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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 20630
Last updated: 27 October 2020
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Type:Gloster Meteor F Mk 8
Owner/operator:609 (West Riding) Sqn RAuxAF
Registration: WE895
C/n / msn: AWA.
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Cawood, 4 miles NW of Selby, North Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Church Fenton, North Yorkshire
Destination airport:
Crashed 22/4/1956: Flight Lieutenant William Sanderman Campbell aged 33 was killed on 22 April 1956 in Meteor F.8 WE895 while with 609 (West Riding) Squadron, at Cawood, 4 miles south west of Selby, North Yorkshire

The aircraft was 1 of 4 in a section flying in line abreast at 35,000 ft. The leader ordered a half roll to starboard and a pull through but on completion at 24,000 ft No. 4 was found missing.

At some stage it is believed the pilot lost control and ejected. However the face blind blew back over the top of seat and prevented the drogue chute from deploying correctly. Although the pilot attempted manual release from the seat, he did not operate the mechanism correctly, and was killed on impact with the ground


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.171 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 65)
3. To Fly No More: RAF Aircraft Accidents and Write-offs, 1954-58 by Colin Cummings, Nimbus Publishing; ISBN: 095266190X
4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT233/338:

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Revision history:

05-Jun-2008 15:51 JINX Added
10-Jan-2012 15:15 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Source]
16-Mar-2013 18:45 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
16-Mar-2013 18:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
05-Apr-2013 07:29 Nepa Updated [Operator]
22-Jan-2020 16:03 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Source, Narrative]

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