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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 20996
Last updated: 17 September 2020
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Date:26-OCT-1953
Time:day
Type:Gloster Meteor F Mk 8
Owner/operator:263 (Fellowship of the Bellows) Squadron Royal Air Force (263 (Fellowship of the Bellows) Sqn RAF)
Registration: WH467
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:14 Moore Road, Whitton, Ipswich, Suffolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Horsham St. Faith, Norwich, Norfolk
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Gloster Meteor F.Mk.8 WH467, 263 (Fellowship of the Bellows) Squadron, RAF: Written off (destroyed) 26/10/53 when crashed at Whitton, Ipswich, Suffolk. The Meteor was one of three carrying out practice interceptions on a Boeing B-29 bomber. The aircraft flew through the attack, and then passed underneath the bomber. It then went into a wide spiral dive, striking the ground at a steep angle. According to some sources the actual crash location was at 14 Moore Road in Whitton, Ipswich, Suffolk. Fortunately only two persons were injured on the ground. Also a German Shepherd dog belonging to a resident was killed.

The cause of the crash was that the hood had detached from the aircraft, and is presumed to have struck the pilot, incapacitating him. The pilot was killed

Pilot of Meteor WH467
Flight Lieutenant Gerald William Hill, DFC, RAF (pilot, Service Number 58136, aged 28)

Sources:

1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.151 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Last Take-off: A Record of RAF Aircraft Losses 1950 to 1953 by Colin Cummings p 422-423
3. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 51)
4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT233/183: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C424304
5. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/32/S2664: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C6578510
6. http://www.ukserials.com/results.php?serial=WH
7. https://hi-in.facebook.com/groups/1760903747507284/permalink/1859702270960764/?comment_id=1860232897574368&comment_tracking=%7B%22tn%22%3A%22R%22%7D
8. Press cutting "Ipswich Star" 27/10/53: https://picclick.co.uk/1953-14-Moore-Road-Ipswich-Meteor-Jet-Fighter-333143912814.html#&gid=1&pid=1
9. Damage to houses (NOTE: Date wrongly given as 10 October 1953): https://www.alamy.com/oct-10-1953-more-than-thirty-houses-damaged-by-meteor-jet-crash-at-image69286137.html


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
12-Jun-2008 13:05 JINX Added
30-May-2013 13:49 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Phase]
04-Jul-2013 14:29 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
22-Dec-2013 18:01 milburn-foster Updated [Aircraft type, Departure airport]
03-Jan-2020 22:25 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
03-Jan-2020 22:28 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]

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