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Australian & New Zealand Military Aircraft Serials & History

RNZAF de Havilland DH.100 Vampire Mk.5. Mk.52, FB.9
NZ5721 to NZ5738, NZ5750 to NZ5778,RAF Serials
& INST166, 167, 169 & 171

RNZAF de Havilland  DH.115 Vampire T.11 & T.55
NZ5701 to NZ5711 & RAF Serials

 

     
 

Vampire NZ5755 
Lilydale 
21st November 2004
Photo by George Canciani

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Vampire FB.52 - RNZAF Serials (NZ5721 to NZ5738)

 
     
 
Serial Type c/n Aircraft history
NZ5721 FB.52 V0389 New aircraft to RNZAF contract.
Shipped to New Zealand on "Rangitikei".
BOC 10 April 1951.
Crashed near Rongotea after engine fire while carrying out aerobatics and destroyed 15 December 1958.
NZ5722 FB.52 V0396 New aircraft to RNZAF contract.
Shipped to New Zealand on "Timaru Star".
BOC 30 May 1951.
Crashed on landing at Ohakea 15 June 1954.
Converted to INST165 at No. 1 TTS Hobsonville on 12 April 1955.
No further details known.
NZ5723 FB.52 V0398 New aircraft to RNZAF contract.
Shipped to New Zealand on "Timaru Star".
BOC 01 June 1951.
Destroyed in mid air collision with NZ5756 near Wanganui on 22 November 1955.
The wingtip of NZ5756 struck the cockpit of NZ5723 and the fuselage disintegrated.
Pilot Officer Henry Paine was killed instantly in the collision.
NZ5724 FB.52 V0427 New aircraft to RNZAF contract.
Shipped to New Zealand on "Newbrough".
BOC 10 July 1951.
Delivered to Ohakea in September 1951.
Crashed at Ohakea in 1954 and stored at Woodbourne.
Sold by GSB tender number 8241 dated 09 January 1963.
To Dwen Distribution Company, Auckland.
Broken up.
NZ5725 FB.52 V0434 New aircraft to RNZAF contract.
Shipped to New Zealand on "Newbrough".
 BOC 10 July 1951.
Delivered to Ohakea in September 1951.
Destroyed in mid air collision with NZ5729 over Manukau Harbour 22 February 1952.
NZ5726 FB.52 V0442 New aircraft to RNZAF contract.
Shipped to New Zealand on "Port Brisbane".
BOC 09 August 1951.
Delivered to Ohakea in September 1951.
Crashed on landing at Ohakea on 03 November 1954 and destroyed.
Reduced to spares by 1956.
NZ5727 FB.52 V0445 New aircraft to RNZAF contract.
Shipped to New Zealand on "Port Brisbane".
BOC 09 August 1951.
Sold by GSB tender number 8241 dated 09 January 1963.
To Dwen Distribution Company, Auckland. Broken up.
NZ5728 FB.52 V0462 New aircraft to RNZAF contract.
Shipped to New Zealand on "Ruahine".
BOC 16 July 1951. Delivered to Ohakea in early September 1951.
Crashed in Raumai Ranges near Bulls at 1127 hours on 04 September 1952.
The aircraft was rehearsing for a ceremonial flypast when it lost height during an inverted run at low altitude and failed to recover during the roll out.
Flying Officer Gordon Jones-Prichard killed.
NZ5729 FB.52 V0471 New aircraft to RNZAF contract.
Shipped to New Zealand on "Ruahine".
BOC 10 July 1951.
First Vampire to be flown in New Zealand on 22 August 1951.
Delivered to Ohakea in early September 1951.
Destroyed in mid air collision with NZ5725 over Manukau Harbour 22 February 1952.
NZ5730 FB.52 V0473 New aircraft to RNZAF contract.
Shipped to New Zealand on "Rhodesia Star".
BOC 12 September 1951. Sold by GSB tender number 8241 dated 09 January 1963.
To Dwen Distribution Company, Auckland.
Broken up.
NZ5731 FB.52 V0493 New aircraft to RNZAF contract.
Shipped to New Zealand on "Rangitoto".
BOC 11 February 1952.
Sold by GSB tender number 8241 dated 09 January 1963.
To Dwen Distribution Company, Auckland.
Broken up.

DH.100 Vampire 
NZ5731
RNZAF Photo

NZ5732 FB.52 V0520 New aircraft to RNZAF contract.
Shipped to New Zealand on "Rangitata".
BOC 01 May 1952.
To No.14 Squadron.
To No.75 Squadron 19 September 1952.
Sold by GSB tender number 8241 dated 09 January 1963.
To Dwen Distribution Company, Auckland.
On display at Asplins Garage, Hamilton from June 1963.
To J. Chambers, Auckland in 1972.
Stored with B. Billing at Torbay, Auckland.
NZ5733 FB.52 V0546 New aircraft to RNZAF contract.
Shipped to New Zealand on "Ruahine".
BOC 09 May 1952.
Sold by GSB tender number 8241 dated 09 January 1963.
To Dwen Distribution Company, Auckland. Broken up.
NZ5734 FB.52 V0554 New aircraft to RNZAF contract.
Shipped to New Zealand on "Rangitikei".
BOC 21 February 1952.
Ground collision with NZ5738 on 18 April 1952.
Converted to INST184 at No. 1 TTS Hobsonville on on September 1962.
Continued to be marked as INSTNZ5734.
Sold by GSB tender number 8241 09 February 1963.
To Dwen Distribution Company, Auckland.
In storage with MOTAT at Ardmore, Auckland.
NZ5735 FB.52 V0575 New aircraft to RNZAF contract.
Shipped to New Zealand on "Rangitane".
BOC 15 February 1952.
In storage after forced landing at Ohakea on 18 October 1954.
Converted to INST186 at No. 4 TTS Woodbourne in July 1963.
Held in storage by RNZAF Museum.
NZ5736 FB.52 V0596 New aircraft to RNZAF contract.
Shipped to New Zealand on "Rangitikei".
BOC 21 February 1952.
Crashed on landing at Ohakea after encountering slipstream of preceeding aircraft just after 0900 hours on 28 March 1957.
The aircraft stalled and then cartwheeled into the ground.
Pilot Officer Howard Robinson killed and aircraft written off.
NZ5737 FB.52 V0629 New aircraft to RNZAF contract.
Shipped to New Zealand on "Rangitane".
BOC 07 January 1952.
Disappeared while on night flying exercise near Foxton on 20 May 1952.
Small pieces of wreckage wqere washed up on beaches near Foxton in the following few weeks.
The pilot, Pilot Officer Graeme McGregor became the first airman to lose his life in an RNZAF jet aircraft.
Main wreckage and pilot's body never discovered.
NZ5738 FB.52 V0708 New aircraft to RNZAF contract.
Shipped to New Zealand on "Rangitane".
BOC 15 February 1952.
Crashed in Raumai Ranges during gunnery exercise at 1537 hours on 08 June 1954.
The aircraft pulled sharply out of a dive, stalled, and hit a sandhill exploding on impact.
Flight Lieutenant Thomas Rabone killed.
 
