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RAAF.Serial RAF
Serial
Type Aircraft History
A77-1 EE427 F.3 Delivered 07/06/46.
Written off 14/02/47 after heavy landing at Darwin NT.
Broken up 21/05/47.
Struck off 11/05/49.

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A77-2 VW410 T.7 Delivered 09/11/51.
First production T.7.
Used by ARDU.
Crashed 28/09/56 at Evetts Field .
Struck off 06/03/57.
Broken up 15/04/57.

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A77-3 WM262 NF.11 19.01.53 Delivered to RAF 
24.06.53 Delivered to RAAF 
25.08.53 Unassembled aircraft received ex UK as WM262 
4.09.53 Assembly commenced at 1AD 
18.09.53 Allocated serial A77-3 
4.12.53 Allocated to ARDU Trials Flight (ATF) to be used for Blue Boar Missile trials 
18.12.53 Received ATF (ATF became Air Trials Unit) 
13.05.55 To be renumbered WM262 
16.09.55 Crashed on take off Mallala. Aircraft destroyed by fire. Pilot Flt Lt Ross M Frayne killed.
6.12.55 DOS requests approval to scrap aircraft and installed engine 
22.02.56 Aircraft scrapped including engines 7017 and 9432 

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A77-4 WN321 T.7 Delivered 04/12/53.
Crashed 21/10/58 after losing control during aerobatics Croughs Hill near Houghton, SA.
Crew; PLTOFF A.J. Bierman.
A77-11 WH259 F.8 Delivered 17/12/51.
Served in Korea with 77 Sqn.
Crashed 26/05/53 during landing at Kimpo, Korea.
Broken up 25/08/53.
A77-15 WE911 F.8 Delivered 19/02/51.
Served in Korea with 77 Sqn.
Sqn Ldr Wilson was wounded in this aircraft 09/51 when cannon fragments entered the cockpit, he managed to get the aircraft back to Kimpo. On 06/02/52 searching low level for F/Lt Hannan who was in A77-616, Sgt Phillip Zupp was hit by ground fire blowing off his canopy and inflicting injuries to his face. Returned to Kimpo and landed. Failed to return after a ground attack mission after attack run on two tunnels 3 mi E of Sinmak and was last seen climbing away from target area 27/01/53.
Crew; FLGOFF Francis H G Booth (RAF Exchange).
Struck off 18/03/53.

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A77-17 WA964 F.8 Delivered 19/02/51.
Damaged 02/12/57.
Converted to instructional airframe No.11 then used on Laverton Fire Dump.
Struck off 25/10/61.

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A77-29 WA938 F.8 Delivered 08/01/51.
Served in Korea with 77 Sqn.
Crashed 01/12/51 near Sunchon, North Korea after being shot down by enemy fire during dog fight with MIG-15s. The 12 Meteors attacked by 40 MiG-15s.
Pilot ejected, SGT B. Thompson and captured.
RAAF Ejection number 4.
Struck off 09/04/52.
A77-31 WE903 F.8 Delivered 01/03/51.
Served in Korea with 77 Sqn.
Sold to RH Grant Trading Co 19/05/58 and scrapped.
Struck off 30/04/59.

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A77-46 WF746 F.8 Delivered 18/12/51.
Served in Korea with 77 Sqn.
Crashed during a bombing run 11/02/53 near Sinmak Korea, no egress noted.
Crew; PLTOFF John Beverley Halley O5309.
A77-65 WH475 F.8 Delivered 29/11/51. Served in Korea with 77 Sqn.
Written off in landing accident 29/08/52 Kimpo South Korea.
Struck off 18/03/53.
A77-120 WE880 F.8 Delivered 12/12/51. Served in Korea with 77 Sqn.
Missing 30/03/52 during ground attack mission Korea.
Flew into target during attack, no egress noted, 2 mile west of Haeju.
Crew; PO Lionel H.C. Cowper KIA. Struck off 09/04/52.

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A77-128 WE908 F.8 Delivered 13/02/51.
Served in Korea with 77 Sqn.
Collided with A77-354 near Kimpo and destroyed 22/08/51.
Crew; SGT Ronald Daniel Mitchell A22223.
Struck off 05/05/52.
A77-134 WE898 F.8 Delivered 17/12/51.
Served in Korea with 77 Sqn.
Broke up on training Flight near Kimpo 11/06/53.
Crew; SGT Desmond Thomas Nolan A37583.
Struck off 25/06/53.

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A77-139 WA949 F.8 Delivered 12/02/51.
Served in Korea with 77 Sqn.
Landing Accident Iwakuni Japan 01/10/54.
Struck off 15/02/55.

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A77-157 WE889 F.8 Delivered 19/12/51.
Served with 38 Sqn Comms Flight 03/60-1963.
Converted to U.21A and destroyed by missile at Woomera 06/02/67.

