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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 20143
Last updated: 13 October 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:203 Advanced Flying School Royal Air Force (203 AFS RAF)
Registration: WA371
MSN: EEP/42...
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Cottam, 4 miles east of Sledmere, East Yorkshire, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:RAF Driffield, East Yorkshire
Destination airport:
de Havilland DH.100 Vampire FB Mk.5 WA371, 203 AFS (Advanced Flying School) RAF: delivered 3/4/1951. Written off (destroyed) 5/4/1951: The aircraft was practicing stall turns about six miles north of its home base (RAF Driffield, East Yorkshire). From one of these stall turns, the aircraft's nose was seen to drop, and the aircraft entered a spin from which it did not recover, before crashing into a ploughed field near Cottam, 4 miles east of Sledmere, East Yorkshire . The pilot was killed on impact with the ground.

Crew of Vampire WA371:
Pilot Officer Robert Tennent MacMullan RAF (Pilot, aged 21) - killed on active service 5/4/1951

The reported crash location of Cottam is a hamlet and civil parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. The hamlet is west of the B1249 Skipsea to Staxton road, and in the Yorkshire Wolds. It is 16 miles (30 km) north from the county town of Beverley, and approximately 4 miles (6 km) east from the village of Sledmere, at approximate co ordinates 54.068375N 0.481665W


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.112 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1985)
3. Last Take Off; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1950 to 1953 by Colin Cummings p.126
4. 203 AFS ORB (Operations Record Book)(Air Ministry Form AM/F.540) for the period 1/1/1951 to 31/5/1954: National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 29/2145/1 at

Revision history:

28-May-2008 23:54 JINX Added
08-Jun-2008 15:23 JINX Updated
15-May-2013 13:24 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location]
18-Jan-2021 00:15 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
18-Jan-2021 00:18 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator]
04-Aug-2021 20:13 Anon. Updated [Operator, Location, Operator]

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