Airspeed Oxford HM745

Barnato Farm, Cromarty, Highland












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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