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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 153691
Last updated: 9 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: TG377
C/n / msn: EEP/42...
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Babers Farm, Marshwood, 7 miles SE of Chard, Somerset -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:RAF Merryfield, Somerset
Destination airport:RAF Merryfield,
De Havilland DH.100 Vampire F.1 TG377, 208 AFS, RAF Merryfield, Somerset: Written off when crashed and destroyed when broke up in cloud at Marshwood 7 miles South East of Chard, Somerset, on 22.4.1952

Returning from an aerobatics training exercise, the pilot asked for a homing beacon to initiate a controlled descent. A homing beacon signal was passed to the pilot, but nothing more was heard from him. The aircraft was next seen emerging from cloud at high speed, and the port mainplane broke away from the airframe before the aircraft disintegrated and crashed at Babers Farm, Marshwood, 7 miles South East of Chard, Somerset.

The cause of the accident was attributed to the pilot entering a well-developed cu-nim storm cloud, probably due to a toppled gyro following the earlier aerobatics, and losing control due to strong turbulence. the pilot was killed

Pilot of Vampire TG377:
Pilot Officer Douglas John Tart, RAF (pilot, aged 20) - killed on active service 22.4.52

Note that most published sources give the crash location as "7 miles south east of Chard, Somerset", but the official files held at the National Archives (see links #3 & #4) give the crash location as "Marshwood, Dorset". The two locations are some 6 miles apart.


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.127 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Last Take-off: A Record of RAF Aircraft Losses 1950 to 1953 by Colin Cummings p 133
3. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT233/89:
4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/31/S2570:

Revision history:

02-Mar-2013 20:48 Dr. John Smith Added
24-Aug-2015 18:18 Django Updated [Operator, Narrative]
29-Dec-2019 20:30 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
29-Dec-2019 20:32 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
29-Dec-2019 22:56 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Operator]
09-Jan-2020 15:08 stehlik49 Updated [Aircraft type, Nature, Destination airport, Operator]
09-Jan-2020 15:10 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]

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