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Miles Master Aircraft
A British plane shown above crash landed in the fields at Arrowe Park during the latter half of WW2.  All
that is recorded is that a "Miles Master" training plane landed in a field on the road from Woodchurch
village school to Arrowe park gates.  (Which today is by the bend before the traffic lights).  As the plane
crash landed the aircraft tipped on its nose and bent the prop, then dropped back on to its wheels.  The
pilot was uninjured but there are reports that several sheep were killed during the landing.  There was
possibly no reporting of this to the police at the time, but i believe that it may have been noted by the
home guard and the Americans based at Arrowe.
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Additional Information:

The Miles M.9 Master was a British 2-seat monoplane advanced trainer built by Miles Aircraft Ltd for the
Royal Air Force and Fleet Air Arm during the Second World War.  It went through a number of variants
according to engine availability and was even modified as an emergency fighter during the Battle of
Britain.  It was a fast, strong and fully aerobatic aircraft and served as an excellent introduction to the
high performance British fighter aircraft of the day; the Spitfire and Hurricane.   The Miles Master I was an
advanced mono-wing trainer used by the RAF during WWII.  The Mk. I (model M9A) seen above was
powered by a Rolls Royce Kestrel engine, giving the nose a familiar shape, that of the Spitfire.  Only the
Spitfire was equipped with the far superior RR Merlin.  Only the truely uninitiated would mistake the two.  
The Mk.I was underpowered with the Kestrel, so that the Mk.II (M19 model) was equipped with a Bristol
Mercury and the Mk. III a Pratt & Whitney Wasp Junior.  While the Mk.I was sluggish later models
emulated the handling characteristics of contemporary fighters quite well to the point where an
emergency fighter model (M24) was produced with 6 machine guns.  Fortunately it did not have to see
action. The Master first flew in March, 1939. Some 3302 were built.

Technical Details
The Master was a two-seat trainer powered by three different engines.  The Master I was equipped with
the 715hp Rolls Royce Kestrel XXX. The Mk. II featured the more powerful 870hp (650 kW) Bristol Mercury
XX radial piston engine, while the Mk. III (M27) used the 825hp Pratt and Whitney Wasp Junior.  
Maximum speed for the Mk II was 389km/h, with a ceiling of 7650m and a range of (630km).  It was
armed for practice firing with a single fixed forward firing Vickers .303 machine gun and could be armed
with small practice bombs.  Service use primarily revolved around (Pilot) Advanced Flying Units, while
several hundred Miles Master IIs were converted, or delivered new, for the glider-towing role, with the
bottom of the rudder cut away to allow fitting of a towing hook.  Miles Masters were extensively used
from 1942 as tugs for Hotspur gliders at Glider Training Schools.  Diversions from RAF stocks included 426
to the South African Air Force, 52 to the Fleet Air Arm, nine to the USAAF in rgw UK, 23 to the Royal
Egyptian Air Force and, early in 1945, 23 to Turkey. Eleven also went to the Irish Air Corps and two to
Portugal.
Specifications

Type advanced trainer

Manufacturer Phillips and Powis
Aircraft

Designed by F. G. Miles

Maiden flight 31 March 1939

Introduced 1939

Status retired

Primary users Royal Air Force,
Egypt, South Africa

Number built 3,250
General characteristics

Crew: Two (instructor and
student)

Length: 29 ft 6 in (8.99 m)

Wingspan: 39 ft 0 in (11.89 m)

Height: 9 ft 3 in (2.82 m)

Wing area: 217 ft² (20.16 m²)

Airfoil: NACA 230

Empty weight: 4,293 lb (1,947
kg)

Max takeoff weight: 5,573 lb
(2,528 kg)

Powerplant: 1× Bristol Mercury
XX 9-cylinder supercharged
aircooled radial engine, 623kW

Wing area: 224 ft² (20.8 m²)
Performance

Maximum speed: 260 mph at
5,000 ft
(416 km/h at 1,500 m)

Cruise speed: 230 mph at
5,000 ft
=368 km/h at 1,500 m)

Range: 341 nm (393 mi, 632
km)

Service ceiling 28,000 ft (8,500
m)

Wing loading: 23.7 lb/ft² (116
kg/m²)

Power/mass: 0.156 hp/lb
(0.255 kW/kg)