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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 230672
Last updated: 17 November 2019
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Date:01-JUL-1946
Time:day
Type:Gloster Meteor F.Mk III
Owner/operator:222 (Natal) Squadron Royal Air Force (222 (Natal) Sqn RAF)
Registration: EE295
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Powderham, 6 miles South of Exeter, Devon -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Exeter, Devon
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Gloster Meteor F Mk.III EE295, 222 (Natal) Squadron, RAF; Written off (destroyed) 1 July 1946 when flew into the ground in fog at Powderham, Devon. Pilot killed. According to a history of RAF Exeter (see links #3 & #4): "In June 1946, the airport saw its first jet aircraft arrive with 222 Squadron, and in only a months stay they managed to lose one aircraft, a Meteor in a crash near Powderham."

Crew of Meteor EE295
Flight Lieutenant (Pilot) John David "Johnny" Thorogood, Service Number 148183, aged 23. Killed on active service 01/07/46, buried at Ipswich, Suffolk

The reported crash location of Powderham is a former manor on the coast of south Devon, England, situated within the historic hundred of Exminster, about 6 miles (9.7 km) south of the city of Exeter and adjacent to the north-east of the village of Kenton. It consists in part of flat, formerly marshy ground on the west bank of the River Exe estuary where it is joined by its tributary the River Kenn, the site of Powderham Castle, at approximate co-ordinates: 5038′34.7″N, 327′35.9″W.

Sources:

1. Halley, James J (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents. Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.65. ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft EA100-EZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1988 p 19)
3. https://www.southwestairfields.co.uk/page19.html
4. http://www.exetermemories.co.uk/em/airport.php
5. https://www.ipswichwarmemorial.co.uk/john-david-thorogood/
6. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?22349-460701-Unaccounted-Airmen-01-07-1946&p=130505#post130505
7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manor_of_Powderham


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
13-Nov-2019 21:24 Dr. John Smith Added
17-Nov-2019 17:18 Anon. Updated [Operator, Operator]

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