Accident Gloster Meteor T Mk 7 WF783,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 20695
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Date:Tuesday 11 January 1955
Type:Silhouette image of generic METR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Gloster Meteor T Mk 7
Owner/operator:72 (Basutoland) Sqn RAF
Registration: WF783
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:1.5 miles South of RAF Church Fenton, North Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:RAF Church Fenton, North Yorkshire
Destination airport:RAF Church Fenton, North Yorkshire
Gloster Meteor T.Mk.7 WF783: Delivered 2/5/51. RAF service career was with 609 (West Riding) Squadron and 72 (Basutoland) Squadron RAF

Written off (destroyed) 11/1/55: Whilst carrying out an asymmetric overshoot, the aircraft went out of control, rolled over, and dived into the ground one-and-a-half miles South of RAF Church Fenton, North Yorkshire, in a field off Biggin Lane. Both crew were killed instantly. Police from Tadcaster and fire appliances from Tadcaster and Wetherby attended. Aircraft wrecked, both aviators thrown clear and found in a nearby hedgerow. Base M.O. Flying-Officer Galdin stated death from multiple injuries and burns.

Crew of Meteor WF783:
Flight Lieutenant Malcolm John Woodyear RAF (pilot, aged 29) of Edgware
Flying Officer Gordon Ewart Fisher RAF (passenger, aged 22) from Hythe, Kent.


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings – Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.167 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1985 p.)
3. Category Five; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1954 to 2009 by Colin Cummings p.97
4. The Gloster Meteor in British Service By Martin Derry
7. Memo diary, West Riding Constabulary Collection, Wakefield Archives.

Revision history:

07-Jun-2008 02:24 JINX Added
15-Jan-2012 02:39 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Destination airport, Source]
05-May-2020 19:23 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
06-Dec-2023 18:31 Paul Allonby Updated [Source, Narrative]

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