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Last updated: 22 November 2019
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Date:02-JUL-1946
Time:day
Type:Gloster Meteor F.4
Owner/operator:A&AEE Boscombe Down (Aeroplane & Armament Experimental Establishment Boscombe Down)
Registration: EE312
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Porton Range, Idmiston, near Salibury, Wiltshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Test
Departure airport:RAF Boscombe Down, Wiltshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Gloster Meteor F.Mk.4 EE312, A&AEE Boscombe Down. Written off (destroyed) 2 July 1946 during a test flight from Boscombe Down, Wiltshire. Purpose of flight was Spinning trials, three-turn spins in both directions from 15,000 ft. Anti-spin parachute suffered a snatch opening and broke away. Aircraft entered another spin at 3,500 ft before diving into the ground. Pilot killed

Pilot:
Squadron Leader Antoni Robert Majcherczyk DFC, Squadron & A&AEE Test Pilot (Polish National, Service Number P/1801, aged 33)

Note that the CWGC (Commonwealth War Graves Commission) lists Squadron Leader Majcherczyk as ex-"301 Squadron". While it is true he had served with 301 Squadron, he had left there in late 1942 to join the A&AEE (see link #4 for a fuller biography)

Antoni Robert Majcherczyk died on 2nd July, 1946 at Porton, Salisbury, Wiltshire, U.K. A death for Antoni R. Majcherczyk, aged 33, was registered in the September quarter, 1946 in the district of Salisbury, Wiltshire, England.

Antoni Robert Majcherczyk’s ashes were buried in Durrington Cemetery, Wiltshire in Grave /Plot Number 1002 on 8th July, 1946. His death is acknowledged by Commonwealth War Graves Commission, and, as such, he has a CWGC headstone – Polish graves have a special CWGC headstone with a distinctive pointed tip.

Probate was granted at London, England on 20th December, 1946 in the death of Antoni Robert Majcherczyk. The Probate details show that Antoni Majcherczyk lived at The Crest, Countess Road, Amesbury, Wiltshire, and died at Porton Ranges near Idmiston. Administration was granted to Zofia Majercherczyk, his widow – Effects Ł761 7s. 4d.

Sources:

1. Halley, James (1999). Broken Wings – Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents. Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.46. ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft EA100-EZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1988 p 19)
3. https://www.thunder-and-lightnings.co.uk/memorial/entry.php?id=175
4. http://www.wiltshire-opc.org.uk/Items/Durrington/Durrington%20-%20War%20Graves%20at%20Durrington%20Cemetery%20A.%20R.%20Majcherczyk%20-%20Polish.pdf
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/7503892/majcherczyk,-antoni/
6. http://www.planetrace.co.uk/1940-1949_28.html
7. http://www.polishairforce.pl/_cmdurrington.html (Polish text)
8. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/28/W2350: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C6578196


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
21-Aug-2013 21:07 Nepa Added
10-Feb-2018 11:11 TigerTimon Updated [Aircraft type]
16-Jul-2019 06:29 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
15-Nov-2019 18:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Source, Narrative]
15-Nov-2019 19:00 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
22-Nov-2019 00:25 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]

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