ASN logo
ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 64031
Last updated: 18 November 2021
This information is added by users of ASN. Neither ASN nor the Flight Safety Foundation are responsible for the completeness or correctness of this information. If you feel this information is incomplete or incorrect, you can submit corrected information.

Time:14:05 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic VAMP model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.115 Vampire T Mk 55
Owner/operator:De Havilland Aircraft
Registration: Iraqi AF 334
MSN: 15344
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Ty'n Rhyn Farm, near Nercwys, Flintshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Hawarden, Chester (EGNR)
Destination airport:Hatfield Aerodrome, Hatfield, Hertfordshire (EGTH)
Crashed shortly after take off on delivery flight, Ty'n Rhyn Farm, near Nercwys, Flintshire 16-12-1953: Aircraft was a DH Vampire T.55 "334" of the Iraqi Air Force (Call sign "Tibet 35"). Civilian test pilot Michael Hills-Johns (the sole person on board) did not eject (ejector seats were not fitted), and was killed. The aircraft exploded in flames on impact, as the fuel tanks were full, preparatory to a long ferry flight (Chester-Hatfield-Baghdad)

Note that one of the official files on this incident at the National Archives at Kew (AVIA 5/32/S2669) spells the crash location as "Nerquis, Iraq" [sic]! "Nerquis" is the anglicised spelling of the Welsh place name "Nercwys", and is nowhere near "Iraq" (although that was the intended destination).


1. Final Descent: Air Crashes in Wales and the Borders By Terence Hill p.84-88
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT233/188:
3. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/32/S2669:

Revision history:

22-May-2009 12:58 XLerate Added
09-Dec-2013 16:41 TB Updated [Date, Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Source, Damage, Narrative]
15-May-2017 16:03 Dr.John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
06-Jan-2020 23:36 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
06-Jan-2020 23:50 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
07-Jan-2020 19:30 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Source]
10-Jan-2020 22:15 stehlik49 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
07-Dec-2020 18:10 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]

Corrections or additions? ... Edit this accident description