Hawker Hurricane V7539

Scar Crags, Causey Pike, Cumbria

 
     
 
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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 / 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.

 

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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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