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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 195515
Last updated: 12 May 2020
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Date:01-APR-1955
Time:day
Type:Gloster Meteor T.Mk 7
Owner/operator:211 Flying Training School Royal Air Force (211 FTS RAF)
Registration: WL474
C/n / msn: G5/423825
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:2m NE of RAF Gamston RLG, Retford, Nottinghamshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Training
Departure airport:RAF Worksop, Nottinghamshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Gloster Meteor T.Mk.7 WL474: Notified as awaiting collection 16.2.53, delivered to the RAF 18.2.53. RAF service career was with 211 AFS, later 211 FTS RAF [coded "73"] at RAF Worksop, Nottinghamshire

Written off (destroyed) 1.4.55 - Dived into the ground on an asymmetrical overshoot 2m North East of RAF Gamston Relief Landing Ground, Retford, Nottinghamshire. This involved practice flying an approach and overshoot with one engine shut down.

The aircraft yawed to starboard, as anticipated, then continued to turn. At this point the "live" engine failed, the Meteor rolled over onto its back and dived into the ground. Both crew were killed, as the Meteor T.7 was at a low altitude, and was not fitted with ejector seats; the aircraft was apparently too low for safe bale-out.

Crew of Meteor WL474:
Flying Officer Stanley Thomas Jenkins RAF (QFI Instructor Pilot, aged 25) - killed on active service 1/4/55, buried at Retford Road Cemetery, Worksop, Bassetlaw District, Nottinghamshire, England
Acting Pilot Officer Duncan Herbert Moffat RAF (Pupil Pilot Under Training,Service Number 2608120, aged 29) - killed on active service 1/4/55

Sources:

1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.169 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 74)
3. Category Five; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1954 to 2009 by Colin Cummings p.127
4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT233/267: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C424388
5. http://www.ukserials.com/results.php?serial=WL
6. http://rafworksop.btck.co.uk/AircraftBasedatWorksop
7. http://www.airliners.net/photo/UK---Air/Gloster-Meteor-T7/0890841/L
8. http://rafworksop.btck.co.uk/ThosewhoservedanddiedfortheRAF
9. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/127247351
10. https://aviationtrails.wordpress.com/2019/02/02/raf-gamston-home-of-the-otu/


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
20-May-2017 21:39 Dr.John Smith Added
25-Dec-2018 20:59 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Nature, Operator]
14-Jan-2020 16:30 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
14-Jan-2020 19:37 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Operator]
11-May-2020 16:18 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
11-May-2020 18:01 Boile A. Updated [Operator, Operator]
12-May-2020 19:52 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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