Mosquito DD753 – The Curr

On 12th December 1944, Mosquito DD753 of 54 Operational Training Unit, took off at 21:50 hrs on a night interception exercise from RAF Charterhall. 20 minutes later, it flew into the northern slopes of The Curr in the Cheviot Hills and broke up over the flank of the hill killing the two crew, pilot Flt Lt Henry John Medcalf and Nav F/O Ronald Edward Bellamy.

The primary cause was given as the pilot not keeping an adequate check on his position in relation to base and drifting into an area of cloud covered high ground. The cloud base at the time was 1,400ft and the aircraft struck the hillside at an altitude of 1,700ft in level flight.

Looking north from the crash site with parts of the undercarriage in the foreground.

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