     
 

Vampire FB.5 - RNZAF Serials (NZ5750 to NZ5778)

 
     
 
Serial Type c/n RAF.Serial Aircraft history
NZ5750 FB.5 e WA299 Previously WA299, delivered to RAF on 09 January 1951 and allocated to Far East Reserve.
SOC with RAF on 07 April 1953.
Shipped to New Zealand on "New Zealand Star".
BOC 01 July 1953.
Stored at Hobsonville from December 1953.
To 75 Squadron November 1954.
Converted to INST198 at No. 3 TTS Wigram on 19 February 1968.
Remains destroyed on fire dump in late 1972.
NZ5751 FB.5 V0508b VZ843 Previously VZ843 with RAF. Shipped to New Zealand on "New Zealand Star".
BOC 01 July 1953. WFU 1972.
Sold by GSB tender number DO1523 16 March 1973.
Airframe hours 2449.
To K.Jacobs and D. Subritzky on 03 July 1973.
In storage at North Shore, Auckland.
NZ5752 FB.5 e WG846 Previously WG846 with RAF.
SOC with RAF on 28 May 1953.
Shipped to New Zealand on "New Zealand Star".
BOC 01 July 1953.
Scrapped January 1968.
NZ5753 FB.5 e WA379 Previously WA379, delivered to RAF in April 1951 and served with Nos. 94 and 26 Squadrons.
SOC with RAF on 17 April 1953.
Shipped to New Zealand on "Nottingham".
BOC 14 July 1953.
Placed in storage at Woodbourne in 1958.
Reactivated with No.75 Squadron in October 1963.
SOC 20 October 1970.
Broken up at Woodbourne 1971.
Wings in storage at Ferrymead Museum, Christchurch as at 2004.
NZ5754 FB.5 e WA249 Previously WA249, delivered to RAF 31 October 1950 and allocated to No.60 Squadron.
SOC with RAF on 11 June 1953.
Shipped to New Zealand on "Nottingham".
BOC 14 July 1953. Placed in storage at Woodbourne in 1958.
Reactivated with No.75 Squadron in October 1963.
Crashed during formation landing at Ohakea at 1620 hours on 08 August 1967.
The aircraft was caught in turbulence from the preceeding two aircraft and while attempting to overshoot stalled at an altitude of about 100 feet.
Fire broke out after the aircraft impacted the ground to the right of the runway.
Flying officer Murray Whineray was rescued by crash fire crews but died later in hospital and the aircraft was destroyed.
NZ5755 FB.5 e WA338 Previously WA338, delivered to RAF 27 February 1951 and allocated to No.102 Flying Refresher School.
SOC with RAF on 31 March 1953. S
hipped to New Zealand on "Hurunui". BOC 26 August 1953.
Placed in storage at Woodbourne in 1958.
Reactivated with No.75 Squadron in October 1963.
Sold by GSB tender number DO1523 16 March 1973.
To T. Packer, Christchurch.
In storage in Christchurch.

Vampire NZ5755 
Lilydale 
21st November 2004
Photo by George Canciani

NZ5756 FB.5 e WA376 Previously WA376, delivered to RAF 11 April 1951 and allocated to Far East Reserve.
SOC with RAF on 24 July 1953.
Shipped to New Zealand on "Hororata".
BOC 12 September 1953.
Written off in mid air collision with NZ5723 near Wanganui on 22 November 1955.
NZ5757 FB.5 e WA311 Previously WA311, delivered to RAF 21 January 1951 and allocated to No.93 Squadron.
SOC with RAF on 20 May 1953.
Shipped to New Zealand on "Hororata".
BOC 12 September 1953.
Converted to INST193 with No. 4 TTS Woodbourne 05 April 1964.
To Central Institute of Technology in 1965. Returned to RNZAF in 1972.
Presently on display in RNZAF Museum, Wigram, NZ.

