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Last updated: 14 November 2021
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Date:24-JUL-1953
Time:day
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: WA438
MSN: EEP/422..
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: Taxi
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Merryfield, Somerset
Destination airport:RAF Merryfield, Somerset
Narrative:
de Havilland DH.100 Vampire FB Mk 5, WA438, 208 AFS (Advanced Flying School), RAF: Delivered 17 July 1951. 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 from 208 AFS both based at RAF Merryfield. Both had landed at Merryfield at the end of separate sorties, and both pilots were killed.

Crew of Vampire WA438;
Pilot Officer (4090854) Richard Barrie LANE (pilot) RAF - killed in service 24 July 1953

Sources:

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 WA100-WZ999 (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 https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C4101857
6. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/dh/_DH100%20prodn%20list.txt
7. http://www.ukserials.com/results.php?serial=WA
8. http://www.friendsofsomersetarchives.org.uk/files/Snippets/Snippets%20Mar%202013.pdf


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
29-May-2008 05:17 JINX Added
08-Jun-2008 21:50 JINX Updated
09-Sep-2014 17:20 Dr. John Smith Updated [Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
17-May-2015 07:08 MiG21 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Narrative]
17-May-2015 07:14 MiG17 Updated [Narrative]
06-May-2021 17:34 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
06-May-2021 19:37 MiG17 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Operator]

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