Accident de Havilland DH.112 Venom NF Mk 3 WX879,
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Date:Monday 2 January 1956
Type:Silhouette image of generic VNOM model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
de Havilland DH.112 Venom NF Mk 3
Owner/operator:23 Sqn RAF
Registration: WX879
MSN: 12850
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:3 miles south east of North Walsham, Norfolk, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:RAF Coltishall, Norfolk (EGYC)
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
De Havilland DH.112 Venom WX879: Delivered 7/10/55. RAF Service career was with 23 Squadron RAF only

Written off (destroyed) 2/1/56 when dived into the ground three miles south east of North Walsham, Norfolk, shortly after take off from Coltishall. Cause officially stated as "unknown"; however, the RAF Coltishall ORB recorded "At this time 7 of the Venom aircraft required their engines changing", making engine failure a distinct possibility. Both crew were killed

Crew of Venom WX879:
F/O (4084127) Ian G.M JARVIS RAF (pilot) RAF: killed
Flying Officer Harry A. Parsons (navigator, aged 20)


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings – Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.177 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 107)
3. Category Five; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1954 to 2009 by Colin Cummings p.171
4. ORB (Air Ministry Form AM/F.540) for RAF Coltishall, Jan 1956 to December 1960: National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 28/1343 at
5. ORB (Air Ministry Form AM/F.540) for 23 Squadron RAF for the period 1/1/56 to 31/12/60: File AIR 27/2742 at
6. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT233/316:
7. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/34/S2797:
13. Gravestone of navigator:

Revision history:

11-Mar-2013 20:40 Dr. John Smith Added
08-Apr-2013 21:30 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
29-Jan-2014 19:23 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Embed code, Narrative]
17-Jan-2020 02:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
17-Jan-2020 14:36 stehlik49 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Operator]
08-Jun-2020 19:24 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Source, Narrative]

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