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Type:Silhouette image of generic DH82 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
De Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth
Owner/operator:63 Squadron Royal Air Force (63 Sqn RAF)
Registration: BB734
MSN: 3374
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Vagrie Mains, Pentcaitland, 12 miles SE of Edinburgh, East Lothian -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:RAF Macmerry, East Lothian
Destination airport:Pentcaitland, 12 miles SE Edinburgh, of East Lothian
First civil registered (C of R 5899) on 8.8.35 as G-ADHU to The De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd., Hatfield, Hertfordshire (aircraft based at White Waltham, Maidenhead, Berkshire). C of A 5010 issued 5.9.35.

Appears to have been retained by De Havilland at Hatfield operated by the De Havilland Flying School (later 1 E&RFTS). Damaged when struck wire fence after forced landing 19.4.37; repaired and retruned to service. The unit was renamed 1 EFTS upon the outbreak of war on 3.3.39. Coded '14' at around this time. Remained in service as G-ADHU with 1 EWFTS until impressed into military service on 30.10.40 as BB734. Civil registration G-ADHU cancelled 30.10.40

Crashed Hatfield 22.7.41; to DH for repairs 1.8.41. To 29 EFTS Clyffe Pypard 6.9.41. Crashed Alton Barnes RLG 4.6.42; to Lundy & Atlantic Coast for repairs 7.6.42; to 9 MU RAF Cosford 6.7.42. To 63 Squadron, Catterick 6.8.42; to RAF Macmerry 30.11.42. 63 Squadron RAF was based at RAF Macmerry from 11.42 to 7.43, equipped with Mustangs (Tiger Moth BB734 was the squadron "hack"/crew ferry).

Written off (damaged beyond repair) 3.5.43 when crashed at Vagrie Mains, Pentcaitland, 12 miles South East of Edinburgh, East Lothian during practice forced landing. Pencaitland is a village in East Lothian, Scotland, about 12 miles (19 kilometres) south-east of Edinburgh, 5 miles (8 km) south-west of Haddington, and 1 mile (2 km) east of Ormiston. Tiger Moth BB734 was Struck off Charge as Cat.E(FA) on 13.5.43.


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft BB100-BZ999 James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1986 p 18)
4. 63 Squadron ORB (Operations Record Book)(Air Ministry Form AM/F.540) for the period 1 to 31 May 1943: National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 27/587/6 at


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Revision history:

07-Jan-2018 16:48 Dr. John Smith Added
09-Jan-2018 14:34 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location]
16-Oct-2018 21:04 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
29-May-2019 22:07 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
30-May-2019 18:46 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
30-May-2019 18:47 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
30-May-2019 18:53 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
31-May-2019 06:14 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]
17-Aug-2021 20:45 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Source, Narrative, Category]
17-Aug-2021 20:50 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
20-Aug-2021 17:50 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
20-Aug-2021 22:39 Anon. Updated [Operator, Operator]

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