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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 20309
Last updated: 5 December 2019
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Type:Gloster Meteor F Mk 8
Owner/operator:66 Squadron Royal Air Force (66 Sqn RAF)
Registration: WA877
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Near Manston Beacon Farm, Scalby, North Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Linton-on-Ouse, North Yorkshire (EGXU)
Destination airport:RAF Linton-on-Ouse, North Yorkshire (EGXU)
Took off at 11:30 hours for aerobatic exercise & then to practice Ground Controlled Approaches (CGA) to RAF Linton-on-Ouse airfield. Half an hour after take-off, this aircraft was flying in the Scarborough area, towards the town from Harwood Dale direction, when the aircraft's undercarriage locks failed & undercarriage extended. The resulting stress load was too much & the aircraft broke up.

Crashed into fields Near Manston Beacon Farm, Scalby, North Yorkshire, killing the pilot instantly, his watch stopping at 11.50 hours. Main crash site near the track over to the farm from Coomboots. Wreckage was spread over fields either side of this track. However a wing section & the main aircraft fuselage came to earth fairly close to one another on slopes below Beacon Brow. The tail of the aircraft is thought to have landed some distance away.

Following investigation of the wreckage it was thought that the Meteor broke up in flight due to a ""positive "g" being applied"".

Crew: Sgt (3504636) John Anstee MARTIN (pilot) RAF killed. He was 21 years old. Buried Newton on Ouse Churchyard, Yorkshire (grave RAF8). His headstone is inscribed with the words "Brightness Falls From The Air"

Meteor WA877 was built to contract 6/ACFT/2983 by the Gloster Aircraft Co. Ltd at Hucclecote and delivered to the RAF on 19th February 1951. After acceptance it was issued to 66 Squadron at Linton on Ouse. It sustained Cat.E2/FA damage as a result of the incident detailed above.


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1983)
3. Film footage of accident:

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Revision history:

31-May-2008 15:17 JINX Added
15-May-2013 13:32 Nepa Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Narrative]
13-Aug-2013 22:45 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Source]
12-May-2015 07:18 DB Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
12-Mar-2017 14:55 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
12-Mar-2017 15:01 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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