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Type:Silhouette image of generic VNOM model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
de Havilland DH.112 Venom FB Mk 4
Owner/operator:8 Sqn Royal Air Force (8 Sqn RAF)
Registration: WR503
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Djebel Djhat, Al Hajar Mountains -   Oman
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Shahjah, Abu Dhabi
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
De Havilland DH.112 Venom FB.Mk.4 WR503, 8 Squadron, RAF: Written off (destroyed) 8/7/58 when shot down by Omani guerillas at Djebel Djhat, Al Hajar Mountains, Oman while aircraft was engaged on CO-IN (COunter INsurgency) operations, which involved strafing and rocket firing at low level, providing covering fire for troops of 22nd SAS Regiment, who were operating in support of the pro-western Sultan. Pilot posted as missing, presumed killed

One source (see link #5) maintains that the Venom actually attacked a herd of goats and camels by mistake, mis-identifying them as enemy insurgents, and that the Venom was NOT shot down, but that the pilot misjudged his altitude and speed of approach, and that the Venom failed to pull out of an attacking dive.


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.196 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Youngstown Vindicator 9 July 1958, p 8


RAF Venom of 8 Squadron flying over Oman during Jebel Akhdar War, 20 July 1957: Venom1

Revision history:

27-Nov-2017 13:47 TB Added
14-Jan-2020 01:02 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Country, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
14-Jan-2020 19:47 stehlik49 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Operator]
14-Feb-2020 23:06 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total fatalities, Source]
14-Feb-2020 23:07 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
14-Feb-2020 23:10 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code]
14-Feb-2020 23:11 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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