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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 247201
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:247 (China British) Squadron Royal Air Force (247 (China British) Sqn RAF)
Registration: VV657
MSN: EEP/42...
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Odiham, Basingstoke, Hampshire, England. -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:RAF Odiham, Hampshire (ODH/EGVO)
Destination airport:RAF Odiham (ODH/EGVO)
Vampire FB.Mk.5 VV657/"A" : delivered 8/4/1949. Written off 5/6/1951 when the engine "flamed out" and could not be re-lit. The pilot then attempted to recover back to base (RAF Odiham, Basingstoke, Hampshire), but did not have enough speed and altitude, and instead made a "wheels up" forced landing in a field on approach to RAF Odiham. Although the aircraft was wrecked, the pilot apprently survived with no injuries


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.115 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Last Take-off: A Record of RAF Aircraft Losses 1950 to 1953 Colin Cummings p 144
3. Royal Air Force Aircraft SA100-VZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983)
4. 247 Squadron ORB (Operations Record Book)(Air Ministry Form AM/F.540) for the period 1/1/1951 to 31/12/1955: National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 27/2670/4 at


De Havllland Vampire VV657/"A" of 247 Sqaudron, RAF Odiham, September 1950 The Aviation Photo Company: Vampire (De Havilland) &emdash; RAF 247 Squadron De Havilland Vampire FB.5 VV657/A

Revision history:

28-Jan-2021 20:38 Dr. John Smith Added
28-Jan-2021 21:20 Castle Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Operator]
29-Jan-2021 23:00 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
04-Feb-2021 18:55 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
07-Aug-2021 21:26 Anon. Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Narrative, Operator]

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