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Last updated: 10 January 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 F.Mk 1
Owner/operator:208 Advanced Flying School Royal Air Force (208 AFS RAF)
Registration: TG298
C/n / msn: EEP/40025
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Harcombe House, Chudleigh, near Newton Abbot, Devon -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Merryfield, Somerset
Destination airport:
De Havilland DH.100 Vampire F.Mk.1 TG298, 208 AFS, RAF: Crashed and destroyed when dived into the ground from high altitude at Harcombe House, Chudleigh, near Newton Abbot, Devon, on 23.6.52; pilot killed

The aircraft broke away from formation flying at 28,000 feet, and failed to acknowledge repeated radio calls to rejoin. The aircraft then made several movements is random directions, before entering a near-vertical dive. At about 500 feet, the aircraft started to recover, but then made one-and-a-half flick rolls before breaking up in flight. The subsequent Board of Inquiry into the accident concluded that the pilot had passed out due to anoxia (oxygen starvation) and lost control of the aircraft for this reason

Pilot of Vampire TG298:
Pilot Officer Alan Durham, RAF (pilot, aged 19)


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.130 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Last Take-off: A Record of RAF Aircraft Losses 1950 to 1953 by Colin Cummings p 259
3. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT233/98:
4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/31/S2580:

Revision history:

02-Mar-2013 20:08 Dr. John Smith Added
04-Dec-2018 20:11 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Nature, Operator]
29-Dec-2019 23:01 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
30-Dec-2019 20:38 stehlik49 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Operator]
10-Jan-2020 20:31 stehlik49 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]

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