Gloster Meteor F.4

Twin engine single seat fighter

    Following the brilliant presentation by Sq/Ld Cotes-Preedy of company owned and Gloster Meteor F.4 G-AIDC at Melsbroek on 18 April 1947 (in which a new speed record between London and Brussels was set) the Belgian government placed an order for 48 Gloster Meteor F.4 fighters on March 12th 1949.  All aircraft (worth 24.400 £/piece) were delivered between April and September 1949 to serve with the Beauvechain based 1st Wing. When early 1951 the first much improved Meteor F.8 fighters entered service the F.4 models were gradually transferred to the Fighter School at Koksijde airbase to serve in the trainer role. Several other F.4's were modified into T.7 two seat trainers and saw a second career with the Belgian Air Force

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C/N

-

Date In

Apr 1949

EF-01

History

Date Out

Aug 1952

G5/246, VW316 (RAF), EF-1/GE-S, damaged beyond repair in landing accident at Beauvechain on 28 Apr 1952

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C/N

-

Date In

May 1949

EF-02

History

Date Out

Dec 1951

G5/247, VW317 (RAF), EF-2/GE-B, crashed at Saint-Gérard on 20 Dec 1951 after mid-air collision with EF-35

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C/N

-

Date In

May 1949

EF-03

History

Date Out

1956

G5/248, VW318 (RAF), EF-3/MN-R, /SV-L, Fighter School, belly landing at Koksijde on 9 Nov 1953, not repaired.

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C/N

-

Date In

Jul 1949

EF-04

History

Date Out

Jan 1952

G5/249, VW319 (RAF), EF-4/MN-Q, converted into Meteor T.7 ED-13

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C/N

-

Date In

May 1949

EF-05

History

Date Out

Sep 1954

G5/250, VW320 (RAF), EF5/GE-H, written off in belly landing at Veurne on 29 sep 1954.

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C/N

-

Date In

May 1949

EF-06

History

Date Out

1957

G5/251, VW321 (RAF), EF-6/GE-N, scrapped at Wevelgem

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C/N

F.N./G5 233.617

Date In

May 1949

EF-07

History

Date Out

1954

G5/252, VW322 (RAF), EF-7/GE-M, SV-P, converted into Meteor T.7 ED-14

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C/N

-

Date In

May 1949

EF-08

History

Date Out

1957

G5/253, VW323 (RAF), EF-8/GE-D, Fighter School special paint, scrapped at Brustem.

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C/N

-

Date In

May 1949

EF-09

History

Date Out

Jan 1952

G5/254, VW324 (RAF), EF-9/GE-C(?), converted into Meteor T.7 ED-15

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C/N

-

Date In

May 1949

EF-10

History

Date Out

Jan 1952

G5/255, VW325 (RAF), EF-10/GE-F, converted into Meteor T.7 ED-16

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C/N

-

Date In

May 1949

EF-11

History

Date Out

-

G5/256, VW326 (RAF), EF-11/MN-H, /SV-A, converted into Meteor T.7 ED-17

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C/N

-

Date In

May 1949

EF-12

History

Date Out

Jan 1952

G5/257, VW327 (RAF), EF-12/GE-R, converted into Meteor T.7 ED-18

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C/N

350626

Date In

Aug 1949

EF-13

History

Date Out

1953

G5/258, VW328 (RAF), EF-13/MN-T, /SV-E, converted into Meteor T.7 ED-19

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C/N

-

Date In

Jul 1949

EF-14

History

Date Out

1956

G5/259, VW329 (RAF), EF-14/MN-S, belly landing at Kruishoutem on 2 Jul 1954 (not repaired)

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C/N

351055

Date In

May 1949

EF-15

History

Date Out

1952

G5/260, VW330 (RAF), EF-15/GE-T, /MN-T, converted into Meteor T.7 ED-20

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C/N

-

Date In

May 1949

EF-16

History

Date Out

Jul 1955

G5/261, VW331 (RAF), EF-16/GE-O, converted into Meteor T.7 ED-21

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C/N

-

Date In

May 1949

EF-17

History

Date Out

Oct 1955

G5/262, VW332 (RAF), EF-17/GE-E, /GE-G, crashed at Zuidschote on 10 Oct 1955

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C/N

-

Date In

May 1949

EF-18

History

Date Out

Sep 1952

G5/263, VW333 (RAF), EF-18/GE-P, converted into Meteor T.7 ED-22

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C/N

351062

Date In

May 1949

EF-19

History

Date Out

1954

G5/264, VW334 (RAF), EF-19/GE-G, converted into Meteor T.7 ED-23

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C/N

+

Date In

Jun 1949

EF-20

History

Date Out

Jun 1957

G5/265, VW335 (RAF), EF-20/ALW (personal code of Sqn Cdt Windskill), scrapped

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C/N

351552

Date In

Jul 1949

EF-21

History

Date Out

1954

G5/266, VW336 (RAF), EF-21/GE-P, /GE-V, /SV-Q, converted into Meteor T.7 ED-24

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C/N

-

Date In

May 1949

EF-22

History

Date Out

Jun 1952

G5/267, VW337 (RAF), EF-22/GE-A, written off in accident at Beauvechain on 30 Jun 1952

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C/N

-

Date In

May 1949

EF-23

History

Date Out

Jan 1952

G5/268, VW338 (RAF), EF-23/MN-M, converted into Meteor T.7 ED-25

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C/N

Date In

Aug 1949

EF-24

History

Date Out

Jan 1952

G5/269, VW339 (RAF), EF-24/MLD (personal code of Lt.Col Mike Donnet), Technical School SITO, Mechelen, scrapped.