Vampire NZ5757 
Wigram 
18th April 2006
Photo by George Canciani

NZ5758 FB.5 V0400 VZ838 Previously VZ838 with RAF. Shipped to New Zealand on "Huntingdon".
BOC 31 October 1955.
Stored Woodbourne from August 1958.
Converted to INST196 with No.4 TTS Woodbourne on 19 February 1968.
Sold in 1972 to G. Rhodes, Christchurch.
Presently being rebuilt at Ferrymead Museum in Christchurch utilising some parts from NZ5775.
NZ5759 FB.5 e WA28 Previously WA428, delivered to RAF 25 June 1951 and served with No. 72 Squadron, No. 202 Advanced Flying School, No. 210 Advanced Flying school and No. 5 Flying Training Scholl. SOC with RAF on 06 December 1955. Shipped to New Zealand on "Hinakura". BOC 10 January 1956. Converted to INST180 at No. 4 TTS Woodbourne on 28 April 1959. Sold by GSB tender number 8241 09 February 1963. To Dwen Distribution Company, Auckland. Broken up.
NZ5760 FB.5 e WG826 Previously WG826 with RAF and served with No.1 Overseas Ferry Unit, and Nos. 16 and 145 Squadrons.
SOC with RAF on 06 December 1955.
Shipped to New Zealand on "Hinakura".
BOC 10 January 1956.
Reduced to spares 1963.
NZ5761 FB.5 e WA317 Previously WA317, delivered to RAF 01 February 1951 and served with Nos. 93 and 11 Squadrons.
SOC with RAF on 17 December 1955.
Shipped to New Zealand on "Cambridge".
BOC 25 January 1956.
Converted to INST194 with No. 4 TTS at Woodbourne 05 April 1964.
No further details known.
NZ5762 FB.5 e WA383 Previously WA383, delivered to RAF 20 April 1951 and allocated to No. 16 Squadron.
SOC with RAF on 11 January 1956.
Shipped to New Zealand on "Norfolk".
BOC 02 March 1956.
Stored at Woodbourne from March 1960.
Reduced to spares 1965.
NZ5763 FB.5 e Wa388 Previously WA388, delivered to RAF 30 April 1951 and served with Nos. 67 and 234 Squadrons.
SOC with RAF on 11 January 1956.
Shipped to New Zealand on "Norfolk".
BOC 02 March 1956.
storage Woodbourne May 1958.
No further details known.
NZ5764 FB.5 e WA342 Previously WA342, delivered to RAF 01 March 1951 and allocated to No.93 Squadron. SOC with RAF on 20 January 1956. Shipped to New Zealand on "Suevic". BOC 02 March 1956. Crashed near Hunterville after entering uncontrollable spin on 02 April 1958.
NZ5765 FB.5 e WA314 Previously WA314,
Delivered to RAF in early 1951 and allocated to No.102 Flying Refresher School.
Also served with Nos. 145, 5, 71, 4 and 5 Squadrons.
SOC with RAF on 14 March 1956.
Shipped to New Zealand on "Port MacQuarrie". BOC 23 April 1956.
To storage at Woodbourne in February 1960.
Removed from storage in mid 1960s and alloted to No.75 Squadron until May 1970.
Converted to INST201 at No.4 TTS Woodbourne on 21 August 1970.
Mounted as gate guardian RNZAF Te Rapa June 1984.
To RNZAF Museum after closure of Te Rapa Base.
Loaned to NZFPM Museum in late 1999 and presently on display at Wanaka.

Vampire NZ5765  
Wanaka 
2nd April 2010
Photo by George Canciani

NZ5766 FB.5 V0490 VZ841 Previously VZ841 with RAF.
Shipped to New Zealand on "Hauraki".
BOC 30 April 1956.
Crashed after engine failure on takeoff from Ohakea 14 March 1958 and written off.
NZ5767 FB.5 e WA374 Previously WA374 delivered to RAF 11 April 1951 and allocated to No. 102 Flying Refresher School.
Also served with Nos. 118 and 14 Squadrons.
SOC with RAF on 26 March 1956.
Shipped to New Zealand on "Cumberland".
BOC 21 May 1956. Stored at Ohakea from September 1956.
To various units from January 1958.
Stored at Woodbourne from March 1960.
To 75 Squadron October 1963.
To 14 Squadron May 1970.
Converted to INST202 at No.4 TTS Woodbourne on 21 August 1970.
To RNZAF Museum.
Fuselage presently on display at museum.
NZ5768 FB.5 V0609 VZ852 Previously VZ852 with RAF.
Shipped to New Zealand on "Suffolk".
BOC 17 June 1956.
Damaged in collision with NZ5773 near Flock House on 20 August 1957 and crash landed at Ohakea.
Converted to INST181 at No.4 TTS Woodbourne 24 April 1959.
Sold by GSB tender number 8241 09 February 1963.
To Dwen Distribution Company, Auckland.
Broken up.
NZ5769 FB.5 e WA306 Previously WA306 delivered to RAF 26 January 1951 and allocated to No.118 Squadron.
SOC with RAF on 16 April 1956.
Shipped to New Zealand on "Suffolk".
BOC 17 June 1956.
Stored at Woodbourne from September 1956.
To INST197 at No.3 TTS Wigram 19 February 1968.
Sold 1972.
Parked in carpark in Timaru for some months during 1972.
Restored by Ashburton Aviation Museum and on display by early 2005.
NZ5770 FB.5 e WA4444 Previously WA444 delivered to RAF 20 July 1951.
Served with Nos. 145 and 234 Squadrons and No. 2 Tactical Air Force Communications Support Unit.
SOC with RAF on 17 May 1956.
Shipped to New Zealand on 'Hertford". BOC 25 June 1956.
Took part in Exercise Silver Bullet the farewell tour of New Zealand to mark the withdrawal of the Vampire during late 1972.
Flown to Woodbourne for storage 15 December 1972 and sold by GSB tender number DO1523 16 March 1973.
To Swedish Museum but sale fell through and aircraft was retendered.
To Southward Motor Museum, Paraparaumu.
Presently on display at Southward Motor Museum, Paraparaumu.
NZ5771 FB.5 V0812 WL493 Previously WL493 with RAF.
Served with Nos. 14 and 4 Squadrons and No.2 Tactical Air Force Support Unit.
SOC with RAF on 21 June 1956.
Shipped to New Zealand on"Hinakura".
BOC 21 August 1956.
Crashed after engine failure on takeoff at Ohakea on 07 January 1960 and written off.
NZ5772 FB.5 e WA452 Previously WA452 delivered to RAF 13 August 1951.
Served with No. 54 Squadron, No. 229 Opersational Conversion Unit and Fighter Command Communications Squadron.
SOC with RAF on 19 July 1956.
Shipped to New Zealand on "Hinakura".
BOC 21 August 1956. WFU June 1972.
Converted to INST203 at Ohakea 14 September 1973.
Mounted as gate guardian at RNZAF Ohakea 27 August 1975.

