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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 236765
Last updated: 7 June 2020
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Type:Gloster Meteor T.Mk 7
Owner/operator:FTU Royal Air Force (FTU RAF)
Registration: VW449
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Benson, Oxfordshire, England. -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:RAF Benson, Oxfordshire
Destination airport:RAF Benson, Oxfordshire
Gloster Meteor T.Mk.7 VW449: Delivered 18/5/49. RAF service career was with 226 OCU, 203 AFS (Advanced Flying School), 101 FRS, 202 AFS, 231 OCU RAF Merryfield, BCCS (Bomber Command Communications Squadron), returned to 231 OCU RAF Merryfield, and lastly with the FTU (Ferry Training Unit) at RAF Benson.

Written off (damaged beyond repair) 30/12/55: The aircraft suffered a hydraulic failure in flight, and this meant that the undercarriage was unable to be lowered. The pilot was therefore obliged to make a wheels up belly landing at RAF Benson, Oxfordshire. The aircraft was deemed "damaged beyond economic repair" and struck off charge as Cat,5(c) early in January 1956. The two crew on board were uninjured.

Crew of Meteor VW449
Wing Commander G H Smith RAF (pilot)
Flight Sergeant J A Brigg RAF (passenger)


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.176 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft SA100-VZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 95)
3. Category Five; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1954 to 2009 by Colin Cummings p.171

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Revision history:

07-Jun-2020 16:20 Dr. John Smith Added
07-Jun-2020 16:20 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
07-Jun-2020 20:06 Digger Updated [Operator, Nature, Operator]

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