de Havilland DH.100 Vampire FB.5 Air Crash

Date: 17-OCT-1954
Type: Silhouette image of generic VAMP model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.100 Vampire FB.5
Operator: RAF 501 Sqn.
Registration: WA330
C/n / msn:
Fatalities: Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities: 0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: Holford Combe, Somerset - United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature: Military
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Dived into hill out of cloud.
Air Britain RAF Aircraft WA100 - WZ999
The Calm of West Somerset was tragically broken when a de Havilland DH.100 Vampire FB.5 jet crashed into Hare Knapp a hillside just outside of Holford village. The plane, one of two that had been flying low over the Quantocks dived into the hill out of cloud. The plane disintergrated on impact, with an explosion that shook doors and windows in the village, scattering debris over a large area. It was the second time in three months a Vampire had crashed in the Quantocks. Unfortunatly this time killing the pilot.

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