Miles Master N7761

Broad Law, Burnhead, Borders

 
     
 
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Aircraft Type Photo

 

BELOW: A Miles Master training aircraft.

 

A Miles Master training aircraft

 

Photo first published in Aircraft of the Fighting Powers Vol I. Ed: H J Cooper, O G Thetford and D A. Russell Harborough Publishing Co, Leicester, England 1940. (Copyright expired)

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Type and Background

 

RAF Miles M.9A Master I  / N7761

 


 

(Trainer)

 

The Miles M.9 Master was a two-seat trainer built for use by the RAF and the RN (Fleet Air Arm).

 

Different engine types were used, and this was reflected in the aircraft's variant number. The M.9A variant featured here was fitted with a Rolls-Royce Kestrel XXX engine—a variant engine of that used by the Hawker Audax.

 

When Rolls-Royce ceased production of the Kestrel engine, later versions of the Miles Masters used Bristol Mercury XX or Pratt and Whitney Twin Wasp engines.

 

The Miles Master was a highly manoeuvrable aircraft, and could be used for aerobatics.

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Accident Details

 

On 4th August 1940, Miles Master N7761 of No. 3 Ferry Pilot Pool (3 FPP) took off on a ferry flight. However, while en route to his destination, the pilot encountered hill fog. Shortly afterward, the aircraft crashed on the slopes of Broad Law near Peebles.

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Pilot Casualty

 

The pilot on board this aircraft died in this accident. He was:

 

  • First Officer Herbert Roy Fields (39), Pilot, 3 FPP, Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA).
    (Buried, Section C, Row K.K, Grave 14, Maidenhead Cemetery, Berkshire.)

     

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Crash Site Photos

 

 

Ascent Route Photos

 

 

BELOW: The view from the slopes of Broad Law, en route to the Miles Master crash site.

 

The view from the slopes of Broad Law, en route to the Miles Master crash site.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Looking toward the summit of Broad Law. The slope to the left of the burn is the area where the Missel Thrush and De Havilland DH-60 Gipsy Moth crashed.

 

Also seen in this photo is the telecommunications mast near the summit of Broad Law. On the summit itself, but not visible here, is the Talla VOR/DME aircraft navigation beacon [photo]. This waymarker beacon is one of many worldwide that overflying aircraft use to guide them on their correct course. In more recent years, VOR/DME radio navigation beacons have been augmented by satellite navigation systems.

 

Looking toward the summit of Broad Law.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Taken from the other side of the burn in the above photo, and looking back to the area of the DH-60 and Missel Thrush crashes.

 

Taken from the other side of the burn in the above photo.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Approaching location of wreckage.

 

Approaching location of wreckage.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

 

 

Wreckage Photos

 

 

Important Note: The following wreckage photos are believed to be from Miles Master N7761 that crashed on Broad Law in August 1940. There is some degree of uncertainty as to the identification of this wreckage since at least 3 aircraft crashed on Broad Law: (1) Miles Master N7761; (2) de Havilland DH.60 Gipsy Moth G-ACGD; and (3) ANEC Mistle Thrush G-EBRI.

 

 

BELOW: Engine firewall and engine bearers from unknown wreck on the western slopes of Broad Law, possibly from a Miles Master.

 

Engine firewall and engine bearers from unknown wreck on the western slopes of Broad Law.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Unidentified part.

 

Unidentified part.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Another view of the firewall and engine bearers.

 

Another view of the firewall and engine bearers.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Close-up view of engine bearers coupling.

 

Close-up view of engine bearers coupling.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Close-up view of engine bearers joint.

 

Close-up view of engine bearers coupling.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: A closer view of the engine firewall.

 

A closer view of the engine firewall.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Small pieces of aluminium skinning from the airframe.

 

Small pieces of aluminium skinning from the airframe.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Engine bearers and firewall viewed from the opposite side.

 

Engine bearers and firewall viewed from the opposite side.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Close-up view of anchoring point.

 

Close-up view of bearer anchoring point.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 

 

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BELOW: Manufacturer's stamp appears on this section.

 

Manufacturer's stamp appears on this section.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Another section bearing a manufacturer's part number.

 

Another section bearing a manufacturer's code number.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Another section stamped with a manufacturer's serial code.

 

Another section stamped with a manufacturer's serial code.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: This view shows the firewall and engine bearer assembly in relation to the valley.

 

This view shows the firewall and engine bearer assembly in relation to the valley.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: The wreckage assembly viewed in relation to the wind farm opposite.

 

The wreckage assembly viewed in relation to the wind farm opposite.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

 

 

Descent Route Photos

 

 

BELOW: Descending from Broad Law to the Megget Stone via Cairn Law.

 

Descending from Broad Law to the Megget Stone via Cairn Law 1.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

 

Descending from Broad Law to the Megget Stone via Cairn Law 2

 

 


 

BELOW: In this photo, the car is just visible on the track below.

 

Descending from Broad Law to the Megget Stone via Cairn Law 1.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Looking back up the slopes.

 

Looking back up the slopes.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Back to the Megget Stone and Gary's car.

 

Back to the Megget Stone and the car.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

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Crash Date / Site

 

 

Accident Date: 4 Aug 1940

 

Accident Site:

Broad Law (840m)

 

Nearest main road: A701.

 

Region: Borders

 

Nearest town or village:

Peebles (N) or Moffat (S).

 

Nearest larger town:

Peebles (N)

 

OS Grid Ref. N/A

 

GPS Ref: N/A

 

Present Wreckage Status: Engine bearers and firewall remain at the crash site.

 

 

Route Description and Map

 

Broad Law, from the Megget Stone.

 

Map with route highlighted.

 


 

Other air crash sites in this vicinity:

 

1) de Havilland DH.60 Gipsy Moth G-ACGD crash at Broad Law on 25 July 1936.

 

2) ANEC Missel Thrush G-EBRI crash at Broad Law on 20 July 1928.

 

3) de Havilland Dominie X7400 crash at Dollar Law on 28 Feb. 1949.

 

 

 

Aircraft Details

 

 

Registration or Serial: N7761

 

Operator: RAF (No. 3 Ferry Pilot Pool (3 FPP))

 

Operating Station: (Possibly) RAF Hawarden near Chester.

 

 

 

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