Showing posts with label De Havilland Vampire. Show all posts
Showing posts with label De Havilland Vampire. Show all posts

Sunday, 15 November 2015

De Havilland Vampire VZ874


A 'VZ'  in rocks denotes the location the aircraft impacted the mountain
 On the 12th October 1956  at 1910 hours this aircraft , the De Havilland Vampire VZ874 took off from RAF Valley on nearby Anglesey.  The pilot, a member of the Fleet air Arm, Sub-Lt R. Davies was in training on Vampires and had just begun his night flying training having already flown a total of 110 hours in the type. His brief that night was to fly locally and do circuits (landings and takeoffs at the airfield).
Flying by instruments alone and only ten minutes after taking off the aircraft crashed into the West of the summit of Mynydd Mawr in Snowdonia. Unfortunately Sub-Lt Davies was killed in the crash.
The aircraft is said to have exploded on impact many parts of the aircraft continued across the summit and fell into the the cwm below  on the East face of the  summit.
The alleged impact point is now marked by the aircraft's letters in the scree a V and a Z .We found nothing here now...but possibly didnt look hard enough because photographs of small fragments can be seen on the internet.
On descending into Cwm Planwydd we had more success finding engine parts and aircraft spars.
The Aircraft a D.H. 100 F.B.Mk 5 was built at Broughton as a batch order of 63 machines.

A spar and some engine parts in the Cwm

Monday, 27 May 2013

Vampire VZ106

On the 9th October 1953 flying out of RAF Pembrey this De Havilland Vampire aircraft was flying as the lead aircraft of a pair of Vampires . Descending through cloud the pilot must have failed to see the ground approaching and hit the western slope of Fan Fir on the Black Mountains in the Brecon Beacons National Park. The pilot of the second aircraft did see the ground and managed to avoid collision with it , a fortunate escape for him.
The pilot of the first Aircraft died in the crash. He was
P/O John Raymond Baldock
A huge amount of this aircraft remains at the site . Someone as collected the majority of it and layed it out into the rough shape of a Vampire aircraft .
These shots show the location of the main wreckage pool amidst the mountains!
Definately better on black in the lightbox , Thanks for pointing that out Al. You can see the depth of field thingy better there! gives a 3D style effect .

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Vampire WA400

On the 25th of July 1951 this Vampire aircraft ,piloted by F/O Lawerence Beckford,
crashed into Strines Moor in the Peak District.
The pilot had been on training exercise when he ran out of fuel on the leg back to base . It is suspected that his compass was not re-set correctly after a session of aerobatics but on realising the impending lack of fuel he used his resources and chose to attempt a wheels up landing on this flat moor.
In this he was both successful and a little lucky , for he managed not to hit any of the rocks which are strewn amongst the deep heather.
On landing he was aided from the aircraft by a local just before it burst into flames . The aircraft burned to destruction.
All thats left are lumps of molten alloy and a few fragments of tubing and glass.
This is one of the easiest of sites to visit on moorland can even see my car in the shot if looked at in original size. 250 metres, tops, from the gate by the road to the crash site. Its hard to imagine that its location had been 'lost' for all those years.