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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 231831
Last updated: 30 December 2019
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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:229 Operational Conversion Unit Royal Air Force (229 OCU RAF)
Registration: VV724
C/n / msn: EEP/42...
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Norton Farm, Launcells Stratton, 4 miles from Bude, Cornwall -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:RAF Chivenor, Barnstaple, Devon
Destination airport:
De Havilland DH.100 Vampire FB.Mk.5 VV724, 226 OCU, RAF: Written off (destroyed) 21/5/52 when crashed at Norton Farm, Launcells Stratton, 4 miles from Bude, Cornwall. Pilot killed

The aircraft was on a low flying and aerobatic training sortie, and from a radio message received from the pilot, it seems that the "low flying" element of the sortie had been completed. The aircraft was next seem diving into the ground inverted and at a 60-degree angle, for unknown reasons.

Although the aircraft had been trimmed "nose heavy", and the pilot had released his "Sutton Harness", he was not thrown out of the aircraft and did not survive.

Pilot of Vampire VV724:
Pilot Officer Roland Elgey, RAF (pilot, aged 21) - killed on active service 21/5/52

Vampire VV724 was formally Struck Off Charge 10/06/1952 as CAT 5(Scrap).


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p 129 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Last Take-off: A Record of RAF Aircraft Losses 1950 to 1953 by Colin Cummings p 249
3. Royal Air Force Aircraft SA100-VZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 92)
4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT233/95:
5. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/32/S2577:

Revision history:

30-Dec-2019 20:42 Dr. John Smith Added
30-Dec-2019 20:43 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Nature, Operator]

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