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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 20186
Last updated: 9 August 2020
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Type:Gloster Meteor T.Mk 7
Owner/operator:228 Operational Conversion Unit Royal Air Force (228 OCU RAF)
Registration: WA604
C/n / msn: G5/356473
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:1 mile East of Exelby, Hambleton, North Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:RAF Leeming, North Yorkshire
Destination airport:RAF Leeming, North Yorkshire
Gloster Meteor T.Mk.7 WA604, 228 OCU, RAF: Written off (destroyed) 29/5/51 when crashed one mile east of Exelby, Hambleton, North Yorkshire. Both crew killed.

The aircraft was turning on to final approach to RAF Leeming for an asymmetric landing when it side-slipped into the ground one mile east of Exelby, North Yorkshire. Although both crew were killed, one was recovered from the wreckage severely injured, and died in hospital some time later

Crew of Meteor WA604:
Squadron Leader Michael John Gloster DFC & Bar, RAF (pilot, Service Number 65559) - survived crash, but died of injuries sustained June 1951
Flight Sergeant Harold Uppard - killed in action 29/5/51


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p114. ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Last Take-off: A Record of RAF Aircraft Losses 1950 to 1953 by Colin Cummings p 141
3. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain)
4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT233/51:
5. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/31/S2527:

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Revision history:

29-May-2008 15:00 JINX Added
07-Jun-2008 02:33 JINX Updated
23-Jan-2012 05:24 Nepa Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Source]
28-Dec-2019 16:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
28-Dec-2019 16:12 stehlik49 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Operator]

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