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Gloster Meteor Mk F.1 EE227 YQ-Y. by M A Kinnear.


Gloster Meteor Mk F.1 EE227 YQ-Y. by M A Kinnear.

Aircraft History: EE227 was 13th out of a batch of 15 F.1 aircraft delivered to 616 Squadron during 1944. Following service with 616, the aircraft was transferred to the Royal Aircraft Establishment and then to Rolls Royce, where it became the first aircraft to be fitted with turboprops (Rolls Royce Trents) It then went to the Aeroplane & Armament Experimental Establishment before returning to Rolls Royce and finally going back to the Royal Aircraft Establishment. After a distinguished career EE227 was struck off charge 27th June 1949.

Squadron Leader Dennis Barry, Croix de Guerre Avec Palme: Born on 26th August 1921 in London Dennis Barry joined the Royal Air Force in October 1940. In 1941, following pilot training, he was posted to 504 County of Nottingham Squadron and flew both Hurricanes and Spitfires. In August 1943 he was sent on a flight leaders course at Charmy Down and posted to Ibsley as a Flight Commander in 616 South Yorkshire Squadron. In June 1944 with other 616 pilots he was sent to Farnborough for a conversion course to fly the new Gloster Meteor. During this period, USAAF daylight bombers were under attack by German Me262 jet fighters so, together with three other pilots, Dennis was attached to Debden, where they staed mock attacks against 180 bombers and fighters to help the Americans gauge the speed of jet aircraft. In July 1944 616 moved to RAF Manston and was involved with the interception of German V-1 flying bombs and on 29th August he flew EE227 on an operational sortie. In February 1945, Dennis took four meteors Mk III to Brussels/ Melsbroeck. To enable Allied ground forces to distinguish the Meteors from the German jet fighters, the aircraft were painted all white. Prior to the end of hostilities, as the Allies moved through Europe, 616 were involved with numerous attacks on airfields, road and rail traffic. They moved to Lubeck at the end of the war, from where Dennis Barry led the Squadron on a victory fly past at the Copenhagen air show. In May 1946 he was demobilised from the RAF and re-joined 616 Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force at RAF Finningley in March 1948, remaining with the squadron until July 1951. During this period on 8th January 1950 he probably became the only pilot to successfully bale out of a Meteor without the aid of an ejector seat.
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Extra Details : Gloster Meteor Mk F.1 EE227 YQ-Y. by M A Kinnear.
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616 (South Yorkshire) Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force: 616 squadron was formed at Doncaster on 1st November 1938 as the last of the Auxiliary Squadrons. Formed initially as a bomber squadron equipped with Hawker Hinds, it was re-equipped with Gloster Gauntlets in June 1939 and transferred to Fighter Command. The squadrons first Spitfires arrived in late October. 616 first saw action and claimed its first victories whilst covering the evacuation from Dunkirk in May 1940. Returning to Yorkshire, the squadron claimed further enemy victims with 15th August standing out as a memorable day. 616 intercepted a large force of unescorted German bombers off the Yorkshire coast and claimed eight enemy aircraft destroyed. They moved to Kenley to join 11 Group at the height of the Battle of Britain, and destroyed 15 aircraft and claimed a further 15 as probables or damaged. During February 1941, 616 joined the Tangmere Wing led by Wg Cdr Douglas Bader. Flying Spitfire II fighters, they flew circus and ramrod sweeps over Northern France, and re-equipped with Spitfires Vb during July 1941. For the next two years 616 continued as a front line fighter squadron and was heavily engaged during the Dieppe expedition and later flying beach-head patrols on D-Day. In July 1944, 616 re-equipped with Gloster Meteor jet fighter thus becoming the first and only Allied squadron to operate jet aircraft in World War II. The squadron destroyed a number of V1 flying bombs whilst operating from Manston before joining the 2nd Tactical Air Force. In January 1945, 616 moved to the continent and operated in the ground attack role before being disbanded at Lubeck on 29th August. The squadron was re-formed at Finningley on 31st July 1946 equipped with Mosquito NF XXX night fighters which were replaced with Meteor F 3 day fighters a few months later. 616 Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force was finally disbanded at RAF Worksop on 10th March 1957 whilst equipped with Meteor F8 aircraft.

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MeteorThe Gloster Meteor was the first British jet fighter and the Allies' first operational jet. Designed by George Carter, and built by the Gloster Aircraft Company, Armstrong-Whitworth, the Meteor first flew in 1943 and commenced operations on 27 July 1944 with 616 Squadron of the Royal Air Force (RAF). The Gloster Meteor was not an aerodynamically advanced aircraft but the Gloster design team succeeded in producing an effective jet fighter that served the RAF and other air forces for decades. Meteors saw action with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in the Korean War and other air forces used the Meteor. The Royal Danish Air Force, The Belgian Air Force and Isreali Air Force kept the Meteor in service until the early 1970's. A Total of 3947 meteors were built and two Meteors, WL419 and WA638, remain in service with the Martin-Baker company as ejection seat testbeds.

Aviation History Timeline : 16th December
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16December1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O J. Coggins of 235 Squadron, was Killed.
16December1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O N. A. Sadler of 235 Squadron, was Killed.
16December1941Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. R. G. Marland of 222 Squadron, was Killed.
16December1941Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. R. P. Stevens of 151 Squadron, was Killed.
16December1943Former British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O K. B. L. Debenham of 151 Squadron, was Killed.
16December1944 Walter Matoni of II./Jagdgeschwader 2 was awarded the Knight's Cross
16December1944Fahnenjunker-Oberfeldwebel Hermann Wischnewski of 2./Jagdgeschwader 300 was awarded the Knight's Cross
16December1944Leutnant Alfred Gemsjger of 6. (F)/Aufklrungs-Gruppe 122 was awarded the Knight's Cross
16December1944Leutnant Johann-Hermann Meier of 1./Jagdgeschwader 26 was awarded the Knight's Cross
16December1944Oberfeldwebel Alfred Gies of 1./Schlachtgeschwader 2 was awarded the Knight's Cross
16December1944Oberfeldwebel Leonhard Ziehr of 13./Transportgeschwader 1 was awarded the Knight's Cross
16December1944Oberfeldwebel Walter Linke of 3./Schlachtgeschwader 2 was awarded the Knight's Cross
16December1963Eberhard von Boremski, a WW2 Ace with 90.00 victories, died on this day
16December1966Andre Herbelin, a WW1 Ace with 10.00 victories, died on this day
16December1990Douglas Campbell, a WW1 Ace with 6.00 victories, died on this day

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