Accident de Havilland DH.112 Sea Venom FAW.21 XG658, Wednesday 20 January 1960
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Date:Wednesday 20 January 1960
Type:Silhouette image of generic VNOM model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
de Havilland DH.112 Sea Venom FAW.21
Owner/operator:766 Sqn FAA RN
Registration: XG658
MSN: 121067
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Manor Farm, 1 mile east of Tockenham, Wiltshire, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:RNAS Yeovilton (HMS Heron), Ilchester, Somerset
Destination airport:RAF Lyneham, Wiltshire (EGDL)
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Written off 20/1/1960: Crashed at Manor Farm, one mile east of Tockenham, Wiltshire during a night GCA (Ground Controlled Approach) recovery to Lyneham, killing both crew:

Pilot: Lt. Anthony W.G. Kemsley
Observer: Lt. J.E.S. Munday

Wreckage recovered to RNAS Lee-on-Solent for accident investigation. Then sent to RNAY Fleetlands for spares recovery and scrapping. Struck off charge 4/5/1960

1 - The aircraft was definitely a Sea Venom. There were several incorrect reports - then and since - that the aircraft involved was a Sea Vixen, due to 766 NAS having begun Sea Vixen operations in 1958. However, in 1960, a few Sea Venoms were still on charge with 766 NAS, including XG658.

2 - Tockenham is a village and civil parish in Wiltshire, England at approximate Coordinates: 51.51°N, 1.95°W. The nearest town is Royal Wootton Bassett, about 3 miles (4.8 km) away to the north east


1. Fleet Air Arm Fixed Wing Aircraft Since 1946 (Ray Sturtivant, Lee Howard & Mick Burrows, Air Britain, 2004 p.197)

Revision history:

03-Sep-2013 17:34 Dr.John Smith Added
03-Sep-2013 17:42 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
02-Dec-2013 03:21 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
17-Feb-2014 16:14 Nepa Updated [Operator]
17-Feb-2014 18:52 Anon. Updated [Operator]
11-Mar-2014 20:53 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
05-Mar-2015 09:28 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Nature]
26-May-2015 12:46 Angel dot comma Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Nature, Narrative]
29-Aug-2020 00:23 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
29-Aug-2020 09:16 Angel Dick one Updated [Operator, Operator]
10-Apr-2024 22:14 Nepa Updated [Location, Operator]

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