurricane featured here was attached to 516 Squadron, 26 Group Bomber Command, then operating out of RAF Connel near Oban on the west coast of Scotland. This aircraft was flown by Flt Lt A. J. Woodgate (R.N.Z.A.F).
Together with two other Hurricanes, the pilot took off on a low-flying training exercise scheduled to take place just off Ardnamurchan Peninsula, NE of Tobermory on the Isle of Mull. However, after completing the exercise and while beginning their flight back to RAF Connel, the pilots encountered heavy cloud and mist.
In an attempt to find the nearest suitable landing area, the three aircraft separated. Sadly, Flt Lt Woodgate failed to find a safe landing place, crashing on the side of Beinn na Seilg near Kilchoan on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula. One of his colleagues, flying Hurricane LF106, crashed a few kilometres away at Hyne on the Isle of Coll. The third pilot crash-landed his Hurricane at Carse Farm, Stirling, and escaped from the accident.
Aircraft Pilot Casualty
The pilot who died at Beinn na Seilg, Kilchoan, was:
Flt Lt Woodgate was laid to rest at Troon Cemetery, Ayrshire.
A granite boulder overlooking this site and the crash site on the Isle of Coll bears a plaque dedicated to the memory of these pilots.
For a more comprehensive account of this accident, please see Phillip Jones' entry at Combined Operations website, under 516 Squadron.
Crash Site Photos
BELOW: The memorial cairn to Flt Lt Woodgate, located near the site where Hurricane LF207 crashed on the Isle of Coll. The small piece of wreckage on top of the cairn is one of the few remaining parts of this aircraft.
A short distance to the west of this cairn, and overlooking the second 516 Sqn Hurricane crash site on the Isle of Coll, a memorial plaque can be found, inscribed with the names of both pilots who died in these accidents.
Photo: © 2008 Steve White
BELOW: A small piece of wreckage protrudes upward from the rocks in the foreground.
Photo: © 2008 Steve White
BELOW: Small pitted fragments of aluminium lie almost completely camouflaged among the rocks. One piece is in the exact centre of this photo. The size of these fragments can be assessed by the size of the walking pole lying nearby.
Photo: © 2008 Steve White
At the moment, there are no additional crash site photos in the Photo Gallery.
Crash Date / Site
Accident Date: 6 Feb 1944
Beinn na Seilg (344m)
(near Ghleamn Locha / West Ardnamurchan)
Region: Highland (Ardnamurchan)
Nearest town or village:
Nearest large town:
Fort William (NE) (mainland) or Tobermory (S) by ferry to Isle of Mull.
OS Grid Ref. N/A
GPS Ref. NM 46484 63783
Present Condition: Little wreckage left onsite. Memorial has been built up as an extended cairn. [S. White]
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Hawker Hurricane LF207
Beinn na Seilg, Kilchoan, Highland