Miles Master T8684

Hill of Edendocher, Aberdeenshire












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  / T8684





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


This aircraft was on a navigational training exercise (Navex) when the pilot encountered bad weather and very poor visibility.


Unable to see clearly through the heavy mist, the pilot crashed into Hill of Edendocher close to Cairn of Finglenny in Glen Dye.






Aircraft Pilot Casualty


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


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






Crash Site Photos (Page 1-A)


BELOW: The Rolls-Royce Kestrel engine from Miles Master T8684.


the engine from the miles master aircraft


Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel



BELOW: Another view of the engine from the training aircraft.


another view of the engine


Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel



BELOW: The propeller hub, lying close to the engine.


the propeller hub, which is lying close to the engine


Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel



BELOW: Smaller pieces of wreckage, including part of the propeller hub shroud and part of the landing gear assembly.


smaller pieces of wreckage


Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel









BELOW: The Rolls-Royce Kestrel engine.


rolls royce kestrel engine


Photo: © 2013 Gary Nelson



BELOW: Crumpled wing section showing traces of yellow paint.


Yellow paint on the wings (or on the wings and fuselage) denoted a training aircraft.


crumpled wing section with traces of yellow paint


Photo: © 2013 Gary Nelson



BELOW: From a part of the propeller hub.


part of propeller hub


Photo: © 2013 Gary Nelson



BELOW: The propeller hub from Miles Master T8684.


part of propeller hub from miles master


Photo: © 2013 Gary Nelson



BELOW: Unidentified sections


unidentified sections


Photo: © 2013 Gary Nelson



BELOW: Wood and metal bracket.


wood and metal bracket


Photo: © 2013 Gary Nelson



BELOW: More fragmented parts.


more fragmented parts


Photo: © 2013 Gary Nelson



BELOW: Another section of wreckage.


another section of wreckage


Photo: © 2013 Gary Nelson




More (larger) photos on

Page 1-B

(Kestrel engine)


and on


Page 1-C

(other wreckage parts)




















Crash Date / Site



Accident Date: 9 Oct 1941


Accident Site:

Hill of Edendocher (577m)

(By Cairn of Finglenny)


Region: Aberdeenshire


Nearest town or village:

Bridge of Dye

[map. Zoom in on map for more detail]

(Glen Dye).


From Banchory, via B974 South to Bridge of Dye, or from A90 then North on B974 to Bridge of Dye


Nearest large towns:

Stonehaven (E) or Brechin (S)


OS Grid Ref. N/A


GPS Ref: N/A


Present Condition: Significant wreckage, including Kestrel engine, still remains at the crash site.




Other air crash sites in this vicinity:


1) RAF Hawker Audax at  Hill of Edendocher, in 1941. (Hawker Audax wreckage lies about 1km from Miles Master wreckage.)



2) RAF Airspeed AS10 Oxford at Meluncart.





Aircraft Details



Registration or Serial: T8684


Operator: RAF (No 8 Flying Training School, Montrose)


Operating Station: RAF Montrose


Station Location: Montrose, Angus, Scotland.


Current Station Status: Military Airport closed . Now, an RAF Heritage Centre.


Current Station Name: Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre





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