Hawker Hurricane W9112

Lowther Hill, Dumfries & Galloway

 
     
 
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Aircraft Type Photo

 

BELOW: Mk.I RAF Hawker Hurricane R4118, with its original markings, on display at Cotswold Airport / Kemble Airport, Gloucestershire, England.

 

Details of this Hurricane's appearances at air shows can be found at Hurricane Display.co.uk

 

hurricane mk i r4118 on display at kemble airfield england

 

Photo: 2006 Adrian Pingstone (Arpingstone). Released by the author to the public domain.

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Type and Background

 

RAF Hawker Hurricane Mk I / W9112

 


 

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. Hurricane W9112 featured on this page was equipped with a Rolls-Royce Merlin Mk III engine.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Accident Details

 

At the time of the accident, Hurricane W9112 was attached to 59 Operational Training Unit (59 OTU), 81 Group.

 

During local flying with 81 Group, the pilot of Hurricane W9112 flew into a hillside at 1,900ft, presumably in bad visibility, at 20.00 hrs [on 21 July 1941]. The exact cause was not known but the pilot had relatives in the area and he was warned not to fly over Ayrshire as the weather over the hills [in that region] was bad.1

 

The accident occurred at Lowther Hill. This is in the vicinity of the present-day NATS Radar Station, and not far from the former lead mining village of Wanlockheadthe highest village in Scotland.

 

Site Access (vehicles):

 

Please note that access from Wanlockhead to the NATS Radar Station on Lowther Hill is by a private road with gates generally closed to all traffic except service vehicles.

 


 

1 Many thanks to Alan Leishman for providing accident and other details.

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Pilot Casualty

 

Sadly, the pilot of this aircraft died in this accident. He was:

Sgt Stevenson was laid to rest at Carlisle (Dalston Road) Cemetery.

 


 

Pilot Photo

 

BELOW: Sgt Pilot George Stevenson, RCAF.

 

Photo of Sgt George Stevenson

 

Photo: Kindly provided by Alan Leishman

 courtesy of Andy Smart

 


 

BELOW: Enlargement of obituary above.

 

obituary notice for George Stevenson

 

 

 

 

 

Crash Site Photos

 

Memorial Photos

 

Recent Photos (October 2012)

 

 

BELOW: The Memorial cross to Sgt Pilot George Stevenson RCAF at Lowther Hill near Wanlockhead.

 

The Canadian flag, which flew at the top of the cross in 2011, is no longer present. (See earlier photos below for image of flag).

 

memorial cross at lowther hill - side view

 

Photo: © 2012 Mike Williams

 


 

BELOW: Front view of Memorial cross.

 

 The maple leaf emblem of Canada is clearly visible on the upper segment of the upright, while a model of the Hurricane aircraft and a poppy affixed to a miniature cross can be seen on the lower segment. The poppy was placed there toward the end of October 2012 by Mr & Mrs Williams, who kindly provided these updated photos.

 

memorial cross at lowther hill - front view

 

Photo: © 2012 Mike Williams

 


 

BELOW: An enlargement of the plaque seen on the cross-piece of the Memorial above.

 

plague enlargement

 

Photo: © 2012 Mike Williams

 

 

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Earlier Photos (2011)

 

BELOW: Memorial cross at Lowther Hill. This memorial is dedicated to Sgt George Stevenson, RCAF, who died when his Hurricane crashed at this location.

 

The Canadian flag flies above the cross, with the maple leaf and a model Hurricane attached to the upright post. A small plaque is attached to the cross-piece (see enlargement below).

 

Memorial cross at Lowther Hill

 

Photo: © 2011 Dave Borland

 


 

BELOW:  A closer view of the memorial cross, showing the maple leaf emblem of Canada and the memorial plaque with a model Hurricane attached below the cross-piece.

 

closer view of memorial cross with plaque

 

Photo: © 2011 Dave Borland

 



BELOW: The above memorial plaque enlarged.

 

The memorial plaque enlarged

 

Photo: © 2011 Dave Borland

 


 

BELOW: Jim Eagles, a member of Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum, holds a piece of wreckage from the Hurricane crash at Lowther Hill.

 

remaining piece of wreckage at lowther hill

 

Photo: © 2010 Alan Leishman

 


 

BELOW: Another view of this piece.

 

Another view of the remaining piece

 

Photo: © 2010 Alan Leishman

 


 

BELOW: The approximate crash site of Hurricane W9112 can be seen labelled at the top-right of  this photo. The former mining village of Wanlockhead lies in the valley below.

 

crash site of hurricane w9112 marked with cross.

 

Photo: © 2009 Andy Smart

 


 

BELOW: Situated at a doorway to Hopetoun Arms Hotel in Leadhills,  this propeller boss was recovered from the crash site of Hurricane W9112.

 

NOTE: Since this photo was taken, the propeller blade was relocated to the Leadhills Miners Library where it is now on display. (Relocation information kindly provided by Ken Ledger.)

 

propeller blade from hurricane w9112

 

Photo: © 2009 Andy Smart

 

 


 

 

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Crash Date / Site

 

 

Accident Date: 21 Jul 1941

 

Accident Site:

Lowther Hill (725m / 2,378ft)

 

(In vicinity of NATS (Air Traffic Control) Radar Station)

 

Region: Dumfries and Galloway

 

Nearest town or village:

Wanlockhead

 

Nearest large town:

Sanquhar (W)

 

OS Grid Ref. 71 / 90-12 (approx.)

 

GPS Ref. Available.

 

Present Condition: Wreckage dragged downhill and removed. Some small parts remained afterward (see photos below), but most of these have now been recovered. Little of interest now remains onsite.

 

 

 

Aircraft Details

 

 

Registration or Serial: W9112

 

Operator:  RAF (59 OTU; 81 Group)

 

Operating Base: Possibly, RAF Crosby-on-Eden airfield. (Base for 59 OTU before transferring to RAF Milfield)

 

Base Location: Carlisle,  Cumberland (Cumbria), England.

 

Current Airport Status: Operational Civil Airport. (light aircraft and Stobart air freight / Eddie Stobart Group)

 

Current Airport Name: Carlisle Airport (EGNC)

 

 

 

 

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