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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 14958
Last updated: 12 July 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:98 Squadron Royal Air Force (98 Sqn RAF)
Registration: WA143
C/n / msn: EEP/42...
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Asherton Farm, Horse Down, Larkhill, Wiltshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Boscombe Down, Wiltshire (EGDM)
Destination airport:
DeHavilland DH.100 Vampire FB.Mk.5 WA143, 98 Squadron, RAF: Written off when crashed and destroyed 12/10/1951: Caught fire during ground attack practice on the Larkhill ranges during Exercise "Surprise Packet". Blew up in forced landing, Asherton Farm, Horse Down, Larkhill, Wiltshire.

Pilot Officer Nigel Robert Lumsden Saunders (Service Number 607122, aged 22) of No. 98 Sqn was the pilot of de Havilland Vampire FB5 WA143 on a mock attack flight.

His aircraft was seen to break away from one practice attack with both the engine and wing roots on fire. His aircraft came down near Asherton Farm, Larkhill, Wiltshire and he received fatal injuries when he was thrown clear of the aircraft.


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.120. ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Last Take-off: A Record of RAF Aircraft Losses 1950 to 1953 Colin Cummings p 187
3. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1985)
4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT233/71:
5. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/32/S2547:
6. Photo of pilots grave:
9. Wreckage of Vampire WA143 (0:47-0:58):

Revision history:

01-Mar-2008 09:08 JINX Added
23-Jan-2012 05:26 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Phase]
06-May-2013 12:06 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Source, Narrative]
24-Dec-2019 22:27 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
25-Dec-2019 12:01 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Operator]
27-Dec-2019 21:16 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
08-Jan-2020 22:44 stehlik49 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]

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