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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 20695
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 T Mk 7
Owner/operator:72 (Basutoland) Squadron Royal Air Force (72 (Basutoland) Sqn RAF)
Registration: WF783
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
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. Both crew were killed.

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


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

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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]

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