Hawker Hurricane N2522

Meggrim's Knowe, Northumberland

 
     
 
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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 I / N2522

 


 

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 1.2

 

 

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

 

Hawker Hurricane N2522 had taken off from RAF Usworth and was exercising over the Cheviot Hills. However, while circling Hartside Hill, the aircraft banked steeply to the right, was caught by a down-draught, stalled, and crashed at Meggrim's Knowe, not far from the hamlet of Linhope.

 

A number of years later, some small pieces of wreckage were discovered buried in moorland approximately midway between Alnhammoor Farm and Linhope.

 

(See chapter 4 of this ebook for more details.)

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Pilot Casualty

 

The pilot who lost his life in this accident was:

 

  • P/O Martin Walter Rivers (24), Pilot, RAFVR.
    (Cemetery: Panel 7, Newcastle-upon-Tyne (West Road) Crematorium, Northumberland, England.)

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Crash Site Photos

 

BELOW (small object at centre of photo): The Memorial to the pilot who lost his life when his Hurricane crashed at Meggrim's Knowe.

 

The Memorial and a pile of stones interspersed with miniature crosses and poppies are enclosed within a small rectangular fence.

 

Meggrim's Knowe

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Same location viewed from further back: The Memorial site is indicated by the black arrow and the yellow circle.

 

Approximate crash site and memorial circled in yellow.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 

 

(Close-up view of Memorial at Twitter.)

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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Crash Date / Site

 

Country: England

 

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Accident Date: 25 Apr 1941

 

Accident Site:

Meggrim's Knowe
(Breamish Valley)

 

Region: Northumberland

 

Nearest town, village or hamlet: Linhope or Ingram

 

Nearest large town:

Wooler (N)

 

OS Grid Ref: NT96870

 

GPS Ref. N/A

 

Wreckage Status (2014): No known wreckage remaining on the surface. Memorial in the vicinity of the crash area.

 

 

 

Aircraft Details

 

 

Registration or Serial:  N2522

 

Operator:  RAF (55 Operational Training Unit (55 OTU))

 

Operating Station: RAF Usworth. (Satellite station, RAF Ouston).

 

Station Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England.

 

Current Station Status:

Became civil aiport, then Nissan car factory (both now closed). North East Land, Sea and Air Museums (NEAM) located opposite former airfield.

 

 

 

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