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Last updated: 16 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:RAF Flying College
Registration: VV680
MSN: EEP/42...
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Sea, 1.5 miles ESE of Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Cranwell, Sleaford, Lincolnshire (EGYD)
Destination airport:
de Havilland DH.100 Vampire FB.Mk 5 VV680: Delivered 2/5/1949. Written off (destroyed) 16/3/1950 when crashed into the North Sea, one-and-a-half miles East-South-East of Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire. On a training flight from RAF Cranwell, the aircraft entered a vertical spin to the right, from an altitude of approximately 4,000 feet, and then recovered before diving again at approximately 1,000 feet. The aircraft recovered a second time, at an altitude of between 500 and 750 feet, but then dived steeply once more, and this time failing to recover before diving into the North Sea. The pilot was killed.

Crew of Vampire VV680:
Wing Commander Roderick Hugh McConnell DSO, DFC, RAF (pilot, Service Number 33268, aged 33) - killed on active service 15/3/1950


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.90 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft SA100-VZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983)
3. Last Take Off; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1950 to 1953 by Colin Cummings p.41

Revision history:

15-Dec-2020 18:43 Dr. John Smith Added
15-Dec-2020 18:44 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
13-May-2021 20:04 Anon. Updated [Operator, Location, Operator]

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