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The Day a Gloster Meteor Crashed

My name is Richard Hubbard.  In 1953 I was a 13year old Spalding Grammar Schoolboy mad about aircraft and a committed plane spotter.  The skies over South Lincolnshire were full of low flying military aircraft in those days.  That summer we had seen a formation of up to 40 Lancaster Bombers flying so low over the centre of Spalding that you see the crews waving at us from the open doors.  This continued for nearly a fortnight.  They were practising for the Coronation Fly Past for the new Queen Elisabeth.  On the afternoon of the 27th September I heard the sound of a Gloster Meteor jet fighter.  They had a unique and distinctive sound. I looked up and saw the aeroplane very low about half a mile away.   Then I saw the pilot eject and a few seconds later the sound of the crash in a field next to Two Plank Bridge,

The next day I was hauled out of a class at school to be interviewed by the Lincolnshire Free Press. Here below is the cutting of what was published

Following the crash I wrote to the C.O. of RAF 616 Squadron and he told me the aircraft number was WE912 and he sent me the following photograph of Meteors ready for take off at RAF Finningley

The Air Force sealed off the area and spent some months removing every last piece of the wreckage.  When they left all that remained was a hole in the field