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A77-163 WA941 F.8 Delivered 03/01/51.
Served in Korea with 77 Sqn.
Hit by ground fire and crashed during Recon Mission, Wonson Korea 26/03/53.
Crew; PLTOFF Peter Botley Chalmers O35079.
Struck off 24/04/53.
A77-189 WA961 F.8 Delivered 13/02/51.
Served in Korea with 77 Sqn.
Shot down by enemy ground fire 22/04/52 and the wing came off during ground attack mission Channampo Korea. FLTLT Pursey attempted to eject but was unsuccessful.
Crew; FLTLT Ian Goodwin Swan Purssey, DFC O11561.
Struck off 03/06/52.

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A77-193 WE969 F.8 Delivered 02/12/51.
Served with 38 Sqn Comms Flight 03/60-1963.
Converted to U.21A 15/02/63 and destroyed by missile at Woomera 03/04/64.
Struck off 14/05/64.

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A77-207 WE905 F.8 Delivered 08/03/51.
Served with 38 Sqn Comms Flight 03/60-1963.
Converted to U.21A and destroyed by missile at Woomera 18/11/71.

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A77-229 WA731 T.7 Delivered to 77 Sqn in Japan on HMS Warrior 08/01/51.
Serial changed to A77-701.
A77-231 WA944 F.8 Delivered to 77 Sqn in Japan 19/02/51.
Crashed 14/06/51 4 nm west of Iwakuni, Japan
Whilst in a steep climbing turn to port at 15,000 ft and 280 kts during an acceptance test flight, the pilot was inadvertently ejected without command input. The aircraft was still marked WA944, but A77-231 was allocated, therefore A77 serial not taken up. The aircraft circled the pilot a few times on the way down. Pilot: Sgt A.T. Stoney.
This is the first ejection from an ADF aircraft.
Struck off 18/09/51.
A77-251 WE906 F.8 Delivered 09/02/51.
Served in Korea with 77 Sqn.
Lost in Action 01/12/51 Near Sunchon, North Korea Shot down by enemy fire during dog fight with MIG-15. The 12 Meteors attacked by 40 MiG-15s.
Pilot ejected, SGT V. Drummond and captured.
RAAF Ejection number 5.
Struck off 09/04/52.
A77-258 WH254 F.8 Delivered 18/12/51.
Withdrawn from use 19/05/58.
Sold to RH Grant Trading Co 30/04/59 and scrapped.

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A77-300 WA935 F.8 Lost on delivery flight 01/03/51 over Persion Gulf,
Serial not taken up.
A77-305 WA732 T.7 Delivered to 77 Sqn in Japan on HMS Warrior 08/01/51.
Serial changed to A77-702, 1952.
A77-316 WA945 F.8 Delivered 01/03/51.
Served in Korea with 77 Sqn.
Named "Korean Kid"
Lost during Rocket Strike 27/08/52 Near Yongmadong, North Korea.
Shot down by enemy ground fire.
Pilot ejected, FLGOFF M. Bergh (RAF) was captured.
RAAF Ejection number 7.
Struck off 08/09/52.

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A77-343 WH274 F.8 Delivered 17/12/51.
Served in Korea with 77 Sqn.
Missing on Operations in Hannori Korea 08/03/53.
Crew; SQNLDR Donald Hillier O4425.
Struck off 17/04/53.

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A77-354 WA934 F.8 Delivered 13/02/51.
Served in Korea with 77 Sqn.
Collided with A77-128 and crashed near Kimpo Korea 22/08/51.
Crew; FSGT Reginald L.R. Lamb 1304890 (RAF exchange pilot).
Struck off 05/02/52.
A77-368 WA952 F.8 Delivered 08/01/51.
Flew 485 missions in Korea with 77 Sqn RAAF.
Damaged a MiG 15 in combat.
Withdrawn from use 11/04/60.
Struck off 22/09/60.
Was on Static Display at Treloar Technology Centre, Canberra ACT for Australian War Memorial.
Now on display in the AWM's Anzac Hall.

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A77-373 WA936 F.8 Delivered 08/01/51.
Served in Korea with 77 Sqn.
Hit by ground fire during a rocket strike in Masam Ni Korea 15/02/52 and impacted the ground.
Crew; PLTOFF Donald Neil Robertson O32536.

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A77-380 WG974 T.7 Delivered 31/10/51.
Serial changed to A77-703, 1952.
A77-385 WE918 F.8 Delivered 19/02/51.
Served in Korea with 77 Sqn.
Crashed on Landing Kimpo Korea 11/05/52 after being damaged by a MiG, converted to components 1952.

