Hawker Hurricane LD564

Loch Doon, Dumfries and Galloway













Aircraft Type Photo


BELOW: Hawker Hurricane Mark IV KZ321 (The Fighter Collection)


hawker hurricane mk IV KZ321 - the Fighter Collection


Photo: 2005 'Kogo' (own work). Released by the author to the public domain under GNU Free Documentation License






Aircraft Type and Background


RAF Hawker Hurricane Mk IV / LD564



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


The fighter-bomber aircraft featured here was a Hurricane Mk. IV attached to 439 (Tiger) Squadron RCAF. At the time of the accident, it was being piloted by F/O R. M. MacTavish, who came from Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada.


Little is known about the cause of this accident. The aircraft had been on a navigational training exercise (NAVEX) from RAF Ayr (Heathfield) and was flying at 3,300ft. However, witnesses on the ground saw the aircraft descend through the clouds in a steep nose-down attitude.


For a short time, the Hurricane was obscured from view. Ultimately, however, the fighter was found to have crashed into the forest close to Loch Doon, killing the pilot.






Aircraft Pilot Casualty


The pilot who lost his life in this accident was:

F/O MacTavish was buried at Ayr Cemetery, Ayrshire, Scotland; Grave Sec R. 1931; Div Grave 2721






Crash Site Photos (Page 1-A)


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 1.2



BELOW: The Rolls-Royce Merlin engine from the Hurricane at Loch Doon (viewed from the rear).


rolls-royce merlin engine from hurricane at loch doon


Photo: © 2012 Gary Nelson



(NOTE: Photos showing the location of the crash site from a distance follow on Page 1-B.)



BELOW: Close-up of part of the supercharger two speed driving gear on the rear of the engine.


close-up of propeller gear assembly


Photo: © 2012 Gary Nelson



BELOW: Another view of the Merlin engine.


the engine viewed fro the other side


Photo: © 2012 Gary Nelson



BELOW:  More engine wreckage from the Hurricane.


more engine wreckage


Photo: © 2012 Gary Nelson



BELOW: A closer view of some of the remaining wreckage.


wreckage within the cordoned off area


Photo: © 2012 Gary Nelson



For more (larger) photos from this collection,

 see Page 1-B




BELOW: Photo showing the Vee-shaped cylinder arrangement used for the Merlin engine.


merlin engine from hawker hurricane


Photo: 2013 Neil Daniel



BELOW: A pile of assorted debris from the Hawker Hurricane. This wreckage appears to have been heaped together; possibly, by the RAF recovery team.


pile of debris from the hurricane


Photo: 2013 Neil Daniel



BELOW: Unidentified wreckage part.


unidentified wreckage part


Photo: 2013 Neil Daniel



Earlier Photos



remains of merlin engine and other parts near loch doon


ABOVE and BELOW: Remains of the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine and other parts from Hawker Hurricane LD564 at Loch Doon.


other parts of the hurricane's merlin engine


Photos © 2010 Andy McIntyre



BELOW: Remains of the engine / propeller reduction gear and other wreckage.


remains of the engine -  propeller reduction gear


Photo © 2010 Andy McIntyre





















Crash Date / Site



Accident Date: 18 Mar 1944


Accident Site:

Loch Doon

(forest firebreak near Loch)


Region: Dumfries and Galloway


Nearest town or village:



Nearest large towns:

St John's Town of Dalry (SE) or New Galloway (SE)


OS Grid Ref: 49000 92055


GPS Ref. N/A


Present Condition: Various wreckage parts, including Merlin engine, still onsite. Mature trees partially conceal wreckage.


Note: Boots and waterproof gaiters, or Wellington boots, advised during all seasons for this site.



Other air crash site in this vicinity:


RAF Supermarine Spitfire P7540 crash at Loch Doon in 1941.




Aircraft Details



Registration or Serial: LD564


Operator:  Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) (4 Observer Advanced Flying Unit (4 OAFU))


Operating Base: RAF Ayr; 439 (Tiger) Squadron RCAF. (Base included also RAF 44 Grp. Transport; RN HMS Gannett; HMS Wagtail.)


Base Location: Ayr (Heathfield) Aerodrome, Ayr, Scotland.


Current Airport Status: Operational Civil Airport;
National Air Traffic Services (NATS): Scottish Area Control Centre (SACC), Oceanic Area Control Centre (OACC), Military Control, & Engineering..


Current Airport Name:  Glasgow (Prestwick) International Airport (EGPK)





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