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Last updated: 23 September 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic METR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Gloster Meteor F Mk 8
Owner/operator:226 OCU RAF
Registration: WH288
MSN: AWA.5049
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Sea, 8 miles SSE of Southwold, Suffolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Stradishall, Suffolk
Destination airport:
Gloster Meteor F.Mk.8 WH288: Delivered 31/12/51. RAF Service was with 226 OCU, RAF Stradishall, Suffolk (only). Written off (destroyed) 19/1/54: Dived into the North Sea, 8 miles South-South-East of Southwold, Suffolk, out of cloud during air to ground gun firing practice. Pilot - Pilot Officer Peter Handley French - was killed

The wreckage of the aircraft, and the body of the pilot, were apparently never found nor recovered. Meteor WH288 was struck off charge 26/1/54 as Cat.5(m) - "m" for missing.


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.154 ISBN 0-85130-290-4
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 49)
3. Category Five; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1954 to 2009 by Colin Cummings p.27

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Revision history:

10-Jun-2008 14:52 JINX Added
12-May-2015 16:57 BlB Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
03-Apr-2020 23:41 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
04-Apr-2020 19:34 DG333 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Operator]

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