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Aircraft that was marked as A77-385 at Fighter World Museum, is A77-875

A77-393 WE877 F.8 Delivered 12/12/51.
Served in Korea with 77 Sqn.
Struck a small hill after making a strafing run on a ground attack mission near Imjiin River Valley Korea 08/07/52.
Crew; PLTOFF Kenneth Dudley Smith O33843.
Struck off 03/09/52.
A77-397 WE896 F.8 Delivered 12/12/51.
Hit stay wire at Williamtown 13/08/55 Damage to starboard wing main spar, centre section and engines.
Not repaired and allocated to RSTT Wagga Wagga  06/12/55.
Instructional Airframe No.2 from 16/05/56.
Struck off and sold for scrap 22/09/58.

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A77-415 WE900 F.8 Delivered 17/12/51.
Served in Korea with 77 Sqn.
Aircraft hit by enemy ground fire at Paeguri, North Korea 22/06/53.
Pilot nursed crippled machine back to friendly lines and ejected at 15,000 ft with only minor injuries.
Crew; FLGOFF J. Coleman, RAF.
RAAF Ejection number 9.
Struck off 22/07/53.
A77-422 WF750 F.8 Delivered 18/12/51.
Named "Die-R-Ear Pass Anything"
Converted to U.21A, crashed Woomera 04/08/69.

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A77-436 WE971 F.8 Delivered 19/12/51.
Served in Korea with 77 Sqn.
Crashed into Sea returning from an Operation in Korea or after Dog Fight 02/10/52 near Chodo Island Korea, crew unsuccessfully tried to bail out of aircraft.
Crew; FLGOFF O. Cruikshank (RAF Exchange).
Struck off 27/10/52.
A77-446 WA783 F.8 Delivered 08/01/51.
Served in Korea with 77 Sqn.
Bearing nose art, "Black Murray", the aircraft was frequently flown by F.Sgt Ken Murray (333 missions).
Sold to RH Grant Trading Co 30/04/59 and scrapped.

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A77-464 WA958 F.8 Delivered 12/02/51.
Served in Korea with 77 Sqn.
Hit by Ground Fire and broke up at low altitude in the Haeju area, Korea 16/02/52.
Crew; PLTOFF Richard George Robinson O22422.
Struck off 14/02/52.
A77-510 WH251 F.8 Delivered 18/12/51.
Fitted with PR.9 nose 1960.
Converted to U.21A, destroyed by missile at Woomera 12/11/68.

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A77-559 WA910 or WE910? F.8 Delivered 20/02/51.
Served in Korea with 77 Sqn.
Shot down during strafing run in Haaju Korea 27/01/52.
Crew; FLTLT Mark Astil Baren Henry Aytack Browne-Gaylord, DFC O23665.
Struck off 17/03/52.
A77-570 WE890 F.8 Delivered 28/12/51.
Served in Korea with 77 Sqn.
Accident on takeoff Kunsan Korea 18/03/54 and written off.
Broken up 10/12/54.

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A77-577 WG977 T.7 Delivered 28/12/51.
Serial changed to A77-704, 1952.
A77-587 WA939 F.8 Delivered 19/02/51.
Served in Korea with 77 Sqn.
Collided with A77-959 and abandoned near Kimpo Korea 11/11/51.
Crew; PLTOFF Douglas Merson Robertson O5672.
Pilot nursed aircraft to within 10 nm of base and ejected at 4,000 ft and 210 kts suffering only minor injuries. (Aircraft crashed in paddy field, killing civilian boy.)
The pilot in A77-959 was killed.
This was RAAF Ejection number 3.

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A77-616 WA956 F.8 Delivered 03/01/51.
Served in Korea with 77 Sqn.
Damaged 08/51 by ground fire, to the fuel system, port aileron and a hole in one wing big enough for a person to climb through.
Pilot Sqn Ldr D.L Wilson. Crashed Hannan Sibyong-Ni area 06/02/52, North Korea Shot down by enemy ground fire.
Pilot ejected, FLTLT J. Hannan and captured.
RAAF Ejection number 6.
Struck off 14/03/52.
A77-627 WE928 F.8 Delivered 12/12/51.
Served in Korea with 77 Sqn.
Was hit by ground fire and disappeared while returning to base 13/04/52 at Haeju Korea.
Crew; PLTOFF Maxwell Edwin Colebrook O5895 DFM.
Struck off 05/05/52.
A77-643 WE886 F.8 Delivered 19/12/51.
Served in Korea with 77 Sqn.
Previously A77-645.
Hit by Ground Fire and crashed Chinnampo Korea 07/04/53.
Crew; FLGOFF Roger James (RAF Exchange).
Struck off 24/04/53.

