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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 230797
Last updated: 21 November 2019
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Date:09-MAY-1946
Time:day
Type:Gloster Meteor F.Mk 4
Owner/operator:Gloster Aircraft Co Ltd
Registration: EE518
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Defford, Worcestershire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Test
Departure airport:Moreton Valence, Gloucestershire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Gloster Meteor F.Mk.4 EE518. Gloster Aircraft Co Ltd: Written off (destroyed) 9 May 1948. Aircraft was engaged in a test flight after fuel pump change. A few minutes after take-off from Moreton Valence, the aircraft was seen approaching Defford in a shallow dive at about 450 m.p.h. It entered a sharp climbing turn streaming wingtip vortices and at about 1,500ft the starboard wing detached and the Meteor disintegrated in flight. The fatal structural failure to EE518 in May 1946 led to the introduction of the short span wings. Pilot killed.

Crew of Meteor EE518:
Mr Llewellyn Moss, Gloster, Chief Production Test Pilot, Moreton Valence

Sources:

1. Halley, James (1999). Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents. Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.41. ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft EA100-EZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain 1988 p 21)
3. https://www.thunder-and-lightnings.co.uk/memorial/entry.php?id=173
4. http://www.aviationarchaeology.org.uk/marg/crashes1946-49.htm
5. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/28/W2345: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C6578191
6. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?22021-460509-Unaccounted-Airmen-09-05-1946
7. http://ariadne-portal.dcu.gr/page/18284538


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
21-Nov-2019 23:20 Dr. John Smith Added
21-Nov-2019 23:33 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Source, Narrative]

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