Accident de Havilland DH.115 Vampire T Mk 11 XD431,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 161700
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Date:Monday 9 January 1961
Type:Silhouette image of generic VAMP model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
de Havilland DH.115 Vampire T Mk 11
Owner/operator:5 FTS RAF
Registration: XD431
MSN: 15297
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:The Wash, 18 miles SE of Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Oakington, Cambridgeshire
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Written off 9/1/1961: Crashed into The Wash 18 miles south-east of Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, after an engine fire damaged the flying controls. Following engine malfunction, the pilot radioed his intention to eject. The pilot [Pilot Officer Leonard Dalton] was killed. No trace of pilot or aircraft found.

Per a contemporary press report:

"The lifeboats last service at Sheringham occurred on 13/1/1961 when RNLI boat "Foresters' Centenary" went out along with both the Cromer and Wells lifeboats to search for an RAF Vampire (T.11, XD431) of the Flying Training Command. The pilot, following engine malfunction, radioed his base with his intention to eject somewhere over the Wash. No trace of the pilot or aircraft were found and the search was called of after thirty hours without success."



Revision history:

27-Oct-2013 07:21 Dr. John Smith Added
15-Mar-2019 08:31 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Nature]
10-Jan-2020 19:14 stehlik49 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]

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