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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 20616
Last updated: 15 October 2020
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Type:Gloster Meteor F Mk 8
Owner/operator:19 Squadron Royal Air Force (19 Sqn RAF)
Registration: WE856
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Porthill, Wolstanton, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:RAF Duxford, Cambridgeshire
Destination airport:
Gloster Meteor F.Mk.8 WE856, 19 Squadron, RAF: Written off (destroyed) 2/10/53, when the aircraft had been undertaking aerobatics over Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire for about ten minutes when it broke up in flight, and the wreckage dived into the ground at Porthill, Wolstanton, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire. The pilot was killed

Pilot of Meteor WE856:
Pilot Officer Percival Richard Boulton, RAF (pilot, aged 24)

What made the incident particularly tragic is that the pilot was killed on his last day of national service - he was scheduled to be discharged from the RAF the very next day. He is buried in Stoke on Tern churchyard near to Market Drayton, Shropshire


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.151 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Last Take-off: A Record of RAF Aircraft Losses 1950 to 1953 Colin Cummings p 417
3. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1985 p 35
4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT233/181:
5. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/32/S2662:

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Revision history:

05-Jun-2008 14:14 JINX Added
12-May-2015 17:12 BlB Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
05-Jan-2020 00:26 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
05-Jan-2020 09:45 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Operator]

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