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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 231825
Last updated: 30 December 2019
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Type:Gloster Meteor F.Mk 8
Owner/operator:74 (Tiger) Squadron Royal Air Force (74 (Tiger) Sqn RAF)
Registration: VZ558
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Salhouse, 2 miles from Wroxham, Norfolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:RAF Horsham St. Faith, Norwich, Norfolk
Destination airport:RAF Horsham St. Faith, Norwich, Norfolk
Gloster Meteor F.Mk.8 VZ558. 74 (Tiger) Squadron, RAF: Written off (destroyed) 7/12/50 when crashed at Salhouse, two miles from Wroxham, Norfolk. Pilot killed.

While returning from a night cross country navigation exercise, the pilot was told to "stand off" from nearby cloud during the approach to RAF Horsham St. Faith, Norwich, Norfolk. The pilot was told to remain in the approach circuit to Horsham St. Faith. However Meteor VZ558 inexplicably dived into the ground, at Salhouse, Norfolk, killing the pilot

Crew of Meteor VZ558:
Flying Officer William Alfred Slater, RAF (pilot, Service Number 151830, aged 23)


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p 108 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Last Take-off: A Record of RAF Aircraft Losses 1950 to 1953 by Colin Cummings p 98
3. Royal Air Force Aircraft SA100-VZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1985, p105)
4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT233/36:
5. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/31/S2511:

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Revision history:

30-Dec-2019 19:30 Dr. John Smith Added
30-Dec-2019 20:24 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Operator]

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