Hawker Hurricane V7539

Scar Crags, Causey Pike, Cumbria













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 / V7539



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 V7539, together with Hawker Hurricane V6987, were enroute to RAF Crosby on Eden from RAF Northolt on the outskirts of London.


While flying over the Lake District, both aircraft encountered heavy snow. Before long, Hurricane V7987 crashed at Glenridding, while Hurricane V7539the aircraft featured herecrashed at Scar Crags on Causey Pike near Keswick.






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: Scar Crags on Causey Pike.


(To reach this location, see Related Hill Walking Routes in Related Links Panel above right for general guidance.)


The marks on the photo on either side of the German Shepherd dog indicate the positions where some wreckage can be found.


wreckage location marks on photo at Scar Crags


Photo: © 2013 Gary Nelson



BELOW: A section of fragmented wreckage from Hawker Hurricane V7539.


a piece of fragmented wreckage from the Hurricane


Photo: © 2013 Gary Nelson



BELOW: Just to the left of the dog, some wreckage lies camouflaged among the scree.


wreckage camouflaged among the scree


Photo: © 2013 Gary Nelson





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Crash Date / Site


Country: England


national flag of England



Accident Date: 31 Mar 1941


Accident Site:

Scar Crags, Causey Pike [maps]


Region: Cumbria (Lake District)


Nearest town or village: Braithwaite


Nearest large town:

Keswick (NE)


OS Grid Ref N/A


GPS Ref. N/A


Present Condition: Some small  wreckage parts still onsite. Partly camouflaged by scree.




Aircraft Details



Registration or Serial:  V7539


Operator:  RAF (601 Squadron)


Operating Station: RAF Northolt (See also here)


Station Location: Northolt, South Ruislip, Middlesex.


Current Station Status:

Operational Military Air Station (RAF)


Current Airport Name: RAF Northolt





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