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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 21357
Last updated: 10 July 2020
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Type:Gloster Meteor T Mk 7
Owner/operator:205 Advanced Flying School Royal Air Force (205 AFS RAF)
Registration: WL365
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:3.5 miles NW of Barnard Castle, County Durham -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Middleton St. George, Durham
Destination airport:
Gloster Meteor T.Mk.7 WL365, 205 AFS, RAF: Written off 02/01/1953. Spun into ground out of cloud, and crashed three and a half miles North West of Barnard Castle, County Durham. The aircraft was seen turning and losing altitude rapidly, but apparently still under control. It continued to turn and descend until it hit the ground, killing the pilot (who was flying solo)

Pilot of Meteor WL365
Pilot Officer Ronald Edward Thorneycroft Bowater, RAF (pilot, aged 19)


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.139 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Last Take-off: A Record of RAF Aircraft Losses 1950 to 1953 by Colin Cummings p 326
3. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 73)

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Revision history:

20-Jun-2008 06:24 JINX Added
14-Apr-2013 19:29 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
19-Jun-2013 18:13 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
04-Aug-2013 21:23 JINX Updated [Operator, Departure airport]
12-May-2015 08:55 ABBA Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport, Narrative]
23-Jul-2017 17:51 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
08-Jan-2020 01:03 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
08-Jan-2020 01:04 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
08-Jan-2020 10:16 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Nature, Operator]

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