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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 165465
Last updated: 11 September 2019
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Date:21-JUL-1945
Time:
Type:Gloster Meteor F.3
Owner/operator:Power Jets Ltd
Registration: EE291
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Halls Farm, Church Street, Blaby, Leicestershire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Bruntingthorpe Airfield, Bruntingthorpe, Leicestershire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Gloster Meteor F.3 (EE291) of Power Jets Ltd. Aircraft used as test bed for development of reheat on RB.37 engines. Written off (destroyed) 21-07-1945 when crashed at Halls Farm, Blaby, Leicestershire: The aircraft was lent to Power Jets, of Bruntingthorpe, and was a test bed for a reheated version of the RB37 engine. The pilot, who was the company's chief test pilot, was authorised to carry out a display at a Victory Gala being staged at Whetstone, just south of Leicester.

The aircraft ran in while descending from 5,000 feet to 500 and passed over the airfield at an estimated 450 knots, before pulling up steeply into cloud. The aircraft was next seen flick rolling, before levelling out inverted and then diving into the ground at Halls Farm, Church Street, Blaby, Leicestershire, and disintegrating completely.

Pilot: Squadron Leader (40736) Alan Ormerod MOFFET AFC (pilot) RAF (Chief Test Pilot for Power Jets Ltd) - killed. He was aged 25 at the time of the crash.

Sources:

1. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?19128-450721-Unaccounted-Airmen-21-07-1945
2. http://www.thunder-and-lightnings.co.uk/memorial/entry.php?id=156
3. https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/official-details-tragic-jet-aircraft-crash-1945/story-12922076-detail/story.html
4. The Price of Peace: A catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses Between VE-Day and End of 1945, compiled and edited by Colin Cummings (Nimbus Publishing,


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
14-Apr-2014 10:25 Nepa Added
14-Sep-2014 14:27 Jixon Updated [Narrative]
17-Aug-2015 09:30 King T. Updated [Date, Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Country, Source, Narrative]
16-Nov-2016 22:06 Dr.John Smith Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
10-Feb-2018 11:12 TigerTimon Updated [Aircraft type]

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