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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 20668
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Date:11-SEP-1953
Time:day
Type:Gloster Meteor F. Mk 8
Owner/operator:Horsham St. Faith SF Royal Air Force (Horsham St. Faith SF RAF)
Registration: WF695
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Woolwich Arsenal, Woolwich, London -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Demo/Airshow/Display
Departure airport:RAF Horsham St Faith, Norfolk
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Gloster Meteor F.8 WF695, RAF Horsham St, Faith Station Flight: Written off (destroyed) 11 September 1953 when collided with Meteor WK938 while avoiding a Hurricane during the Battle of Britain Flypast rehearsal. WF695 lost tail and spun into the ground at Woolwich Arsenal between two explosives storage huts. The pilot of Meteor WF695 was killed. Meteor WK938 managed to make a safe emergency landing at RAF North Weald, Essex, and the pilot of that aircraft was unhurt. According to a contemporary newspaper report ("Evening Post" - Friday 11 September 1953):

"Meteor Pilot Killed in Accident.
Fighter Crash on Woolwich Arsenal.

An R.A.F. Meteor fighter crashed at Woolwich Arsenal today after colliding with another Meteor during practice for the Battle of Britain fly-past. The machine hit the ground between two buildings and burst into flames. The pilot was extricated, but died later. The machine was almost burnt out. Another person was badly hurt. The second plane made an emergency landing at North Weald aerodrome, Essex. It was damaged along the top of its fuselage, but the pilot was unhurt".

Pilot: Wing Commander Robert Duncan "Bob" Yule DSO DFC & Bar RAF (Service Number 33502, aged 33) - killed

The owners of the "Evening Standard" newspaper were officially reprimanded for low flying offences in connection with this incident, when they sent their Westland-Sikorsky S-51 Dragonfly Srs.1A G-ANAL over the crash site to photograph the wreckage from above (see link #6). The pilot of G-ANAL was charged with "dangerous low flying" as he flew over heavily populated built up areas of South East London at an altitude of below 500 feet.

Sources:

1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.150 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Last Take-off: A Record of RAF Aircraft Losses 1950 to 1953 by Colin Cummings p 411
3. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 39)
4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Yule#Later_career_and_death
5. https://www.aucklandmuseum.com/war-memorial/online-cenotaph/record/C37050
6. National Archives (PRO Kew) file BT 248/244: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C427707
7. http://sussexhistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=7551.0
8. Pilots gravestone: https://www.flickr.com/photos/43688219@N00/1118240561
9. http://aircrewremembered.com/BattleOfBritainDatabase/?q=145+sqd
10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Arsenal#The_final_run-down
11. Alan Bristow: Helicopter Pioneer: The Autobiography pp 92-93 By Alan Bristow, Patrick Malone


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
06-Jun-2008 22:28 JINX Added
15-Jun-2011 23:14 angels one five Updated [Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
07-Jan-2013 15:07 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Narrative]
29-Nov-2013 21:46 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport]
10-May-2015 17:26 Angel Dick one Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
02-Oct-2018 07:41 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
03-Dec-2018 17:53 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
27-Nov-2019 14:21 Nepa Updated [Operator, Narrative, Operator]
05-Feb-2020 22:56 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
06-Feb-2020 09:09 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Operator]

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