Vampire VZ874

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de Havilland Vampire VZ874

12 October 1956. Sub Lt R Davies, a Fleet Air Arm trainee pilot stationed at RNAS Dale in Pembrokeshire, was barely ten minutes into an evening training flight – flying in cloud on instruments – from RAF Valley on Anglesey, when he crashed into the top of Mynydd Mawr. The impact of the crash killed him and wreckage from the Vampire was flung over the summit ridge and down into Cwm Planwydd.

Photo above is looking towards the coast near the impact point. Photo below shows some of the remaining debris in Cwm Planwydd with Moel Eilio and Foel Gron beyond.


2 comments on “Vampire VZ874
  1. Hywel Owen says:

    I was 13 years okd and I heard the aircraft pass overhead my house in Talysarn. The engine noise did not sound right and I thought the plane might br in trouble, A short time later there was a very bright flash of an expolsion from the direction Mynydd Mawr.

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