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    Default Vampire Loss - 16th April 1950

    On the 16th of April 1950, three of 100 Squadron's Lincolns were engaged in an exercise to test the UK fighter defence systems. During the course of this exercise, when a Vampire was making a head-on attack against one of 100's Lincolns, the Vampire collided with the port wing. The Lincoln returned to base, but the Vampire crashed into the sea.

    Can anyone shed any light on the serial, unit, and pilot of the Vampire for me please, and in particular whether or not the pilot of the Vampire survived the loss of the airccraft? I've tried Google, but nothing comes up.

    Thanks in anticipation,

    Greg
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    16 April 1950: Vampire FB 5, VV565, No.247 Squadron, RAF Odiham. Exercise 'Stardust'. At 1345 hours, the Vampire struck the port wing of Lincoln B2, RF404:HW-H of No.100 Squadron from Waddington during head-on attack after misjudging the breakaway. The pilot, Pt Off M B Le Poer Trench, baled out and landed in water 7 miles off the Dorset coast. He was not rescued for two-and-a-half hours and died of exposure. The Vampire crashed 12 miles south of Swanage, Dorset. Despite losing three feet of the port wing and aileron, the Lincoln returned to base.

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    Greg, Hi,

    Beaten to it by Dave. But the accident got a note in The Times. Plt Off le Poer Trench from Odiham 7 miles off the Dorset coast. Source "Collision In Air Exercise." Times [London, England] 17 Apr. 1950: 2. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 25 Apr. 2014. Couldn't find Trench in Free BMD.

    Yrs Aye

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    Peter / Dave,

    Brilliant stuff, many thanks!! Such a tragedy that the Vampire pilot managed to bale successfully but then died of exposure.

    A pint for you both should we ever be occupying the same bar!!

    All the best as always,

    Greg
    "You can take the boy out of Wales,
    But you can't take Wales out of the boy!!"

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    100 Squadron and 100 Squadron Association Historian
    100 Squadron Researcher 1917 - present day
    1 Group Researcher 1940 - 1945

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