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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 20614
Last updated: 26 August 2020
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Type:Gloster Meteor F Mk 8
Owner/operator:615 (County of Surrey) Squadron Royal Air Force (615 (County of Surrey) Sqn RAF)
Registration: WE853
C/n / msn: AWA.
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Hemingstone, 7 miles North of Ipswich, Suffolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Biggin Hill, Bromley, Kent
Destination airport:
Gloster Meteor F.Mk.8 WE853: delivered 10/05/1951. Operational service career was with 41 Squadron, and (from 4/3/55) 615 (County of Surrey) Squadron. RAF Biggin Hill (coded "A")

Written off (destroyed) 26/8/56: At the end of a practice interception sortie this aircraft, which had broken away from its formation, attempted to rejoin the formation. However, while trying to do so, it collided with the leader of another formation, and both aircraft crashed, killing both pilots in each aircraft. Both aircraft came down near Hemingstone, 7 miles North of Ipswich, Suffolk

Crew of Meteor WE853:
Flying Officer John Oliver HOLDSWORTH, RAF (pilot, Service Number 2547372, aged 24) - killed on active service 26/8/56.


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.182 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 35)
3. Category Five; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1954 to 2009 by Colin Cummings p.209
4. 615 (County of Surrey) Squadron ORB (Operational Records Book)(Air Ministry Form AM/F.540) for period 1/1/55 to 31/3/57: File AIR 27/2713/3 at

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Revision history:

05-Jun-2008 14:03 JINX Added
10-Jun-2008 07:06 JINX Updated
10-Jan-2012 15:56 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Source]
25-Oct-2013 09:37 DustyRN Updated [Aircraft type, Source, Narrative]
25-Jun-2020 17:46 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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