Incident Gloster Meteor F Mk 8 WE854,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 20615
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Date:Thursday 10 January 1952
Type:Silhouette image of generic METR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Gloster Meteor F Mk 8
Owner/operator:19 Sqn RAF
Registration: WE854
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:RAF Church Fenton, North Yorkshire, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:
Destination airport:RAF Church Fenton, North Yorkshire
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Gloster Meteor F.Mk.8 WE854, 19 Squadron, RAF: delivered 16/4/1951. Written off 10/1/1952 when crashed at RAF Church Fenton, North Yorkshire. Meteor WE854 hit the jetstream from the previous aircraft. A wing dropped, and the aircraft struck the ground in the undershoot area, and then ran on to the airfield, where it struck the ATC (Air Traffic Control) Caravan, and the ATC Land Rover.

The Air Traffic Controller sufered severe damage to his legs. The fatality was his driver who was sat in a Land Rover parked behind the GCA caravan.

Crew Fatality:
AC.1 (Aircraftman 1st Class) Robert MARSHALL, RAF (Driver) - killed

The pilot of Meteor F.8 WE854 was Flight Sergeant R.M. Scott, who esacped without injury.


1. Eyewitness Report: "I was at Church Fenton with Leeds UAS at the time of the crash".
2. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings – Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p. 123 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
3. Last Take-off: A Record of RAF Aircraft Losses 1950 to 1953 Colin Cummings p 212
4. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain)
5. 19 Squadron ORB (Operations Record Book)(Air Ministry Form AM/F.540) for the period 1/1/1951 to 31/12/1956: National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 27/2693/1 at

Revision history:

05-Jun-2008 14:08 JINX Added
20-Oct-2011 11:21 bob buck Updated [Source, Narrative]
11-May-2015 19:55 DB Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Destination airport, Narrative]
21-Feb-2021 22:53 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Source, Narrative]

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