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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 161351
Last updated: 18 November 2021
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Time:16:25 LT
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:208 Advanced Flying School Royal Air Force (208 AFS RAF)
Registration: VV618
MSN: EEP/42...
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:between Rhymney and Dowlais, 2 miles E of Methyr Tydfil, Glamorgan -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Valley, Anglesey (VLY/EGOV)
Destination airport:RAF Merryfield, Ilton, Ilchester, Somerset (EGDI)
de Havilland DH.100 Vampire FB.Mk 5 VV618 from 208 AFS (Advanced Flying School), RAF crashed and destroyed 27 October 1953.During cross country training the pilot refuelled at RAF Valley in Anglesey. Shortly after take off from Valley, his port fuel tank fell off and hit church railings at Rhymney Wales. The plane went into a steep climb, then a shallow dive before crashing 2 miles east of Methyr Tydfil, between Rhymney and Dowlais, Glamorgan, at approximately 4.25 pm killing the pilot.
P/O (607359) Derek Victor Reypert,(pilot) RAF -killed


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents, Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p 152 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Last Take-off: A Record of RAF Aircraft Losses 1950 to 1953 by Colin Cummings p 423
3. Royal Air Force Aircraft SA100-VZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1985 p.91)
4. Wings Over Somerset: Aircraft Crashes since the End of World War II p.By Peter Forrester
5. Doylerush, E, 2008, Rocks in the Clouds: High Ground Aircraft Crashes in South Wales, p.21 & p107.
6. 208 AFS ORB (Operations Record Book)(Air Ministry Form AM/F.540) for the period 1/11/1951 to 31/5/1954: National Archives (PRO Kew) flie AIR 29/2147 at

Revision history:

10-Oct-2013 07:29 Nepa Added
09-Sep-2014 17:51 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
09-Sep-2014 17:54 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
10-Mar-2021 10:05 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Operator]
20-May-2021 16:42 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
20-May-2021 22:12 Vicktor Updated [Operator, Nature, Narrative, Operator]

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