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    Default RAF Vampire Force Landing 1/2 Oct 1951 Canadian Pilot

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    Wednesday 03 October 1951
    The Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer ,

    Missing jet found:
    pilot unhurt After police had searched the wild moorland country,
    near Haltwhistle, Northumberland, yesterday, for a
    missing Vampire Jet fighter, it was reported late last night that the aircraft had made a
    successful belly landing In the Gilsland Pell area about 20 miles from Carlisle.
    The pilot, a Canadian, was unhurt. The 'plane was based on Leconfleld, near Beverley.

    The pilot was Flt Lt John Ursulak of RCAF and he was flying an RAF Vampire linked to the training of 421 Sqn RCAF with RAF Vampires (Before the Sqn went to France with Sabres) in 1951 - Maybe a serial in the VZ2nn and VZ3nn range?

    This accident does not appear to be listed in the Colin Cummings book for the period

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    Paul

    The a/c could have had a Canadian serial. The only loss of a 421S Sabre that I have listed is that of 23380 25/6/59.

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    I am 99 % sure it had RAF serial all I have read indicates they were specifically
    borrowed from raf stocks

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    421 Squadron borrowed a number of RAF Vampires for training when they first arrived in the UK, they retained RAF serials. The only serials I have identified are VZ225, VZ261, VZ264, VZ339 and VZ343. Maybe someone with more info on Vampires can tell us if it is one these.

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    G'day Chaps

    The following gen is from No. 421 Squadron's ORB's

    They were equipped with R.A.F. Vampire F.B. Mk. 5's. The serial numbers were:

    VZ240, VZ261, VZ262, VZ264, VZ268, VZ277, VZ278, VZ280, VZ284, VZ306, VZ329, VZ336, VZ339VZ343, WA176,

    WA207 made a Wheels up landing on the 26th of April, 1952 near Sutton Bridge, West Raynham, England after becoming lost in bad weather. The aircraft was written off.

    WA215, WA220, WA225,

    WA228 made a heavy landing in bad weather at Odiham, England on the 8th of February, 1951 and damaged the landing gear. The aircraft was repaired.

    WA411

    Cheers...Chris
    Last edited by Dakota; 22nd January 2014 at 17:02. Reason: spelling error

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    Thanks for this Chris. sounds like Ursulak's aircraft was repairable.

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    Does the ORB say what Vampire Ursulak was flying on 2nd October 1951

    Paul

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    G'day

    I will have to go through the ORB's again when I have more time.

    Cheers...Chris
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    Hi Paul & everyone. It was me who posted on the Key forums. Many thanks to everyone for your input so far.

    I found the following:

    VZ338, DH Vampire FB5, d/d 14/04/1950, w/o 22/10/1951

    Does anyone have the circumstances of the write off for this aircraft? It is possible that this is the same machine which crashed near Gilsland and it was struck off later after damage inspection?

    Jim
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