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A77-645 WE886 F.8 Delivered 19/12/51.
Serial changed to A77-643.
A77-701 WA731 T.7 Delivered 21/02/51 Iwakuni Japan from UK aboard HMS Warrior
Served with 77 Squadron in Korea
Previously A77-229.
c1963 was personal aircraft of ACDRE "Bull" Garing.
Fitted with Photo Recon nose.
Withdrawn from use 01/01/67.
Reported was located at RAAF Edinburgh SA. 
Currently on display at Woomera Missile Park.

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A77-702 WA732 T.7 Delivered 21/02/51 Iwakuni Japan from UK aboard HMS Warrior
Served with 77 Squadron in Korea
Previously A77-305.
Served with 38 Sqn Comms Flight 03/60-1963.
Withdrawn from use 05/63.
17/07/63 approval for conversion to instructional airframe (Inst. No.13) at Laverton.
Was displayed outside gate for a number of years.

14/09/71 moved to Point Cook
Now at RAAF Museum Point. Cook VIC.

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A77-703 WG974 T.7 Delivered 22/01/52 Iwakuni Japan from UK aboard MV Glenbeg
Served with 77 Squadron in Korea
Previously A77-380.
Crashed on Beach at Morna Point near Williamtown NSW 20/06/55.
Struck off 12/01/56.

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A77-704 WG977 T.7 Delivered 22/01/52  Iwakuni Japan from UK aboard MV Glenbeg
Served with 77 Squadron in Korea.
Previously A77-577 prior to 29/07/52.
Crashed during thunderstorm Senzoki Japan 01/09/52.
Crew; FLTLT Henry Eric Johnston O3286 & PLTOFF Allan James Avery O22140 DFM, MID.
A77-705 WA680 T.7 Delivered 27/07/55.
Static Display at RAAF Museum, Point Cook VIC from 15/01/75.

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A77-706 WF843 T.7 Delivered 21/06/55.
29/04/57 Crashed while attempting asymmetric go-around, Williamtown NSW
SQNLDR W Downey and FLTLT T Withungton killed
23/07/57 conversion to components completed.
A77-707 WH118 T.7 Delivered 08/09/55. Withdrawn from use 10/07/59.
Was due to be scrapped at Tocumwal, NSW
Static display at Moorabbin Air Museum from 1963.

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A77-721 WA954 F.8 Delivered 17/02/51.
Served in Korea with 77 Sqn.
Shot down by gunfire of a Mig-15 in approx 20 miles Northwest of Anju, Kunson area Korea 25/08/51.
The pilot WO R. Guthrie ejected at a height of 8707 metres, an unofficial record at the time and he was the first RAAF pilot to eject from an aircraft under active service and the second from an RAAF Aircraft. The parachute descent took 28 minutes. WO Guthrie was taken as a POW. 

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The Meteor on display in the Queensland Air Museum painted as A77-721 is really RAF WA880.
Recovered by QAM from
Sentosa Island, Singapore 03/89

A77-726 WA957 F.8 Delivered 20/02/51.
Served in Korea with 77 Sqn.
Damaged on 05/09/51 near the Manchurin border at Antung by 3 MiG-15's. On its return to Kimpo the aircraft was found to have a 60 centimetre hole in the port tail plane as well as other damage between the engine cowl and the fuselage.
The pilot, WO Michelson was uninjured.
Shot down during strafing mission near Chaiya-Ri, North Korea 27/01/52.
It is thought that FLGOFF Gillan may have ejected before the aircraft crashed, but could not be confirmed.
Crashed 27/01/52.
Crew; FLGOFF Bruce Thomson Gillan O33625.
Struck off 17/03/52.
A77-728 WA951 F.8 Delivered 21/02/51.
Served in Korea with 77 Sqn.
Heavy Landing Kimpo Korea 27/10/53.
Converted to Components.

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A77-730 WA782 F.8 Delivered 21/02/51.
Served in Korea with 77 Sqn.
Heavy Landing Kimpo Korea 07/10/51.
Converted to Components.

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A77-734 WE907 F.8 Delivered 11/05/51.
Sold to RH Grant Trading Co 19/05/58 and scrapped.
A77-735 WA942 F.8 Delivered 21/02/51.
Served in Korea with 77 Sqn.
Ditched in the Sea near the beach due to thick Fog, a failed engine and eventually fuel exhaustion, near the village of Yu south of Iwakuni, Japan 07/05/51.
Sgt H.W. Bessell was uninjured and padled ashore.
Airframe salvaged and possibly used for ground instruction.
Struck off 27/11/51 and converted to components.
A77-740 WA948 F.8 Delivered 21/02/51. Served in Korea with 77 Sqn. Skidded off the runway after returning from a fighter sweep at Kimpo into a dump of oil drums 12/08/51. FO Ken Blight uninjured. Aircraft converted to components.
A77-741 WA947 F.8 Delivered 21/02/51.
Served in Korea with 77 Sqn.
Forced Landing near Kimpo (K-14) 24/01/52 after engine failure,
Converted to components.
A77-744 WA786 F.8 Delivered 21/02/51.
Sold to RH Grant Trading Co 30/04/59 and scrapped.

