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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 247209
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:229 Operational Conversion Unit Royal Air Force (229 OCU RAF)
Registration: VZ330
MSN: EEP/42...
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Marston Magna, 5 miles north of Yeovil, Somerset, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Chivenor, Barnstaple, Devon (EGDC)
Destination airport:
de Havilland DH.100 Vampire FB.Mk.5 VZ330, 229 OCU RAF: delivered 30/3/1950. Written off 8/6/1951 when crashed at Marston Mgna, 5 miles north of Yeovil, Somerset. During a sortie from RAF Chivenor, Barnstaple, Devon, the aircraft started a mock attack on a target. However, instead of "peeling off" to dive onto the target, the aircraft instead went into a half roll, from which it did not recover, before diving into the ground. The pilot was killed.

Crew of Vampire VZ330:
Pilot Officer Ronald David Jones, RAF (pilot,aged 23) - killed on actvie service 8/6/1951

Marston Magna (also known as Broad or Great Marston) is a village and civil parish in Somerset, England, situated 5 miles (8.0 km) north of Yeovil in the South Somerset district. It is on the border with Dorset, which is why some published sources give the crash location as "Marston Magna, Sherborne, Dorset". (Sherborne is five miles to the south-east, along the B3148 road)


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 145
3. Royal Air Force Aircraft SA100-VZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983)
4. Wings Over Somerset: Aircraft Crashes since the End of World War II By Peter Forrester
5. 229 OCU ORB (Operation Record Book)(Air Ministry Form AM/F.540) for the period 1/1/1951 to 31/12/1955: National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 29/2167 at

Revision history:

28-Jan-2021 23:39 Dr. John Smith Added
28-Jan-2021 23:43 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
29-Jan-2021 09:56 Werich26 Updated [Operator, Location, Operator]
09-Mar-2021 20:17 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]

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