DH Mosquito DD795

Corserine, Rhinns of Kells, Galloway













Aircraft Type Photo


BELOW: De Havilland Mosquito (FB Mk 26) flying at Wings over Wairarapa Airshow, Masterton, New Zealand. [Wikipedia]


mosquito mk.26 ka114


Photo: 2013 Rudolp89


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BELOW: A de Havilland Mosquito B35 Bomber photographed at the Alberta Aviation Museum, Edmonton, Canada.


mosquito at alberta aviation museum, canada


Photo: 1980 'Bzuk'.


Released by the author to the public domain under Wikimedia Commons licensing arrangement.






Aircraft Type and Background


RAF de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito Mk.II  / DD795



(Click here for RAF history of this type.)


Aircraft Type Designation: DH.98 (Multi-role combat aircraft.)


Aircraft Type Nickname: The Wooden Wonder, or Mossie.



The de Havilland Mosquito was a multi-role combat aircraft which ranged from fighter to bomber to photographic reconnaissance types.

Mosquitoes were equipped with two Rolls-Royce Merlin in-line piston engines. The B IV type could fly at 380mph.

The fuselage and wings of the Mosquito were made largely of wood [video]. This permitted construction of these parts to be sub-contracted to furniture manufacturers and piano builders, thereby relieving the strain on the overstretched conventional aircraft industry.

The first Mosquitoes to enter service with the RAF were the photo reconnaissance types (PR.IX's).







Aircraft Accident Details


de Havilland Mosquito DD795 of 60 OTU had taken off from RAF High Ercall in Shropshire on a cross-country training exercise. The pilot and navigator were both trainees of No. 9 Course.


However, while flying over southern Scotland at low altitude, the crew failed to notice that their current course was taking them toward high ground.


Consequently, the Mosquito crashed at Corserine in the Rhinns of Kells [map] near New Galloway.


The wreckage was not discovered until February 1944—almost 3 weeks later.






Aircraft Crew Casualties


Both the pilot and the navigator of this aircraft died in this accident. They were:

  • Flt Sgt Kenneth Mitchell (1503624), Pilot, RAFVR.
    (Buried, Plot 12, Division B, C of E, Grave 5, Hartlepool (Stranton) Cemetery, Durham.)

  • Flt Sgt John Jeffrey Aylott (22) (1334222), Navigator, RAFVR.
    (Buried, Section W, Grave 625, Barking (Rippleside) Cemetery, Essex.)


(Please click on the hyperlinked names above for further details at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's website.)






Crash Site Photos  (Page 1-A)



BELOW: One of several large tubes.


One of several large tubes.


Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson



BELOW: Hydraulic or pneumatic attachments on some of the large tubes.


Hydraulic or pneumatic attachments on some of the large tubes.


Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson



BELOW: A bracket found a little way down the steep slope.


A bracket found a little way down the steep slope.


Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson



BELOW: Some of the remaining wreckage from de Havilland Mosquito DD795 which crashed at Corserine in 1944.


Some of the remaining wreckage from de Havilland Mosquito DD795 which crashed at Corserine in 1944.


Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson




More photos from Gary Nelson's 2014 collection on


PAGE 1-B and PAGE 1-C




Other photos below









BELOW: Undercarriage struts and other wreckage from de Havilland Mosquito DD795 on Corserine.


undercarriage struts and other wreckage from the mosquito


Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel



BELOW: Main debris field from the Mosquito aircraft.


main debris field from the mosquito aircraft


Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel








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Crash Date / Site



Pages last updated: 4 Apr 2015



Accident Date: 20/21 Jan 1944


Accident Site:

Corserine (814m) (E of summit, near ‘Scar of the Folk’)
(Rhinns of Kells) [Route maps]


Nearest main road: A713.


Region: Dumfries and Galloway


Nearest town or village: New Galloway (SE).


Nearest large town: Dumfries (SE).


Crash site OS Grid Ref: NX 505 869 and NX 497 873.


Crash site GPS Ref. N/A


Present Condition:


Some sections of wreckage still remain at the crash site.




Aircraft Details



Registration or Serial: DD795.


Operator: RAF (60 OTU Operational Training Unit)


Operating Station: RAF High Ercall.
(Click here for photos of former airfield.)


Station Location: High Ercall, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England.


Current Station Status:

Military operations ceased. Site now an industrial estate.





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