Highlight for Album: Meteor A77-744

A77-793 WH252 F.8 Delivered 24/04/52.
Sold to RH Grant Trading Co 30/04/59 and scrapped.

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A77-802 WA998 F.8 Delivered 24/04/52.
Converted to U.21A 17/10/60 and Struck off 12/10/67.
Another report has it destroyed by missile at Woomera 09/69.

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A77-811 WA937 F.8 Delivered 21/02/51.
Served in Korea with 77 Sqn.
Damaged a Mig-15 while being flown by Flt Lt R.L. (Smokey) Dawson 26/09/51, this was the first 77 Sqn claim on a Mig-15.
Hit by Ground Fire and Crashed Kimpo Korea 03/11/51.
Converted to Components.
A77-851 WK683 F.8 Delivered 20/08/52. Served in Korea with 77 Sqn.
Named 'Halestorm'.
Halestorm was flown by Sgt George Hale who shot down a MIG during the Korean War on 27/03/1953.
Converted to U.21A
Struck off 08/01/64.
Cockpit on display SA Aviation Museum.

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Temora Aviation Museum's flying Meteor VH-MBX is painted as A77-851.

A77-852 WH479 F.8 Delivered 20/08/52.
Served in Korea with 77 Sqn.
Shot down by Ground Fire Inchon Korea 24/12/52.
Crew; SQNLDR Frederick James Lawrenson O22005 DFC, AFC, MID.
A77-853 WK715 F.8 Delivered 20/08/52.
Served in Korea with 77 Sqn.
Initially named "No Sweat" then renamed "Robyn"
Landing Accident Kimpo, 28/12/53.
Converted to Components.

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A77-854 WK650 F.8 Delivered 20/08/52.
Served in Korea with 77 Sqn.
Sold to RH Grant Trading Co 19/05/58 and scrapped.
A77-855 WK728 F.8 Delivered 20/08/52.
Converted to U.21A
Crashed 19/02/63
Scrapped 10/65 Edinburgh SA.

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A77-856 WK686 F.8 Delivered 22/08/52 to 91 Wing in the UK.
Held in Storage 18/09/52.
Served in Korea with 77 Sqn.
Landing incident on 26/03/53,
Repaired.
Missing on Ground Attack Mission Korea 17/05/53 (Aircraft Status card has this as 18/05/53), approx 10 miles north of Haeju.
Crew; FLGOFF G. Doolittle (RAF Exchange).
Written off 12/06/53.
A77-857 WK684 F.8 Delivered 22/08/52 to 91 Wing in the UK. Held in Storage 18/09/52.
Served in Korea with 77 Sqn.
Named Top o' the morning'
Crashed on takeoff at Kimpo 29/08/53 and written off.
Converted to components 01/10/53.

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A77-858 WK682 F.8 Delivered 22/08/52 to 91 Wing in the UK. Held in Storage 18/09/52.
Served in Korea with 77 Sqn.
Crashed during strafing run at Wonsan Korea 28/03/53 after being hit by ground fire.
Crew; FLGOFF Arther Rosser (RAF Exchange).
Written off 04/53.

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A77-859 WK688 F.8 Delivered 22/08/52 to 91 Wing in the UK. Held in Storage 18/09/52.
Served in Korea with 77 Sqn.
Named 'Darkey Jones'.
Pilot called his leader and advised he had run out of fuel.
The aircraft crashed on approach to Kimpo 04/08/53.
Converted to components 02/09/53.

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A77-860 WK670 F.8 Delivered 22/08/52 to 91 Wing in the UK.
Held in Storage 18/09/52.
Served in Korea with 77 Sqn.
Crashed and burned after takeoff Kimpo 16/07/53.
Crew; SQNLDR L. McGlinchey (RAF Exchange).
Converted to Components 02/09/53.
A77-861 WH481 F.8 Delivered 22/08/52 to 91 Wing in the UK.
Held in Storage 18/09/52.
To 2 AD 10/12/54.
To 77 Sqn 21/12/54.
To 78 Wing 23/06/55.
To 75 Sqn 26/09/55.
To 78 Wing 25/05/56.
To 478 Maint Sqn 07/12/56.
To 1 AD 19/12/56.
To RSTT Wagga Wagga as Instructional Airframe No.3 04/06/58.
Allocated to Fire School, Point Cook for Fire Training 04/09/62.
Written off 14/10/64.

