Miles Master Mk.I N7500 crashed near Dalmellington, East Ayrshire, while being ferried by No.3 Ferry Pilot Pool on the 23rd August 1940


Roy Phillip Hallowell Carew First Officer, ATA Pilot Survived


Master N7500 was being ferried from Reading to Montrose where the aircraft was to be assigned to No.8 Flying Training School. The pilot had become lost in cloud while over south west Scotland and when he ran low on fuel abandoned the aircraft which fell to earth on open moorland on Headmark Moss to the north east of Dalmellington. After the crash he was reprimanded and suspended for three days for choosing a route deemed unsuitable in the prevailing weather conditions.

First Officer Carew eventually left the Air Transport Auxiliary and became a civilian test pilot for the Ministry of Aircraft Production. He was killed while conducting a test flight in Supermarine Spitfire Mk.V W3958 when it dived into the ground at Cumnor near Oxford on the 23rd July 1942 after having work carried out on it at No.1 Civilian Repair Unit at Cowley.

During 1994 the crash site of N7500 was excavated by members of the Dumfries & Galloway aviation museum. They recovered a large proportion of the aircraft, with the exception of the wings, and this is displayed at the museum near Dumfries.

Crash site of Miles Master N7500 on Headmark Moss, Dalmellington, Ayrshire
The crash site of Master N7500 is now marked by an area of reeds in a depression on the moorland.
Wreckage from Miles Master N7500 which crashed on Headmark Moss, Dalmellington, Ayrshire, on display at the Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum
This is the display at the Dumfries & Galloway Aviation Museum of parts from N7500, the engine is displayed in a different room in the museum.