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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 230816
Last updated: 22 November 2019
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Type:Gloster Meteor F.Mk 4
Owner/operator:Gloster Aircraft Co Ltd
Registration: EE538
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Greendown Farm, Childrey, near Wantage, Berkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Moreton Valence, Gloucestershire
Destination airport:
Gloster Meteor F.Mk.4 EE538, Gloster Aircraft Co Ltd: Written off (destroyed) July 1946 when crashed on a pre-delivery test flight at Greendown Farm, Childrey, near Wantage, Berkshire. Aircraft dived into the ground out of cloud. Pilot killed.

Childrey is a village and civil parish about 2.5 miles west of Wantage in the Vale of White Horse. Note that the official Air Ministry report into the incident File AVIA 5/28/W2355 gives the crash location as "Langbourn" (sic). There is no such place in Berkshire, unless someone though that they were referring to LAMBOURNE (a large village and civil parish in West Berkshire between Swindon and Newbury).

Note that Gloster Meteor F.Mk.4s EE532 to EE548 (less, of course EE538) were all officially struck off charge on 19 June 1947 when sold to Argentina. Therefore it is possible that, had it not crashed, EE538 would likewise, also have been sold to Argentina.


1. Halley, James (1999). Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents. Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.47 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft EA100-EZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1988 p 21)
3. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/28/W2355:

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22-Nov-2019 23:52 Dr. John Smith Added

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