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A77-862 WH417 F.8 Delivered 22/08/52 to 91 Wing in the UK.
Held in Storage 18/09/52
Served in Korea with 77 Sqn.
Collided with A77-866 at 15,000 ft and crashed at Kum-Gang river, Korea 31/05/54.
Pilot ejected at 12,000 ft at slow speed, and landed in paddy field with only minor injuries.
Pilot in A77-866 was killed.
RAAF Ejection number 10.
The aircraft was destroyed.

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A77-863 WK730 F.8 Delivered 20/08/52 to 91 Wing in the UK. Held in Storage 18/09/52.
Collided in the air with A77-865 on 07/03/54.
To 2 AD 10/12/54.
To 77 Sqn 13/12/54
Incident at Laverton 22/01/55

To 1 AD 02/02/55.
To 78 Wing 28/01/56.
Incident near Singleton 06/06/56.
To 78 Wing Pearce Det 27/07/56.
To 1 AD 25/11/56.
To 3 AD 09/07/57.
To 22 Sqn 27/08/57.
To 1 AD Det B 28/11/58.
Approved for Disposal 17/10/60.
Purchased by WRE 02/02/62 and converted to U.21A.
To 1 ATU 15/03/62.
To 2 ATU 12/06/65.
To WRE Woomera 14/09/67.
Crashed at Woomera 14/02/69.

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A77-864 WK735 F.8 Delivered 20/08/52 to 91 Wing in the UK.
Held in Storage 19/09/52.
Served in Korea with 77 Sqn.
Crashed on landing at Kimpo 13/02/54.
Converted to components 28/04/54.
A77-865 WH405 F.8 Delivered 20/08/52 to 91 Wing in the UK.
Held in Storage 18/09/52.
Collided with A77-863 07/03/53 and lost top portion of the rudder.
To 78 Wing 26/05/55.
Incident at Gunnery Range near Canberra 02/09/55, repaired in unit.
To 1 AD 07/11/55.
To ARDU 14/11/55 for Bomb carrier trials.
To 2 AD 17/02/56.
To 22 Sqn 05/09/56. on the 10/09/57 the aircraft clipped the top of a fence in a paddock.
To 1 AD 15/10/57.
To be offered for disposal 28/03/58.
Sold to RH Grant Trading Co 30/04/59 and scrapped.

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A77-866 WH414 F.8 Delivered 20/08/52.
Served in Korea with 77 Sqn.
Collided with A77-862 and crashed Korea 31/05/54.
Pilot killed.
Struck off 25/10/54.
A77-867 WK685 F.8 29/02/52 aircraft to be renumbered A77-867
20/08/52 received by RAAF  ex-UK on HMS Unicorn
18/9/52 held in storage 91 Wing
9/2/54 served with
77 Squadron in Korea
13/12/54 after arriving back in Australia allocated 78 Wing ex 2AD. .
21/6/56 allocated to 22 Squadron
5/12/57 to 2AD from 22 Squadron pending further advice

3/04/58 allocated to Point Cook as Instructional Meteor No.10.
8/05/58 aircraft ferried to Laverton and transported by road to Point Cook
4/09/62 to Point Cook Fire School
12/11/70 sold to Australian Aircraft Restoraton Group (Moorabbin Air Museum) 
Displayed in yellow and red RAF U.16 target drone scheme.
Displayed in white and red RAAF U.21A target drone scheme.
Sold to Classic Jets Fighter Museum, Parafield SA and displayed in 77 Sqn. scheme.
Sold to Ashburton Aviation Museum, NZ and exported 2010.
Currently on display.

Highlight for Album: Meteor A77-867

A77-868 WK674 F.8 29/02/52 aircraft to be renumber A77-868
20/08/52 received by RAAF  ex-UK on HMS Unicorn
18/9/52 held in storage 91 Wing in Korea
3/12/54 return to Australia then held by 78 Wing at 2AD

Sold 19/05/58.
To Sydney Technical College School of Aircraft Engineering 08/1960.
Acquired by Harold Thomas, Narrellan NSW 09/1971
Currently located at the Camden Museum of Aviation
This is a privately owned collection and is not open to the public.

Highlight for Album: Meteor A77-868

A77-869 WK727 F.8 Delivered 20/01/53.
Another report had this aircraft with 22 Sqn and crashed near Holsworthy Army Camp NSW 02/12/59.
Crew; PLTOFF R. Evans.
5/01/60 Approved for conversion to scrap

Highlight for Album: Meteor A77-869

A77-870 WK748 F.8 Delivered 20/01/53 to 91 Wing.
Served in Korea with 77 Sqn.
To 2 AD 10/12/54.
To 78 Wing 12/10/55.
On the 13/06/56 there was an incident with the drop tank at the Evans Head gunnery range.
On the 10/07/56 there was another incident with the starboard engine nacelle at the Salt Ash gunnery range.
Part of the Aerobatic Display Team 'The Meteorites' in 1958.
To RSTT Wagga Wagga 04/06/59 as instructional airframe no.4.
In Storage at Wagga Wagga 05/60.
To Base Sqn Wagga Wagga 16/06/66 for fire training.
Dispatched to Point Cook RAAF Museum 17/10/72.
Located at RAAF Museum Pt Cook VIC.

