DH Dominie X7400

Dollar Law, Peebles, Borders















Aircraft Type Photo


BELOW: de Havilland Dragon Rapide at Duxford Aerodrome, UK.


The DH Dragon Rapide was the civil variant of the de Havilland DH.89 Dominie.


this dragon rapide is the civil version of the de havilland dominie.


Photo: 2011 Alexf


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Another version of the DH.89 Dominie:


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Aircraft Type and Background


de Havilland DH.89 Dominie   /  X7400



(Military version of civil DH Dragon Rapide)



The de Havilland DH.89 Dominie was a variant of the well-known DH Dragon Rapide that had been especially adapted for military use. However, the name 'Dominie' was not introduced until the beginning of 1941. Until that date, and although in military service, these aircraft were known as 'Rapides'.


The first RAF Dominie was used on a trial basis as a reconnaissance aircraft by Coastal Command. However, Coastal Command preferred the Avro Anson for this task, and the Anson was chosen over the Rapide / Dominie.


Dominies were used by the RAF as the training of wireless (radio) operators; for light communications duties, and for ATA ferrying purposes.


The Dominie was equipped with a Gipsy Queen engine. It's speed was about 258km/h (160mph), with a cruising speed of about 210km/h (130mph). It's range was just short of 1,000km (600 miles), and its service ceiling was almost 5,200m (17,000ft).



[Above based on data contained in Aircraft of the Royal Airforce since 1918. Owen Thetford, 1957-1979.]







Aircraft Accident Details


de Havilland Dominie X7400 was operated by the Royal Navy (782 Naval Air Squadron).


While flying at c.2,000m (6,500ft), the Dominie's port engine failed. unable to maintain height, the aircraft crash-landed on a hillside. [In the vicinity of Dollar Law.] The pilot survived the crash.



[Above information and pilot's name (below) kindly provided by Alan Leishman.]




Aircraft Pilot Survivor


The name of the Royal Navy pilot who survived this incident was:

(Please click on the hyperlinked name above for a group photo of Lt Cmdr Sargent while with 700 Squadron.)




Crash Site Photos


BELOW: Wreckage of a metal and wood section from the DH.89 Dominie airframe.


metal and wood section from the airframe.


Photo: © 2013-2014 Gary Nelson



BELOW: Rotted wood clamped between metal plates.


rotted wood between metal plates.


Photo: © 2013-2014 Gary Nelson



BELOW: Part of the Dominie's debris field on Dollar Law.


part of dominie's debris field.


Photo: © 2013-2014 Gary Nelson



BELOW: Another view of the debris field.


another view of the debris field.


Photo: © 2013-2014 Gary Nelson



BELOW: Some parts of the Dominie's undercarriage struts.


some parts of undercarriage struts.


Photo: © 2013-2014 Gary Nelson





More (larger) photos from Gary Nelson's collection on

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Crash Date / Site



Accident Date: 28 Feb 1949


Accident Site: Dollar Law [map]


Nearest main road: A701


Region: Scottish Borders


Nearest towns or villages:

Peebles (NE) or Moffat (S)


OS Grid Ref. N/A


GPS Ref. N/A


Present Condition: Small wreckage parts / sections still remain at the crash site.



Other air crash sites in this vicinity:


1) de Havilland Gipsy Moth crash on Sep 1936 at Broad Law.


2) ANEC Missel Thrush G-EBPI crash on 20 July 1928 at Broad Law.




Aircraft Details



Registration or Serial: X7400


Operator: RN (782 Naval Air Squadron)


Operating Base: Unknown.




Related Links



Lt Cmdr T E Sargent (Group photo)


de Havilland DH.89 Dominie (Fact Sheet)




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WalkingScotland (The official Walking site of Scotland's national tourism organisation)

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