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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 204604
Last updated: 5 February 2020
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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 F.Mk 3
Owner/operator:Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF)
Registration: 17024
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:6
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:32 miles south of Bagotville, QC -   Canada
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:RCAF St. Hubert, QC
Destination airport:
On 22 July 1952, six Vampires of 401 Squadron were scrambled to intercept nine 404 Squadron Lancasters during Exercise Signpost. F/L C. S. Buchanan, flying Vampire 17024, was attacking Lancaster FM102 from high starboard quarter when he collided with the target aircraft. The Lancaster was almost cut in half and crashed in the heavily forested Laurentian Mountains, approximately 29 miles (48km) south of RCAF Station Bagotville. All six crew members on the Lancaster were killed. The Vampire crashed approximately 32 miles (52km) south of Bagotville killing F/L Buchanan.

The investigation concluded that in his enthusiasm to press home the attack, F/L Buchanan exceeded the maximum authorized Vampire speed. Due to compressibility, a common high speed problem with the Vampire, he was not able to break off his attack at the authorized 200 yard distance and could not avoid the collision.


Saskatoon Star-Phoenix 23 July 1952, p1/24 July 1952, p2
The Montreal Gazette 24 July 1952, p11
Canadian Military Aircraft, Serials & Photographs, 1920-1968

Revision history:

17-Jan-2018 18:45 TB Added
17-Jan-2018 19:00 TB Updated [Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
06-Feb-2018 10:19 TB Updated [Registration, Departure airport, Source]
06-Feb-2018 14:33 TB Updated [Registration, Narrative]
14-Aug-2018 07:34 YJ44 Updated [Registration, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
09-Jan-2020 12:34 stehlik49 Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Departure airport, Operator]

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