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Last updated: 23 October 2021
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Date:07-DEC-1949
Time:day
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:33 MU RAF
Registration: VZ194
MSN:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Lockeridge, 3 miles SW of Marlborough, Wiltshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Test
Departure airport:RAF Lyneham, Wiltshire
Destination airport:RAF Lyneham
Narrative:
De Havilland Vampire VZ194, 33 MU RAF Lyneham: Written off (destroyed) when crashed 7 December 1949 at Lockeridge, 3 miles South-west of Marlborough, Wiltshire. Pilot killed.

The aircraft had taken off from RAF Lyneham, Wiltshire for a post modification test flight. It had made three normal approaches to RAF Lyneham, but then flew into high ground in conditions of poor visibility. Although not positively determined, the official Air Ministry/RAF Board of Inquiry concluded that the pilot may have got into difficulty with his instrument flying or that the aircraft's gyros had toppled.

Crew of Vampire VZ194:
Wing Commander Cecil Gordon Scott Rowan-Robinson, DSO, DFC - killed on active service 7/12/1949.

The reported crash location of Lockeridge is a village in Wiltshire, England. It lies at the edge of the West Woods in the Kennet Valley, 2.9 miles (4.7 km) west of Marlborough, 3.1 miles (5.0 km) east of Avebury and 10.5 miles (16.9 km) south of Swindon, at approximate co ordinates 51.409N 1.789W.

Sources:

1. Halley, James (1999). Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents. Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.96. ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft SA100-VZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1985 p 101)
3. Final Landings by Colin Cummings p 561
4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/30/W2473: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C6578319
5. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/dh/_DH100%20prodn%20list.txt
6. http://www.ukserials.com/results.php?serial=VZ


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
07-Dec-2019 15:22 Dr. John Smith Added
08-Dec-2019 17:23 Nepa Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Narrative, Operator]
08-Jan-2020 21:24 stehlik49 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]

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