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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 86431
Last updated: 19 August 2020
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Date:15-JUN-1953
Time:10:55 LT
Type:Gloster Meteor F.Mk 8
Owner/operator:77 Sqn RAAF
Registration: A77-982
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Chodong-ni, Kangwon-do -   North Korea
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Base K-14, Kimpo, South Korea
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Gloster Meteor F.Mk.8 A77-982 Originally assigned Royal Air Force (RAF) Serial WA950, and delivered to the RAF on 28/12/50. Delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) on February 21, 1951. Served with 77 Squadron, RAAF, during the Korean War.

Aircraft was conducting an armed road reconnaissance when it was hit by flak and crashed into a paddy field between a village and high scrub covered ground at Chodong-Ni, Kangwon-do, North Korea. The pilot was seen to eject safely. This incident being only the 8th time an RAAF pilot had used his ejector seat. He went up on to a hill into dense scrub, apparently unhurt, at 10:55 hours and a smoke flare was seen at 11:10 hours. A rescue helicopter was driven off by ground fire.

According to the Squadron Operations Book:
"...The remainder of the aircraft carried out armed reconnaissance flights to assist R.O.K troops in the front line and rescap flights for the pilot of A77-982 who was hit by anti-aircraft fire whilst attacking a vehicle. The pilot, A2925 Sergeant PINKSTONE, D.W. baled out of his aircraft and was seen to land safety in a paddy field, fold up his parachute and run for high ground on the opposite side of a small village. Rescue helicopter was forced away from the downed pilot by intense ground fire and it is considered that the pilot has been captured and is a prisoner of war".

Fate of the Pilot
It was later confirmed that Sgt Pinkstone was taken prisoner (PoW). He survived the war.

Sources:

1. http://www.adf-serials.com/2a77.shtml
2. https://www.pacificwrecks.com/aircraft/meteor/A77-982.html
3. http://www.ukserials.com/results.php?serial=WA
4. http://www.koreanroll.gov.au/veteran.aspx?id=1217499
5. http://www.ukserials.com/prodlists.php?type=730


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
02-Jan-2020 02:40 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
02-Jan-2020 08:51 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Operator]

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