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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 20637
Last updated: 8 July 2020
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Type:Gloster Meteor F Mk 8
Owner/operator:211 Advanced Flying School Royal Air Force (211 AFS RAF)
Registration: WE917
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:1.5 miles NW of RAF Worksop, Nottinghamshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Worksop, Nottinghamshire
Destination airport:RAF Worksop, Nottinghamshire
WE917: Delivered to the RAF at 29 MU High Ercall 1.5.51, First issued to the Central Gunnery School (CGS) 2.7.51 coded FJX-J. Bowser backed into engine nacelle, whilst parked at RAF Leconfield, 24.8.51; damage assessed as Cat 3(R); Repaired On Site at Leconfield and returned to the CGS 17.9.51. Sank back on take-off from RAF Leconfield and damage sustained to engine nacelles, 20.6.52 (pilot, Flight Sgt E F Watolski OK). Damage again assessed as Cat 3(R) and Repaired On Site at Leconfield. Returned to the CGS 4.9.52 coded L

Transferred to 211 AFS 7.10.52. Written off 2.9.53 when lost leading edge of wing; aircraft inverted and dived into ground just north-west of the Cannon Public House, Carlton Road, 1.5 miles North-West of RAF Worksop, Nottinghamshire; pilot, Sergeant Pilot Belville Nicholas Penley (RAF Service Number 1817363) killed. He was interred at Worksop (Retford Road) Cemetery.

Note that the official file of the board of inquiry into the accident (File BT 233/171) held at the National Archives, Kew, gives the serial of the aircraft involved as "WA917" [sic]. While it is true that there were a batch of Gloster Meteor F.Mk.8s with serials between WA867 to WA999, the serial WA917 was an unused "black out block" serial between WA909 and WA920. The correct serial of the aircraft involved was WE917, as per the above


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.149 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Last Take-off: A Record of RAF Aircraft Losses 1950 to 1953 Colin Cummings p 362
3. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1985 p 36)
4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT233/171:
5. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/32/S2652:

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Revision history:

05-Jun-2008 16:39 JINX Added
12-May-2015 16:54 BlB Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location]
27-May-2017 20:08 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
05-Jan-2020 00:04 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Source, Narrative]
05-Jan-2020 09:48 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Nature, Operator]

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