Highlight for Album: Meteor A77-870

A77-871 WK791 F.8 Part of Order OI3659. RAF Serial WK791.
Rec 06/03/53 ex Uk off SS Flintshine at 91Wing.
Held servable at 91Wing.
Rec 2AD ex 91Wing 10/12/54.
Allocated 77Sqn RAAF ex 2AD as UE (Unit Equipment)13/12/5.
Issued 31/12/54. 11/04/55
Held serviceable 78Wing.
U/S 75Sqn RAAF 24/09/55.
Became General Reserve 28/11/56.
Held Tocumwal 15/05/57.
Was deemed as second preference aircraft for Instructional Airframe at Wagga 02/08/57.
Selected for instructional use 2/12/57
Moved to Wagga RSTT 04/06/58.
Served as Instructional Airframe No 5
11/12/61 Wagga advises aircraft required for display purposes.
E/E-88 Card has last entry Dec 88 as held.
On display RAAF Forrest Hill, Wagga Wagga NSW.

Highlight for Album: Meteor A77-871

A77-872 WK792 F.8 Delivered 29/03/59.
Converted to U.21A 17/10/60
Destroyed by missile at Woomera 28/05/64.
A77-873 WK796 F.8 Delivered 29/03/53.
Converted to U.21A 21/12/60
Destroyed by missile at Woomera 30/11/71.

Highlight for Album: Meteor A77-873

A77-874 WK909 F.8 Delivered 29/03/53.
Served with 77 Sqn.
Part of the Aerobatic Display Team 'The Meteorites' 
Selected for instructional use 02/12/57
Aircraft to be made serviceable for flight to Wagga 12/03/58. 
1/08/58 Held at RSTT Wagga as Instructional Airframe No.6
12/11/61 Allocated for display purposes

Was on display within RAAF Forrest Hill, Wagga Wagga NSW.
To RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre where it will undergo a cosmetic restoration before going on display

Highlight for Album: Meteor A77-874

A77-875 WK798 F.8 Delivered 11/05/53.
Served with 77 Sqn. Part of the Aerobatic Display Team 'The Meteorites'
To RSTT Wagga 2/12/57 as instructional Airframe No.7
To Williamtown for display purposes 14/04/66
Was displayed at Williamtown Base main gate

Currently on display at Fighter World - RAAF Williamtown NSW.

Highlight for Album: Meteor A77-875

A77-876 WK800 F.8 Delivered 03/05/53.
Converted to U.21A 17/10/60
Returned to the UK as WK800 and redesignated U.16 in 1971. 
Sold Boscombe Down, Wiltshire 2008,
Currently on display Boscombe Down Museum

Highlight for Album: Meteor A77-876 (WK800)

A77-877 WK913 F.8 Delivered 03/05/53.
Damaged beyond repair 27/02/59.
Scrapped 1959.
A77-878 WK907 F.8 Delivered 14/07/53.
2/12/57 Selected for instructional use
To RSTT Wagga 04/06/58.
Held as Instructional Airframe No.8
15/06/66To NSW ATC for display at RAAF Bankstown, NSW.
30/12/71 To No.2 Stores Depot, Regents Park. NSW

Displayed up a pole at 2SD until around 1988.
Wings cut off inboard of engine nacelles completely knackering aircraft.
Stored dismantled at 6SD Dubbo, NSW
Previously located at Camden NSW under the care of AIRTC.
Currently stored at rear of FAA Museum, Nowra since approx 2008

Highlight for Album: Meteor A77-878

A77-879 WK821 F.8 Delivered 14/07/53.
Sold 19/09/57?
Struck off 07/02/58 and scrapped 08/05/58.

Highlight for Album: Meteor A77-879

A77-880 WK944 F.8 Delivered 06/07/53.
Sold 29/05/58.
Scrapped 14/01/59.

Highlight for Album: Meteor A77-880

A77-881 WK910 F.8 Delivered 06/07/53.
Withdrawn from use 25/07/58.
Struck off 10/61, retained in Fire Dump.
Scrapped 26/10/61.

Highlight for Album: Meteor A77-881

A77-882 WK937 F.8 Delivered 23/08/53.
Served with 77 Sqn.
Part of the Aerobatic Display Team 'The Meteorites' in 1958.
Converted to U.21A 17/10/60
Destroyed by missile at Woomera 13/10/65.

Highlight for Album: Meteor A77-882

A77-883 WK912 F.8 Delivered 05/09/53.
Struck off 14/10/59.
Scrapped 12/02/60.

