DH Mosquito DD753

The Curr, near Yetholm, Borders

 
     
 
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Aircraft Type Photo

 

BELOW: de Havilland Mosquito Mk.IV's.

 

de havilland mosquito mark iv's

 

Photo: [pre-1957] UK Government. Now, public domain.

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Type and Background

 

RAF de Havilland D.H.98 Mosquito NFII / DD753

 

(Click hyperlink above for RAF history of this type)

 

Aircraft Type Nickname: "The Wooden Wonder"; "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. 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).

 


 

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

 

DH Mosquito on display at the Alberta Aviation Museum, Edmonton, Canada

 

Photo: 1980 'Bzuk'. Released by the author to the public domain under Wikimedia Commons licensing arrangement.

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Accident Details

 

D.H.98 Mosquito DD753 had taken off from RAF Charterhall on a night exercise when it flew into a hillside after a constant speed unit (CSU) failed.

 

The aircraft burned out when it impacted the ground at The Curr on the slopes of The Cheviot hills near Kirk Yetholm [map].

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Crew Casualties

 

Both air crew died in this accident. These were:

 

(Please click on the names above to locate burial locations.)

 

 

 

 

 

Crash Site Photos

 

NOTE: It is possible that the engines were blown up afterward at the crash site. Therefore, the crater shown in some of the photos below, together with the remaining wreckage in and around the crater, may indicate where the engines were destroyed. [Thanks to Jim Corbett (ACIA) for this info.]

 

 


 

 

BELOW: Overview of debris from Mosquito DD753 at The Curr near Yetholm.

 

In recent years, much of the wreckage has been removed. (Compare with photos further down this page taken several years earlier by Gary Nelson.)

 

debris field on The Curr near Yetholm

 

Photo: © 2008 Steven Spink

 


 

BELOW: A small pile of wreckage still lies on the hillside.

 

small pile of wreckage on the hillside

 

Photo: © 2008 Steven Spink

 


 

BELOW: Some larger sections, possibly from the wings.

 

larger sections, possibly from wings

 

Photo: © 2008 Steven Spink

 


 

BELOW: Possibly, remains of landing gear from Mosquito DD753.

 

remains of landing gear from mosquito 

 

Photo: © 2008 Steven Spink

 


 

BELOW: A larger section of wreckage.

a larger sections of wreckage 

 

Photo: © 2008 Steven Spink

 


 

BELOW: General overview showing small pieces remaining on The Curr near Yetholm.

 

general overview of debris field

 

Photo: © 2008 Steven Spink

 


 

BELOW: A larger section of remaining wreckage. (Size estimated in relation to 1.2m fence post.)

 

larger circular wreckage section

 

Photo: © 2008 Steven Spink

 

 

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Earlier Photos

 

The photos shown below were taken several years earlier than those above. Over the years since these earlier photos were taken, several sections of wreckage have been removed from the crash site.

 

 

BELOW: Taken some years ago, this photo shows an overview of the crash site on The Curr near Yetholm. 'Sharni', the retriever was well-accustomed to climbing the hills!

 

overview of crash site on The Curr

 

Photo: © 2004-2011 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Gary Nelson holding sections of landing gear from Mosquito DD753.

 

two sections from the mosquito

 

Photo: © 2004-2011 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Accumulated smaller wreckage.

 

main accumulation of remaining wreckage

 

Photo: © 2004-2011 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Another view of the accumulated wreckage.

 

closer view of accumulated wreckage

 

Photo: © 2004-2011 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Some larger sections of wreckage.

 

larger sections of wreckage possibly from wings

 

Photo: © 2004-2011 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Smaller tubular section.

 

smaller tubular section

 

Photo: © 2004-2011 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Gary and Sharni beside what appears to be part of the landing gear assembly.

 

another part of the framework

 

Photo: © 2004-2011 Gary Nelson

 

 


 

 

Photo Gallery

 

There are no additional photos for this crash site in the Photo Gallery.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Crash Date / Site

 

Accident Date: 12 Dec 1944

 

Accident Site:

The Curr (564m)

(Hillside near Kirk Yetholm)

 

Region: Scottish Borders

 

Nearest towns or villages:

Kirk Yetholm or

Town Yetholm

 

Nearest large towns:

Jedburgh (W), or Kelso (NW)

 

OS Grid Ref. N/A

 

GPS Ref: N/A

 

Present Condition: Assorted small wreckage parts and some wing sections remain at the site.

 

 

 

Aircraft Details

 

Registration or Serial: DD753

 

Operator: RAF (54 OTU)

 

Operating Station: RAF Charterhall

 

Station Location: Near Greenlaw, Berwickshire.

 

Current Station Status:

Closed 1946.

 


 

Principal airport data courtesy of John Woodside, A Catalogue of UK Airfields

 

 

 

Related Links

 

General information on de Havilland Mosquito aircraft can be found at:

DH Mosquito.com (History of type)

History in Illustration

uboats.net (Fighting the U-boats)

 

RAF Links

54 OTU

RAF de Havilland Mosquito (History)

 

Forums, Organisations, and Societies

The Mosquito Page (The "Mossie" Organisation)

WW2 People's War (BBC Archives)

 

Museums

De Havilland Museum (Incorporating the Mosquito Aircraft Museum)

Mosquito TT35 at RAF Museum

 

Other Link

de Havilland Mosquito at Wikipedia

 

Borders Book Link

 

Focus on Europe: A Photo-Reconnaissance Mosquito Pilot at War, 1943-45 (Book by Ron Foster)

 

Focus on Europe - link to book at Borders

 

Author: Ron Foster, DFC, Croix de Guerre

 

 

 

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