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    Default Vampire WA222 Written off 06.10.51

    Can anyone provide details as to the circumstances of the write off of this Vampire on 6th October 1951?

    Many thanks,

    Jim
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    G'day Jim

    On the 6th of October, 1951, Vampire s/n WA222 was serving with No. 71 (F) Squadron at the time of loss. The pilot was killed while taking off from Gilze-Rijen Air Base, Netherlands. The aircraft dropped a wing causing it to hit a small hut and subsequently blow up.

    Cheers...Chris

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    Cheers Chris,

    Not the one near Gilsland then!

    Jim
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    To add to this, the pilot was Sgt Michael Richard Hudson 23

    There was a 26 Sqn Vampire lost on 21 Sep at Stadhagen and at least four other Vampires lost later in Oct 51. Northumberland Aviation Diary by Derek Walton, makes no reference to an accident at Gilsland on the date you offered.

    Colin Cummings

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    Many thanks Colin.

    Looking very likely that my Vampire was repaired and saw service again. I'll continue to dig and look into those mentioned in Paul's post.

    Jim
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