DH Tiger Moth G-AKCH

Blairdenon Hill/Greenforet Hill, Ochils













Aircraft Type Photo


BELOW: A restored de Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (N81DH) in flight.


restored dh-82a tiger moth n81dh in flight


Photo: 1989 'Towpilot'. Released by the author to the public domain under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.






Aircraft Type and Background


de Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth II  /  G-AKCH



(Civil / Ex military, but being flown by an ATC pilot.)


Aircraft Type Nickname: Tiggie



The de Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth was a two-seat primary trainer biplane, build during the 1930's. It was powered with a 130 hp de Havilland Gipsy Major I engine.


The Tiger Moth was successor to the de Havilland Gipsy Moth, and involved a redesign of the upper and lower wing areas to permit more room in the front seat (occupied by the trainee pilot).


In the early days of the war, when aircraft were in short supply, Coastal Command set up a squadron of Coastal Patrol Flights (CPFs) using camouflaged de Havilland Tiger Moths and other similar types. There were six of these squadrons, one of which—No. 2 CPF —was based at RAF Abbotsinch, near Glasgow. Their purpose was to patrol the seas looking for U-boats, etc.


 The civil Tiger Moth featured on this page was an ex-military aircraft, assigned originally to 9EFTS, RAAF.



BELOW: A British registered civilian DH-82A Tiger Moth (G-AGHY) at Kemble Airfield, Gloucestershire, England.


a dh-82a tiger moth at kemble airfiield in gloucestershire england


Photo: 2005 Adrian Pingstone (Arpingstone). Released by the author to the public domain.



BELOW: British registered DH-82A Tiger Moth (G-ACDJ), built in 1933, at Kemble Airfield (time lapse webcam here).


RAF Kemble


dh-82a tiger moth G-ACDJ built in 1933 at kemble airfield


Photo: 2005 Adrian Pingstone (Arpingstone). Released by the author to the public domain.






Aircraft Accident Details


de Havilland Tiger Moth G-AKCH was on a flight from Perth Airport in Perth and Kinross to the former Donnisbristle Airfield in Fife.


En route, however, the aircraft crashed between Blairdenon Hill [map]  and Greenforet Hill [map1] in the Western Ochils.


The circumstances of the accident are unknown.





1) Greenforet Hill may not be named on some maps, but it lies on the western slopes of Blairdenon Hill.






Aircraft Pilot Casualty


The pilot who died in this accident was:


A J Cuthbertson, ATC.







Crash Site Photos


BELOW: Location of remaining wreckage on Blairdenon. The small area of wreckage (circled) lies on the opposite side of the fence from the quad bike track.


Location of remaining wreckage on Blaidenon.


Photo: © 2015 Gary Nelson



BELOW: The memorial cross and remaining wreckage fragments on Blairdenon.


The memorial cross and remaining wreckage fragments on Blairdenon.


Photo: © 2015 Gary Nelson



BELOW: Aluminium pieces and steel sections among the fragments.


Aluminium pieces and steel sections among the fragments.


Photo: © 2015 Gary Nelson



More of Gary Nelson's photos on


Page 1-B and Page 1-C






Earlier Photos Below




BELOW: Remaining small pieces of Tiger Moth wreckage at Greenforet Hill near Blairdenon Hill.


remaining small pieces of wreckage at greenforet hill near blairdenon hill


Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel



BELOW: The memorial cross and plaque to the ATC pilot, placed beside the wreckage of G-AKCH.


the memorial cross to the pilot beside the wreckage


Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel











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Crash Date / Site



Pages last updated: 21 Nov 2015


(Wreckage, memorial and route photos added.)



Accident Date: 29 Aug 1957


Accident Site:

Blairdenon Hill [map] / Greenforet Hill [map]  (Western Ochil Hills)

(Memorial / wreckage pieces closer to Greenforet Hill.)


Regions: Clackmannanshire / Stirling / Perth and Kinross boundaries.


Nearest towns or villages: Dunblane [map] (W),
Bridge of Allan [map] (SW) or
Alva [map] (SE)


Nearest large town:

Stirling (SW)


OS Grid Ref. N/A


GPS Ref: N/A


Present Condition: Memorial and small pieces of wreckage remain at the crash site near Greenforet Hill.




Aircraft Details



Registration or Serial: G-AKCH


(Former military aircraft registration: R5181. Originally registered with the 9EFTS RAAF Station Cunderdin.)


Operator: Civil / Private (but with an ATC pilot).


Departure Airport: Perth Airport, Perth and Kinross.


Destination Airport (Intended): Donnibristle Air Station, Fife. (Former RAF / RNAS Station.)




Related Links


Tiger Moth Related Links

DH-82A at Fleet Air Arm Archive

DH-82A Technical Specifications (includes Tiger Moth flights)

DH-82A Tiger Moth II at RAF Museum

DH-82A at Warbird Alley

DH-82A at Wikipedia


Tiger Moth Flight Links

Tiger Moth Flights at View Brighton.co.uk

(See also flights link above)


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DH Gipsy Major engine at Southampton Hall of Aviation

Geoffrey de Havilland at Century of Flight

The de Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre (Hertfordshire)


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The Western Ochil Donalds. (Includes crash site at Blairdenon Hill / Greenforet Hill. With photos.)



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