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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 259032
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: VV490
MSN: EEP/42...
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Bristol Channel, off the coast of Ilfracombe, Devon, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Chivenor, Barnstaple, Devon
Destination airport:
de Havilland DH.100 Vampire FB Mk 5 VV490, 229 OCU (Operational Conversion Unit), RAF: delivered 17/11/1948. Written off 7/8/1953 when crashed into the Bristol Channel, off the coast of Ilfracombe, Devon. The aircraft collided with another Vampre FB.Mk.5 of 229 OCU while attempting to join up with a formation of aircraft. The pilot baled out successfuly.

The wreckage of Vampire VV490 was apparently recovered, as it was Struck Off Charge on 11/8/1953 as Cat.5(s) at 49 MU RAF Colerne, Wiltshire, and authorised to be reduced to spares and scrap.


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 399
3. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983)
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

Revision history:

07-May-2021 15:51 Dr. John Smith Added
07-May-2021 20:35 BlBe Updated [Operator, Location, Operator]

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