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    Default de Haviland Vampire VV531 crashed 08.01.1951 Germany

    Hello,
    near my city Cloppenburg in NW Germany has crashed the Vampire VV531 on 8. Jan.1951.
    I have found a witness who told me about the fatal accident. It was near to his home. I have explored the field an found some pieces of metal.

    I can not find any information in the web. Who knows the name from the killed pilot?

    I hope somebody can help me about my question.

    regards
    Volker Urbansky

    v.urbansky@t-online.de

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    In all these cases Volker, you should contact the RAF Museum in hendon and request assistance.

    There are a number of books by Colin Cummings that will help you if you plan to ask about a large number of aircraft:

    Last Take-off: A Record of RAF Aircraft Losses 1950 to 1953 by Colin Cummings
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    Category Five: A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1954 to 2009 by Colin J. Cummings

    From teh AFM database I'd suggest the pilot was P/O Arthur Sidney CLARKE 3504675
    , died on that date, assigned to RAF Wunsdorf. buried in Germany.
    Dennis Burke
    - Dublin

    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    You should take advantage of my ability to check my record cards while my health allows:

    VV531:XC-N No.26 Squadron Wunstorf
    Pilot lost control during instrument turn in cloud and dived into ground, three-and-half miles West of Cloppenburg killing Pt Off A S Clark

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    Volker,

    Cummings confirms the name of the pilot as CLARK (no 'e'). I note that the two previous posts offer both versions.

    Errol

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    Default de Haviland Vampire VV531

    Hello,
    Thank you very much for your answer. Seems finally solved the riddle.
    Maybe there is a picture somewhere of the pilot? This I would love to show my witnesses.

    Kind Regards
    Volker Urbansky, Cloppenburg

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