Miles Master N7602

Hill of Fingray, Angus/Aberdeenshire

 
     
 
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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  / N7602

 


 

(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 15th December 1940, Leading Aircraftman E.D. Clarke took off from RAF Montrose in Angus in Miles Master N7602. The aircraft was on a training flight and was due to overfly the Angus / Aberdeenshire area on a cross-country navigation training flight before returning to base. However, during the exercise, contact was lost with the aircraft. It was discovered later that the Master had crashed at Hill of Fingray on the Angus / Aberdeenshire boundary.

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Pilot Casualty

 

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

 

  • Leading Aircraftman Ernest Dowling Clarke (19), 1251069, Pilot (Under Training (U/T)) of 8 FTS, RAFVR.
    (Buried, Section 1, Class C, Grave 89, Montrose (Sleepyhillock) Cemetery, Montrose, Angus.)

     

LAC Clarke's body was found on Hill of Fingray on the 24th December 1940—nearly 2 weeks after the accident.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Crash Site Photos

 

BELOW: The hollow on Hill of Fingray where the remaining wreckage from Miles Master N7602 is lying.

 

The hollow on Hill of Fingray where the remaining wreckage is lying.

 

Photo: © 2014 Jerry Drury

 


 

BELOW: Various parts of the airframe and aluminium skinning from the Miles Master training aircraft.

 

Various parts of the airframe and aluminium skinning.

 

Photo: © 2014 Jerry Drury

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Crash Date / Site

 

 

Accident Date: 15 Dec 1940

 

Accident Site:

Hill of Fingray (475m)

 

Region: Angus / Aberdeenshire boundary

 

Nearest town or village:

Tarfside (SW).

 

Nearest larger town:

Edzell (SE) [streetmap]

 

OS Grid Ref. N/A

 

GPS Ref: N/A

 

Present Condition: Some wreckage remains at the crash site.

 

 


 

Other air crash sites in this vicinity:

 

1) RAF Miles Master T8684 at  Hill of Edendocher / Cairn of Finglenny, in 1941.

 

2) RAF Hawker Audax K7376 at  Hill of Edendocher, in 1941. (Hawker Audax wreckage lies about 1km from Miles Master wreckage.)

 

3) RAF Airspeed AS10 Oxford N6438 at Meluncart.

 

 

 

Aircraft Details

 

 

Registration or Serial: N7602

 

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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