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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 20158
Last updated: 8 August 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic VAMP model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.100 Vampire FB Mk 5
Owner/operator:603 (City of Edinburgh) Squadron Royal Air Force (603 (City of Edinburgh) Sqn RAF)
Registration: WA432
C/n / msn: EEP42276
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Rushie Cleugh Gulley, Fennie Law, Gifford, East Lothian -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Turnhouse, Edinburgh, East Lothian
Destination airport:
de Havilland DH.100 Vampire FB Mk.5 WA432: Delivered 4/7/51. RAF Service career was with 603 (City of Edinburgh) Squadron, RAF only.

Written off (destroyed) 17/4/55: Destroyed in a CFIT (Controlled Flight Into Terrain) when flew into a hillside in cloud and conditions of poor visibility, while on a low-level navigation exercise at Rushie Cleugh Gulley, Fennie Law, Gifford, Lammermuir Hills, 10 miles south of Haddington, East Lothian. Pilot killed

Crew of Vampire WA432:
Flying Officer Samuel Milne RAF (pilot, aged 22, Service Number 2686168) - killed on active service 17/4/55

Substantial pieces of wreckage were still present at the crash site as recently as 5 May 2018 (see link #8). The continued presence of the wreckage is possibly due to the crash site being at the bottom of a difficult to access steep gulley, and the wreckage being heavily overgrown with bracken and weeds.


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.170 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1985 p.10)
3. Category Five; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1954 to 2009 by Colin Cummings p.128

Revision history:

29-May-2008 03:08 JINX Added
08-Jun-2008 15:12 JINX Updated
10-Jan-2012 14:24 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Source]
11-May-2020 20:04 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
11-May-2020 20:11 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
11-May-2020 20:20 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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