Hurricane AG264 + AG275

Brim Fell and Raven Tor, Cumbria













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]


The Mk.I is the Hurricane variant 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 / AG264 and AG275



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


The Hawker Hurricanes involved in this accident were attached to 55 OTU (Operational Training Unit) RAF.


The pilots were trainees. They had been instructed to carry out low level exercises, flying separately from one another. However, in due courseand while over the Coniston Fellsthe paths of the two aircraft merged. One Hurricane crashed at Brim Fell and the other crashed nearby at Raven Tor.


Visibility at the the time was poor, with mist and low cloud over the hills.






Aircraft Pilot Casualties


The pilots who lost their lives in this accident were:


In Hurricane AG264:


In Hurricane AG275:


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






Crash Site Photos


NOTE: Some of the wreckage shown here may have been removed from the crash site since these photos were taken.



BELOW: Wreckage from one of the two crashed Hawker Hurricanes (AG264 and AG275)


One aircraft crashed at Brim Fell and the second aircraft crashed slightly further NE at Raven Tor, near Levers Water (Resr.)


some of the remaining wreckage from one of the two crashed hurricanes


Photo: © 2013 Gary Nelson



BELOW: One of the larger sections of remaining wreckage.


larger section of wreckage from Hurricane


Photo: © 2013 Gary Nelson



BELOW: An overview of the wreckage at the crash site.


overview of wreckage at the crash site


Photo: © 2013 Gary Nelson






















Crash Date / Site


Country: England


national flag of England



Accident Date: 23 Apr 1943


Accident Sites:

Brim Fell and Raven Tor, Coniston Fells.


Region: Cumbria (Lake District)


Nearest town or village:

Coniston [MRT]


OS Grid Ref N/A


GPS Ref. N/A


Present Condition: Most  wreckage has been removed, but some may still be found onsite.




Aircraft Details



Registration or Serials:  AG264 and AG275


Operator: RAF (55 OTU) (location dates)


Operating Station: RAF Annan.


Station Location: Annan, Dumfriesshire (now, Dumfries and Galloway).


Current Station Status:

Closed 1944. (Later, the site for Chapelcross nuclear power stationsince decom-missioned.)





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