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Last updated: 1 December 2021
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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:208 Advanced Flying School Royal Air Force (208 AFS RAF)
Registration: VV456
MSN: EEP/42...
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Merryfield, Ilton, Ilchester, Somerset, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:RAF Merryfield, Somerset
Destination airport:RAF Merryfield, Somerset
de Havilland DH.100 Vampire FB.Mk 5 VV456, 208 AFS (Advanced Flying School) RAF: Delivered 5 October 1948. On 24 July 1953, two planes collided on the runway at Merryfield on landing due to a mistaken signal. de Havilland DH.100 Vampire FB.Mk 5 serial number WA438 and de Havilland DH.100 Vampire FB.Mk 5 serial number VV456 both from 208 AFS, and both based at RAF Merryfield. Both had landed at Merryfield at the end of separate sorties, and both pilots were killed.

Crew of Vampire FB.5 VV456
Pilot Officer (4095331) Brian John Roberts (pilot) RAF- killed in service 27 July 1953;


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.147 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Last Take-off: A Record of RAF Aircraft Losses 1950 to 1953 by Colin Cummings p 393
3. Royal Air Force Aircraft SA100-VZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1985)
4. Wings Over Somerset: Aircraft Crashes since the End of World War II By Peter Forrester
5. 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:

09-Sep-2014 17:28 Dr. John Smith Added
03-Jun-2015 08:35 Yelush Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
16-Jan-2016 20:24 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
10-Jan-2020 11:49 stehlik49 Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Operator]
17-Jan-2020 00:19 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
06-May-2021 17:17 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
06-May-2021 17:32 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
06-May-2021 19:40 MiG17 Updated [Operator, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative, Operator]

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