Airspeed Oxford HM745

Barnato Farm, Cromarty, Highland

 
     
 
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Aircraft Type Photo

 

BELOW: An Airspeed AS.10 Oxford. This aircraft belonged to the Belgian Air Force (now, Belgian Air Component or COMOPSAIR)

 

Airspeed AS10 Oxford on display

 

Photo: 2006. Released by the author under GNU Free Documentation License

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Type and Background

 

RAF Airspeed AS.10 Oxford / HM745

 

Aircraft Type Nickname: "The Ox-Box"

 

The Airspeed Oxford was developed from the Airspeed AS.6 Envoy commercial aircraft as an RAF trainer. The Oxford was equipped with two 355hp - 375hp seven cylinder air-cooled Armstrong-Siddeley Cheetah IX or X radial engines.

 

Essentially, this was a 3-seater aircraft, but provision was made for up to 6 crew. The Oxford was equipped with dual controls for pilot training purposes, but these could be removed for bombardier training.

 

Several other crew training roles were also covered by the Airspeed Oxford, preparing aircrew for entry into RAF Bomber Command.

 

At least 8 variants of the Airspeed Oxford were produced. In addition to those manufactured by Airspeed Ltd., some of these aircraft were built by sub-contractors such as de-Havilland, Percival, and Standard Motors. The Mark I Oxford was equipped with an Armstrong-Whitworth dorsal turret, but all subsequent variants lacked this feature.

 

In addition to their role as advanced trainers, Oxfords were used as communications, anti-aircraft, and anti-submarine aircraft; and also as air ambulances.

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Accident Details

 

Accident details for this aircraft are unknown. However, the Oxford was probably on a training exercise from the air training base at RAF Dalcross (Inverness) when it crashed at Barnato Farm, near Cromarty.

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Crew Casualties

 

Sadly, the pilot of this Oxford died when the aircraft crashed.

 

His name was:

  • P/O G Nicholson

 

 

 

 

Crash Site Photos

 

BELOW: Children scramble over the wreckage of Airspeed Oxford HM745; presumably looking for souvenirs!

 

children explore the wrecked airspeed oxford

 

Photo: Courtesy, Andy Paterson

 



BELOW: Another view of the aircraft wreckage.

 

another view of the aircraft wreckage

 

Photo: Courtesy, Andy Paterson

 

 

 


 

 

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Crash Date / Site

 

Accident Date: 19 Jun 1953

 

Accident Site:

Barnato Farm

 

Region: Highland (Ross and Cromarty) (Black Isle)

 

Nearest towns or villages:

Cromarty, Rosemarkie or Fortrose

 

Nearest large towns or cities:

Dingwall (W) or Inverness (SW)

 

OS Sheet 21; Grid  Ref. 76-63

 

GPS Ref: N/A

 

Present Condition: No known remains.

 

 

 

Aircraft Details

 

Registration or Serial: HM745

 

Operator: RAF (8 AFTS (Advanced Flying Training school))

 

Operating Station: RAF Dalcross (See also here)

 

(Although it had been closed, RAF Dalcross was re-opened temporarily for Korean war training.)

 

Station Location: Inverness, Scotland.

 

Current Airport Status: Operational Civil Airport.

 

Current Airport Name:

Inverness Airport. (INV / EGPE)

 


 

Principal airport data courtesy of John Woodside, A Catalogue of UK Airfields

 

 

 

 

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