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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 153854
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: VF313
C/n / msn: EEP/42...
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Bagbeare Farm, 2.5 miles SSW of Little Torrington, Devon -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Merryfield, Somerset
Destination airport:
De Havilland DH.100 Vampire FB.5 VF313, 208 AFS, RAF: Written off (damaged beyond repair) 28/8/52 when dived into ground out of cloud at Bagbeare Farm, 2 miles SSW of Little Torrington, Devon

The pilot requested a bearing from base, and acknowledged the response. A few minutes later the aircraft was seen in a high speed dive. It then struck some trees and disintegrated. The plane crashed after diving into the ground near Bagbeare Farm two and a half miles from Great Torrington Devon. Pilot Officer Alan Harvey (aged 19) was killed. He was born on 1 January 1933 Abertillery, Monmouthshire and is buried at Ilton.


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.134 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Last Take-off: A Record of RAF Aircraft Losses 1950 to 1953 by Colin Cummings p 285
3. Royal Air Force Aircraft SA100-VZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1985 p62)
4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT233/112:
5. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/32/S2594:

Revision history:

07-Mar-2013 19:27 Dr. John Smith Added
09-Sep-2014 17:15 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total fatalities, Location, Source, Narrative]
04-Dec-2018 20:13 Nepa Updated [Operator, Nature, Operator]
31-Dec-2019 19:04 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Source, Narrative]
31-Dec-2019 19:14 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
09-Jan-2020 12:28 stehlik49 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
09-Jan-2020 12:30 stehlik49 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]

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