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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 232759
Last updated: 23 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:26 Squadron Royal Air Force (26 Sqn RAF)
Registration: VV487
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Hassocks Railway Station, Hassocks, West Sussex -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Wunstorf, Germany (ETNW)
Destination airport:RAF Odiham, Hampshire (ODH/EGVO)
De Havilland DH.100 Vampire FB.Mk.5, VV487 (XC-R), 26 Squadron, RAF Wunstorf. Written off 24 March 1950: Engine cut out due to suspected rear bearing failure and force-landed in a field near Hassocks Railway Station, Hassocks, West Sussex. Pilot: PIlot Officer Maurice J Biggs uninjured. Airframe Re Cat as scrap (Cat.5(s)) and struck off charge 14 April 1950.

According to a contemporary newspaper report ("Derby Daily Telegraph" - Friday 24 March 1950):

"Crash-Landing By Jet Fighter.
A Vampire jet fighter flying cross-country from Wunsdorf (Germany) to Odiham (Hants) crash-landed at Hassocks (Sussex) to-day. The pilot was unhurt and there was no damage to other people or property, but a jettisoned fuel tank fell near an A.A. patrolman."


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.100 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Last Take-off: A Record of RAF Aircraft Losses 1950 to 1953 Colin Cummings p 43
3. Royal Air Force Aircraft SA100-VZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1985)

Revision history:

03-Feb-2020 21:16 Dr. John Smith Added
04-Feb-2020 10:48 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Operator]

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