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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 231756
Last updated: 13 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:14 Squadron Royal Air Force (14 Sqn RAF)
Registration: VV538
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Fassberg Air firing Range, 4 miles East of Fassberg -   Germany
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:RAF Fassberg, Germany (ETHS)
Destination airport:
De Havilland DH.100 Vampire FB.Mk.5 VV538, 14 Squadron,["V"] RAF: Written off (destroyed) 8 /6/51 when crashed at the Fassberg Air firing Range, 4 miles East of Fassberg, Germany. Pilot killed.

The aircraft pulled away from a dive attack on the Fassberg Firing Ranges, and the the nose suddenly dropped, and the aircraft dived into the ground at a steep angle. It is believed that the cockpit canopy shattered as the result of a ricochet of a 20mm cannon shell fired by the DH Vampire, and this either injured and/or distracted the pilot. Another source (see link #1) states the door of the gun bay came off in flight, and that was what struck and shattered the canopy.

Crew of Vampire VV538
Flight Lt Peter Frederick Wingate, DFC, RAF (Service Number 128905, aged 31) - killed on active service 8/6/51

Vampire FB.Mk.5 VV538 was delivered 7/1/49, and served as "T-V" of 93 Squadron from 11/10/50. To 14 Squadron as "V" from 9/3/51. Written off (destroyed) 8/6/51 as per the above


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.115. ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Last Take-off: A Record of RAF Aircraft Losses 1950 to 1953 Colin Cummings p 145
3. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT233/54:
4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/31/S2530:

Revision history:

28-Dec-2019 15:44 Dr. John Smith Added
28-Dec-2019 16:10 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Operator]

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