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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 21331
Last updated: 12 July 2020
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Type:Gloster Meteor F.Mk 8
Owner/operator:19 Squadron Royal Air Force (19 Sqn RAF)
Registration: WL137
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:9 miles South West of Worksop, Nottinghamshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Church Fenton, North Yorkshire
Destination airport:
Gloster Meteor F.Mk.8 WL137: Notified as awaiting collection 7/12/1953, delivered to the RAF 27/12/1953. RAF service career was with 19 Squadron, RAF (coded "B") only

Written off (destroyed) 5/10/56 - Control lost in cloud during practice attack, dived into the ground nine miles South West of Worksop, Nottinghamshire. During a cine gun and tail chase exercise with another Meteor of 19 Squadron, this aircraft dived at a very steep angle and high mach number, in order to make a practice attack on a third aircraft. In attempting to recover from this dive, the pilot lost control, and the aircraft went into an inverted spiral dive from which it did not recover. The pilot was killed

Crew of Meteor WL137:
Flying Officer Colin Pearson RAF (pilot, aged 24)


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.184 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 72)
3. Category Five; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1954 to 2009 by Colin Cummings p.213
4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT233/361:
5. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/35/S2841:

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Revision history:

19-Jun-2008 19:07 JINX Added
19-Jun-2008 19:08 JINX Updated
12-May-2015 17:50 BlB Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
22-Jan-2020 21:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
22-Jan-2020 23:02 stehlik49 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Operator]
12-Jul-2020 21:14 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
12-Jul-2020 21:16 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]

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