Accident Gloster Meteor T Mk 7 WL342,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 21345
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Date:Monday 10 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:FTU RAF
Registration: WL342
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:near Crocker End, 1.5 miles NE of Nettlebed, Oxfordshire, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:RAF Benson, Oxfordshire
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Gloster Meteor T.Mk.7 WL342: Notified as awaiting collection 19/3/52, delivered 21/3/52. RAF career was with the OFU (Overseas Ferry Unit) and then the FTU (Ferry Training Unit), RAF Benson.

Written off (destroyed) 10/1/55: Shortly after take off from RAF Benson, the aircraft dived into the ground near Crocker End, 1.5 miles North East of Nettlebed, Oxfordshire. The pilot (flying solo) was killed.

Crew of Meteor WL342:
Flight Sergeant Francis Douglas James Smith AFM, RAF (Pilot, Service Number 1587513, aged 31) - killed on active service 10/1/55


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings – Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.168 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1985 p.73)
3. Category Five; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1954 to 2009 by Colin Cummings p.112
4. The Gloster Meteor in British Service By Martin Derry

Revision history:

19-Jun-2008 19:44 JINX Added
20-Jun-2013 04:46 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Nature, Departure airport]
18-Jul-2013 09:49 JINX Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Source]
13-May-2015 08:08 Boile A. Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport]
15-Nov-2018 07:25 Anon. Updated [Total occupants]
05-May-2020 18:37 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
05-May-2020 21:49 MIG29 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Nature, Operator]

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