Hawker Hurricane LF160

Hyne, Isle of Coll, Argyll and Bute

 
     
 
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Aircraft Type Photo

 

BELOW: Mk. I RAF Hawker Hurricane R4118. This restored aircraft was still flying in 2008.

 

mark 1 hawker hurricane r4118. Restored and still flying

 

Photo: 2006 Adrian Pingstone (Arpingstone). Released by the author to the public domain.

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Type and Background

 

RAF Hawker Hurricane / LF160

 


 

Aircraft Type Nickname: "Hurry"; "Flying Tin Openers"; "Flying Can Openers" (later versions).

 

 

A military single-seat interceptor / fighter / bomber flown by the Royal Air Force. The Hurricane was designed by Sydney Camm and built mainly by Hawker Aircraft Ltd.

 

The Hawker Hurricane was equipped with 1 Rolls Royce liquid-cooled Merlin III 12-cylinder power plant. Later versions had Merlin XX, XXI or XXII power plants.

 

The Hurricane fighter-bomber was armed with eight .303 inch Browning machine guns mounted on the wings. The Mark IV version also carried 2 x 250lb or 500lb bombs or fragmentation bombs. Some Hurricane Mark IVs were equipped with rocket projectiles,100m).

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Accident Details

 

NOTE: The accident details for this aircraft and also for Hurricane LF207 which crashed on Beinn na Seilg have much in common, as both aircraft were part of the same training exercise.

 


 

The Hawker Hurricane featured here was attached to 516 Squadron, 26 Group Bomber Command, then operating out of RAF Connel near Oban on the west coast of Scotland. This aircraft was flown by Warrant Officer (W/O) J. E. Stephen (RAF).

 

Together with two other Hurricanes, the pilot took off on a low-flying training exercise scheduled to take place just off Ardnamurchan Peninsula, NE of Tobermory on the Isle of Mull. However, after completing the exercise and while beginning their flight back to RAF Connel, the pilots encountered heavy cloud and mist.

 

In an attempt to find the nearest suitable landing area, the three aircraft separated. W/O Stephen set course for the base at RAF Tiree. Sadly, the pilot failed to reached Tiree. His wrecked aircraft was discovered 3 days later at Hyne on the Isle of Coll.

 

Another Hurricane, LF207 flown by Fl/Lt A. J. Woodgate, crashed at Beinn na Seilg on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula, killing the pilot. A third pilot survived after crash-landing his Hurricane at Carse Farm, Stirling.

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Pilot Casualty

 

The pilot who died on the Isle of Coll, was:

W/O Stephen was laid to rest at Havant and Waterloo (Warblington) Cemetery.

 

A granite boulder overlooking this and one of the other crash sites bears a plaque dedicated to the memory of these pilots.

 


 

For a more comprehensive account of this accident, please see Phillip Jones' entry at Combined Operations website, under 516 Squadron.

 

 

 

 

 

Crash Site Photos

 

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Crash Date / Site

 

 

Accident Date: 6 Feb 1944

 

Accident Site:

Hyne (15m),

Isle of Coll,

SW of Arinagour [Map]

 

Region: Argyll and Bute (Isle of Coll)

 

Nearest town, village, or croft:

Hyne

(SW of Arinagour)

 

Nearest large town:

None on Coll. Nearest by ferry to Oban (Timetable link)

 

OS Grid Ref. N/A

 

GPS Ref. N/A

 

Present Condition: A few identifiable sections and fragments of wreckage still remain on the Island.

 

 

 

Aircraft Details

 

 

Registration or Serial: LF160

 

Operator:  RAF

 

Operating Base: RAF Connel; (17 Grp. Coastal; 26 Grp. Bomber Command; 516 Squadron RAF.)

 

Base Location: North Connel, near Oban, Scotland

 

Current Airport Status: Closed 1945. Used by light aircraft

 

Current Airport Name: Oban Airport /  Connel Airfield

 

 

 

 

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