Accident Gloster Meteor T Mk 7 WL365, Friday 2 January 1953
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Date:Friday 2 January 1953
Type:Silhouette image of generic METR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Gloster Meteor T Mk 7
Owner/operator:205 AFS RAF
Registration: WL365
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:nr Cotherstone, 3.5 miles NW of Barnard Castle, Co. Durham, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Middleton St. George, near Darlington, County Durham
Destination airport:RAF Middleton St. George, County Durham
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Gloster Meteor T.Mk.7 WL365, 205 AFS, RAF: Written off 02/01/1953. Spun into ground out of cloud, and crashed near Cotherstone, three and a half miles North West of Barnard Castle, County Durham. The aircraft was seen turning and losing altitude rapidly, but apparently still under control. It continued to turn and descend until it hit the ground, killing the pilot (who was flying solo)

Pilot of Meteor WL365
Pilot Officer (2530440) Ronald Edward Thorneycroft BOWATER (pilot) RAF - killed in service 2/1/1953

The reported crash location was near Cotherstone, a village and civil parish in the Pennine hills, in Teesdale, County Durham, England. located 4.1 miles north-west of Barnard Castle


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings – Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.139 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Last Take-off: A Record of RAF Aircraft Losses 1950 to 1953 by Colin Cummings p 326
3. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 73)

Revision history:

20-Jun-2008 06:24 JINX Added
14-Apr-2013 19:29 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
19-Jun-2013 18:13 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
04-Aug-2013 21:23 JINX Updated [Operator, Departure airport]
12-May-2015 08:55 ABBA Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport, Narrative]
23-Jul-2017 17:51 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
08-Jan-2020 01:03 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
08-Jan-2020 01:04 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
08-Jan-2020 10:16 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Nature, Operator]
09-Apr-2021 18:01 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
09-Apr-2021 20:08 AB Updated [Operator, Location, Destination airport, Narrative, Operator]
10-Apr-2021 22:07 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
10-Apr-2021 22:08 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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