Accident Gloster Meteor Mk III EE335, Wednesday 2 January 1946
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Date:Wednesday 2 January 1946
Type:Silhouette image of generic METR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Gloster Meteor Mk III
Owner/operator:74 (Tiger) Sqn RAF
Registration: EE335
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Moreton Crossroads, 2 miles E of RAF Warmwell, Dorset, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:RAF Warmwell, Dorset
Destination airport:RAF Warmwell, Dorset
Gloster Meteor Mk. III EE335: Delivered to 74 (Tiger) Squadron, RAF Horsham St. Faith, Norwich, Norfolk 27.6.45 coded "4D-J"

Written off (destroyed) 2 January 1946: crashed approx. 2 miles East of Warmwell airfield, Dorset, close to Moreton Crossroads, after making a low run over the airfield.

The pilot performed a vertical climbing roll directly over the airfield. At the top of the manoeuvre, the aircraft entered cloud. It emerged from the cloud in a dive and crashed on the airfield.

Flight Lieutenant (NZ2451) Leonard MILLER, RNZAF, aged 27 - buried at Bath Cemetery (Haycombe). Plot 39. Sec. H. Row F. Grave 245. Son of Mathew and Leonora Miller of Auckland, New Zealand.

The pilot had served 5 years in a P O W camp after being shot down on the 20th May 1940 - a tragic story, as his operational post war career was only some seven months, after five years in a P O W camp.


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft EA100-EZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1988 p 19)
2. Halley, James (1999). Broken Wings – Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.25 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
3. Final Landings: A Summary of RAF Aircraft and Combat Losses 1946 to 1949 by Colin Cummings p.21
4. "RAF Write-offs 1946": Air Britain Aeromilitaria 1979 p.101:
5. Air Britain Aeromilitaria Summer 2009 p.72:
6. 74 Sqn RAF ORB for the period 1-1-1943 to 31-12-1950: National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 27/2431:
8. CWGC:,-leonard/


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Revision history:

19-Aug-2013 18:13 angels one five Added
10-May-2015 16:42 Angel Dick one Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
09-Aug-2017 06:48 pietrzak Updated [Narrative, Photo, ]
16-Jul-2019 06:27 angels one five Updated [Location, Narrative]
22-Oct-2019 23:42 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Nature, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
22-Oct-2019 23:45 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
27-Sep-2020 20:58 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source]
04-Jul-2021 20:11 Anon. Updated [Operator, Location, Operator]
31-Jul-2023 00:31 Dr. John Smith Updated

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