Vampire NZ5772
Ohakea 1980s 
Photo via Winstonwolfe Wikipedia

NZ5773 FB.5 e WA451 Previously WA451 delivered to RAF 20 August 1951.
Served with No. 54 Squadron and No. 229 Operational Conversion Unit.
SOC with RAF on 25 July 1954.
Shipped to New Zealand on "Otaki". BOC 04 September 1956.
Destroyed in midair collision with NZ5734 near Flock House on 20 August 1957.
NZ5774 FB.5 e WA411 Previously WA411
Delivered to RAF 30 May 1951.
Served with No.421 Squadron, Station Flight Odiham, No.229 Operational Conversion Unit, and Fighter Command Communications Squadron.
SOC with RAF on 06 September 1956.
Shipped to New Zealand on "Cambridge".
BOC 17 September 1956.
Flown to Woodbourne for storage 15 December 1972.
Sold by GSB tender number DO1523 16 March 1973.
To K. Jacobs 03 July 1973.
To Yesterdays Air Force, Chino, California, USA.
Transferred to Bagotville Military Station, Ontario, Canada at some stage.
During 2004 restoration was commenced by students at E.M.A.M., a Montreal based aerospatial school for a museum in Ontario.
NZ5775 FB.5 e WA385 Previously WA385 delivered to RAF 23 April 1951 and allocated to No. 145 Squadron.
SOC with RAF on 27 August 1956.
Shipped to New Zealand on "Norfolk". BOC 15 October 1956.
Stored at Woodbourne from March 1960.
To INST195 at No.1 TTS Hobsonville on 22 February 1968.
To Wigram 1971.
Remains noted in Wigram fire crew training area mid 1972.
Some parts salvaged and are being used in the rebuild on NZ5758 by Ferrymead Museum in Christchurch.
NZ5776 FB.5 e WA375 Previously WA375 delivered to RAF 11 April 1951.
Allocated to No. 102 Flying Refresher School.
Also served with Nos. 98, 266, 5, 93, and 266 Squdrons.
SOC with RAF on 23 August 1956. Shipped to New Zealand on "Norfolk".
BOC 15 October 1956.
Took part in Exercise Silver Bullet the farewell tour of New Zealand to mark the withdrawal of the Vampire during late 1972.
Flown to Woodbourne for storage during November 1972.
Sold by GSB tender number DO1523 16 March 1973.
To K. Jacobs 03 July 1973.
To Yesterdays Air Force, Chino, California, USA.
Presently stored at Museum of Flight Restoration Centre, Everett, Washington, USA.
NZ5777 FB.5 e WA392 Previously WA392 delivered to RAF 01 May 1951 and allocated to No. 118 Squadron.
SOC with RAF on 09 August 1956.
Shipped to New Zealand on "Norfolk". BOC 15 October 1956. Crashed at Kairanga on 21 August 1962 after engine fire. Pilot bailed out safely.
NZ5778 FB.5 V0793 WG805 Previously WG805 with RAF and served with Nos. 67 and 145 Squadrons, and No.83 Group Communications Flight. SOC with RAF on 21 September 1956.
Shipped to New Zealand on "Huntingdon". BOC 29 October 1956.
Stored at Woodbourne from August 1958.
Reduced to spares 1963.
 
     
 

Vampire T.55 & T11 - RNZAF Serials (NZ5701 to NZ5711)

 
     
 

 
     
 
Serial Type c/n Aircraft history
NZ5701 T.55 15009 Shipped to New Zealand on Zealandic.
BOC 11 July 1952. Delivered to No. 14 Squadron, Ohakea 28 August 1952.
To No.75 Squadron 19 September 1952.
To store at Woodbourne.
Sold to Dwen Distribution Co. Auckland by GSB tender number 8241 dated 09 January 1963.
Placed on display in Blenheim childrens' playground by 1965.
Wings and tailbooms currently in storage with RNZAF Museum at Wigram.
NZ5702 T.55 15010 Shipped to New Zealand on Zealandic.
BOC 11 July 1952. Delivered to No. 14 Squadron, Ohakea 29 August 1952.
To No.75 Squadron 19 September 1952.
Sold to Dwen Distribution Co. Auckland by GSB tender number 8241 dated 09 January 1963.
Broken up.
Fuselage to P. Burns, Christchurch.
Cockpit on display at Ashburton Aviation Museum.
NZ5703 T.55 15021 Shipped to New Zealand on Athenic.
BOC 08 December 1952.
Sold to Dwen Distribution Co. Auckland by GSB tender number 8241 dated 09 January 1963.
Broken up. Fuselage recovered by P. Burns, Christchurch in 1970s and and possibly still stored.
NZ5704 T.55 15026 Shipped to New Zealand on Brisbane Star. BOC 13 January 1953.
Converted to INST187 with No. 4 TTS at Woodbourne during 1963.
Sold to Dwen Distribution Co. Auckland by GSB tender number 8241 09 February 1963.
To G. Rhodes, Christchurch in 1975.
Presently on display at RNZAF Museum, Wigram.
NZ5705 T.55 15028 Shipped to New Zealand on Port Pirie. BOC 16 January 1953.
Converted to INST190 with No.1 TTS at Hobsonville.
Gifted to MOTAT 17 December 1962.
NZ5706 T.55 15032 BOC 1953.
Crashed in Rangitikei River after failing to recover from uncontrollable spin at 28000 feet on 16 December 1957.
Both crew bailed out.
NZ5707 T.11 15579 Previously XH265, BOC RAF 19 August 1955.
Delivered to RNZAF on 18 October 1955. Shipped to New Zealand on Hororata.
BOC RNZAF 16 December 1955. WFU March 1972.
Reduced to produce at Woodbourne May 1972.
Remains (70%) sold by GSB tender number 3132 (16 May 1973).
To P. Burns and K. Parker, Christchurch. Loaned to 17 ATC Squadron 1975 and stored Wigram.
To Ashburton Aviation Museum and displayed there as NZ5707.
NZ5708 T.11 15580 Previously XH266, BOC RAF 01 September 1955.
Delivered to RNZAF on 18 October 1955.
Shipped to New Zealand on Hororata. BOC RNZAF 16 December 1955.
Took part in New Zealand wide farewell tour in November 1972.
Flown to Woodbourne 15 December 1972.
Converted to INST204 with No. 4 TTS at Woodbourne 26 January 1973.
Transferred to RNZAF Museum Wigram in March 1984.
Issued to Indonesian Air Force in exchange for P-51D Mustang in April 1985.
On Display at the Indonesian Air Force Museum in Yogyakarta, marked "J-701" and is in full Indonesian markings.
NZ5709 T.11 15679 Previously XH271, BOC RAF 28 July 1955.
Delivered to RNZAF on 06 December 1955.
Shipped to New Zealand on Suevic.
BOC RNZAF 12 March 1956.
Took part in New Zealand wide farewell tour in November 1972.
Flown to Woodbourne in November 1972.
Sold by GSB tender number 3132 (16 May 1973) to K. Jacobs and D. Subritzky on 03 July 1973.
Total airframe hours 3805.
NZ5710 T.11 15691 Previously XH317. Delivered to RNZAF on 15 April 1956.
Shipped to New Zealand on Suffolk. BOC RNZAF 17 June 1956.
Flown to Woodbourne in November 1972.
Converted to INST205 with No. 4 TTS Woodbourne on 24 January 1973.
Transferred to RNZAF Museum Wigram on 12 December 1986 where it is presently on display.

