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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 153698
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: VF300
C/n / msn: EEP/40140
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Tintinhull, Stoke-under-Ham, near Yeovil, Somerset -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:RAF Merryfield, Somerset
Destination airport:
De Havilland DH.100 Vampire F.1 VF300, 208 AFS, RAF: Crashed and destroyed when airframe overstressed and broke up in dive at Tintinhull, Stoke-under-Ham, near Yeovil, Somerset, on 11/7/52: the Vampire was seen to explode at low level over fields before crashing

The aircraft was making a formation roll at about 1,000 feet above cloud, but lost formation. On being instructed to rejoin the formation, the aircraft went into a vertical dive, shedding pieces of the tailplane as it crashed

Wreckage recovered to 49 MU RAF Colerne where struck off charge as Cat.5(scrap) on 26/7/52. However, substantial pieces of wreckage were reportedly recovered from the crash site in 1985 by SWARG (South Wales Aircraft Recovery Group)

Pilot of Vampire VF300
Flight Sergeant Richard Butler Lines RAF (pilot, aged 23)


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.131 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Last Take-off: A Record of RAF Aircraft Losses 1950 to 1953 by Colin Cummings p 266
3. Royal Air Force Aircraft SA100-VZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 62)
4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT233/103:
5. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/32/S2585:

Revision history:

02-Mar-2013 21:53 Dr. John Smith Added
04-Dec-2018 20:11 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Nature, Operator]
31-Dec-2019 18:38 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
31-Dec-2019 18:41 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
01-Jan-2020 08:59 stehlik49 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Operator]
10-Jan-2020 20:32 stehlik49 Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Operator]

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