Hawker Hurricane LD564

Loch Doon, Dumfries and Galloway

 
     
 
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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

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Crash Date / Site

 

 

Accident Date: 18 Mar 1944

 

Accident Site:

Loch Doon

(forest firebreak near Loch)

 

Region: Dumfries and Galloway

 

Nearest town or village:

Dalmellington

 

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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