Accident Boulton Paul Defiant Mk I N1799,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 1534
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Date:Sunday 4 January 1942
Type:Boulton Paul Defiant Mk I
Owner/operator:60 OTU RAF
Registration: N1799
MSN: 275
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Ford, 1 nm South East of Pathhead, Midlothian, Scotland -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF East Fortune, East Lothian, Scotland.
Destination airport:
Boulton Paul Defiant Mk.I, N1799, 60 OTU, RAF East Fortune, East Lothian. Written off (destroyed) 1 January 1942 when Abandoned after becoming lost in bad weather & running out of fuel, at Ford, 1 nautical mile South East of Pathhead, Midlothian, Scotland. A Court of inquiry into the accident stated: “the aircraft flew into the ground while on a circuit preparing to land, due to the inexperience and lack of ability on the part of the pilot. There was a sudden deterioration in the weather”. Both crew killed.

Crew of Defiant N1799:
Sergeant Trevor Hartley JONES (1311958) RAFVR aged 19 - killed on active service 4 January 1942 (died of injuries sustained), buried at Highcliffe (St. Mark) Churchyard, Hampshire
Sergeant William Thomas McMILLAN (403008) RAAF, aged 23 - killed on active service 4 January 1942, buried at Haddington (St. Martin's) New Burial Ground, Haddington, Lothian

Pathhead is located around 4 miles (6.4 km) south east of Dalkeith and 11 miles (18 km) south of Scotland's capital city, Edinburgh. It lies above the east bank of the River Tyne.


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft N1000-N9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, p 9)
2. National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 163/141/309
3. 60 OTU ORB for January 1942: National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 27
4. CWGC:
5. CWGC:

Revision history:

03-Feb-2008 23:25 JINX Added
19-Jan-2012 14:35 Nepa Updated [Operator]
20-Jun-2013 09:07 Nepa Updated [Source]
23-Aug-2013 17:49 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Source]
11-Nov-2014 20:23 Tu104 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location]

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