Aircraft Type Photo
BELOW: 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
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.
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:
(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.
Photo: © 2014 Jerry Drury
BELOW: Various parts of the airframe and aluminium skinning from the Miles Master training aircraft.
Photo: © 2014 Jerry Drury
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Crash Date / Site
Accident Date: 15 Dec 1940
Hill of Fingray (475m)
Region: Angus / Aberdeenshire boundary
Nearest town or village:Tarfside (SW).
Nearest larger town:
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.)
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Miles Master N7602
Hill of Fingray, Angus/Aberdeenshire