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.)
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:
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.
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.
Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson
(Close-up view of Memorial at Twitter.)
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Crash Date / Site
Accident Date: 25 Apr 1941
Nearest town, village or hamlet: Linhope or Ingram
Nearest large town:
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.
Registration or Serial: N2522
Operator: RAF (55 Operational Training Unit (55 OTU))
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.
Accident Specific Link
Detailed account of the crash and search for wreckage at this website. (Chapter 4 of ebook.)Remembrance Ceremony
RAF and Related Links
Hawker Hurricanes in the UK at MilitaryAirshows.co.uk (includes Merlin engine sounds)
Hill Walking Links
(Hillwalking and Mountaineering)
Hillwalking (The Scottish Mountaineering Club)
Hillwalking.org.uk (Equipment, etc.)
Mountain Guides (Routes, maps, advice and guidance compiled by Steven Fallon)
OutdoorScotland.co.uk (Directory of Clubs, Associations, and Mountain Rescue Teams)
WalkingScotland (The official Walking site of Scotland's national tourism organisation)
Emergency Services Link
If you cannot make voice calls, you can now contact the 999 emergency services by SMS text from your mobile phone.
Hawker Hurricane N2522
Meggrim's Knowe, Northumberland