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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 231826
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:226 Operational Conversion Unit Royal Air Force (226 OCU RAF)
Registration: VV681
MSN: EEP/42...
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Broomhills, 1 mile North of Botesdale, Suffolk, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Stradishall, Suffolk
Destination airport:
De Havilland DH.100 Vampire FB.Mk.5 VV681, 226 OCU, RAF: Written off (destroyed) 26/7/50 when crashed at Broomhills, one mile north of Botesdale, Suffolk. Pilot killed

The aircraft was number three in a formation tail chase. It was seen to leave the formation, and enter into a steep dive, from which it crashed without any attempt at a recovery. It is thought possible that the pilot blacked out due to anoxia (oxygen starvation) and did not recover.

Pilot of Vampire VV681
Pilot Officer Francis Henry William Coates (pilot, Service Number 3037407, aged 23) - killed on active service 26/7/50

The reported crash location is one mile north of Botesdale, a village and civil parish in the Mid Suffolk district of the English county of Suffolk. The village is about 6 miles (10 km) south west of Diss, 25 miles (40 km) south of Norwich and 16 miles (26 km) north east of Bury St Edmunds.


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd., p 104. ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Last Take-off: A Record of RAF Aircraft Losses 1950 to 1953 by Colin Cummings p 70
3. Royal Air Force Aircraft SA100-VZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1985 p 92)
4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT233/29:
5. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/31/S2504:

Revision history:

30-Dec-2019 19:47 Dr. John Smith Added
30-Dec-2019 20:35 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Nature, Operator]
27-Dec-2020 21:17 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
27-Dec-2020 21:19 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
27-Dec-2020 21:54 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Location, Operator]

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