Accident Gloster Meteor F Mk 4 VT123,
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Date:Wednesday 5 January 1949
Type:Silhouette image of generic METR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Gloster Meteor F Mk 4
Owner/operator:245 (Northern Rhodesia) Sqn RAF
Registration: VT123
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:RAF Spilsby, Great Steeping, Spilsby, Lincolnshire, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:RAF Horsham St Faith, Norwich, Norfolk
Destination airport:RAF Spilsby, Great Steeping, Spilsby, Lincolnshire
Gloster Meteor VT123: To 257 Squadron, RAF Church Fenton, Tadcaster, North Yorkshire 10.3.48. To 245 Squadron 2.6.48. Damaged on ground, 27.7.48; Repaired on site, and returned to 245 Squadron 2.9.48.

Written off (damaged beyond repair) 5-1-49. At 31,000 feet while on a Wing Tactical Flying Exercise, both engines on Meteor VT123 flamed out, and the pilot reported that he was unable to restart them. The aircraft descended rapidly, and the pilot attempted a forced landing at the disused RAF Spilsby, Great Steeping, Spilsby, Lincolnshire. However, to compound his problems, the pilot them found that he had he could only lower one of the mainwheels; the other mainwheel remained retracted, causing the Meteor to swing violently on touchdown. The pilot was thrown from the cockpit on touchdown, and sustained fatal injuries

Crew of Meteor VT123
Pilot II (1566356) Robert "Bert" Penny RAF (pilot, aged 25) - killed on active service 5-1-49; buried at Inverkeithing Cemetery, Inverkeithing, Fife, Scotland. R.I.P.


1. Halley, James J (1999). Broken Wings – Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents. Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. ISBN 0-85130-290
2. Final Landings: A Summary of RAF Aircraft and Combat Losses 1946 to 1949 by Colin Cummings p.451
3. Dundee Courier 08-01-1949
4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/29/W2435:
5. 245 Sqn RAF ORB 1-1-1946 to 31-12-1950: National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR27/2481:
8. Royal Air Force Aircraft SA100-VZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1985 p 83)
9. Aeromilitaria Winter 2009 p.171:
10. Pilot logbook (final entry):

Revision history:

02-Dec-2019 19:49 Dr. John Smith Added
02-Dec-2019 19:51 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
02-Dec-2019 19:52 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
02-Dec-2019 21:18 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative, Operator]
28-May-2021 21:26 Anon. Updated [Operator, Location, Operator]
03-Feb-2022 04:56 angels one five Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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