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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 231645
Last updated: 10 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 FB Mk 5
Owner/operator:16 Squadron Royal Air Force (16 Sqn RAF)
Registration: VV448
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:4 miles ESE of Versmold, near RAF Gütersloh, North Rhine-Westphalia. -   Germany
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:RAF Gütersloh, (GUT/ETUO)
Destination airport:
De Havilland DH.100 Vampire FB.Mk.5 VV448, 16 Squadron, RAF: Written off (destroyed) 4/5/50 when dived into the ground shortly after takeoff from RAF Gütersloh, Germany. Aircraft came down four miles east south east of Versmold, Germany; pilot killed. Reason for crash never ascertained.

Crew of Vampire VV448:
Flying Officer Francis Colin Alston, RAF (Service Number 58773) - killed on active service 4/5/50

The reported crash location of Versmold in Westphalian Platt is a town in Gütersloh District in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It is located some 30 km west of Bielefeld at approximate coordinates 52°02′37″N 08°09′00″E


1. Halley, James J. (1999) Broken Wings – Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents. Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.102 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Last Take-off: A Record of RAF Aircraft Losses 1950 to 1953 by Colin Cummings p 54
3. Hamburger Abendblatt 5 May 1950, p 8
4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT233/20:
5. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/30/S2494:

Revision history:

22-Dec-2019 23:43 Dr. John Smith Added
22-Dec-2019 23:44 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
23-Dec-2019 20:43 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Operator]
23-Dec-2019 22:46 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
08-Jan-2020 21:30 stehlik49 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
05-Feb-2020 11:47 Anon. Updated [Location, Departure airport, Operator]

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