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Date:19-MAR-1951
Time:day
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:72 Squadron Royal Air Force (72 Sqn RAF)
Registration: VZ265
MSN: EEP/42...
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Manston, Ramsgate, Kent, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: Standing
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Manston, Kent
Destination airport:
Narrative:
de Havilland DH.100 Vampire FB.Mk.5 VZ265, 72 Squadron, RAF: Written off (damaged beyond repair) 19/3/1951. Struck by Vampire VZ113 while parked at RAF Manston, Ramsgate, Kent. Vampire VZ113 sustained only minor damage and was repaired for returned to service.

However, the damage sustained by Vampire VZ265 was judged to be severe enough to relegate the airframe as "beyond economic repair". Instead, it was Struck Off Charge as Cat.5(G/I) on 21/3/1951 and became Ground Instructional Airframe 6950M at No.1 SoTT (School of Technical Training) at RAF Halton, Wendover, Buckinghamshire. Re-classified as Cat5(Scrap) and Struck off Charge to be sold for scrap and components on 21/3/1952.

(VZ113, the other aircraft involved was Struck off Charge as Cat.5(scrap) and sold as scrap 06/03/1959 at No.19 MU St. Athan to H.H Bushell & Co Ltd., Birmingham)

Sources:

1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.112 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.124
4. 72 Squadron ORB (Operations Record Book)(Air Ministry Form AM/F.540) for the period 1/1/1951 to 31/1/1951: National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 27/2628/41 at https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D8439880
5. http://www.ukserials.com/results.php?serial=VZ
6. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/dh/_DH100%20prodn%20list.txt


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
16-Jan-2021 16:38 Dr. John Smith Added
16-Jan-2021 20:05 Anon. Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Operator]

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