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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 20165
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:210 Advanced Flying School Royal Air Force (210 AFS RAF)
Registration: WA455
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Grimsditch Camp/RAF Tarrant Rushton, Dorset, England. -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Grimsditch Camp/RAF Tarrant Rushton, Dorset
Destination airport:
de Havilland DH.100 Vampire FB.Mk 5, VV467, 210 AFS (Advanced Flying School), RAF: delivered 28/10/1948. Written off 26/3/1953: Stalled during formation take-off from Grimsditch Camp/RAF Tarrant Rushton, Dorset and bellylanded back onto the airfield.

Although the aircraft was written off (deemed "damaged beyond economic repair") the pilot appears to have survived uninjured.


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.144 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Last Take Off; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1950 to 1953 by Colin Cummings p.375
3. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley Air Britain 2003)
4. 210 AFS ORB (Operational Record Boook)(Air Ministry Form AM/F.540) for the period 1/9/1952 to 30/4/1954: National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 29/2148/2 at

Revision history:

29-May-2008 05:28 JINX Added
17-May-2015 07:00 MiG21 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport]
09-Jan-2020 21:28 stehlik49 Updated [Aircraft type, Nature, Operator]
19-Apr-2021 23:28 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Source]
30-Apr-2021 03:41 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
30-Apr-2021 08:56 Investig Updated [Operator, Location, Operator]

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