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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 20244
Last updated: 21 October 2020
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Date:10-JAN-1955
Time:day
Type:Gloster Meteor T.Mk 7
Owner/operator:12 Flying Training School Royal Air Force (12 FTS RAF)
Registration: WA666
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:1.5 miles NNE of RAF Weston Zoyland, Bridgwater, Somerset -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Training
Departure airport:RAF Weston Zoyland, Somerset.
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Gloster Meteor T.Mk.7 WA666 ["X-55"] 12 FTS, RAF: Written off (destroyed) 10/01/55. After take off from RAF Weston Zoyland, Somerset, the aircraft was seen to fly straight and level, but then went into a 50-degree dive. Although the aircraft was seen to pull out of the dive and attempt a recovery prior to impact, it failed to do so in time, and came down one and a half miles North North East of RAF Weston Zoyland, Bridgwater, Somerset. Both crew were killed. The cause of the Meteor's fatal dive was never discovered.

Crew of Meteor WA666:
Flight Lieutenant John William Wills RAF (Pupil Pilot under Instruction, Service Number 607182, aged 24)
Flight Lieutenant Alexander Telford Kenworthy RAF (QFI Instructor Pilot, Service Number 3044553, aged 27)

Both crew were buried in the Cemetery at Weston Zoyland, Bridgwater, Somerset

Sources:

1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.167 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 11)
3. Category Five; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1954 to 2009 by Colin Cummings p.111
4. Wings Over Somerset: Aircraft Crashes since the End of World War II By Peter Forrester
5. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT233/254: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C424375
6. http://www.ukserials.com/results.php?serial=WA
7. http://www.sonsofdamien.co.uk/Gloster%201.htm#wa666


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
31-May-2008 06:49 JINX Added
12-Jun-2008 08:39 JINX Updated
13-May-2015 08:09 Boile A. Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport]
18-Nov-2015 07:02 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Source]
25-Nov-2018 18:34 Nepa Updated [Operator, Nature, Operator]
15-Jan-2020 02:13 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
15-Jan-2020 10:53 stehlik49 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport, Operator]
03-May-2020 17:00 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
03-May-2020 19:26 MIG21 Updated [Operator, Operator]

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