Accident de Havilland DH.100 Vampire FB Mk 5 WA417, Thursday 3 January 1957
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Date:Thursday 3 January 1957
Type:Silhouette image of generic VAMP model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
de Havilland DH.100 Vampire FB Mk 5
Owner/operator:7 FTS RAF
Registration: WA417
MSN: EEP/42260
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:near Bodelwyddan, four miles south of Rhyl, Denbighshire, Wales -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:RAF Valley, Anglesey, Wales (VLY/EGOV)
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
de Havilland DH.100 Vampire FB Mk 5 WA417: Delivered 4/6/1951. RAF operational service career was with 102 FRS, 98 Squadron, RAF Jever, West Germany from 7/4/1952 (coded "G"), 112 Squadron, RAF Jever, West Germany 24/9/1953 (coded "A-S" later "S"), thence to 19 MU RAF St. Athan 29/12/1953. Next issued to 5 FTS (Flying Training School) and then 7 FTS RAF Valley.

Written off (destroyed 3/1/1957: Dived into the ground near Bodelwyddan, four miles south of Rhyl, Denbighshire from an irrecoverable spin. The pilot did not bale out and was killed. It was thought that he was incapacitated when he was struck by the hood as it was jettisoned.
Lt. John Barry Taylor (pilot) RN - on assignment from HMS Goldcrest (RNAS Brawdy), killed on active service 3/1/1957

The reported crash location of Bodelwyddan (Welsh pronunciation: [bɔdɛlˈwəðan]) is a town in North east wales, electoral ward and community in Denbighshire, Wales, approximately 5 miles (8 km) South of Rhyl. The Parish includes several smaller hamlets such as Marli and Pengwern at approximate co ordinates 53.268°N 3.499°W


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings – Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.184 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 9)
3. Category Five; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1954 to 2009 by Colin Cummings p.227
4. NationalArchives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/35/S2859:

Revision history:

29-May-2008 02:49 JINX Added
08-Jun-2008 21:33 JINX Updated
29-Jun-2011 02:05 angels one five Updated [Location, Phase, Nature, Source, Narrative]
29-Jun-2011 03:29 angels one five Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
05-Mar-2013 11:34 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
28-Jun-2014 01:43 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Narrative]
25-Dec-2018 21:07 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
16-Jul-2020 21:10 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
17-Jul-2020 10:05 Jixon Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Operator]
14-Apr-2024 21:58 Nepa Updated [Location, Narrative, Operator]

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