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Author Topic: Fatal crash of two Meteors near Slindon 25.11.49  (Read 494 times)
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« on: January 01, 2017, 16:50:12 PM »

On another website I came across reference to this crash. The aircraft were two Meteor F.4s of 43 Squadron, which flew into high ground on their approach to Tangmere in low cloud and poor visibility on 25 November 1949. Whilst most sources give the crash location as being near Slindon, one has suggested that it may have been at Upwaltham. The two aircraft were:

VT238   SW-R   A.V.Lancey
VT276   SW-N   R.S.Jefferies

Both pilots were killed.  
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« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2017, 17:06:26 PM »

A photograph of VT276.

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« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2017, 18:00:00 PM »

There were a number of Meteor crashes in November 1949 and it appears most made the newspapers.  The Slindon crash made the newspapers the next day - when the facts were scarce.   I'll see if I can find more ...........


Western Daily Press - Saturday 26 November 1949

METEORS CRASH : TWO DIE.

TWO R.A.F. METEOR aircraft collided yesterday four miles north-east of Tangmere, Sussex, R.A.F. Station, from which they were operating. Both pilots were killed.  The crash took place in conditions of low cloud and poor visibility.
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« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2017, 20:37:27 PM »

As far as I can see there is only one other newspaper article about this particular crash ; more of a 'stop-press' than an article.

Lincolnshire Echo - Friday 25 November 1949

LATEST NEWS.

PLANE CRASH - Two Meteor aircraft collided near Arundel, Sussex, this afternoon, in low visibility four miles from Tangmere R.A.F. Station. Both pilots killed.
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The Meteor incidents that were taking up the press interest were :

A Meteor crashed into an Army tank during a low level simulated straffing attack in Norfolk.  The pilot died, the crew of the tank were slightly injured. (22.11.49) This was part of "Exercise Victory" - the largest military exercise at that time since the end of WWII.

Meteor crashed in thick fog in Kirkburn, Yorkshire trying to get back to RAF Driffield - pilot killed (22.11.49)

A Meteor crashed into a Percival Proctor at Kimberely, Norfolk.   The pilot of the Meteor died and so did the pilot and passenger of the Proctor.  It was believed that both pilots "were map reading at the time or otherwise distracted" (23.11.49)

On the 29th November the inquest was held on two airmen who died when their Meteor crashed in thick fog on Exmoor on a flight from Thorney Island to Chivenor, Devon on the 14th October.

There are probably a few more.


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« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2017, 10:34:10 AM »

Bit more on the two who died 25.11.1949 in Meteor crash. Probate confirms place of crash as Slindon

Arthur Venning Lancey
Born about 1924
Probate. Of Walhalla, East Drive, Bracklesham Bay, Sussex died 25.11.1949 at Gumber Farm, Slindon, Sussex. Admin to Livia Eugenia Lancey, widow. Effects £385.

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Ronald S Jefferies
Born 1929, Camberwell.
See attached aviators cert.

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« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2017, 08:04:22 AM »

Chichester Observer - Saturday 03 December 1949

LOCAL PILOT KILLED. TWO METEORS CRASH IN MID-AIR
Pilot A. C. Lancey, of Bracklesham Bay, who was stationed at Tangmere, was one of two pilots killed on Friday of last week when their meteors collided in mid-air over Slindon. The 'planes crashed into a wood.

Men working on Gumber Farm, half-a-mile away, heard a "swishing" through the trees and saw birds rise into the air above the wood. Mr. R. Brooks and two other men went to find out what had happened. They drove up in a truck, left it and searched for some time before finding the 'planes. So thick is the wood that the men were unable to find the truck. Mr. Brooks ran home to telephone to the police and R.A.F. authorities, but his father had already notified them.

Pilot Lancey leaves a widow and a small baby. The other pilot was R. S. Jefferies, of Peckham Rye.

(Arthur Lancey is buried in Bitterne Churchyard - I haven't managed to find his headstone yet)
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