DH.115 Vampire 
NZ5710
RNZAF Photo

NZ5711 T.11 15761 Previously XH366. Delivered to RNZAF on 07 June 1956.
Shipped to New Zealand on Otaki.
BOC RNZAF 04 September 1956.
Took part in New Zealand wide farewell tour in November 1972.
Flown to Woodbourne on 15 December 1972.
Converted to INST206 with No. 4 TTS Woodbourne on 24 January 1973.
Transferred to No. 2 TTS Wigram on 17 February 1984.
Transferred to RNZAF Museum Wigram in February 1987.
Transferred to W. Subritsky in exchange for remains of Hawker Hind.
 
     
 

RAF Serialed Vampire FB.9's

 
     
 

RNZAF  Vampires Malta 1954 with USN AD-6 Skyraider Photo AWM via Brendan Cowan.jpg

 
     
 
Serial c/n Aircraft history
WG928 ? Delivered 08 February 1952.
With No.4 Flying Traing School, RAF.
To No.14 Squadron, Nicosia, Cyprus.
Aircraft hired from RAF and stationed in Cyprus as part of the Middle East Air Force.
Coded "N".
Squadron strength of 16 aircraft was comprised of various aircraft at different times from 1952-1955.
Returned to RAF with No.107 Maintenance Unit on 09 March 1955.
To No.4 and No.7 Flying Training Schools.
Sold for scrap on 13 September 1960.
WL501 ? Delivered 29 November 1951.
With Nos.73, 6, 2, and 32 Squadrons RAF.
To No.14 Squadron, Nicosia, Cyprus.
Aircraft hired from RAF and stationed in Cyprus as part of the Middle East Air Force.
Squadron strength of 16 aircraft was comprised of various aircraft at different times from 1952-1955.
Handed back to RAF at Nicosia in 1955.
SOC with RAF on 06 May 1955.
WL581 ? Delivered 22 February 1952.
To No.14 Squadron, Nicosia, Cyprus.
Aircraft hired from RAF and stationed in Cyprus as part of the Middle East Air Force.
Coded "M" and named Moo Loo.
Squadron strength of 16 aircraft was comprised of various aircraft at different times from 1952-1955.
Sold for scrap on 03 December 1958.
WP994 ? Delivered 07 March 1952.
With No.5 Flying Training School, RAF.
To No.14 Squadron, Nicosia, Cyprus.
Aircraft hired from RAF and stationed in Cyprus as part of the Middle East Air Force.
Coded "O" and named Onkus.
Squadron strength of 16 aircraft was comprised of various aircraft at different times from 1952-1955.
Returned to RAF with No.107 Maintenance Unit, Kasfareet.
To No.5 Flying Training School.
To No.2 Civil Anti Aircraft Co-operation Unit.
Sold for scrap on 26 September 1960.
WP998 ? Delivered 31 March 1953.
With No.4 Flying Training School, RAF.
To No.14 Squadron, Nicosia, Cyprus.
Aircraft hired from RAF and stationed in Cyprus as part of the Middle East Air Force.
Coded "P" and named Pauline.
Squadron strength of 16 aircraft was comprised of various aircraft at different times from 1952-1955.
Returned to RAF with No.4 Flying Training School. To No.7 Flying Training School.
Undershot landing and hit railway line: skidded onto runway at Valley on 06 August 1958.
WR106 ? Delivered 26 March 1952.
With No.8 Squadron, RAF.
To No.14 Squadron, Nicosia, Cyprus.
Aircraft hired from RAF and stationed in Cyprus as part of the Middle East Air Force.
Squadron strength of 16 aircraft was comprised of various aircraft at different times from 1952-1955.
Returned to RAF with No.8 Squadron.
Sold for scrap on 06 September 1957.
WR107 ? Delivered 31 March 1952.
To No.14 Squadron, Nicosia, Cyprus.
Aircraft hired from RAF and stationed in Cyprus as part of the Middle East Air Force.
Squadron strength of 16 aircraft was comprised of various aircraft at different times from 1952-1955.
SOC with RAF on 24 October 1953.
WR111 ? Delivered 31 March 1952.
To No.14 Squadron, Nicosia, Cyprus.
Aircraft hired from RAF and stationed in Cyprus as part of the Middle East Air Force.
Coded "I" and named Irene.
Squadron strength of 16 aircraft was comprised of various aircraft at different times from 1952-1955.
Returned to RAF with No.107 Maintenance Unit, Kasfareet on 18 February 1955.
Sold for scrap on 06 September 1957.
WR115 ? Delivered 31 March 1952.
To No.14 Squadron, Nicosia, Cyprus.
Aircraft hired from RAF and stationed in Cyprus as part of the Middle East Air Force.
Coded "A" and named Annabel.
Squadron strength of 16 aircraft was comprised of various aircraft at different times from 1952-1955.
Returned to RAF with No.107 Maintenance Unit, Kasfareet on 19 February 1955.
Sold for scrap on 04 September 1957.
WR119 ? Delivered 31 March 1952.
To No.14 Squadron, Nicosia, Cyprus.
Aircraft hired from RAF and stationed in Cyprus as part of the Middle East Air Force.
Coded "D" and named Dingbat.
Squadron strength of 16 aircraft was comprised of various aircraft at different times from 1952-1955.
