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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 172717
Last updated: 8 January 2020
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Time:15:42 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic VAMP model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.100 Vampire F.Mk 3
Owner/operator:608 (North Riding) Squadron Royal Air Force (608 (North Riding) Sqn RAF)
Registration: VT863
C/n / msn: EEP42421
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:nr "Meggison House", 1 mile west of Hutton Rudby, North Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:RAF Thornaby, North Yorkshire
Destination airport:RAF Thornaby, North Yorkshire
Vampire VT863 was built to contract 6/ACFT/936 by E.E.C. at Salmesbury and was believed delivered to the RAF in February 1948. It was issued to 54 Squadron at Odiham in April 1948 and on an unknown date moved to the Station Flight at Odiham. It was transferred to 601 Squadron at North Weald in November 1949 and then to 608 Squadron early in 1951

On 9th September 1951 the pilot of Vampire F.3 VT863 took off from RAF Thornaby at 15.35 hours to practice for the Battle of Britain air display, due to be held at Thornaby on 15th September 1951. Whilst flying at a high speed the aircraft was seen to turn steeply before flicking to one side and diving into the ground near to "Meggison House", 1 mile West of Hutton Rudby, North Yorkshire, from between 1,000 and 1,500 feet at 15.42 hours.

The pilot was unable to get clear of the crashing aircraft and was sadly killed. The crash investigation found that the probable cause was probably down to the inexperienced pilot in flying fast and making tight turns at high speed, a stall occurred during one of the turns from which the pilot was unable to recover, possibly because he passed out because of the G-force in the turn.

Pilot - Sgt Harry Darragh Mincher RAF (2686168), aged 28, of Bothwell, Lanarkshire. Buried Darlington West Cemetery, Durham (V6Z376).


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft SA100-VZ999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1983, p. 88)

Revision history:

05-Jan-2015 19:38 Dr. John Smith Added
05-Jan-2015 19:39 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source]
08-Jan-2020 22:09 stehlik49 Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Operator]

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