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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 182996
Last updated: 3 February 2020
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Time:10:10 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:229 Operational Conversion Unit Royal Air Force (229 OCU RAF)
Registration: VZ813
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Two Bridges, Near Hatherleigh, Devon -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:RAF Chivenor, Barnstaple, Devon
Destination airport:RAF Chivenor, Devon
DeHavilland DH.100 Vampire FB.Mk.5 VZ813, 229 OCU, RAF Chivenor, Devon. Written off (destroyed) wheh crashed at Two Bridges, Near Hatherleigh, Devon, on 25 September 1952. Pilot killed

Pilot Officer Alan Leslie Fletcher (aged 22) was completing a training flight that involved dog fighting, cine gun ranging and tracking above minimum height of 10,000 ft. After a few minutes as the lead aircraft he swapped roles and radioed he was in position. His aircraft was last seen and heard in a steep dive, before hitting the ground at high speed and disintegrating. Quantities of canopy perspex were found scattered in a field a mile away from the crash site.

Accident Investigators concluded that Pilot Officer Fletcher had most likely been rendered unconscious as result of his head striking the canopy whilst flying through the lead aircraft's slip stream. The court of inquiry recommended the issue of hard shell helmets. Pilot Officer Fletcher is buried in Boscombe East Cemetery, Bournemouth. Dorset.


1. Halley, James (1999). Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents. Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.78. ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Last Take-off: A Record of RAF Aircraft Losses 1950 to 1953 p 37
3. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT233/116:

Revision history:

01-Jan-2016 16:08 GeorgeR Added
18-Jan-2016 17:56 JIXN Updated [Time, Operator]
16-Dec-2018 21:08 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
24-Dec-2019 19:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
25-Dec-2019 12:02 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Operator]
09-Jan-2020 12:32 stehlik49 Updated [Aircraft type, Destination airport, Operator]

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