Returned to RAF with No.107 Maintenance Unit, Kasfareet on 18 February 1955.
Sold for scrap on 06 September 1957.
WR125 ? Delivered 17 April 1952.
To No.14 Squadron, Nicosia, Cyprus.
Aircraft hired from RAF and stationed in Cyprus as part of the Middle East Air Force.
Coded "E" and named Easy Goin'.
Squadron strength of 16 aircraft was comprised of various aircraft at different times from 1952-1955.
Returned to RAF with No.107 Maintenance Unit, Kasfareet on 19 March 1955.
Sold for scrap on 03 December 1958.
WR141 ? Delivered 30 April 1952.
With No.8 Squadron RAF.
To No.14 Squadron, Nicosia, Cyprus BOC 15 March 1954.
Aircraft hired from RAF and stationed in Cyprus as part of the Middle East Air Force.
Squadron strength of 16 aircraft was comprised of various aircraft at different times from 1952-1955.
Damaged on 18 January 1955.
Returned to RAF with No.107 Maintenance Unit, Kasfareet as category 5.
SOC with RAF on 28 February 1955.
WR145 ? Delivered 13 May 1952.
To No.14 Squadron, Nicosia, Cyprus.
Aircraft hired from RAF and stationed in Cyprus as part of the Middle East Air Force.
Coded "H"and named Hell's Angel.
Squadron strength of 16 aircraft was comprised of various aircraft at different times from 1952-1955.
Returned to RAF with No.107 Maintenance Unit, Kasfareet as category 5.
SOC with RAF on 15 March 1955.
WR149 ? Delivered 14 May 1952.
With Nos.5, 26, and 4 Squadrons RAF.
To No.14 Squadron, Nicosia, Cyprus.
Aircraft hired from RAF and stationed in Cyprus as part of the Middle East Air Force.
Squadron strength of 16 aircraft was comprised of various aircraft at different times from 1952-1955.
Sold for scrap on 08 May 1959.
WR195 ? Delivered 20 June 1952.
To No.14 Squadron, Nicosia, Cyprus.
Aircraft hired from RAF and stationed in Cyprus as part of the Middle East Air Force. S
quadron strength of 16 aircraft was comprised of various aircraft at different times from 1952-1955.
Returned to RAF with No.107 Maintenance Unit, Kasfareet on 19 March 1955.
Sold for scrap 25 October 1957.
WR197 ? Delivered 25 June 1952.
With No.32 Squadron RAF.
To No.14 Squadron, Nicosia, Cyprus.
Aircraft hired from RAF and stationed in Cyprus as part of the Middle East Air Force.
Squadron strength of 16 aircraft was comprised of various aircraft at different times from 1952-1955.
Returned to RAF with No.147 Squadron.
Engine cut; hit ridge in forced landing and crashed 55 miles South East of Delhi on 10 July 1955.
WR207 ? Delivered 11 July 1952.
With No.32 Squadron RAF.
To No.14 Squadron, Nicosia, Cyprus.
Aircraft hired from RAF and stationed in Cyprus as part of the Middle East Air Force.
Squadron strength of 16 aircraft was comprised of various aircraft at different times from 1952-1955.
Returned to RAF with No.107 Maintenance Unit, Kasfareet on 18 March 1955.
Sold for scrap on 07 October 1960.
WR208 ? Delivered 18 July 1952.
To No.14 Squadron, Nicosia, Cyprus.
Aircraft hired from RAF and stationed in Cyprus as part of the Middle East Air Force.
Coded "F" and named Felix.
Squadron strength of 16 aircraft was comprised of various aircraft at different times from 1952-1955.
Sold for scrap on 29 May 1959.
WR209 ? Delivered 17 July 1952.
No.14 Squadron, Nicosia, Cyprus.
Aircraft hired from RAF and stationed in Cyprus as part of the Middle East Air Force.
Coded "G" and named Ground Hog.
Squadron strength of 16 aircraft was comprised of various aircraft at different times from 1952-1955.
Returned to RAF with No.107 Maintenance Unit, Kasfareet on 21 March 1955.
Sold for scrap on 03 December 1958.
WR210 ? Delivered 14 July 1952.
With No.6 Squadron, RAF. To No.14 Squadron, Nicosia, Cyprus.
hired from RAF and stationed in Cyprus as part of the Middle East Air Force.
Squadron strength of 16 aircraft was comprised of various aircraft at different times from 1952-1955.
Returned to RAF with No.107 Maintenance Unit, Kasfareet.
To Royal Jordanian Air Force on 20 December 1955.
WR215 ? Delivered 17 July 1952.
With No.8 squadron, RAF. To No.14 Squadron, Nicosia, Cyprus.
Aircraft hired from RAF and stationed in Cyprus as part of the Middle East Air Force.
Squadron strength of 16 aircraft was comprised of various aircraft at different times from 1952-1955.
Returned to RAF with No.8 Squadron.
Sold for scrap on 19 November 1957.
WR234 ? Delivered 21 August 1952.
To No.14 Squadron, Nicosia, Cyprus.
Aircraft hired from RAF and stationed in Cyprus as part of the Middle East Air Force.
Coded "J" and named Jezebelle.
Squadron strength of 16 aircraft was comprised of various aircraft at different times from 1952-1955.
