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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 205677
Last updated: 17 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 F Mk 3
Owner/operator:Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF)
Registration: 17080
MSN: EE 42398
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Kendal, ON -   Canada
Phase: En route
Departure airport:USAF Niagara Falls, NY
Destination airport:RCAF Trenton, ON
Vampire 17080, flown by F/L Les Banner of the Central Flying School (CFS), was one of two RCAF Vampires that had taken part in USAF day celebrations at Niagara Falls, New York. The two aircraft departed Niagara Falls for the one hundred mile return flight to Trenton across Lake Ontario. The two aircraft separated in heavy cloud and witnesses reported a jet flying northeast of Peterborough, some 35 miles off course. The Vampire crashed into a hill near Kendal ON, about 45 miles east of Trenton, killing F/L Les Banner. The other pilot, F/L EG Ireland, arrived safely back at home base.


The Canadian Press; September 20, 1948
The Ottawa Journal 20 September 1948, p3
Ottawa Citizen 20 September 1948, p10
The Canadair Sabre; Larry Milberry p242
Sixty Years, The RCAF and CF Air Command, Larry Milberry p214

Revision history:

05-Feb-2018 18:21 TB Added
08-Jan-2020 21:08 stehlik49 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
26-Feb-2021 08:13 Cosmo Updated [Cn, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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