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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 20624
Last updated: 16 September 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic METR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Gloster Meteor F Mk 8
Owner/operator:504 (County of Nottingham) Squadron Royal Air Force (504 (County of Nottingham) Sqn RAF)
Registration: WE873
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:3 miles NW of Mildenhall, Suffolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:RAF Wymeswold, Leicestershire
Destination airport:
Gloster Meteor F.Mk.8 WE873: Delivered 17/5/51. RAF service career was with 247 Squadron and 504 (County of Nottingham) Squadron RAF

Written off (destroyed) 1/1/56: Control lost during practice interception, aircraft abandoned as unable to recover from inverted spin. Crashed three miles North West of Mildenhall, Suffolk after the pilot abandoned the aircraft following loss of control. According to one unofficial source "a wing broke off, which damaged the tail and control surfaces"

Crew: Pilot Officer C. H. SMITH, RAFVR (pilot, Service Number 5190027) - ejected OK.


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.177 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 35)
3. Category Five; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1954 to 2009 by Colin Cummings p.171
4. 504 (County of Nottingham) Squadron ORB (Operations Record Book)(Air Ministry Form AM/F.540) for the period 1/1/51 to 31/3/57: File AIR 27/2710 at

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Revision history:

05-Jun-2008 15:22 JINX Added
22-Mar-2010 11:10 504Historian Updated [Source, Narrative]
08-Sep-2012 19:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Phase, Source, Narrative]
11-May-2013 08:17 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Narrative]
26-May-2013 18:04 Nepa Updated [Operator, Narrative]
26-May-2017 16:39 Dr.John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
26-Oct-2017 18:50 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
08-Jun-2020 18:59 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]
08-Jun-2020 19:08 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
08-Jun-2020 21:22 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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