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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 20156
Last updated: 18 November 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:CFS Royal Air Force (CFS RAF)
Registration: WA424
MSN: EEP/42...
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Little Rissington, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, England. -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:RAF Little Rissington, Cirencester, Gloucestershire
Destination airport:RAF Little Rissington, Gloucestershire
de Havilland DH.100 Vampire FB.Mk 5, CFS (Central Flying School), RAF: delivered 19/6/1951. Written off (damaged beyond repair) 20/6/1953 when crashed on take off at RAF Little Rissington, Gloucestershire. The aircraft stalled on take off due to engine failure.

Although the aircraft was wrecked (written off as "damaged beyond economic repair"), the pilot appears to have escaped uninjured. Wreckage recovered and Struck Off Charge 22/6/53 as Cat. 5(c) by de Havillands, then authorised to be reduced to components and scrap.


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.145 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. The Harvard File (John F Hamlin, Air Britain, 1988 p.111)
3. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain 1983 p10)
4. Last Take Off; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1950 to 1953 by Colin Cummings p.381
5. RAF Little Rissington: The Central Flying School 1946-76 p.311 By R. Deacon, A. Pollock, M. Thomas, R. Bagshaw
6. CFS (Central Fighter Establishment) ORB (Operations Record Book)(Air Ministry Form AM/F.540) for the period 1/1/1951 to 31/12/1955: National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 29/2310/2 at

Revision history:

29-May-2008 03:00 JINX Added
17-May-2015 07:03 MiG21 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location]
09-Jan-2020 21:25 stehlik49 Updated [Aircraft type, Nature, Operator]
01-May-2021 23:31 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
02-May-2021 11:25 Adell Updated [Operator, Location, Operator]
02-May-2021 21:58 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Narrative]
03-May-2021 08:29 MiG21 Updated [Operator, Location, Destination airport, Operator]

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