DH Mosquito DD753

The Curr, near Yetholm, Borders












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











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.




















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)



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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