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Last updated: 27 November 2019
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Type:Gloster Meteor F.Mk III
Owner/operator:ECFS Royal Air Force (ECFS RAF)
Registration: EE456
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Rectory Farm, near Landbeach, Cambridgeshire, England. -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Hullavington, Wiltshire
Destination airport:
Gloster Meteor EE456 (Empire Central Flying School): Written off (destroyed) 12 February 1946 when crashed at Rectory Farm, near Landbeach, Cambridgeshire. The aircraft was seen to break cloud at 400 feet, bank to port at high speed and then dive into the ground, colliding with farm buildings. The most probable cause was loss of control in cloud. Pilot killed.

According to the Wikipedia entry into the death of the pilot, Squadron Leader Edward Rowland "Ted" Thorn, DFC & Bar, DFM & Bar, MiD, RAF:

"On 12 February 1946 Thorn was a squadron leader and member of staff at the Empire Central Flying School, where early jet fighters were being flown, when he died in an accident. It is sometimes reported that he was aboard Mosquito TA525, although most reports state that the Dutch pilot of that aircraft was on a solo mission. Thorn was actually flying Gloster Meteor F.3 serial number EE456 of the Empire Central Flying School when his aircraft dived out of a cloud and crashed at Rectory Farm near Landbeach, Cambridgeshire"

Crew of Meteor EE456:
Squadron Leader Edward Rowland "Ted" Thorn, DFC & Bar, DFM & Bar, MiD, RAF, (Pilot) Service Number 46957, aged 32. Buried at St. Peter's Churchyard, Bishops Waltham, Hampshire

The reported crash location of Landbeach is a small fen-edge English village about three miles (5 km) north of Cambridge. Rectory farm still exists as of 2019 on Akeman Street (the old Roman Road) near the A10 Milton Bypass, at approximate co ordinates: 52.265N 0.162E


1. Halley, James (1999). Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents. Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.31. ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft EA100-EZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1988 p 20)

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Revision history:

21-Nov-2019 19:30 Dr. John Smith Added
27-Nov-2019 11:58 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Narrative, Operator]

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