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Last updated: 10 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:25 Squadron Royal Air Force (25 Sqn RAF)
Registration: WH443
MSN: G5/415572
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF West Malling, Maidstone, Kent -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:RAF West Malling, Maidstone, Kent
Destination airport:RAF West Malling, Maidstone, Kent
Gloster Meteor F.Mk.8 WH443: Notified as awaiting collection 22/4/52, delivered 23/4/52 (next day). Operational service career was with 247 Squadron, 54 Squadron RAF Odiham, Hampshire, and then as "A" of 25 Squadron RAF West Malling

Written off (damaged beyond repair) 10/1/56: Belly landed at RAF West Malling, Maidstone, Kent, after the undercarriage jammed. Aircraft deemed as "damaged beyond economical repair" and the remains were allocated to the Civil Defence School at Eastwood Park, Falfield, Gloucestershire for Ground Instructional Use (although no "M" number was allocated).

Later (by or soon after April 1968 when Eastwood Park was closed, and Civil Defence was disbanded) sent to Hucknall, Nottinghamshire for further Ground Instructional Use. Finally scrapped at Hucknall on 9/7/76 over 21 years after its crash


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 50)
3. Category Five; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1954 to 2009 by Colin Cummings p.172

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Revision history:

12-Jun-2008 09:49 JINX Added
24-Jan-2012 13:01 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Destination airport, Source]
10-Nov-2014 14:45 Slizack Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Destination airport, Source]
26-Oct-2017 19:02 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
26-Oct-2017 19:03 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
08-Jun-2020 21:06 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Source, Narrative]

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