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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 172718
Last updated: 28 June 2020
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Type:Gloster Meteor F Mk 4
Owner/operator:205 Advanced Flying School Royal Air Force (205 AFS RAF)
Registration: VT103
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Hillilees Farm, Kirklevington, near Yarm, North Yorkshire, England. -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Middleton St George, County Durham
Destination airport:RAF Thornaby, North Yorkshire
Meteor VT103 was built to contract 6/ACFT/658 by Gloster Aircraft Ltd at Hucclecote and was initially delivered to the Holding Squadron in January 1948 before being issued to 66 Squadron at Linton-on-Ouse in May 1948. It was transferred to 43 Squadron at Tangmere on 11th February 1949 and then moved to 1 Squadron also at Tangmere at a later date. It finally transfered to 205 AFS when the unit formed on 7th September 1950.

On 19th April 1951 this aircraft ran out of fuel before the pilot could fly it back to RAF Thornaby, from RAF Middleton St. George, County Durham; he attempted to force land the aircraft near Hillilees Farm, Kirklevington near Yarm, North Yorkshire, but crashed while doing so. The pilot is not believed to have been injured and went on to gain his commission a couple of years later.
Sgt (5002410) John Quibell PICKEN (pilot) RAF - Ok

Following this accident at Kirklevington it was initially declared Cat.B/FA but after further assessment it was Re.Cat.E/FA and struck off charge on 11th July 1951.


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft SA100-VZ999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain 1983, p,83)

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05-Jan-2015 19:56 Dr. John Smith Added
10-May-2015 17:18 Angel Dick one Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Narrative]

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