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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 20299
Last updated: 7 July 2020
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Type:Gloster Meteor F.Mk 8
Owner/operator:74 (Tiger) Squadron Royal Air Force (74 (Tiger) Sqn RAF)
Registration: WA836
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire, England. -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:RAF Horsham St Faith, Norfolk
Destination airport:
Gloster Meteor F.Mk.8 WA836, 74 (Tiger) Squadron, RAF: Written off (destroyed) 19/9/53 when broke up during low level run over the airfield at Battle of Britain Display at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire. The aircraft was making a moderately fast turn in a shallow dive over the airfield at RAF Coningsby. It then began a roll to the right, but as it passed through 90 degrees, it broke up in the air, and pieces fell over a wide area, including the spectator area.

The crash was attributed to Double mainplane failure due to previous overstressing of the airframe. The pilot was killed and 2 persons on the ground were injured.

Flying Officer Patrick Russell Ward, RAF (pilot, Service Number 3126349, aged 21) - killed on active service 19/9/53


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p 127. ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Last Take-off: A Record of RAF Aircraft Losses 1950 to 1953 by Colin Cummings p 236
3. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 11)
4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT233/177:

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Revision history:

31-May-2008 14:32 JINX Added
06-Jun-2008 22:15 JINX Updated
06-Mar-2010 22:41 angels one five Updated [Location, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
06-Mar-2010 22:42 angels one five Updated [Source, Narrative]
12-May-2015 17:09 BlB Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Narrative]
21-Jun-2017 18:21 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
04-Jan-2020 00:30 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Source, Narrative]
04-Jan-2020 16:58 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Operator]

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