Meteor NF11 WD778

Knock Fell, Cumbria, England

 
     
 
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Aircraft Type Photo

 

BELOW: Gloster Meteor NF11 WM167 (now, privately owned) at the Classic Jet Air Show (now, Cotswold Air Show), Kemble, Gloucestershire, in June 2005. [Wikimedia]

 

See recent photo here, at Flickr.

 

Meteor NF11

 

Photo: 2005 Adrian Pingstone (Arpingstone). Released by the author to the public domain.

 


 

BELOW: Privately-owned ex-RAF Hawker Hunter T7A (RAF code WV318, civil registration G-FFOX) flies with privately-owned ex-RAF Gloster Meteor NF11 (RAF code WM167, civil registration G-LOSM) at Kemble Air Show (now, Cotswold Air Show), Kemble Airport, Gloucestershire, England. [Wikipedia]

 

Hawker Hunter and Gloster Meteor flying in formation

 

Photo: 2009 Adrian Pingstone (Arpingstone). Released by the author to the public domain.

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Type and Background

 

RAF Gloster Meteor NF11 / WD778

 

The Gloster Meteor was developed during WWII and was the first jet fighter in service with the RAF before the end of the war.

 

The Meteor entered operational service in 27 July 1944—just behind the German Messerschmitt Me262. The Messerschmitt Me262—also a jet-powered aircraft—had been under development for some time before the Meteor. It entered operational service on 26 July 1944—one day before the Meteor.

Initially, the Meteor was powered by two W2B turbo-jet engines designed by Frank Whittle. However, this type proved unsatisfactory, and the Whittle design was later passed to Rolls-Royce who produced a modified version with greater thrust. This was the W2B/23 Welland enginethe type later fitted to the production model Meteor Mk I. It is  believed, however, that the Meteor featured on this page was equipped with Rolls-Royce Derwent engines.

The first RAF squadron to receive the Meteor fighter (in 1944) was 616 Squadron. This squadron engaged their new Meteors against the V-1 flying bombs. After some initial difficulties with their guns, this Meteor squadron managed to shoot down a fair proportion of V-1s.

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Accident Details

 

Gloster Meteor WD778 took off from RAF Leeming at 19.00hrs on a training flight over northern England.

 

Toward the end of the exercise the pilot headed back to Leeming. During the return flight, ground control instructed the pilot to change to Ground- Controlled Approach (GCA) frequency. However, from this point, contact with the aircraft was lost.

Without guidance from ground control, the crew decided not to continue their landing approach. Instead, they climbed away from the area.

 

Eventually, when their fuel began to run low, they began descending to try and locate their present position, probably thinking that they were close to RAF Leeming. However, the aircraft was still some distance from Leeming; and, during the descent, it struck the high ground at Knock Fell, a few miles from Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria.

Almost a week passed before the wreckage was discovered and reported to the authorities.

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Crew Casualties

 

Those who died in this accident were:

  • P/O John David Briggs (21), Pilot, RAF

  • F/O Derek Walker (21), Navigator / Radar Operator, RAF.

 

 

 

Crash Site Photos

 

BELOW: The summit of Knock Fell in Cumbria, not far from the Meteor NF11 crash site.

 

Dufton Fell, near the Meteor NF11 crash site.

 

Photo: © 2011 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: A general overview of the crash site, with wreckage scattered around and within the small body of water.

 

General view of crash site

 

Photo: © 2011 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: A closer view of the scattered wreckage.

 

A closer view of the scattered wreckage

 

Photo: © 2011 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Wing fragments and other wreckage.

 

Wing fragments and other wreckage.

 

Photo: © 2011 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: A Close-up view of some of the wreckage fragments from Meteor WD778.

 

Close-up view of wreckage fragments

 

Photo: © 2011 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: A wing section from the Meteor.

 

Meteor wing section

 

Photo: © 2011 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Another wreckage section lying not far from the main debris field.

 

Another section of wreckage a short distance from the main debris field

 

Photo: © 2011 Gary Nelson

 

 

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BELOW: Close-up of Meteor wing section.

 

Close-up of Meteor wing section

 

Photo: © 2011 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: End view of wing section showing location of wing fuel tank.

 

End view of wing section showing location of fuel tanks

 

Photo: © 2011 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Side view of wing section.

 

Side view of wing section

 

Photo: © 2011 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Part of the fan unit from one of the Meteor's Rolls-Royce Derwent jet engines.

 

Part of engine fan from Meteor jet

 

Photo: © 2011 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Other views of fan section of the Meteor's engines.

 

Other sections of the Meteor's engines

 

Photo: © 2011 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Wing section and engine nacelle.

 

Wing section and engine nacelle

 

Photo: © 2011 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Overview of engine wreckage.

 

Overview of engine wreckage

 

Photo: © 2011 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Strap and buckle.

 

Strap and buckle

 

Photo: © 2011 Gary Nelson

 

 


 

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Crash Date / Site

 

Country: England

 

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Accident Date: 24 Mar 1954

 

Accident Site:

Knock Fell (710m) (Dufton Fell, W Pennines)

 

Region: Cumbria

 

Nearest town or village:

Appleby-in-Westmorland

 

Nearest large town: Penrith (W)

 

OS Grid Ref. N/A

 

GPS Refs: N/A

 

Present Condition: Significant fragmented wreckage remains onsite.

 

 

 

Aircraft Details

 

Registration or Serial: WD778

 

Operator: RAF (228 OCU)

 

Operating Station: RAF Leeming

 

Station Location: Leeming, Northallerton, North Yorkshire.

 

Current Station Status: Operational Military Air Station.

 

Current Station Name: RAF Leeming

 

 


 

Principal airport data courtesy of John Woodside, A Catalogue of UK Airfields

 

 

 

 

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