RAF Hawker Audax & RAF Miles Master, Clachnaben, crash dates 05/05/39 & 09/10/41

[Pictures from wikipedia.org]

OS 10-figure grid refs (GPS):

Audax: NO 60689 85276
Master: NO 61536 84835
NO 61563 84911

Google Maps display showing wreckage locations

These two aircraft both crashed about 1.5km south-west of the prominent landmark of the granite tor-capped 589m summit of Clachnaben, and the two wreck sites are only about 1km apart.

The Hawker Audax was a variant of the Hawker Hart biplane. This Audax wreckage site is one of the oldest remaining in Scotland, and is the only pre-Second World War site I have visited. The wreckage has lain at the site for over 72 years.

At the site, which lies at an altitude of about 500m just south of the minor summit of Hill of Edendocher, lie the remains of the main fuselage and wing airframe along with a few other smaller pieces.

The TFDACSS website has some pictures of this site here. The ACSS website has some pictures of this wreck site and information about the crash here.

The wreck site of the Miles Master consists of two small debris fields about 70m apart at altitudes of about 390m and 410m, just north of the minor summit of Cairn of Finglenny. The higher debris field contains the single V12 Rolls Royce Kestrel engine from the Master, as well as the propellor hub. The lower debris field contains many mangled metal fuselage panels with yellow painted livery still visible, identifying this aircraft's role as that of a trainer.

The TFDACSS website has some pictures of this site here.

These pictures were taken in February 2012.