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Last updated: 17 February 2020
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Date:17-MAR-1947
Time:day
Type:Gloster Meteor F.Mk III
Owner/operator:222 (Natal) Squadron Royal Air Force (222 (Natal) Sqn RAF)
Registration: EE422
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:4 miles North of RAF Tangmere, Chichester, West Sussex -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:RAF Tangmere, Chichester, West Sussex
Destination airport:RAF Tangmere, Chichester, West Sussex
Narrative:
Gloster Meteor F.Mk.3 EE422, 222 (Natal) Squadron, RAF: Written off (destroyed) 17 March 1947 when spun out of control and crashed four miles north of RAF Tangmere, near Chichester, West Sussex. The pilot was making a controlled descent to RAF Tangmere through cloud, with a cloudbase of 400 feet. The pilot began a turn to port but then he is believed to have tightened the turn. The Meteor then flicked out of control, and dived into the ground. Pilot killed. According to a contemporary newspaper report ("Western Daily Press" - Tuesday 18 March 1947):

"JET PILOT KILLED.
A Pilot-Officer was killed when a Meteor jet experimental 'plane crashed yesterday in a wood near the Chichester-Halnaker Road, three miles from Chichester, and one-and-a-half miles from the R.A.F. Station at Tangmere, from where the 'plane took off. The pilot was Flt.-Lieut. Alan Claude Edwards, aged 24, single, of Winchester."

Crew of Meteor EE422:
Flight Lieutenant Alan Claude Edwards RAF (pilot, Service Number 179786, aged 24) - killed in flying accident 17/3/47, buried at Winchester (Magdalen Hill) Cemetery, Winchester, Hampshire

Sources:

1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p. 60 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Final Landings: Summary of RAF Aircraft and Combat Losses 1946-1949: by Colin Cummings p 279
3. Chichester Observer - Saturday 22 March 1947
4. Western Daily Press - Tuesday 18 March 1947
5. http://sussexhistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=3895.0
6. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2350953/edwards,-alan-claude/
7. http://www.r afcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?23966-470317-Unaccounted-Airmen-17-03-1947&p=139256#post139256 .


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
11-Feb-2020 21:34 Dr. John Smith Added
11-Feb-2020 22:13 Iwosh Updated [Operator, Operator]
17-Feb-2020 23:23 Dr. John Smith Updated [Registration, Source, Narrative]
17-Feb-2020 23:23 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
17-Feb-2020 23:25 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]

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