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    Default Gloster Meteor hit - 25/01/1954

    Hi all.
    Website: No. 68 SQUADRON - Royal Air Force Museum Laarbruch-Weeze
    ( www.laarbruch-museum.net/.../RAF-68.SQD.pdf ) is written:
    On the 25.january 1954 F/Lt Smythe "B" Flight Commander, was hit by a ricochet whilst on air-to-ground firing at Monschau (Deutschland) range, but successfully landed. at base.
    Do you know the mark Gloster Meteor NF.Mk.IX and navigator 68 Sqn RAF ?
    (F/Lt SMYTHE Robert Horace AFC (RAF no.127197) - pilot)
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    Are you perchance writing a history of 68 Squadron?

    Errol

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    I think the Meteor IX was an FR 9 and not a night fighter and hence similar to the Meteor VIII (F8) and hence was one of the few versions of the aircraft with an ejection seat.

    68 Sqn flew the NF 11 between 1952 and 1959, when it was disbanded and renumbered 5 Sqn.

    R F Smyth AFC was born in Jan 1921 and was still with us just a few years ago.

    Colin Cummings
    Last edited by Oldduffer; 24th July 2012 at 15:44.

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    Hi Mr. Cummings
    I'm sorry. Of course, Gloster Meteor NF.Mk.XI. My mistake.
    Perhaps the damage was not great ( of 25/01/1954) . Therefore, there is no record of damage to the machine.

    Hi Errol.
    68 Sqn is my big hobby. I would have written the history of 68 Sqn. Unfortunately I do not have enough information. ORB is not detailed. The information is hard to find. Fans of 68 Sqn not exist.
    Regards
    Pavel
    Last edited by 68 Sqn; 25th July 2012 at 16:46.

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    Good morning Pavel,

    I'm just about to set off for the RAF Museum at Hendon.

    If I get the chance I will look for the Form 1180 for 25 January 1954 / Meteor and see if there is any info. If the aircraft was damaged there should be one. I know it was not written off in the incident.

    If you are interested in the 68 squadron history, why not try to get what you need by going backwards. That is contact 5 Squadron and ask their historian if they retain any information on 68 or if there are any members of their association who are there because of their links with 68. It's more difficult but it just might work!

    Good luck and I'll post again if I find anything today.

    Colin Cummings

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    Oh dear, there's a problem here!!

    As promised, I searched for the Form 1180 for the 68 Sqn Meteor.

    As we know, it's a Mark NF11 and its serial number is WD737.

    The incident happened at 1335 hours and the aircraft was operating from Wahn and it seems probable that a ricochet came off one of the steel frames used to mount the targets. This was the fourth such accident and it was decided to replace the steel frames with wooden ones.

    However, the pilot is shown as Flight Lieutenant P SMITH and his number is 181101 - not the same chap.

    This Smith was promoted Wing Commander on 1 January 1960 and had been awarded an MBE. He was promoted Group Captain on 1 July 1969 and retired on 1 Mar 1979 and he was a Leap Year baby for 1924. He is in the RAF Retired List and might still be with us.

    Colin Cummings

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    Nice evening, Mr. Cummings.
    Thank you very much for your advice and also for trying to help me. I appreciate your willingness to extraordinary.
    Regards
    Pavel

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