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Last updated: 15 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:CFE Royal Air Force (CFE RAF)
Registration: VZ290
MSN: EEP/42...
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF West Raynham, Fakenham, Norfolk, England. -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:RAF West Raynham, Fakenham, Norfolk
Destination airport:RAF West Raynham, Fakenham, Norfolk
de Havilland DH.100 Vampire FB.Mk.5 VZ290, CFE (Central Fighter Establishment), RAF: Delivered 21-2-1950. Written off (destroyed) 18-8-1950: The aircraft was carrying out "S" turns at the downwind end of the main runway at RAF West Raynham, Fakenham, Norfolk on approach. The reason for the "S" turns was that the Vampire was waiting for a glider and tug aircraft to take off and clear the runway. During one of these "S" turns, the Vampire stalled at low airspeed, and could not recover due to the low altitude available. The pilot was killed.

Crew of Vampire VZ290:
Flight Lieutenant Joseph Draper, RAF (pilot) - killed on active service 17-8-1950


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.105 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.74

Revision history:

28-Dec-2020 22:08 Dr. John Smith Added
28-Dec-2020 22:15 Emil Robot Updated [Operator, Location, Nature, Operator]

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