Airspeed Oxford PH311

Cairn Trench, Rottal, Angus

 
     
 
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Aircraft Type Photo

 

BELOW: Airspeed AS.10 Oxford at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Cambridgeshire. [Wikimedia Commons]

 

airspeed as10 oxford

 

Photo: 2011 David Merrett, Daventry, England

 

This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

 


 

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

 

as10 oxford of belgian air force (belgian air component)

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Type and Background

 

RAF Airspeed AS.10 Oxford / PH311

 


 

Aircraft Type Designation: AS.10 (Communications, anti-submarine, and training aircraft.)

 

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

 

Airspeed Oxford PH311 of 66 Group Communications Flight (66 Grp CF) was on a flight from RAF Turnhouse in Edinburgh to RAF Dyce in Aberdeen.

 

However, while flying northward over Angus in heavy cloud, the aircraft crashed at Cairn Trench [map] near Glen Lethnot.

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Pilot / Passenger Casualties

 

Those who died in this incident were:

  • Sqn Ldr (A) A L Carrie, RAF (travelling as passenger).
    (Dyce Aberdeen.)

  • Flt Lt L J Waugh, Pilot, RAF.
    (Believed, Dyce Aberdeen).

 

[Crew / passenger details courtesy, Alan Leishman]

 

 

 

 

 

Crash Site Photos

 

BELOW: Cairn Trench from the south western slopes of White Hill.

 

Cairn Trench from the south western slopes of White Hill.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Location of Oxford wreckage (yellow circle).

 

Location of Oxford wreckage (yellow circle).

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW (next three photos): Armstrong Siddeley Cheetah Engine.

 

(next three photos): Armstrong Siddeley Cheetah Engine.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

 

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

 

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Component lying near the engine.

 

Component lying near the engine.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: View east over engine towards Ben Tirran, left of centre and The Goet, right of centre.

 

View east over engine towards Ben Tirran, left of centre and The Goet, right of centre.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: White bottle. There is one of these at the wreck of Oxford DF448 on Shank o' Donald Young.

 

White bottle.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Exhaust collector ring on back of engine.

 

Exhaust collector ring on back of engine.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Small components in muddy pool beside the engine.

 

Small components in muddy pool beside the engine.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: View south west over engine into Glen Clova.

 

Small components in muddy pool beside the engine.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW (next three photos): Undercarriage leg.

 

(next three photos): Undercarriage leg.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

 

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

 

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 

 

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BELOW: One of the two Armstrong Siddeley Cheetah radial engines from Airspeed Oxford PH311 at Cairn Trench in Angus.

 

one of the engines from the airspeed oxford at cairn trench in angus

 

Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW: A landing gear leg (oleo strut) from the Airspeed Oxford aircraft.

 

landing gear strut from the airspeed oxford

 

Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW: Some small sections of wreckage lying among the rocks.

 

small wreckage parts on cairn hill

 

Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel

 

 

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Crash Date / Site

 

 

Pages last updated: 16 May 2015
(More wreckage photos.)

 


 

Accident Date: 24 Aug 1950

 

Accident Site:

Cairn Trench (800m) [map]

(Glen Lethnot)

 

Nearest road: B955 (Glen Clova)

 

Region: Angus

 

Nearest town or village:

Rottal (S) [map] or Kirriemuir (S) [map]

 

Nearest large towns or cities:

Dundee (S) or Aberdeen (NE)

 

Crash site OS Grid Ref. N/A

 

Crash site GPS Ref: N/A

 

Present Wreckage Status: Some wreckage remains at the crash site.

 


 

Other air crash site in this vicinity:

 

1) RAF Vickers Wellington L7845 crash at Muckle Cairn (Tom Titlach) in 1942.

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Details

 

 

Registration or Serial: PH311

Operator: RAF (66 (Scottish) Group Communications Flight  / Reserve Command.)

Departure Station: RAF Turnhouse, Edinburgh.

Destination Station (Intended): RAF Dyce, Aberdeen.

 Current Airport Status (Turnhouse): Operational Civil Airport.

Current Airport Name: Edinburgh Airport.

Current Airport Status
(Dyce):
Operational Civil Airport. 

Current Airport Name: Aberdeen International Airport.

 

 

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RAF Dyce (History at The Doric Columns)

 

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Airspeed Oxford Links

Airspeed AS.10 Oxford at Wikipedia

Airspeed AS.10 Oxford History at Fleet Air Arm

Airspeed AS10 Oxford Virtual Museum at Standard Motor Club

 

 

 

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