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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 231641
Last updated: 23 December 2019
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Date:24-APR-1950
Time:day
Type:Gloster Meteor F.Mk 4
Owner/operator:226 Operational Conversion Unit Royal Air Force (226 OCU RAF)
Registration: VW287
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Bury Hill, 2 miles east of Newmarket, Suffolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Stradishall, Suffolk
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Gloster Meteor F.Mk.4 VW287, 226 OCU, RAF: Written off (destroyed) 24/4/50 when dived into the ground at high speed shortly after take off. The wings came off during the dive, and it seems that the pilot lost control when flying on instruments or due to turbulence. Aircraft was on a GCI (Ground Controlled Interception) exercise; the pilot did not bail out, and was killed. Aircraft came down at Bury Hill, 2 miles East of Newmarket, Suffolk

Crew of Meteor VW287
Pilot Officer Richard Warwick Jenkins, aged 21 - killed on active service 24/4/50

Sources:

1. Halley, James J (1999). Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents. Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.101. ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Last Take-off: A Record of RAF Aircraft Losses 1950 to 1953 p 51
3. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT233/17: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C424138
4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/30/S2491: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C6578337
5. http://www.ukserials.com/results.php?serial=VW


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
22-Dec-2019 21:40 Dr. John Smith Added
23-Dec-2019 20:48 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Operator]

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