Returned to RAF with No.107 Maintenance Unit, Kasfareet on 19 March 1955.
Sold for scrap on 03 December 1958.
WR235 ? Delivered 25 July 1952.
To No.14 Squadron, Nicosia, Cyprus.
Aircraft hired from RAF and stationed in Cyprus as part of the Middle East Air Force.
Coded "K" and named Kiwi.
Squadron strength of 16 aircraft was comprised of various aircraft at different times from 1952-1955.
Returned to RAF with No.107 Maintenance Unit, Kasfareet on 19 March 1955.
Sold for scrap on 03 December 1958.
WR246 ? Delivered 30 August 1952.
To No.14 Squadron, Nicosia, Cyprus.
Aircraft hired from RAF and stationed in Cyprus as part of the Middle East Air Force.
Coded "L" and named Little Lulu.
Squadron strength of 16 aircraft was comprised of various aircraft at different times from 1952-1955.
Returned to RAF with No.107 Maintenance Unit, Kasfareet on 19 March 1955.
Sold for scrap on 03 December 1958.
WX207 ? Delivered 31 March 1953.
With Nos.213 and 32 Squadrons RAF.
To No.14 Squadron, Nicosia, Cyprus.
Aircraft hired from RAF and stationed in Cyprus as part of the Middle East Air Force.
Squadron strength of 16 aircraft was comprised of various aircraft at different times from 1952-1955.
SOC with RAF on 03 December 1958.
WX217 ? Delivered 26 March 1953.
With Royal Air Force College.
To No.14 Squadron, Nicosia, Cyprus.
Aircraft hired from RAF and stationed in Cyprus as part of the Middle East Air Force.
Coded "B" and named Bambi.
Squadron strength of 16 aircraft was comprised of various aircraft at different times from 1952-1955.
Returned to RAF with No.107 Maintenance Unit, Kasfareet on 19 March 1955.
Returned to RAF with Royal Air Force College.
Sold for scrap on 26 September 1960.
WX220 ? Delivered 10 March 1953.
To No.14 Squadron, Nicosia, Cyprus.
Aircraft hired from RAF and stationed in Cyprus as part of the Middle East Air Force.
Coded "C" and named Cupid.
Squadron strength of 16 aircraft was comprised of various aircraft at different times from 1952-1955.
Returned to RAF with No.107 Maintenance Unit, Kasfareet on 19 March 1955.
Sold for scrap on 06 September 1957.
WG872 ? Delivered 28 November 1951.
With No.60 Squadron RAF.
To No.14 Squadron, Tengah, Singapore.
Aircraft hired from RAF and stationed in Tengah, Singapore until Venoms became available.
In service with 14 Squadron from May 1955 until October 1955.
Returned to RAF with Far East Communications Squadron.
Hit lights on approach to Changi on 02 February 1956 and not repaired.
WG876 ? Delivered 14 December 1951.
With No.62 Squadron RAF.
To No.14 Squadron, Tengah, Singapore.
Aircraft hired from RAF and stationed in Tengah, Singapore until Venoms became available.
In service with 14 Squadron from May 1955 until October 1955.
SOC with RAF on 09 May 1957.
WG883 ? Delivered 21 December 1951.
With No.60 Squadron RAF.
To No.14 Squadron, Tengah, Singapore.
Aircraft hired from RAF and stationed in Tengah, Singapore until Venoms became available.
In service with 14 Squadron from July 1955 until November 1955.
Returned to RAF on 01 November 1955. SOC with RAF on 09 May 1957.
WG884 ? Delivered 28 December 1951.
With No.60 Squadron RAF.
To No.14 Squadron, Tengah, Singapore.
Aircraft hired from RAF and stationed in Tengah, Singapore until Venoms became available.
In service with 14 Squadron from May 1955 until August 1955.
Coded "R".
Sold for scrap 20 October 1958.
WL507 ? Delivered 20 December 1951.
With No.60 Squadron RAF.
To No.14 Squadron, Tengah, Singapore.
Aircraft hired from RAF and stationed in Tengah, Singapore until Venoms became available.
In service with 14 Squadron from May 1955 until February 1956.
The final Vampire FB9 to be used by No.14 Squadron was handed back to the RAF on 03 February 1956.
Sold for scrap on 03 December 1958.
WL510 ? Delivered 13 December 1951.
With No.60 Squadron RAF.
To No.14 Squadron, Tengah, Singapore.
Aircraft hired from RAF and stationed in Tengah, Singapore until Venoms became available.
In service with 14 Squadron from May 1955 until November 1955.
Sold for scrap on 03 December 1958.
WR202 ? Delivered 03 July 1952.
With No.60 Squadron RAF.
To No.14 Squadron, Tengah, Singapore.
Aircraft hired from RAF and stationed in Tengah, Singapore until Venoms became available.
In service with 14 Squadron from July 1955 until November 1955.
Returned to RAF on 10 October 1955.
SOC with RAF on 31 July 1956.
To RNZAF as instructional airframe INST171.
BOC with RNZAF 15 May 1956 at No.1 TTS Hobsonville as instructional airframe INST171 but was wrongly marked as INSTNZ1717.
Gifted to MOTAT 03 May 1962 and presently on display there.
 
