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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 20310
Last updated: 20 August 2020
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Date:03-JAN-1957
Time:day
Type:Gloster Meteor F Mk 8
Owner/operator:74 Squadron Royal Air Force (74 Sqn RAF)
Registration: WA879
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Hales, 17 miles SE of RAF Horsham St Faith, Norfolk, England. -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Training
Departure airport:RAF Horsham St Faith, Norfolk
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Gloster Meteor F.Mk.8 WA879: Delivered 12/9/1950. Sole operational service career was as "G" of 74 Squadron, at RAF Horsham St. Faith.

Written off (destroyed) 3/1/1957: During a dog fight at 9,000 feet WE974 ("S" of 74 Sqn RAF) collided with WA879 ("G" of 74 Sqn RAF) crushing the cockpit. The seat of Meteor WA879 was automatically ejected and struck the underside of WE974 killing the pilot. The other pilot in Meteor WE974 (F/O R.G.Baillie) ejected through the canopy but his chute did not open properly and he was killed. The aircraft crashed near Hales, Norfolk, approximately 17 miles south east of RAF Horsham St. Faith, Norfolk

From a contemporary local newspaper report ("Shields Evening News" dated January 4, 1957):

"The two RAF pilots killed when their planes crashed about 11 miles south-east of Norwich yesterday were Flying Officer W.R. Taylor, of Cleethorpes, and Flying Officer R.G. Baillie, of Edinburgh, the Air Ministry announced today.

It is believed the two planes crashed after a mid-air collision. Both were from the RAF station at Horsham, St Faith, Norfolk."

Crew of Meteor WA879:
Flying Officer Walter Richard Taylor, RAF (pilot, aged 23)

Note that exact location of the crash varies with different sources, it was south east of Norwich, but various sources give the crash location as "11 miles SE of Norwich", "12 miles SE of Norwich" and "near Hales, 17 miles SE of RAF Horsham St.Faith"

Sources:

1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.184 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 90)
3. Category Five; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1954 to 2009 by Colin Cummings p.228
4. http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1957.htm
5. https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/view/1248757/
6. http://www.planetrace.co.uk/1950-1959_26.html
7. https://www.flickr.com/photos/43688219@N00/25288564328
8. https://www.airhistory.net/photo/11071/WA879
9. https://www.airliners.net/photo/UK-Air-Force/Gloster-Meteor-F8/1769351/L
10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hales


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
31-May-2008 15:21 JINX Added
05-Jun-2008 22:53 JINX Updated
29-Jun-2011 02:10 angels one five Updated [Phase, Nature, Source, Narrative]
29-Jun-2011 02:13 angels one five Updated [Source, Narrative]
29-Jun-2011 03:27 angels one five Updated [Departure airport, Source]
21-May-2014 14:56 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
28-Jun-2014 01:36 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location]
10-May-2015 16:48 Angel Dick one Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Narrative]
23-Jan-2020 21:12 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
16-Jul-2020 20:33 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
16-Jul-2020 20:36 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time]
16-Jul-2020 20:44 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]

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