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Last updated: 9 November 2019
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Date:20-JAN-1956
Time:15:23
Type:Gloster Meteor NF Mk 12
Owner/operator:All Weather Operational Conversion Unit Royal Air Force (All Weather OCU RAF)
Registration: WS661
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:2
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:High St, Wadhurst, Sussex, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Training
Departure airport:RAF Luffenham, Rutland
Destination airport:RAF Luffenham
Narrative:
The RAF inquiry found that the pilot of the Meteor, F/O Leonard Stoate, lost control of his aircraft while circling over the village of Wadhurst where his parents owned a newsagent shop.
The crash obliterated much of the High St, destroying the 500 year-old Queen's Head pub and a number of shops. Two persons were killed on the ground.
The Meteor was 120 miles from its base and the pilot was not authorised to fly more than 60 miles away. It was suspected that he was showing off his plane to his parents.
Crew:
F/O (2503164) Leonard Charles Mitchell STOATE (pilot) RAF - killed.
P/O (4139679) Alastair Walter PATERSON (nav.) RAF - Killed

Civilians believed to have been killed :
Mr Thomas Stemp (75).
Miss Emily Reed (60).

Sources:

Broken Wings : Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents / James J. Halley
http://sussexhistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=182.0
http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1956.htm
CWGC


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
10-Sep-2008 11:43 angels one five Added
28-Apr-2009 10:46 MikeG Updated
24-Oct-2009 14:20 JINX Updated
24-Oct-2009 14:20 JINX Updated
01-Jul-2010 01:40 angels one five Updated [Nature, Source, Narrative]
18-Aug-2010 02:48 penguin832 Updated [Source, Narrative]
29-Jan-2012 14:35 Michael Brown Updated [Source, Narrative]
11-Mar-2013 23:55 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
29-Jan-2014 19:30 TB Updated [Operator, Location, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
03-Mar-2015 08:01 angels one five Updated [Operator, Narrative]
03-Mar-2015 09:38 angels one five Updated [Operator]
03-Mar-2015 09:39 angels one five Updated [Operator]
10-May-2015 17:11 Angel Dick one Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
16-Jul-2019 06:50 angels one five Updated [Location]

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