     
 

RAF Serialed Vampire T.11's

 
     
 
Serial c/n Aircraft history
WZ516 ? Delivered 20 April 1953. To No.14 Squadron, Nicosia, Cyprus in November 1953.
Aircraft hired from RAF and stationed in Cyprus for instrument flying and flight checks.
Coded "Z".
One aircraft only replacing Meteor T.7 WH206.
Returned to RAF at Nicosia in March 1955.
To RAF Central Flying School.
To Royal Air Force college. Sold for scrap on 05 October 1960.
WZ521 ? Delivered 30 March 1953.
With No.45 Squadron RAF. To No.14 Squadron, Tengah, Singapore.
Aircraft hired from RAF and stationed in Tengah, Singapore until Venoms became available.
In service with 14 Squadron from May 1955 until January 1956.
Suffered complete engine failure while completing a continuation flight on 20 January 1956 and made a forced landing on a beach near Changi.
Flying Officer Colin Rudd and AC1 Keith Libline uninjured and rescued by local fishermen.
Aircraft salvaged the following day and written off.
WZ556 ? Delivered 21 April 1953.
With No.60 Squadron RAF.
To No.14 Squadron, Tengah, Singapore.
Aircraft hired from RAF and stationed in Tengah, Singapore until Venoms became available.
In service with 14 Squadron from May 1955 until August 1955.
Returned to RAF with No.60 squadron.
To No.8 Flying Training School.
Sold for scrap on 31 March 1965.
WZ587 ? Delivered 29 June 1953.
With Far East Training Squadron and APC Butterworth.
To No.14 Squadron, Tengah, Singapore.
Aircraft hired from RAF and stationed in Tengah, Singapore until Venoms became available.
In service with 14 Squadron from June 1955 until September 1956.
Flown to Seletar and returned to RAF on 27 September 1956.
To No.5 Flying Training School.
Aircraft abandoned after it entered a spin 6 miles Northwest of Methwold on 16 August 1960.
WZ611 ? Delivered 23 July 1953.
With No.60 Squadron RAF. To No.14 Squadron, Tengah, Singapore.
Aircraft hired from RAF and stationed in Tengah, Singapore until Venoms became available.
In service with 14 Squadron from May 1955 until July 1956.
Returned to RAF with No.60 Squadron.
Struck off charge with RAF on 16 April 1957.
XD380 ? Vampire T.11. Delivered 29 September 1953.
Aircraft hired from RAF and stationed in Tengah, Singapore until Venoms became available.
In service with 14 Squadron from June 1955.
During the approach for landing after a strike on 22 June 1955, Flying Officer Dick Currin flying the aircraft in number 3 position encountered severe jet wake close to the ground.
During the attempt to overshoot the starboard wing of the aircraft contacted the ground and the aircraft spun off the runway and came to rest about 200 yards further on.
Currin and his passenger AC1 Ron Wilkins were unhurt but the aircraft was a write off.
XE957 15665 Delivered 12 May 1955.
Aircraft hired from RAF and stationed in Tengah, Singapore until Venoms became available.
Coded "Z".
In service with 14 Squadron from April 1956 until October 1957.
To Indian Air Force on 01 July 1963.
XH328 15706 Aircraft hired from RAF and stationed in Tengah, Singapore until Venoms became available.
In service with 14 Squadron from October 1957 until May 1958.
Preserved at London, Colney.
XH358 15710 Aircraft hired from RAF and stationed in Tengah, Singapore until Venoms became available.
Coded "Y".
In service with 14 Squadron from October 1956 until October 1957.
Replaced Vampire T.11 WZ587 in October 1956.
Returned to RAF in October 1957.
Issued with Instructional Serial 7763M in October 1962.
Last seen at Seletar in 1969.
 
     
 

ex RAF Aircraft with INST Serials

 
     
 
Serial Type c/n RAF.Serial Aircraft history
INST166 F.1 ? TG443 Previously TG443 with RAF.
Used as experimental aircraft in United Kingdom during 1948 when fitted with a DH Goblin 3 motro and a high speed metal canopy.
Became instructional airframe 7072M in May 1953.
Damaged in June 1953 and reconditioned before being stored.
Prepared for shipment to New Zealand on 16 May 1955.
BOC with RNZAF 09 August 1955 as INST166 at No.1 TTS Hobsonville.
Transferred to No. 4 TTS Woodbourne 02 April 1958.
Reduced to spares 05 February 1960. Fuselage stored at Mapua.
INST167 F.3 ? VT806 Previously VT806 with RAF.
BOC with RNZAF 01 December 1955 at No.4 TTS Woodbourne.
Fuselage sold to Ferrymead Museum.
INST169 FB.9 ? WL514 Previously WL514 with RAF serving with Nos. 60 and 45 Squadrons.
SOC with RAF on 30 July 1956.
BOC with RNZAF April 1956 as INST169 and erroneously painted as INST170 with No. 2 TTS at Wigram.
Transferred to No. 4 TTS Woodbourne 12 May 1966.
Marked as INSTA170.
Sold as scrap.
INST171 FB.9 v1043 WR202 Previously WR202 delivered to RAF 03 July 1952.
Issued to No.60 Squadron at Seletar.
Used by 14 Squadron RNZAF at Tenghar 04 July 1955 to 10 October 1955 flying a total of 541 hours.
BOC with RNZAF 15 May 1956 at No.1 TTS Hobsonville as instructional airframe INST171 but was wrongly marked as INSTNZ1717.
Gifted to MOTAT 03 May 1962 and presently on display there.
 
     

Author: Ivan Prince (Updated by Brendan Cowan)

Sources: RAF Aircraft WA100-WZ999 by James Halley. NZ Military Aircraft and Serial Numbers published by AHSNZ. AHSNZ Journals 1967. www.ukserials.com. "Singapore Sojourn" by Stewart Boys, AHSNZ publications 1963-2001. NZ Wings 1972-1988. "For Your Tomorrow" by Errol Martyn. UK Serials Resource Centre website. Air Britain Historians. Classic Wings Volume 12 Number 1. RAF Aircraft WA100-WZ999 by James Halley. Marcus Bridle, Various AHSNZ publications 1963-1978. AHSNZ Journal June 2001. NZ Wings 1972-1987. Air Britain Historians. www.ukserials.com.

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