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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 153968
Last updated: 12 May 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic VNOM model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.112 Venom NF.Mk 3
Owner/operator:23 Squadron Royal Air Force (23 Sqn RAF)
Registration: WX879
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:3 miles South East of North Walsham, Norfolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:RAF Coltishall, Norfolk (EGYC)
Destination airport:
De Havilland DH.112 Venom NF.3, 23 Squadron, RAF: Written off (destroyed) 2/1/56 when dived into the ground three miles south east of North Walsham, Norfolk, shortly after take off from Coltishall. Cause officially stated as "unknown"; however, the RAF Coltishall ORB recorded "At this time 7 of the Venom aircraft required their engines changing", making engine failure a distinct possibility

Both crew - Flying Officer Ian G M Jarvis (pilot) and Flying Officer Harry A. Parsons (navigator)- were killed


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.177 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 107)
3. ORB (Air Ministry Form AM/F.540) for RAF Coltishall, Jan 1956 to December 1960: National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 28/1343 at
4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT233/316:
5. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/34/S2797:
11. Gravestone of navigator:

Revision history:

11-Mar-2013 20:40 Dr. John Smith Added
08-Apr-2013 21:30 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
29-Jan-2014 19:23 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Embed code, Narrative]
17-Jan-2020 02:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
17-Jan-2020 14:36 stehlik49 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Operator]

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