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C/N

-

Date In

May 1949

EF-25

History

Date Out

May 1953

G5/270, VW340 (RAF), EF-25/MN-F, /GE-F, /SV-F, converted into Meteor T.7 ED-26

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C/N

-

Date In

May 1949

EF-26

History

Date Out

Feb 1953

G5/271, VW341 (RAF), EF-26/GE-Q, Fatal crash at Opvelp in snowstorm on 2 Feb 1953

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C/N

-

Date In

1949

EF-27

History

Date Out

Nov 1953

G5/272, VW342 (RAF), EF-27/MN-O, /SV-Q, written of at Koksijde on 20 Nov 1953 after explosion of right engine

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C/N

-

Date In

Jul 1949

EF-28

History

Date Out

-

G5/273, VW343 (RAF), EF-28/MN-M, converted into Meteor T.7 ED-27

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C/N

-

Date In

May 1949

EF-29

History

Date Out

1957

G5/274, VW344 (RAF), EF-29/SV-C

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C/N

-

Date In

Jun 1949

EF-30

History

Date Out

-

G5/275, VW345 (RAF), EF-30/MN-B, converted into Meteor T.7 ED-28

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C/N

-

Date In

Aug 1949

EF-31

History

Date Out

1957

G5/276, VW346 (RAF), EF-31/SV-L

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C/N

-

Date In

Jul 1949

EF-32

History

Date Out

1954

G5/277, VW347 (RAF), EF-32/MN-C, converted into Meteor T.7 ED-29

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C/N

-

Date In

Jul 1949

EF-33

History

Date Out

1957

G5/278, VW348 (RAF), EF-33/MN-E, /SV-B

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C/N

-

Date In

Dec 1949

EF-34

History

Date Out

1957

G5/279, VW349 (RAF), EF-34/SV-V, scrapped at Brustem

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C/N

-

Date In

Jul 1949

EF-35

History

Date Out

Dec 1951

G5/280, VW350 (RAF), EF-35/MN-A, crashed at Saint-Gérard after a mid-air collision with EF-2 on 20 Dec 1951

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C/N

-

Date In

Jul 1949

EF-36

History

Date Out

Dec 1954

G5/281, VW351 (RAF), EF-36/MN-D, /SV-H, crashed at Ottignies on 29 Dec 1954

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C/N

-

Date In

Jul 1949

EF-37

History

Date Out

1957

G5/282, VX352 (RAF), EF-37/MN-O, SV-T, /SV-E

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C/N

355665

Date In

Jul 1949

EF-38

History

Date Out

1957

G5/283, VW353, EF-38/SV-H, /SV-P, scrapped at Brustem

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C/N

-

Date In

Aug 1949

EF-39

History

Date Out

-

G5/284, VW354 (RAF), EF-39/MN-B, /SV-B, converted into Meteor T.7 ED-30

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C/N

-

Date In

Aug 1949

EF-40

History

Date Out

Mar 1950

G5/285, VW355 (RAF), EF-40/SV-Z, crashed at Bodendorf (D.) on 31 Mar 1950

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C/N

-

Date In

Aug 1949

EF-41

History

Date Out

1954

G5/286, VW356 (RAF), EF-41/SV-D, converted into Meteor T.7 ED-31

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C/N

333133

Date In

Aug 1949

EF-42

History

Date Out

-

G5/287, VW357 (RAF), EF-42/SV-K, converted into Meteor T.7 ED-32

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C/N

-

Date In

Aug 1949

EF-43

History

Date Out

Jun 1952

G5/288, VZ380 (RAF), EF-43/SV-I

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C/N

-

Date In

Aug 1949

EF-44

History

Date Out

Jul 1957

G5/290, VZ381 (RAF), EF-44/SV-A

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C/N

-

Date In

Aug 1949

EF-45

History

Date Out

1957

G5/291, VZ382 (RAF), EF-45/SV-X

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C/N

-

Date In

Aug 1949

EF-46

History

Date Out

Feb 1951

G5/292, VZ383 (RAF), EF-46/SV-M, fatal crash at Beauvechain on 15 feb 1951

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C/N

-

Date In

Sep 1949

EF-47

History

Date Out

Apr 1955

G5/293, VZ384 (RAF), EF-47/REN, GE-E, SV-T, written-off at Koksijde on 15 Apr 1955.

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C/N

-

Date In

Sep 1949

EF-48

History

Date Out

Jul 1957

G5/294, VZ385 (RAF), EF-48/SV-N.

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