Highlight for Album: Meteor A77-883

A77-884 WK931 F.8 Delivered 25/09/53.
Converted to U.21A 15/11/61.
Destroyed by missile at Woomera 03/11/68.

Highlight for Album: Meteor A77-884

A77-885 WK973 F.8 Delivered 16/10/53.
Served with 77 Sqn.
Converted to U.21A 17/10/60 and struck off 06/64.
Scrapped 10/65 at Edinburgh.
For fire Demonstration.

Highlight for Album: Meteor A77-885

A77-886 WK938 F.8 Delivered 16/10/53.
Withdrawn from use and used as Instructional Airframe 02/12/57,
Struck off 04/09/62 at Richmond.

Highlight for Album: Meteor A77-886

A77-911 WA946 F.8 Delivered 21/02/51.
Served in Korea with 77 Sqn.
Lost on Ground Attack Mission during strafing run, Hwanju Korea 09/06/52.
Crew; FLTLT John Leonard Surman O32537.
Struck off 08/07/52.

Highlight for Album: Meteor A77-911

A77-920 WF653 F.8 Delivered 15/02/51.
Served in Korea with 77 Sqn.
Streaming fuel after target run and crashed after being shot down by ground fire, 09/03/52.
Crew; PLTOFF Ian Rew Cranston O33821.
A77-949 WA960 F.8 Delivered 10/05/51.
Served in Korea with 77 Sqn.
Damaged by a Mig-15 26/09/51,
Pilot Sgt Armitt was uninjured.
Shot down by Mig-15 after 12 Meteors were attacked by 40 Mig-15's in Korea 01/12/51.
Crew; FSGT Ernest Donald Armit A22221 killed.
A77-953 WE874 F.8 Delivered 15/02/52.
Served in Korea with 77 Sqn.
Crashed on takeoff Kimpo 05/08/52.
Crew; FLTLT Lancelot Cedric Haslope O35396.
Written off 05/08/52 and converted to components.

Highlight for Album: Meteor A77-953

A77-959 WE909 F.8 Delivered 11/05/51.
Served with 77 Sqn. Collided with A77-587 and crashed near Kimpo Korea 11/11/51.
Crew; PO Douglas M Robertson killed.
A77-982 WA950 F.8 Delivered 21/02/51.
Served in Korea with 77 Sqn.
Crashed on Ground Attack Mission, Chodong Ni Korea 15/06/53.
Pilot SGT D. Pinkstone Ejected and was captured.
RAAF Ejection number 8.

Highlight for Album: Meteor A77-982

 
     
 

RAF Meteors with 75 & 76 Sqns, RAAF - Malta (1952 - 1954)

 
     
 

Meteor T.7 Trainers were leased as Vampire Trainers were not available at that time.

 
     
 
RAF Serial Aircraft Type Aircraft History
WH220 T.7 Delivered 12/02/52
Leased
to RAAF 09/52 to 18/01/54
Crashed 18/01/54 while taking off from Takali airfield on a target towing sortie
Pilot F/O R C Hunt seriously injured and Passenger LAC M J Hennessy Killed.

Highlight for Album: Meteor WH220

WH238 T.7 Delivered 04/03/52
Leased to RAAF from 09/52 to 12/54
Written off 10/03/60,
SOC
. 10/05/60
VW482 T.7 Delivered 03/10/49
Leased to RAAF
from 02/54 to 12/54 .(Replacement aircraft forWH220)
SOC 21/11/58 at No.103 MU Akrotiri, Cyprus and scrapped

Meteor VW482

 
     

 

To see the histories of the various trials and target drone Meteor F.4, T.7, F.8, NF.11, TT.20, U.15, U.16, U.21 and U.21As  that served at Woomera see our: Woomera Meteor page.

 
     
     

The Authors of this page are Owen Zupp and Martin Edwards

Source:E/E.88 Aircraft Status Cards from the National Archives, Australian War Memorial, RAAF, 75/76 Sqn History, Online Search of National Archives website, Odd Jobs by Steve Eather, Korean War Reseources Website, 38 Sqn - First 50 Years document by Mark Royle, , Meteor, Sabre and Mirage in Australian Service by Stewart Wilson, Queensland Air Museum website. www.aviationinmalta.com

Emails: Graeme Edwards, Sean Flanigan, Bob Livingston, Daniel Leahy, Dean Norman, Ian French, Geoff Smith, Martin Kaye, Gordon Birkett, Doug Pritchard, Ron Cuskelly, CMDR John Crawley, Greg Hyde, Tjalling Boelman, Owen Zupp, Mark Royle, Reg Owen, Brendan Cowan, Mark Frayne, Mike Brown.

Updated 23rd February 2017

 

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