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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 153779
Last updated: 18 May 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:4 FTS Royal Air Force (4 FTS RAF)
Registration: VZ860
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Harby, Nottinghamshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:RAF Worksop, Nottinghamshire
Destination airport:
Crashed and destroyed 9.1.1957: During manoeuvres with other Vampires VZ860 entered a dive from 18,000ft. The pilot made no attempt to correct it and dived into the centre of Harby village, Nottinghamshire, after presumed hypoxia of the pilot (caused by lack of oxygen at high altitude)

The pilot* and a woman civilian** were killed, two other women were injured. One house was demolished and three others were seriously damaged

*Pilot - Pilot Officer Stanley Monro, RAF (Service Number 2739859)
**Civilian casualty - Mrs. Lois Towning

Mrs. Towning was an elderly lady who was ironing when the aircraft crashed straight into her cottage. The surrounding cottages were also badly damaged injuring two other women who had to be dug out of their homes. The crash site is now the site of Harby Village Hall. P/O Monro is now buried at Retford Road Cemetery, Worksop

The crash location of Harby is the easternmost village in the English county of Nottinghamshire and is close to the Nottinghamshire/Lincolnshire border. The nearest large town is Lincoln, over the border in Lincolnshire, about 10 miles to the east. Which explains why the Air Ministry official record file on the incident (File BT233/380 - see link #3) lists the crash location as "Harby Village (near Lincoln) Notts" [sic]


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.187 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft SA100-VZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 107)
3. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT233/380:
4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/36/S2861:

Revision history:

05-Mar-2013 11:53 Dr. John Smith Added
21-May-2014 15:27 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
10-Jan-2020 20:48 stehlik49 Updated [Aircraft type, Nature, Operator]
23-Jan-2020 18:32 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Source, Narrative]
23-Jan-2020 18:41 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
23-Jan-2020 22:42 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Operator]

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