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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 205525
Last updated: 19 October 2021
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Date:27-MAR-1949
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
MSN:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Charleswood, MB -   Canada
Phase: Unknown
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RCAF Winnipeg, MB
Destination airport:RCAF Winnipeg, MB
Narrative:
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.

Sources:

The Winnipeg Evening Tribune 28 March 1949, p1
Canadian Military Aircraft, Serials & Photographs, 1920-1968
http://rcafassociation.ca/heritage/post-war-data/post-war-casualties-rcafcf/
https://legionmagazine.com/en/2010/04/the-problems-with-vampires-air-force-part-38/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
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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