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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 231994
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:229 Operational Conversion Unit Royal Air Force (229 OCU RAF)
Registration: VZ124
MSN: EEP/42...
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Arlington, 13 miles NE of RAF Chivenor, North Devon, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Chivenor, Barnstaple, Devon
Destination airport:RAF Chivenor, Barnstaple, Devon
De Havilland Vampire FB. Mk.5 VZ124, 229 OCU: Delivered 1/9/1952. Written off (destroyed) 16/7/53 when the aircraft's engine suffered a catastrophic failure and an explosion shortly after take off from RAF Chivenor, Barnstaple, Devon. The pilot bailed out successfully, and the aircraft dived into the ground at Arlington, North Devon, approximately 13 miles north-east of RAF Chivenor


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 389
3. Royal Air Force Aircraft SA100-VZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 101)
4. 229 OCU ORB (Operation Record Book)(Air Ministry Form AM/F.540) for the period 1/1/1951 to 31/12/1955: National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 29/2167 at
5. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT233/161:
6. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/32/S2642:

Revision history:

07-Jan-2020 17:12 Dr. John Smith Added
07-Jan-2020 17:25 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
07-Jan-2020 19:14 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Operator]
04-May-2021 01:35 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
05-May-2021 08:41 Iwosh Updated [Operator, Location, Narrative, Operator]

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