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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 20628
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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:233 Operational Conversion Unit Royal Air Force (233 OCU RAF)
Registration: WE887
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:4 miles ENE of Worms Head, Gower Peninsula, Glamorgan, Wales. -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Pembrey, Carmarthenshire
Destination airport:
Gloster Meteor WE887: Delivered 19/6/1951. Operational Service career was with the CGS (Central Gunner School) and the FWS (Fighter Weapons School, both based at RAF Leconfield, North Yorkshire, and then as "J" of 233 OCU

Written off (Destroyed) 14/1/57 when collided with Gloster Meteor F 8 WH457 of the FWS in formation (as the leader of a pair of two, with WH457 as the number two) and was abandoned 4 miles east-northeast of Worms Head, Gower Peninsula, Glamorgan. Pilot Flight Lieutenant R W Hayes ejected through the canopy at 1,800 feet, but the drogue 'chute failed to deploy, and he was killed on impact with the ground

Crew of Meteor WE887
Flight Lieutenant Ralph William Hayes, RAF (pilot, aged 27) - killed on active service 14/1/1957 as per the above

The other Meteor involved, WH457, landed safely back at RAF Pembrey and was repaired


1. Hilley, 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 36)
3. Category Five; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1954 to 2009 by Colin Cummings p.230

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Revision history:

05-Jun-2008 15:43 JINX Added
29-Jun-2011 03:24 angels one five Updated [Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
27-Jan-2012 14:07 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Source, Narrative]
21-May-2014 15:40 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Source, Narrative]
21-May-2014 15:44 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Narrative]
28-Jun-2014 10:04 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Narrative]
10-May-2015 16:45 Angel Dick one Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Narrative]
24-May-2019 01:00 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Source]
30-May-2019 15:35 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]
17-Jul-2020 20:18 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
17-Jul-2020 22:32 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Operator]
23-Jul-2021 20:37 Anon. Updated [Time, Location, Source, Operator]

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