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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 205525
Last updated: 19 October 2021
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Time:11:45 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic VAMP model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.100 Vampire F Mk 3
Owner/operator:Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF)
Registration: 17032
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Charleswood, MB -   Canada
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:RCAF Winnipeg, MB
Destination airport:RCAF Winnipeg, MB
Flying Officer Vernon James Bastable, of 402 Sqn City of Winnipeg Auxiliary fighter squadron, was to be part of a two-plane formation training flight. The weather at the time was overcast. The second aircraft was delayed in taking off and F/O Bastable had circled the airfield once, waiting for the second aircraft to join him. On his second circuit of the airfield, a witness saw the Vampire drop out of the clouds in a tail slide. The aircraft crashed into a snow-covered field approximately 5 miles south of Stevenson Field (RCAF Winnipeg), in the Charleswood district. Flying Officer V.J. Bastable was killed in the crash which was attributed to unfamiliarity with instrument flying.


The Winnipeg Evening Tribune 28 March 1949, p1
Canadian Military Aircraft, Serials & Photographs, 1920-1968

Revision history:

02-Feb-2018 19:04 TB Added
02-Feb-2018 19:07 TB Updated [Departure airport]
06-Feb-2018 10:06 TB Updated [Registration, Source]
08-Jan-2020 21:11 stehlik49 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
27-Feb-2021 19:53 Cosmo Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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