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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 153810
Last updated: 18 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic VAMP model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.115 Vampire T Mk 11
Owner/operator:233 Operational Conversion Unit Royal Air Force (233 OCU RAF)
Registration: WZ478
MSN: 15054
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Pembrey, Carmarthenshire, Wales. -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:RAF Pembrey, Carmarthenshire, Wales
Destination airport:RAF Pembrey, Wales
On 22.9.1953 Vampire T.11 WZ478 of 233 OCU crashed at Pembrey. About 5 minutes after take-off the pilot reported the aircraft on fire and requested an emergency landing. The aircraft was seen descending in a series of very steep 'S' turns with the undercarriage down and flames coming from the aircraft. On final approach the aircraft stalled at 50 feet, struck the ground and broke up killing both on board.

Crew of Vampire WZ478:
Squadron Leader Lionel Hubert Wakeford, DFC, RAF (QFI Instructor Pilot, Service Number 48267, aged 38)
Pilot Officer William Henry Williams, RAF (Pupil Pilot under Instruction)

Wreckage recovered and struck off charge 1.10.1953 at No.34 MU Montford Bridge


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.150 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Last Take-off: A Record of RAF Aircraft Losses 1950 to 1953 Colin Cummings p 413
3. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1985 p 108)
4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT233/178:
5. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/32/S2658:
9. Biography of pilot (by his son):

Revision history:

06-Mar-2013 10:29 Dr. John Smith Added
06-Mar-2013 10:31 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport]
04-Dec-2018 09:14 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Nature, Destination airport, Operator]
05-Jan-2020 23:23 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
06-Jan-2020 09:27 stehlik49 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Destination airport, Operator]
09-Jan-2020 21:06 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
07-Dec-2020 18:32 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source]
07-Dec-2020 20:45 Anon. Updated [Operator, Operator]

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