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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 20970
Last updated: 24 June 2020
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Type:Gloster Meteor F Mk 8
Owner/operator:63 Squadron Royal Air Force (63 Sqn RAF)
Registration: WH374
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:RAF Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire
Destination airport:RAF Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire
Gloster Meteor F.Mk.8 WH374: Notified as awaiting collection 12/2/52, delivered to the RAF 21/2/1952. Sole operational service career was with 63 Squadron at RAF Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire. For a period in 1953, WH374 wore a distinctive black-and-yellow chequerboard pattern on the fin and rudder (see links #6 & #7). Later removed and replaced by single code letter "J"

Written off (damaged beyond repair) 23/8/56: Belly landed in error at Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire. Pilot forgot to lower undercarriage on approach. Burnt out (destroyed by fire) after the ventral tank exploded and leaking fuel caught fire.


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 59)
3. Category Five; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1954 to 2009 by Colin Cummings p.208
4. 63 Squadron ORB (Operational Records Book)(Air Ministry Form AM/F.540) for period 1/1/56 to 31/5/38: File AIR 27/2791/1 at

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Revision history:

12-Jun-2008 07:44 JINX Added
12-May-2015 17:45 BlB Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Destination airport]
24-Jun-2020 22:11 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
24-Jun-2020 22:11 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
24-Jun-2020 22:13 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]

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